Celebrities might be hard at work finding obscure words to name their children after, but in Northern Ireland it would appear that we’re slightly more traditional when it comes to choosing baby names.
According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, the likes of Apple and Blue Ivy didn’t quite make the top ten most popular baby names. Instead, Jack and Grace were the most common first names given to boys and girls in 2013.
Jack holds onto the title of most popular name for baby boys in Northern Ireland for the tenth year running. James retained second position for the third year in a row and Charlie came in third place, up from fifth in 2012. Daniel was fourth and Harry was fifth.
This year Jacob and Thomas have increased in popularity to reach the top 10 from ranks 13 and 14 respectively. Luke was the largest mover within the boys’ top 20, rising from rank 27 in 2012 to rank 19.
In the top 100 boys’ names, Jackson has risen 50 places from rank 132 in 2012 to rank 82, while Theo has risen from rank 142 to 92. The greatest drops from the 2012 top 100 were Corey, down 66 places to rank 105 in 2013, and Reece, down 65 places to rank 155.
The top three girls names remained the same, but there was a slight shift in popularity, with Grace moving from third place in 2012, to first place in 2013. Sophie fell from first to third place and Emily didn’t budge in second place. Ella was the highest climbing girl’s name, reaching fourth place, up from 13 in 2012 and in fifth place was Lucy.
Ava and Ruby are new entries to the girls’ top 20 in 2013, rising 13 places and two places respectively to ranks 13 and 20.
Looking further down within the top 100, Elsie has risen 60 places to rank 93 in 2013, from rank 153 in 2012 and Robyn has risen 45 places to rank 82 from rank 127 in 2012.
The greatest falls out of the 2012 top 100 were Shannon, down from rank 96 to rank 143 and Elizabeth, down from rank 74 to rank 106.