Jack and Emily most popular baby names

John and Mary most popular 50 years ago
  • Deborah Condon

Jack and Emily were Ireland's most popular baby names last year, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has said.

According to the CSO, the top five boys' names registered in Ireland in 2018 were Jack, James, Noah, Conor and Daniel, while the top five girls' names were Emily, Grace, Emma, Sophie and Amelia.

Jack has been at the top of the boys' list since 2007, except for 2016 when James was the most popular choice.

The fastest climbers on the list were Ada, which jumped 67 places to 70th place, Ivy, which jumped 53 places to 84th place and Theodore, which jumped 63 places to 93rd place.

There were three new entrants to the top 100 names for boys last year - Theodore, Frankie and Freddie. There were four new entrants to the top 100 names for girls - Ada, Bella, Bonnie and Ivy.

The CSO pointed out that 50 years ago, in 1968, the most popular boys' names were John, Patrick, Michael, James and David, while the most popular girls' names were Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann and Anne.

None of the 10 most popular girls' names in 2018 appeared anywhere in the top 100 girls' list in 1968.

Meanwhile, the top three surnames registered in 2018 were Murphy, Kelly and Ryan.


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