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Ireland's top baby names have been revealed and this little guy is making his mark

The top two still reign supreme, however.

Both George and William are among the most popular names in ireland.
Both George and William are among the most popular names in ireland.
Image: PA Wire/Press Association Images

JACK AND EMILY remain the most popular baby names in Ireland but the top 100 for 2015 shows a number of notable new entrants.

George is the only new entrant for boys’ names in the CSO’s top 100 list after the name jumped in popularity both last year and in the year previous.

In 2014, the name was the the 103rd most popular boys name but it has now climbed to 90th place.

On the girls’ side, there were three new names making it into the top 100: Annabelle, Mila and Rosie.

Mila was the fastest rising name in terms of popularity for both boys and girls, going from 142nd place in the 2014 girls’ list to 88th place in 2015.

Some of the less common girls’ names registered in 2015 and not included in the top 100 were Paris, Nelly, Dakota, Kim, Pixie and Sabina.

On the boys’ side, some of the popular outsider choices reflected both Irish and international influences like Barra, Pauric, Zayn, Gus, Romeo and Otis.

2016 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala - Arrivals Zayn Malik has probably had a bearing on the growing popularity of his name in Ireland. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The CSO also looked at the different choices by parents from outside Ireland of babies registered in Ireland. Among boys’ names, David was the most popular boys’ name chosen by parents from the eastern part of the EU.

In the same category among girls’ names, Julia was the most popular in 2015.

In terms of babies registered in Ireland to parents from outside the EU, the most popular names were Muhammad and Fatima.

As regards the actual top five, it remained the same for boys’ names and in fact has not changed since 2007, except for some slight changes to the order.

The popularity of Emily continues to endure with 2015 marking the fifth straight year that it has been the most popular girls’ name.

The most popular babies’ names in 2015


1. Jack

2. James

3. Daniel

4. Conor

5. Sean


1. Emily

2. Emma

3. Ava

4. Sophie

5. Amelia


The full list is on the CSO’s website.  

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Rónán Duffy

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