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Irish Babies' Names

2013

Five most popular babies' names in 2013 Five most popular babies' names in 1963
BoysGirls BoysGirls
NameCount Name Count NameCount Name Count
Jack764 Emily625 John3,892 Mary3,721
James746 Emma499 Patrick2,302 Margaret1,526
Daniel678 Sophie497 Michael2,010 Catherine1,387
Conor610 Ella478 Paul1,867 Ann927
Sean609 Amelia429 James1,575 Anne824

Jack and Emily most popular names in 2013

Jack and Emily 2008 - 2013

Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2013. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.  See tables 1 and 2.

The top five boys’ names (Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean) have been the top five since 2007 with the order changing slightly from 2012, when Conor finished in 4th place ahead of Sean.  Indeed four of the top five boys’ names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998.  This is the third consecutive year that Emily has been the most popular name chosen for girls.  Emma, Sophie, Ella and Amelia were the next most frequently chosen names to make it to the top five most popular names for girls in 2013.  See table 1.

There were two first time entries to the top 100 for boys:  Kai and Kayden.  The highest new entry at number 85 was Kai, rising from 103rd place in 2012.  The name rising in popularity most was Kayden, up 44 places from 135th place in 2012.  See table 1 and 5.

There were four first time entrants to the top 100 for girls:  Sadie, Sienna, Fiadh and Poppy.  The highest new entry at 77th place was Sadie rising from 139th place in 2012. The name rising in popularity most was Fiadh up 64 places from 146th place in 2012.  See table 1 and 5.

As in previous years, the tables show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,643 girls’ names registered compared to 3,628 boys’ names.  Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls. 

In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot. 

Only six areas favoured names outside of the top five; In Kilkenny, Michael was the most popular boy’s name registered in 2013 while Alex was the most popular in Cork City and Aaron in Waterford City.  Ryan proved to be the most popular for baby boys registered in Cavan in 2013 while Charlie along with James and Ryan were the most popular in Monaghan.  In Leitrim, Mark shared the most popular boys’ name with Conor.  See table 8(a).

For girls, there was a wider range of names outside the top five that were county and city favourites.  These included Ava, Caoimhe, Kate, Grace, Hannah, Mia, Rachel and Sarah.  See table 8(b).

Where both parents were stated as being Irish nationals, Jack was the top ranked name for boys.  James was the most popular choice with parents of UK nationality while Noah was the most popular boy’s name chosen by parents from the EU15 (excl. Irl & UK).  Jakub was the boy’s name chosen most often by parents from the EU28 excl. EU15.  Parents from nations outside the EU made Daniel the highest ranked name of baby boys registered in Ireland in 2013.  See table 9.

For girls where both parents were Irish nationals, Emily was the most popular name.  Ava, Emily, Grace, Jessica and Willow were the top ranked names chosen by parents of UK nationality.  Emma ranked first with parents of the EU15 (excl. Irl & UK) and Julia took the top spot with parents of the EU 28 excl. EU15 countries.  Parents from outside the EU28, made Sarah the name that ranked highest of baby girls registered in Ireland.  See table 9.

John and Mary the most popular names in 1963

An analysis was done of the baby names registered fifty years earlier in 1963. There were 3,892 boys whose registered name was John in 1963 which made it the most popular name for boys.   The name John was ranked number 27 in popularity in 2013 when 287 baby boys were so named.  See tables 10 and 11.

The top five boys’ names in 1963 were, in order, John, Patrick, Michael, Paul and James.  Of these five names only James was in the top five names registered for boys fifty years later in 2013.  See table 10.

Only two of the ten most popular boys’ names in 2013, James and Michael, were also among the ten most popular names in 1963.  James was the second most popular name in 2013 for boys while it was the 5th most favoured name for boys in 1963.  However, while 1,575 baby boys were named James in 1963 there was less than half of that number (746) named James in 2013.  The name Michael was chosen by 432 parents in 2013 which made it the eighth most popular name while in 1963, 2,010 newborn males were given the name Michael making it the 3rd most popular boys’ name that year.  The names Jack, Ryan or Noah did not appear on the entire list of male baby names in 1963.  However, Daniel, Sean and Conor were in the top 100 most popular names in 1963 while Adam and Harry were outside the top 100.

For girls, Mary was the name of choice for 3,721 parents for their newborn daughters in 1963 making it the most popular name for girls born that year.  It was also still among the top 100 names (ranked 81) for baby girls born in Ireland in 2013 when 79 newborn girls were named Mary.  See tables 10 and 11.

The top five girls’ names in 1963 were Mary, Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne.  None of these names featured in the top five names registered for baby girls in 2013.  Apart from Mary, none of the other four names (i.e. Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne) featured in the top 100 names for girls in 2013.  See table 10

None of the ten most popular names for girls in 2013 were in the top ten names in 1963.  Only the name Sarah, which was the tenth most popular name in 2013, was in the top 100 most popular names in 1963 when it shared 40th place.  Sophie or Ava did not feature in 1963 while Grace, Lucy Amelia, Emily, Emma, Aoife or Ella were not in the top 100 most popular girls’ names.

As in 2013, the data for 1963 shows that girls were given a wider variety of names than boys.  However, the range of names for both boys and girls were not as varied 50 years earlier in 1963.  There were 1,109 girls’ names registered in 1963 (versus 4,643 in 2013) and 678 boys’ names (as against 3,628 in 2013).

1963 is the only year before 1998 where there was an analysis of babies’ names carried out.

 

Table 1 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2013, in order of popularity, with corresponding rank between 2008 and 2013
               
Boys' name201320122011201020092008 Girls' name201320122011201020092008
Jack111111Emily111275
James222455Emma233334
Daniel334334Sophie322116
Conor455543Ella4711111812
Sean543222Amelia51232343945
Adam667777Aoife611131098
Ryan776666Ava788621
Michael8109121013Lucy8974811
Harry978202831Grace944757
Noah101923264146Sarah10106543
Thomas111718221819Mia11612201423
Alex1218108810Anna122218131620
Luke131112999Chloe131599109
Oisin141415171716Hannah141317222315
Charlie151220192729Kate151815191310
Patrick162121181918Ruby162020231721
Cian171513141211Lily1755142029
Liam181317151517Katie181410862
Darragh182019161415Caoimhe191614242116
Dylan2091010118Sophia202129335056
Jamie211614111314Lauren212322211219
Matthew222424232320Saoirse221719182524
Cillian232322212123Ellie232824283635
Aaron242216131612Holly241923112126
Fionn252730353435Leah252415161513
Jake263134303530Amy262525141116
John272526242122Olivia273028273941
David282724252521Jessica282931302722
Ben293428282624Ciara293226171914
Finn303836464849Zoe303437464247
Nathan312629303234Isabelle312627263241
Kyle323236374038Niamh323730258718
Samuel334039383739Molly332733312625
Evan342927272425Julia343435353134
Max353446485656Robyn354146435252
Ethan363031344553Erin363947363739
Rian373342546062Roisin373134322728
Joseph384441383632Freya3849606367110
Alexander395449515045Laura393636383030
Mason405770128240252Cara404850525861
Oliver415954526283Sofia4164585880130
Joshua424133363027Eva424552443838
William435147475546Rachel434039292927
Eoin443632292026Isabella445051517064
Jayden454350454954Kayla453321414348
Oscar466162616665Abbie463843444433
Callum473935322937Charlotte476362626972
Aidan485040484660Millie475772869188
Tom495866626376Faye494349566077
Robert504853434449Clodagh505444393444
Sam514645414357Aisling514241414541
Tadhg513738404241Alice526966667076
Jacob53646475111110Eabha526264645656
Cathal545644424736Abigail545053494636
Shane554743333028Ellen554747474839
Leon565452575244Lexi56899696102137
Mark574850443333Aoibhinn575660606764
Senan586567748585Layla5845545074106
Bobby5963636285109Eve595045606262
Ronan605248503843Zara596882828977
Andrew606060585841Alannah616762626658
Eoghan625355553948Aine625458584750
Leo6384799411296Maria637054535449
Lucas6471807879105Megan635338373332
Rory654256565249Rebecca654440483531
Alfie66798599112146Nicole665842404137
Tyler67456578130146Sadhbh676156646967
Benjamin686874656863Clara688690909582
Cormac686859585854Elizabeth697167676064
Scott706783727171Maya708074748389
Christopher717569696161Maja716057545473
Odhran728288758289Emilia727491919298
Kevin737058675159Caitlin736465657553
Ciaran746257535440Rose74100113118149139
Dara758673727681Isabel758271716464
Shay761031067597119Aoibheann765969697679
Alan767275686473Sadie77139137177193194
Tommy788088160166169Lena7871858583119
Logan7997112141156157Hollie79771049995143
Anthony799983868080Sienna80112135132204241
Jakub817361605764Mary817169695961
Rhys826668657467Fiadh82146189319488341
Tomas839397868189Zuzanna8310873747085
Donnacha847376102116100Aimee847574745549
Kai85109118147171178Tara849074746251
Stephen869577887758Hanna8697111127123185
Killian877672627365Katelyn869178786857
Niall889386916983Lilly8675787877109
Jason898671757272Ruth8697868610091
Josh907877696575Alexandra9010597897892
Kayden91135137174186207Poppy90136132200263251
Martin928988857481Amber926468687074
Ruairi928194888886Mollie92105127177172170
Brian929192826949Victoria927994949598
Isaac9585101111121126Lara95114101102124148
Danny9692114114146141Sara969378788890
Edward96959510010493Brooke978682827285
Oran988380789186Aoibhe987887877962
Sebastian981099292133137Laoise9897106133159115
Hugh981129912692100Kayleigh1008597978986
              
              
              
              
 
Table 2 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2013, in order of popularity - numbers registered between 2008 and 2013
               
Boys' name201320122011201020092008 Girls' name201320122011201020092008
Jack7648318409351,0681,151Emily625626596605500599
James746773796746711737Emma499497562571627637
Daniel678683711792842828Sophie497577582608640582
Conor610639709726776857Ella478445434380346407
Sean609677755827934970Amelia429409235216197173
Adam518558637581618645Aoife424426399425459518
Ryan459510685669641670Ava410440446501635695
Michael432462496463499483Lucy397439463543463418
Harry430510499364305276Grace395461503489528566
Noah418390333315211181Sarah391430466537568651
Thomas412403403347411432Mia374446400344362299
Alex406392492551503501Anna352296348378357342
Luke403457487519501516Chloe346345437441411453
Oisin392407436401423454Hannah340368349333321390
Charlie383432396376312292Kate328316350348364419
Patrick369388390387399433Ruby317302323325353305
Cian368406461424469493Lily309449496371336248
Liam365427412412457437Katie301353436451502667
Darragh365389401409465458Caoimhe292334398323326355
Dylan360471492491480519Sophia289299251218147126
Jamie359404448468466481Lauren279290305339371343
Matthew323336331344343408Saoirse264317339355275279
Cillian322341360351346350Ellie256250293265211208
Aaron320372423439444485Holly245312297380326264
Fionn304292255265249239Leah232287350369358402
Jake295265247297248286Amy226253289371385355
John287297312343346377Olivia222230252271197190
David262292331332326403Jessica215236246245257304
Ben253232294305324349Ciara214227284364337400
Finn246218242191187172Zoe211196204170188162
Nathan236295282297253245Isabelle207252265275233190
Kyle228252242232216223Niamh204185249292314344
Samuel217213230227238218Molly197251229243268268
Evan214278298314333317Julia186196213213236213
Max213232194187164165Robyn183166163180137141
Ethan211268253272200170Erin180177159210204193
Rian208243213161151144Roisin178229223224257250
Joseph207196214227247268Freya17214412811911259
Alexander202161183177179185Laura169191212198243245
Mason201159115592218Cara160148155144123115
Oliver19915516717214198Sofia155105130855054
Joshua198210249259260302Eva154160152176201196
William195169190190166181Rachel153169196247247263
Eoin194228251299368311Isabella149138154145105113
Jayden191197177193182167Kayla148198306186183161
Oscar184150135135132132Abbie145178174176176225
Callum181215245293301224Charlotte144106122108104106
Aidan179172229187197151Millie14412097807775
Tom178157126127139113Faye13616315612812291
Robert175175169198203172Clodagh133128168195224178
Sam166183196210204155Aisling132165183186170190
Tadhg166224232221206192Alice130101115999576
Jacob1581401311006971Eabha130109121128131140
Cathal156160208202195233Abigail129138139158165200
Shane151176209277260294Ellen128155159168155193
Leon149161171154172188Lexi1277372654620
Mark148175177195250254Aoibhinn12612512811111772
Senan1471261211039697Layla12516013415010062
Bobby1461411331279672Eve122138164122118114
Ronan143167187180225191Zara122102907794114
Andrew143151140139159192Alannah120104122113123130
Eoghan132166164160223179Aine116128130124159157
Leo1319697786881Maria113100134137133158
Lucas130109969910373Megan113135203204232229
Rory126200159155172172Rebecca110162195162219239
Alfie12010292746848Nicole109116176192194198
Tyler116195127995748Sadhbh108113132117111107
Benjamin115116108126115139Clara1037679728681
Cormac115116141139159167Elizabeth999910812211790
Scott11411894109112126Maya978192818064
Christopher112105117116143149Maja9411413113213396
Odhran11198891009888Emilia919877766949
Kevin108112143120175152Caitlin8910511693134168
Ciaran107143155166170217Rose876456564244
Dara1069411110910699Isabel8680101117117124
Shay1046972997763Aoibheann851151069288102
Alan104108103117138116Sadie844244363129
Tommy10110189433738Lena829983815630
Logan1008066524042Hollie819263687142
Anthony100779492100101Sienna805847482822
Jakub99106139136160138Mary7999106123120121
Rhys98124120126107131Fiadh78393116814
Tomas938681929988Zuzanna7762949610576
Donnacha91106100726676Aimee769492129152108 
Kai906663493435Tara767192121145144 
Stephen89849991105154Hanna756657495531
Killian88104113127108132Katelyn757091110128126
Niall8786918411398Lilly759491916065
Jason8694114100109123Ruth756682677759
Josh8310399116133114Alexandra746271779273
Kayden825251373126Poppy744349301921
Martin8191899510799Amber731051079910094
Ruairi819986919393Mollie736251363535
Brian81908898113172Victoria738373726962
Isaac809577666259Lara725467655341
Danny778865634650Sara716891787988
Edward778485737585Brooke707690978494
Oran739796998793Aoibhe67888189118127
Sebastian736688815353Laoise676661463856
Hugh736379608276Kayleigh6678717782110
        
           
           
             
Total in top 10021,97623,29924,14624,07524,42724,799  18,13821,32422,32222,48422,40222,514
Total with first name recorded35,27237,21038,22338,24438,40338,917  33,65835,01536,42736,73236,52536,807
Top 100 as % of total62.362.663.263.063.663.7  53.960.961.361.261.361.2
Total names registered3,6283,8043,8013,9103,9463,900  4,6434,7304,8104,7624,8494,796
Total births registered35,27237,21038,22338,24438,40338,917  33,65835,01536,42736,73236,52536,807
               
Table 3 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2013, in alphabetical order - rank between 2008 and 2013
               
Boys' name201320122011201020092008 Girls' name201320122011201020092008
Aaron242216131612Abbie463843444433
Adam667777Abigail545053494636
Aidan485040484660Aimee847574745549
Alan767275686473Aine625458584750
Alex1218108810Aisling514241414541
Alexander395449515045Alannah616762626658
Alfie66798599112146Alexandra9010597897892
Andrew606060585841Alice526966667076
Anthony799983868080Amber926468687074
Ben293428282624Amelia51232343945
Benjamin686874656863Amy262525141116
Bobby5963636285109Anna122218131620
Brian929192826949Aoibhe987887877962
Callum473935322937Aoibheann765969697679
Cathal545644424736Aoibhinn575660606764
Charlie151220192729Aoife611131098
Christopher717569696161Ava788621
Cian171513141211Brooke978682827285
Ciaran746257535440Caitlin736465657553
Cillian232322212123Caoimhe191614242116
Conor455543Cara404850525861
Cormac686859585854Charlotte476362626972
Daniel334334Chloe131599109
Danny9692114114146141Ciara293226171914
Dara758673727681Clara688690909582
Darragh182019161415Clodagh505444393444
David282724252521Eabha526264645656
Donnacha847376102116100Elizabeth697167676064
Dylan2091010118Ella4711111812
Edward96959510010493Ellen554747474839
Eoghan625355553948Ellie232824283635
Eoin443632292026Emilia727491919298
Ethan363031344553Emily111275
Evan342927272425Emma233334
Finn303836464849Erin363947363739
Fionn252730353435Eva424552443838
Harry978202831Eve595045606262
Hugh981129912692100Faye494349566077
Isaac9585101111121126Fiadh82146189319488341
Jack111111Freya3849606367110
Jacob53646475111110Grace944757
Jake263134303530Hanna8697111127123185
Jakub817361605764Hannah141317222315
James222455Hollie79771049995143
Jamie211614111314Holly241923112126
Jason898671757272Isabel758271716464
Jayden454350454954Isabella445051517064
John272526242122Isabelle312627263241
Joseph384441383632Jessica282931302722
Josh907877696575Julia343435353134
Joshua424133363027Kate151815191310
Kai85109118147171178Katelyn869178786857
Kayden91135137174186207Katie181410862
Kevin737058675159Kayla453321414348
Killian877672627365Kayleigh1008597978986
Kyle323236374038Laoise9897106133159115
Leo6384799411296Lara95114101102124148
Leon565452575244Laura393636383030
Liam181317151517Lauren212322211219
Logan7997112141156157Layla5845545074106
Lucas6471807879105Leah252415161513
Luke131112999Lena7871858583119
Mark574850443333Lexi56899696102137
Martin928988857481Lilly8675787877109
Mason405770128240252Lily1755142029
Matthew222424232320Lucy8974811
Max353446485656Maja716057545473
Michael8109121013Maria637054535449
Nathan312629303234Mary817169695961
Niall889386916983Maya708074748389
Noah101923264146Megan635338373332
Odhran728288758289Mia11612201423
Oisin141415171716Millie475772869188
Oliver415954526283Mollie92105127177172170
Oran988380789186Molly332733312625
Oscar466162616665Niamh323730258718
Patrick162121181918Nicole665842404137
Rhys826668657467Olivia273028273941
Rian373342546062Poppy90136132200263251
Robert504853434449Rachel434039292927
Ronan605248503843Rebecca654440483531
Rory654256565249Robyn354146435252
Ruairi928194888886Roisin373134322728
Ryan776666Rose74100113118149139
Sam514645414357Ruby162020231721
Samuel334039383739Ruth8697868610091
Scott706783727171Sadhbh676156646967
Sean543222Sadie77139137177193194
Sebastian981099292133137Saoirse221719182524
Senan586567748585Sara969378788890
Shane554743333028Sarah10106543
Shay761031067597119Sienna80112135132204241
Stephen869577887758Sofia4164585880130
Tadhg513738404241Sophia202129335056
Thomas111718221819Sophie322116
Tom495866626376Tara849074746251
Tomas839397868189Victoria927994949598
Tommy788088160166169Zara596882828977
Tyler67456578130146Zoe303437464247
William435147475546Zuzanna8310873747085
               
Table 4 Top 100 babies' names registered in 2013, in alphabetical order - numbers registered between 2008 and 2013
               
Boys' name201320122011201020092008 Girls' name201320122011201020092008
Aaron320372423439444485 Abbie145178174176176225
Adam518558637581618645 Abigail129138139158165200
Aidan179172229187197151 Aimee769492129152108
Alan104108103117138116 Aine116128130124159157
Alex406392492551503501 Aisling132165183186170190
Alexander202161183177179185 Alannah120104122113123130
Alfie12010292746848 Alexandra746271779273
Andrew143151140139159192 Alice130101115999576
Anthony100779492100101 Amber731051079910094
Ben253232294305324349 Amelia429409235216197173
Benjamin115116108126115139 Amy226253289371385355
Bobby1461411331279672 Anna352296348378357342
Brian81908898113172 Aoibhe67888189118127
Callum181215245293301224 Aoibheann851151069288102
Cathal156160208202195233 Aoibhinn12612512811111772
Charlie383432396376312292 Aoife424426399425459518
Christopher112105117116143149 Ava410440446501635695
Cian368406461424469493 Brooke707690978494
Ciaran107143155166170217 Caitlin8910511693134168
Cillian322341360351346350 Caoimhe292334398323326355
Conor610639709726776857 Cara160148155144123115
Cormac115116141139159167 Charlotte144106122108104106
Daniel678683711792842828 Chloe346345437441411453
Danny778865634650 Ciara214227284364337400
Dara1069411110910699 Clara1037679728681
Darragh365389401409465458 Clodagh133128168195224178
David262292331332326403 Eabha130109121128131140
Donnacha91106100726676 Elizabeth999910812211790
Dylan360471492491480519 Ella478445434380346407
Edward778485737585 Ellen128155159168155193
Eoghan132166164160223179 Ellie256250293265211208
Eoin194228251299368311 Emilia919877766949
Ethan211268253272200170 Emily625626596605500599
Evan214278298314333317 Emma499497562571627637
Finn246218242191187172 Erin180177159210204193
Fionn304292255265249239 Eva154160152176201196
Harry430510499364305276 Eve122138164122118114
Hugh736379608276 Faye13616315612812291
Isaac809577666259 Fiadh78393116814
Jack7648318409351,0681,151 Freya17214412811911259
Jacob1581401311006971 Grace395461503489528566
Jake295265247297248286 Hanna756657495531
Jakub99106139136160138 Hannah340368349333321390
James746773796746711737 Hollie819263687142
Jamie359404448468466481 Holly245312297380326264
Jason8694114100109123 Isabel8680101117117124
Jayden191197177193182167 Isabella149138154145105113
John287297312343346377 Isabelle207252265275233190
Joseph207196214227247268 Jessica215236246245257304
Josh8310399116133114 Julia186196213213236213
Joshua198210249259260302 Kate328316350348364419
Kai906663493435 Katelyn757091110128126
Kayden825251373126 Katie301353436451502667
Kevin108112143120175152 Kayla148198306186183161
Killian88104113127108132 Kayleigh6678717782110
Kyle228252242232216223 Laoise676661463856
Leo1319697786881 Lara725467655341
Leon149161171154172188 Laura169191212198243245
Liam365427412412457437 Lauren279290305339371343
Logan1008066524042 Layla12516013415010062
Lucas130109969910373 Leah232287350369358402
Luke403457487519501516 Lena829983815630
Mark148175177195250254 Lexi1277372654620
Martin8191899510799 Lilly759491916065
Mason201159115592218 Lily309449496371336248
Matthew323336331344343408 Lucy397439463543463418
Max213232194187164165 Maja9411413113213396
Michael432462496463499483 Maria113100134137133158
Nathan236295282297253245 Mary7999106123120121
Niall8786918411398 Maya978192818064
Noah418390333315211181 Megan113135203204232229
Odhran11198891009888 Mia374446400344362299
Oisin392407436401423454 Millie14412097807775
Oliver19915516717214198 Mollie736251363535
Oran739796998793 Molly197251229243268268
Oscar184150135135132132 Niamh204185249292314344
Patrick369388390387399433 Nicole109116176192194198
Rhys98124120126107131 Olivia222230252271197190
Rian208243213161151144 Poppy744349301921
Robert175175169198203172 Rachel153169196247247263
Ronan143167187180225191 Rebecca110162195162219239
Rory126200159155172172 Robyn183166163180137141
Ruairi819986919393 Roisin178229223224257250
Ryan459510685669641670 Rose876456564244
Sam166183196210204155 Ruby317302323325353305
Samuel217213230227238218 Ruth756682677759
Scott11411894109112126 Sadhbh108113132117111107
Sean609677755827934970 Sadie844244363129
Sebastian736688815353 Saoirse264317339355275279
Senan1471261211039697 Sara716891787988
Shane151176209277260294 Sarah391430466537568651
Shay1046972997763 Sienna805847482822
Stephen89849991105154 Sofia155105130855054
Tadhg166224232221206192 Sophia289299251218147126
Thomas412403403347411432 Sophie497577582608640582
Tom178157126127139113 Tara767192121145144
Tomas938681929988 Victoria738373726962
Tommy10110189433738 Zara122102907794114
Tyler116195127995748 Zoe211196204170188162
William195169190190166181 Zuzanna7762949610576
          
           
            
            
Total in top 10021,97623,29924,14624,07524,42724,799  18,13821,32422,32222,48422,40222,514
Total with first name recorded35,27237,21038,22338,24438,40338,917  33,65835,01536,42736,73236,52536,807
Top 100 as % of total62.362.663.263.063.663.7  53.960.961.361.261.361.2
Total names registered3,6283,8043,8013,9103,9463,900  4,6434,7304,8104,7624,8494,796
Total births registered35,27237,21038,22338,24438,40338,917  33,65835,01536,42736,73236,52536,807
               
Table 5 Babies' names with most growth in popularity between 2012 and 2013, and between 2008 and 2013, measured by change in rank
         
Rank - BoysRank - Girls
 20132012Change in rank  20132012Change in rank
Kayden9113544 Fiadh8214664
Shay7610327 Sadie7713962
Kai8510924 Poppy9013646
Leo638421 Lexi568933
Anthony799920 Sienna8011232
         
   
Rank - BoysRank - Girls
 20132008Change in rank  20132008Change in rank
Mason40252212 Fiadh82341259
Kayden91207116 Sienna80241161
Kai8517893 Poppy90251161
Tommy7816991 Sadie77194117
Alfie6614680 Hanna8618599
         
Table 6 Babies' names with most growth in popularity between 2012 and 2013, and between 2008 and 2013 measured by number of names
         
Number of Boys Number of Girls
 20132012Increase in number  20132012Increase in number
Oliver19915544 Anna35229656
Mason20115942 Lexi1277354
Alexander20216141 Sofia15510550
Leo1319635 Sadie844242
Shay1046935 Fiadh783939
         
Number of Boys Number of Girls
 20132008Increase in number  20132008Increase in number
Noah418181237 Amelia429173256
Mason20118183 Sophia289126163
Harry430276154 Freya17259113
Oliver19998101 Lexi12720107
Charlie38329291 Sofia15554101
         
Table 7 Most popular babies' names registered in each regional authority in 2013 
       
YearRegional AuthorityBoys  Girls 
  Name% Name%
2013BorderJack2.25 Sophie2.03
 MidlandJack2.57 Emily2.03
 WestJames2.83 Emma2.15
 DublinDaniel1.99 Emily1.76
 Mid-EastJack2.27 Emily2.10
 Mid-WestJack2.63 Emily1.87
 South-EastJack2.64 Emma1.88
 South-WestJack2.71 Emily1.85
 Ireland Jack2.17 Emily1.86
       
2012BorderConor2.29 Emily/Sophie1.90
 MidlandJames2.27 Emily2.31
 WestJack2.33 Emma1.82
 DublinDaniel1.91 Emily1.56
 Mid-EastDaniel2.11 Sophie2.09
 Mid-WestJack2.59 Sophie1.72
 South-EastJack2.81 Emily2.19
 South-WestJack2.83 Emily1.84
 Ireland Jack2.23 Emily1.79
       
2011BorderRyan2.67 Emily/Sophie1.95
 MidlandJack2.59 Sarah1.89
 WestSean2.73 Chloe/Grace1.61
 DublinDaniel2.05 Sophie1.42
 Mid-EastJames2.21 Emily2.05
 Mid-WestJack/Sean2.49 Emma2.45
 South-EastJack3.19 Sophie1.88
 South-WestJack2.32 Emily1.74
 Ireland Jack2.20 Emily1.64
       
2010BorderJack2.40 Emma1.75
 MidlandJack3.30 Sophie1.76
 WestConor2.63 Sarah1.83
 DublinDaniel2.28 Sophie1.91
 Mid-EastSean2.65 Emily1.88
 Mid-WestJack3.35 Emma2.40
 South-EastJack2.75 Emma1.75
 South-WestJack2.84 Lucy1.80
 Ireland Jack2.44 Sophie1.66
       
2009BorderJack2.12 Ava1.67
 MidlandJack2.73 Emma2.24
 WestSean3.06 Sarah1.99
 DublinDaniel2.46 Sophie1.99
 Mid-EastJack2.78 Sophie2.15
 Mid-WestJack3.56 Sophie2.08
 South-EastJack3.66 Sophie1.85
 South-WestJack3.08 Ava2.00
 Ireland Jack2.78 Sophie1.75
       
2008BorderJack2.91 Katie2.15
 MidlandJack3.39 Grace2.03
 WestJack2.57 Emma2.03
 DublinSean2.47 Ava1.89
 Mid-EastJack3.24 Emma1.87
 Mid-WestJack3.01 Sarah2.32
 South-EastJack3.88 Emily2.10
 South-WestJack3.32 Sarah2.26
 Ireland Jack2.96 Ava1.89
       
Table 8a Most popular boys' names, classified by area of residence of mother, between 2011 and 2013
    
 201320122011
STATEJackJackJack
    
LEINSTERDanielJamesJames
    
CarlowJackJackJames
Dublin CityDanielJamesJames/Sean
South DublinDanielDanielRyan
FingalDanielDanielDaniel
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown JamesJamesJames
KildareDanielDanielSean
KilkennyMichaelDanielJack
LaoisJackSeanRyan
LongfordDanielAdam/David/Michael/RianJames
LouthConor/DanielSeanRyan
MeathJackSeanJack/James
OffalyDanielJackJack
WestmeathJamesJamesConor
WexfordJamesJackJack
WicklowDanielJamesRyan
    
MUNSTERJackJackJack
    
ClareSeanJackSean
Cork CityAlexJackJack
Cork CountyJackJackJack
KerryJackJackJack
Limerick CityJackSeanJack
Limerick County JackJamesJack
North TipperaryJackConorJack
South TipperaryJackJackAlex
Waterford CityAaronJamesJack
Waterford CountyJamesJamesDaniel
    
CONNACHTJamesJackSean
    
Galway CityJamesJack/JamesJames/Sean
Galway CountyJackJackConor
LeitrimConor/MarkDanielDaniel
MayoJamesJamesSean
RoscommonJamesJamesSean
SligoDaniel/JamesJackRyan
    
ULSTER (PART OF)JackConorRyan
    
CavanRyanConorRyan
DonegalJackConorRyan
MonaghanCharlie/James/RyanRyanJamie
    
Table 8b Most popular girls' names, classified by area of residence of mother, between 2011 and 2013
    
 201320122011
STATEEmilyEmilyEmily
    
LEINSTEREmilyEmilyEmily
    
CarlowEmmaSophieEmily
Dublin CityEmilyAmeliaAva
South DublinEmilyEmily/SophieElla/Sophie
FingalEmilyEmmaSophie
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown HannahEmilyEmma
KildareSophieSophieEmily
KilkennyEmmaEmilyCaoimhe
LaoisEmilyAoife/Emily/SophieSarah
LongfordEmilyEmilyMia
LouthEmilyEmilyEmily
MeathEmilyEmilyGrace
OffalyEmmaEmilyAoife/Grace/Sarah
WestmeathEmily/AvaEmilyEmily/Lucy
WexfordAmeliaEmilyMia
WicklowAvaAmeliaChloe/Sophie
    
MUNSTEREmilyEmilyEmma
    
ClareEmilyAoife/Lily/Lucy/SophieEmma
Cork CityEmily/SophieSarahKatie/Sophie
Cork CountyKateEmily/SaoirseSarah
KerryEmilyMiaAva/Emma
Limerick CitySophieGraceAva/Sophie
Limerick County Emma/GraceGraceEmma
North TipperaryEmilyEmilyEmma
South TipperaryEllaEmilySophie
Waterford CityAmeliaEmilyGrace
Waterford CountyEmma/KateAmeliaElla
    
CONNACHTEmilyEmmaGrace
    
Galway CitySophie/Mia/AmeliaAoifeRoisin
Galway CountyEmilyEllaCaoimhe
LeitrimRachelSophieEmma/Grace
MayoEmmaEmilyAva/Sophie
RoscommonCaoimheChloeKatie
SligoEmily/SarahEmilyEmma
    
ULSTER (PART OF)SophieEllaSophie
    
CavanGraceEmmaChloe
DonegalSophieEllaSarah
MonaghanSophieGrace/LaurenEmma
    
Table 9 Most popular babies' names registered in 2013, classified by nationality of parents
    
Nationality of motherNationality of fatherBoys' nameGirls' name
IrelandIrelandJackEmily
IrelandUnited KingdomJamesSophie
IrelandEU15 excl. Irl & UKJamesAmelie/Sofia
IrelandEU15 to EU28Daniel/NoahSofia
IrelandOtherEthan/Jayden/NoahHannah
IrelandNot statedJaydenRuby
United KingdomIrelandThomasKatie
EU15 excl. Irl & UKIrelandNoahEmma
EU15 to EU28IrelandDaniel Emily
OtherIrelandDanielEmily
Not stated*Ireland
United KingdomUnited KingdomJamesAva/Emily/Grace/Jessica/Willow
EU15 excl. Irl & UKEU15 excl. Irl & UKNoahEmma
EU15 to EU28EU15 to EU28JakubJulia
OtherOtherDanielSarah
Remainder DanielEmma
    
*No name with more than one occurrence
Table 10 Top 100 babies' names registered in 1963, in order of popularity
     
Boys' name1963 Girls' name1963
John1 Mary1
Patrick2 Margaret2
Michael3 Catherine3
Paul4 Ann4
James5 Anne5
Thomas6 Elizabeth6
Martin7 Pauline7
William8 Bridget8
David9 Geraldine9
Gerard10 Patricia10
Joseph11 Bernadette11
Anthony12 Paula12
Peter13 Helen13
Edward14 Martina14
Francis15 Caroline15
Daniel16 Jacqueline16
Kevin17 Deirdre17
Brendan18 Eileen18
Noel19 Susan19
Brian20 Teresa20
Denis21 Kathleen21
Declan22 Brigid22
Stephen23 Sandra23
Christopher24 Josephine24
Richard25 Marie25
Timothy26 Ellen26
Robert27 Nora27
Mark28 Carmel28
Kieran29 Angela29
Philip30 Joan30
Bernard31 Maria31
Derek32 Linda32
Raymond33 Fiona33
Jeremiah34 Christina34
Andrew35 Sheila35
Alan36 Carol36
Dermot37 Julia37
Sean38 Rose38
Cornelius39 Siobhan39
Laurence40 Frances40
Desmond41 Sarah40
Charles42 Yvonne40
Maurice42 Anna43
Vincent44 Valerie44
Aidan45 Barbara45
Kenneth46 Lorraine46
Eugene47 Colette47
Donal48 Veronica48
Colm49 Karen49
George49 Rita50
Niall51 Johanna51
Terence52 Miriam52
Eamonn53 Clare53
Matthew54 Denise54
Liam55 Helena55
Ciaran56 Sharon55
Nicholas57 Jane57
Hugh58 Monica58
Seamus59 Alice59
Gerald60 Annette59
Conor61 Grainne61
Henry61 Theresa61
Ian63 Adrienne63
Gregory64 Christine64
Owen65 Claire65
Eamon66 Therese65
Gabriel66 Evelyn67
Edmond68 Noreen68
Fergus68 Orla68
Oliver68 Una68
Damian71 Jean71
Ronan72 Jennifer71
Adrian73 Louise71
Finbarr74 Brenda74
Eoin75 Nuala75
Shane76 Rosemary76
Cormac77 Elaine77
Enda78 Audrey78
Padraig78 Dolores78
Donald80 Imelda80
Rory80 Katherine80
Damien82 Winifred82
Leo83 Michele83
Simon84 Aileen84
Barry85 Jacinta84
Colin85 Ruth84
Arthur87 Olive87
Ronald88 Janet88
Karl89 Marian88
Fergal90 Eleanor90
Pascal90 Antoinette91
Aiden92 Hannah91
Samuel92 Deborah93
Eric94 Gabrielle94
Keith94 Noeleen94
Garrett96 Rosaleen94
Cathal97 Agnes97
Dominic97 Maureen98
Fintan97 Dympna99
Bartholomew100 Emer100
     
Table 11 Top 100 babies' names registered in 1963, in order of popularity - numbers registered
     
Boys' name1963 Girls' name1963
John3,892 Mary3,721
Patrick2,302 Margaret1,526
Michael2,010 Catherine1,387
Paul1,867 Ann927
James1,575 Anne824
Thomas1,361 Elizabeth791
Martin1,034 Pauline771
William984 Bridget671
David962 Geraldine607
Gerard863 Patricia588
Joseph758 Bernadette469
Anthony610 Paula451
Peter590 Helen432
Edward451 Martina429
Francis418 Caroline428
Daniel408 Jacqueline423
Kevin400 Deirdre409
Brendan395 Eileen377
Noel379 Susan357
Brian369 Teresa338
Denis327 Kathleen329
Declan324 Brigid307
Stephen297 Sandra302
Christopher295 Josephine291
Richard293 Marie290
Timothy292 Ellen287
Robert283 Nora285
Mark280 Carmel273
Kieran242 Angela272
Philip228 Joan251
Bernard212 Maria235
Derek211 Linda234
Raymond206 Fiona218
Jeremiah199 Christina199
Andrew195 Sheila192
Alan191 Carol191
Dermot188 Julia169
Sean178 Rose160
Cornelius166 Siobhan157
Laurence159 Frances152
Desmond153 Sarah152
Charles146 Yvonne152
Maurice146 Anna151
Vincent145 Valerie147
Aidan143 Barbara143
Kenneth129 Lorraine139
Eugene127 Colette128
Donal123 Veronica125
Colm120 Karen121
George120 Rita119
Niall117 Johanna112
Terence115 Miriam111
Eamonn114 Clare109
Matthew103 Denise108
Liam100 Helena107
Ciaran99 Sharon107
Nicholas97 Jane106
Hugh91 Monica101
Seamus90 Alice100
Gerald87 Annette100
Conor86 Grainne94
Henry86 Theresa94
Ian84 Adrienne92
Gregory64 Christine89
Owen63 Claire87
Eamon61 Therese87
Gabriel61 Evelyn86
Edmond60 Noreen85
Fergus60 Orla85
Oliver60 Una85
Damian59 Jean84
Ronan57 Jennifer84
Adrian54 Louise84
Finbarr52 Brenda83
Eoin50 Nuala82
Shane49 Rosemary80
Cormac47 Elaine76
Enda46 Audrey75
Padraig46 Dolores75
Donald44 Imelda69
Rory44 Katherine69
Damien43 Winifred68
Leo42 Michele67
Simon41 Aileen66
Barry40 Jacinta66
Colin40 Ruth66
Arthur39 Olive65
Ronald38 Janet63
Karl37 Marian63
Fergal36 Eleanor62
Pascal36 Antoinette61
Aiden34 Hannah61
Samuel34 Deborah60
Eric32 Gabrielle59
Keith32 Noeleen59
Garrett31 Rosaleen59
Cathal30 Agnes58
Dominic30 Maureen57
Fintan30 Dympna56
Bartholomew29 Emer55
     
     
Total in top 10030,666  26,074
Total with first name recorded32,736  31,088
Top 100 as % of total93.7  83.9
Total names registered678  1,109
Total births registered32,486  30,760
     
Table 12 Top 100 babies' names registered in 1963, in alphabetical order - rank
     
Boys' name1963 Girls' name1963
Adrian73 Adrienne63
Aidan45 Agnes97
Aiden92 Aileen84
Alan36 Alice59
Andrew35 Angela29
Anthony12 Ann4
Arthur87 Anna43
Barry85 Anne5
Bartholomew100 Annette59
Bernard31 Antoinette91
Brendan18 Audrey78
Brian20 Barbara45
Cathal97 Bernadette11
Charles42 Brenda74
Christopher24 Bridget8
Ciaran56 Brigid22
Colin85 Carmel28
Colm49 Carol36
Conor61 Caroline15
Cormac77 Catherine3
Cornelius39 Christina34
Damian71 Christine64
Damien82 Claire65
Daniel16 Clare53
David9 Colette47
Declan22 Deborah93
Denis21 Deirdre17
Derek32 Denise54
Dermot37 Dolores78
Desmond41 Dympna99
Dominic97 Eileen18
Donal48 Elaine77
Donald80 Eleanor90
Eamon66 Elizabeth6
Eamonn53 Ellen26
Edmond68 Emer100
Edward14 Evelyn67
Enda78 Fiona33
Eoin75 Frances40
Eric94 Gabrielle94
Eugene47 Geraldine9
Fergal90 Grainne61
Fergus68 Hannah91
Finbarr74 Helen13
Fintan97 Helena55
Francis15 Imelda80
Gabriel66 Jacinta84
Garrett96 Jacqueline16
George49 Jane57
Gerald60 Janet88
Gerard10 Jean71
Gregory64 Jennifer71
Henry61 Joan30
Hugh58 Johanna51
Ian63 Josephine24
James5 Julia37
Jeremiah34 Karen49
John1 Katherine80
Joseph11 Kathleen21
Karl89 Linda32
Keith94 Lorraine46
Kenneth46 Louise71
Kevin17 Margaret2
Kieran29 Maria31
Laurence40 Marian88
Leo83 Marie25
Liam55 Martina14
Mark28 Mary1
Martin7 Maureen98
Matthew54 Michele83
Maurice42 Miriam52
Michael3 Monica58
Niall51 Noeleen94
Nicholas57 Nora27
Noel19 Noreen68
Oliver68 Nuala75
Owen65 Olive87
Padraig78 Orla68
Pascal90 Patricia10
Patrick2 Paula12
Paul4 Pauline7
Peter13 Rita50
Philip30 Rosaleen94
Raymond33 Rose38
Richard25 Rosemary76
Robert27 Ruth84
Ronald88 Sandra23
Ronan72 Sarah40
Rory80 Sharon55
Samuel92 Sheila35
Seamus59 Siobhan39
Sean38 Susan19
Shane76 Teresa20
Simon84 Theresa61
Stephen23 Therese65
Terence52 Una68
Thomas6 Valerie44
Timothy26 Veronica48
Vincent44 Winifred82
William8 Yvonne40
     
Table 13 Top 100 babies' names registered in 1963, in alphabetical order - numbers registered
     
Boys' name1963 Girls' name1963
Adrian54 Adrienne92
Aidan143 Agnes58
Aiden34 Aileen66
Alan191 Alice100
Andrew195 Angela272
Anthony610 Ann927
Arthur39 Anna151
Barry40 Anne824
Bartholomew29 Annette100
Bernard212 Antoinette61
Brendan395 Audrey75
Brian369 Barbara143
Cathal30 Bernadette469
Charles146 Brenda83
Christopher295 Bridget671
Ciaran99 Brigid307
Colin40 Carmel273
Colm120 Carol191
Conor86 Caroline428
Cormac47 Catherine1,387
Cornelius166 Christina199
Damian59 Christine89
Damien43 Claire87
Daniel408 Clare109
David962 Colette128
Declan324 Deborah60
Denis327 Deirdre409
Derek211 Denise108
Dermot188 Dolores75
Desmond153 Dympna56
Dominic30 Eileen377
Donal123 Elaine76
Donald44 Eleanor62
Eamon61 Elizabeth791
Eamonn114 Ellen287
Edmond60 Emer55
Edward451 Evelyn86
Enda46 Fiona218
Eoin50 Frances152
Eric32 Gabrielle59
Eugene127 Geraldine607
Fergal36 Grainne94
Fergus60 Hannah61
Finbarr52 Helen432
Fintan30 Helena107
Francis418 Imelda69
Gabriel61 Jacinta66
Garrett31 Jacqueline423
George120 Jane106
Gerald87 Janet63
Gerard863 Jean84
Gregory64 Jennifer84
Henry86 Joan251
Hugh91 Johanna112
Ian84 Josephine291
James1,575 Julia169
Jeremiah199 Karen121
John3,892 Katherine69
Joseph758 Kathleen329
Karl37 Linda234
Keith32 Lorraine139
Kenneth129 Louise84
Kevin400 Margaret1,526
Kieran242 Maria235
Laurence159 Marian63
Leo42 Marie290
Liam100 Martina429
Mark280 Mary3,721
Martin1,034 Maureen57
Matthew103 Michele67
Maurice146 Miriam111
Michael2,010 Monica101
Niall117 Noeleen59
Nicholas97 Nora285
Noel379 Noreen85
Oliver60 Nuala82
Owen63 Olive65
Padraig46 Orla85
Pascal36 Patricia588
Patrick2,302 Paula451
Paul1,867 Pauline771
Peter590 Rita119
Philip228 Rosaleen59
Raymond206 Rose160
Richard293 Rosemary80
Robert283 Ruth66
Ronald38 Sandra302
Ronan57 Sarah152
Rory44 Sharon107
Samuel34 Sheila192
Seamus90 Siobhan157
Sean178 Susan357
Shane49 Teresa338
Simon41 Theresa94
Stephen297 Therese87
Terence115 Una85
Thomas1,361 Valerie147
Timothy292 Veronica125
Vincent145 Winifred68
William984 Yvonne152
     
     
     
     
Total in top 10030,666  26,074
Total with first name recorded32,736  31,088
Top 100 as % of total93.7  83.9
Total names registered678  1,109
Total births registered32,486  30,760
     

Background Notes

Source

These results are based on an analysis of the first names recorded on birth returns for registration and vital statistics, begun by the CSO in 1998. All birth notifications in 2013 included the baby’s first name when the statistical return was sent to the CSO.   1963 and 1964 are the only years prior to 1998 for which an analysis of names are available.

Information recorded

Only the first name was used for this analysis. Babies’ surnames and additional forenames were not extracted by the CSO.  With regard to 1963, 0.6% of forenames were not available for analysis.

Spellings and variants

Different spellings of a name have been treated as separate names. For example, while there were 322 boys named Cillian, another 88 had the alternate spelling Killian. Similarly, if you combine the number of girls named Hannah (340) and Hanna (75) then it becomes the 7th most popular name for girls in 2013. Variants of names and abbreviations have also been treated as separate names. For example, Jack, Sean and John account between them for 1,660 boys. These were counted as separate names and rank first, fifth and twenty-seventh  respectively. If treated as variants of John, it would rank as the most popular boys’ name. Names containing accents have been recorded without those accents e.g. Seán was recorded as Sean.

Ranking

Names of equal rank have been placed in alphabetical order in Table 1.

Nuts2 and Nuts3 regions

The regional classifications in this release are based on the NUTS (nomenclature of Territorial Units) classification used by Eurostat. The NUTS3 regions correspond to the eight Regional Authorities established under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993, which came into operation on 1 January 1994. The NUTS2 regions, which were proposed by Government and agreed by Eurostat in 1999, are groupings of the NUTS3 regions. The composition of the regions is set out below.

Border, Midland and Western NUTS2 Region      Southern and Eastern NUTS2 Region  
           
Border Cavan     Dublin Dublin City 
  Donegal       Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 
  Leitrim       Fingal 
  Louth       South Dublin  
  Monaghan        
  Sligo     Mid-East  Kildare 
          Meath 
Midland Laois       Wicklow 
  Longford        
  Offaly     Mid-West  Clare 
  Westmeath       Limerick City 
          Limerick County 
West Galway City       North Tipperary 
  Galway County        
  Mayo     South-East  Carlow 
  Roscommon       Kilkenny 
          South Tipperary 
          Waterford City 
          Waterford County 
          Wexford 
           
        South-West  Cork City 
          Cork County 
          Kerry 

Nationality groups

The category EU15 excl Ireland & the UK consists of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.

The category EU15 to EU28 consists of: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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