The most popular name in 2021 for newborn boys in Ireland was Jack and for girls it was Fiadh. Jack has held the top spot since 2007 with the exception of 2016 when James was the most popular name. This is the first time that Fiadh has taken the number one spot, climbing from second place in 2020 and third in 2019. Grace had been the most popular name for baby girls in 2020 with Emily being the most popular prior to this since 2011.
Jack, James and Conor have been in the top five boys' names since 1998. Daniel falls from 4th place in 2020 to 8th in 2021. Noah was new to the top five in 2018 and remains there in 2021, rising one place to 2nd. Rían is a new entrant to the top five this year rising to 5th in 2021 from 15th in 2020.
This is the first year that Fiadh has been the most popular name chosen for girls. Fiadh was a new entrant to the top five names in 2019 and has risen from 2nd place in 2020 to 1st in 2021. Emily, formerly the top name for 9 consecutive years remains at 3rd place. Sophie is the 4th most popular name for the fourth year in a row while Ava drops from 5th place in 2020 to 8th in 2021. Éabha however, has jumped from 16th place in 2020 to 5th place this year. See table 2.1.
There were ten new entrants to the top 100 for boys: Teddy, Daithí, Páidí, Jaxon, Brody, Ted, Hunter, Tadgh, Tiernan and Arlo. Ted was also the name rising most in popularity, jumping from 139th place to 90th between 2020 and 2021. Similarly, Hunter moved up the ranks from 129th place in 2020 to 91st in 2021. See tables 2.1 and 2.5.
There were three new entrants to the top 100 for girls: Indie, Ayla and Lottie. Croía has grown most in popularity, rising from 95th place in 2020 to 52nd in 2021. That’s a jump of 43 places in rank. Indie jumped in popularity from 106th place in 2020 to 78th place in 2021. See tables 2.1 and 2.5.
There is a wider variety in the names registered for girls, with 4,741 girls' names in 2021 compared with 3,863 for boys. See table 2.2.
In most areas of the country one of the top five boys’ names took the number one spot.
Jack was the most popular name for baby boys in all provinces in 2021. Noah was the second most favoured name for boys in 2021 and held the top or joint top spot in 4 locations including Limerick City and Dublin City. Some counties picked names outside the top five. Adam was ranked 22nd nationally yet was most favoured in Cork City. While Michael held 11th place nationally, it was the joint most popular choice for boys in Galway City along with Liam, which was ranked 6th nationally. See table 2.8(a).
Fiadh was the most chosen girls' name or joint first in nine areas including South Dublin. Grace was the second most popular name nationally but was the top girls' name in Munster. Grace also held the top or joint top name in thirteen counties and shared first place with Fiadh in Galway County. Names outside the top five were chosen for girls in several counties. Olivia was the joint top name in Cork City along with Grace yet nationally it was ranked 18th. Sadie was joint first choice in Kildare along with Amelia and Emily, whilst also ranking 18th nationally. Ellie, the 16th most popular name in 2021 was the most chosen name in Westmeath. In Cavan, Annie was the most favoured. See table 2.8(b).
Some of the less frequently used girls' names registered in 2021 and not included in the top 100 names were Anastasia, Tessa, Daria, Órlaith, Roisin and Florrie.
Some of the less popular boys' names registered in 2021 were Roan, Santiago, Tiarnán, Kane, Felix and Orson
Jack was the most popular name where both parents were Irish nationals, while William was the most popular choices with parents of UK nationality. Where both parents were from the EU14 (excluding Ireland) Liam was the most favoured boys' name. Leon was the name chosen most often by parents from the EU15 to EU27. Muhammad was the highest ranked name of baby boys born where both parents were from outside the EU. See table 2.9.
Fiadh was the most popular girls' name where both parents were Irish nationals. Emma ranked first with parents from the EU14 (excluding Ireland) and Mia took the top spot with parents from the EU15 to EU27. Sarah was the main choice where both parents were from outside the EU. There was no singular popular name of 3+ occurrence for girls chosen by parents of UK nationality. See table 2.9.
The top ten surnames of babies registered in 2021 is also included in this publication. Of the 58,442 live births in 2021, 19,701 had unique surnames. These unique surnames included some double-barrelled surnames, e.g. Byrne-Kelly. The top ten surnames accounted for 7.4% (or 4,319) of the 58,442 live births in 2021. The top three surnames for babies were Murphy at 714 (1.2%), Kelly at 551 (0.9%) and Ryan at 468 (0.8%). See table 2.10.John and Mary the most popular names in 1971
In 1971, the most popular name for boys was John. Fifty years later, John ranked 28th in popularity in 2021 for baby boys. See tables 2.1, 2.2, 2.11 and 2.12.
The top five boys’ names in 1971 were John, Michael, Patrick, David and James. The only name in this top five which was still in the top five by 2021 was James. See table 2.1 and 2.11.
Mary was the most popular girls' name in 1971. In 2021, Mary has slipped out of the top 100 for the first time and is ranked 127th. None of the top 10 most popular names for girls in 2021 appeared in the top 100 girls' names in 1971. The first name to appear in both top 100’s was Anna who ranked 52nd in 1971 and 21st in 2021. See tables 2.1, 2.2, 2.11 and 2.12.
None of the top 10 most popular names for girls in 2021 appeared anywhere in the top 100 girls' names in 1971.The most popular baby names in the U.K.
Oliver was the name chosen most often for baby boys in England and Wales in 2020, the most recent year for which data is available, while Olivia was the top name for girls. Parents in Northern Ireland in 2020 chose James as their most popular boys' name with Grace as the most popular girls' name. Scotland in 2020 shows Jack and Isla as the most popular names. See table 2.15.
Information note: The CSO’s Irish Babies' Names 2021 publication includes the síneadh fada and other diacritics since it was first introduced for names registered in 2018. This change has resulted in a break in the series, with new entries created for names with the síneadh fada and other diacritics.
This has an impact in the order of the popularity of some forenames. For example Sean (without the síneadh fada) has always been in the top 100 most popular names for boys. Seán with the síneadh fada is now included in the data and both spellings are treated as 2 separate names since 2018, thus Seán has a rank of 16 while Sean has fallen to rank 102 in 2021.
Link to Visualisation Tool: Baby Names of Ireland