Most Popular Baby Names in Ireland, 2011

Jack and Emily were the most popular baby names in Ireland in 2011.

Here are the full top-20 lists for each gender:

Boy NamesGirl Names
1. Jack (2.4% of all baby boys)
2. James
3. Sean [SHAWN]
4. Daniel
5. Connor
6. Ryan
7. Adam
8. Harry
9. Michael
10. Alex (tie)
10. Dylan (tie)
12. Luke
13. Cian [KEE-an or KEEN]
14. Jamie
15. Oisin [UH-sheen or O-sheen]
16. Aaron
17. Liam
18. Thomas
19. Darragh
20. Charlie
1. Emily (1.6% of all baby girls)
2. Sophie
3. Emma
4. Grace
5. Lily
6. Sarah
7. Lucy
8. Ava
9. Chloe
10. Katie
11. Ella
12. Mia
13. Aoife [EE-fa]
14. Caoimhe [KEE-va or KWEE-va]
15. Kate
16. Leah
17. Hannah
18. Anna
19. Saoirse [SEER-sha or SAIR-sha]
20. Ruby

(And here are the 2010 rankings, if you’d like to compare.)

The names that increased the most in popularity from 2010 to 2011 were…

 Boy NamesGirl Names
By rank:Tommy – 160th to 88th
Mason – 128th to 70th
Hugh – 126th to 99th
Donnacha – 102nd to 76th
Leo – 94th to 79th
Michaela – 164th to 78th
Muireann – 120th to 87th
Sofia – 80th to 58th
Kayla – 41st to 21st
Eve (tie) – 60th to 45th
Maebh (tie) – 107th to 92nd
By number of babies:Harry – 364 to 499
Adam – 581 to 637
Mason – 59 to 115
Thomas – 347 to 403
Rian – 161 to 213
Lily – 371 to 496
Kayla – 186 to 306
Caoimhe – 323 to 398
Mia – 344 to 400
Ella – 380 to 434

Tommy’s rise can be attributed to Tommy Moon, a fictional baby who was “born” (read: introduced) on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders at the very end of 2010.

And we already know why Mason is so popular

Sources: Irish Babies’ Names 2011 [pdf], Jack and Emily top baby names list

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