How popular is the baby name Deirbhile in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Deirbhile.
According to data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland in 2014 were Emily and Jack.
Here are NI’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2014:
1. Emily, 261 baby girls
2. Grace, 189
3. Sophie, 180
4. Amelia, 175
5. Ella, 172
6. Olivia, 152
7. Anna, 150
8. Lucy, 149
9. Sophia, 148
10. Eva, 146
1. Jack, 285 baby boys
2. James, 276
3. Daniel, 236
4. Charlie, 224
5. Harry, 193
6. Noah, 190
7. Oliver, 155
8. Ethan, 153
9. Jacob, 148
10. Thomas, 147
Olivia and Eva replace Aoife and Jessica in the girls’ top 10.
Thomas replaces Matthew in the boys’ top 10.
Two names that made big jumps into the top 100 were Kian (171st to 78th) and Aria (218th to 89th).
Finally, here are some of the unusual names that were given to only 1 or 2 babies in Northern Ireland last year:
Aoifrie, Cobhlaith, Cuisle, Deirbhile, Enfys, Ermioni, Ezraelle, Flossie-Bo, Ionagh, Ionela, Labhaoise, Loveday, Maoiliosa, Maureen-Nevaeh, Narbflaith, Rimgaile, Saorfhlaith, Saylor-Doll, Tsz, Vogue, Zinifer
Aodh, Benji-Beau, Caoilte, Cavani, Connlaoth, Davog, Dualta, Epaphroditus, Feidhlim, Goldberg, Grantas, Jecstonio, Jeef, Kal-El, Laochra, Laoghaire, Mjtba, Peanut, Seachlann, Stanex, Theo-Thaddeus, Tucgan
Earlier rankings for Northern Ireland: 2013, 2012, 2007, 2006.
Sources: NISRA – Demography, Most popular NI baby names for 2014 are Jack and Emily
A reader named Alexis wrote to me a few weeks ago:
My husband and I are expecting a baby girl in February 2009. He is Irish and I am Swedish so we are trying to find a simple girl’s name that is either Irish or Swedish. If you could help us it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)
About a month ago I listed a few simple Swedish names, such as Elin, Inga and Lina. Simple Irish names are a bit harder to come by (Deirbhile? Muirgheal?) but there’s always Fiona, Nola, Oona or Orla.
Personally, I like both Molly and Nora.
Molly tends to be associated with Ireland–perhaps thanks to Molly Malone–and is currently popular in Sweden. (It ranks 30th in Sweden, 18th in N. Ireland and 23rd in Ireland.)
Nora has literary connections to both countries: it was the name of James Joyce’s wife and of a character in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. (It ranks 36th in Sweden, but doesn’t rank in Ireland.)
Many other simple names, though not specifically Irish or Swedish, are popular in both areas as well:
- Anna (#10 in N. Ireland, #20 in Ireland, #56 in Sweden)
- Clara/Klara (#13 in Sweden, #84 in Ireland, #74 in N. Ireland)
- Ella (#3 in Sweden, #3 in Ireland, #22 in N. Ireland)
- Emma (#2 in Ireland, #4 in Sweden, #5 in N. Ireland)
- Hanna/Hannah (#9 in N. Ireland, #13 in Ireland, #20 in Sweden)
- Sara/Sarah (#1 in Ireland, #7 in N. Ireland, #26 in Sweden)
What other name suggestions would you offer Alexis?
Update, 4/18 – The baby is here! Check the 2nd comment to find out what her name is…