According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland in 2018 were Grace and James/Noah (tie).
Here are the Northern Ireland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Grace, 221 baby girls
- Emily, 203
- Olivia, 178
- Sophie, 155
- Ella, 151
- Amelia, 140
- Isla, 135
- Anna, 128
- Lily, 125
- Lucy, 124
- Noah, 217 baby boys (tie)
- James, 217 (tie)
- Jack, 201
- Charlie, 191
- Jacob, 154 (tie)
- Daniel, 154 (tie)
- Oliver, 151
- Harry, 150
- Thomas, 142
- Leo, 137
In the girls’ top ten, Lily and Lucy replace Charlotte and Sophia.
In the boys’ top ten, Leo replaces Logan.
In the girls’ top 100, the highest climbers were Rosie, Sadie, and Saoirse.
In the boys’ top 100, the highest climbers were Tommy, Theo, and Hunter.
In 2017, the top names were Emily and James.
In the adjacent Republic of Ireland, the top names of 2018 were Emily and Jack.
Sources: Baby Names 2018 – NISRA, Disney, Moana and Storm – NI’s diverse baby names revealed
According to the Civil Registry of the Isle of Man, the most popular baby names on the island in 2018 were Grace/Gracie and Harry.
The press release didn’t assign rankings to the rest of the top names, so I’ll give them to you in the order in which they were listed…
Interestingly, neither Olivia nor Oliver (the top names of 2017) made it into the top 5 in 2018.
Source: Isle of Man’s most popular baby names in 2018 revealed as Harry and Grace
According to Registers Iceland, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Embla and Aron.
Here are Iceland’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Embla, 26 baby girls
- Emilía, 24
- Freyja, 23
- Hekla, 23
- Sara, 23
- Lilja, 21
- Hanna, 19
- Alexandra, 18
- Anna, 18
- Katla, 18
- Aron, 51 baby boys
- Alexander, 37
- Emil, 32
- Kári, 31
- Viktor, 31
- Óliver, 28
- Guðmundur, 27
- Jökull, 26
- Mikael, 25
- Jón, 23
Many of these names have equivalent English forms, but several do not, such as…
- Embla – possibly based on the Old Norse word almr, meaning “elm.” Not to be confused with Engla.
- Hekla – based on the Old Norse word hekla, meaning “cloak.” Also the name of an active volcano.
- Katla – based on the Old Norse word ketill, meaning “(sacrificial) cauldron.”
- Kári – based on the Old Norse word kárr, meaning either “curly (hair)” or “obstinate.”
- Guðmundur – based on the Old Norse elements gud, meaning either “god” or “good,” and mund, meaning “protection.”
- Jökull – means “glacier, ice” in Icelandic.
I didn’t post 2017 rankings for Iceland, but in 2016 the top two names were Emilía and Alexander.
Sources: Aron and Hekla Most Popular Baby Names, Aron And Hekla Iceland’s Most Popular Names Of 2018, Nafngjafir 2018 (January), Nafngjafir – leiðrétting (March), Nordic Names
According to the Annual Statement published by Jersey’s Superintendent Registrar, the most popular baby names on the island of Jersey (the largest of the Channel Islands) in 2018 were Sienna and Leo.
Here are Jersey’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
Because this is the first time the government has released an official set of single-year baby name rankings, there’s no direct antecedent for comparison. But we do know that the top names in Jersey from 2014 to 2016 were Emily and Oliver.
In 2018, a total of 933 babies were born on the island.
Sources: Jersey’s most popular baby names for 2018 revealed, Report reveals Jersey’s top baby names
According to preliminary data from Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute, the most popular baby names in the country in 2018 were Viktoria and Georgi.
Here are Bulgaria’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
1. Viktoria, 674 baby girls
2. Maria, 591
3. Nikol, 586
4. Sofia, 463
5. Raya, 432
6. Aleksandra, 413
7. Daria, 351
8. Gabriela, 346
9. Simona, 343
10. Yoana, 339
1. Georgi, 976 baby boys
2. Aleksandar, 930
3. Martin, 748
4. Boris, 628
5. Nikola, 598
6. Dimitar, 579
7. Daniel, 563
8. Kaloyan, 548
9. Ivan, 547
10. Teodor, 523
The girls’ top ten includes the same ten names as the year before, but in a different order.
In the boys’ top ten, Teodor replaces Viktor.
In 2017, the most popular names in Bulgaria were Viktoria and Aleksandar.
Source: Names in Bulgaria in 2018 – National Statistical Institute, Republic of Bulgaria