The most popular baby names in Northern Ireland were announced a little while ago.
According to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, the #1 names were Jack for boys and Sophie for girls.
Here are Northern Ireland’s provisional top 20 girl names and top 20 boy names of 2012:
Baby Girl Names
Baby Boy Names
1. Sophie 2. Emily 3. Grace 4. Amelia 5. Jessica 6. Lucy 7. Sophia 8. Katie 9. Eva 10. Aoife 11. Chloe 12. Lily 13. Ella 14. Mia 15. Ellie 16. Anna [tie] 16. Emma [tie] 16. Olivia [tie] 19. Erin 20. Sarah
1. Jack 2. James 3. Daniel 4. Harry 5. Charlie 6. Ethan 7. Matthew 8. Ryan 9. Riley 10. Noah 11. Adam 12. Joshua 13. Jacob 14. Thomas 15. Conor 16. Jake [tie] 16. Oliver [tie] 18. Dylan 19. Alfie 20. Mason
The highest climbers within the top 20 lists were Aoife (15th to 10th) and Riley (18th to 9th).
Other high climbers were Bobby (124th to 59th), Blake (111th to 71st) and Olly (131st to 93rd) for boy names, and Miley (135th to 79th) and Layla (135th to 83rd) for girl names.
[Very curious about Bobby! Can anybody explain that one?]
Names that decreased in popularity include Calum (down 93 spots), Padraig (-49) and Conan (-28) on the boys’ list, and Ciara (-53), Victoria (-49) and Julia (-48) on the girls’ list.
Finally, here are some of the more unusual names registered in 2012:
Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions. (“Hayle,” for instance — would you say it like Hale, or like Hailey? Or “Rise” — is it rize, or ree-sah?)