Emily and Jack top Northern Ireland’s most popular baby names

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) indicate that, for births registered in 2014, Emily and Jack were the most popular first names given to baby girls and boys. Jack was the most popular first name given to baby boys in 2014 and James followed a close second, followed by Daniel. Kian climbed the greatest number of places to join the top 100 names for boys (up from rank 171 in 2013 to rank 78 in 2014). Three of the 10 most popular boys’ names in 2014 were also among the top 10 a decade ago, namely Jack, James and Daniel. Over the past 15 years Jack has held the top spot on 13 occasions. Matthew held the top spot on the other two occasions. Some of the less common names given to baby boys in 2014 were Devin, Kaanye, Peanut, Princeton and Rocco. Emily was the most popular first name given to baby girls in 2014, followed by Grace, which was joint first with Emily in 2013, came in second in 2014, closely followed by Sophie. Aria climbed the greatest number of places to join the top 100 names for girls (up from rank 218 in 2013 to rank 89 in 2014). Sophie was the only girl’s name from the top 10 in 2014 that featured in the top 10 list a decade ago. Over the past 15 years, Katie has held the top position on six occasions, Chloe and Sophie each on three occasions, Emily on two occasions (one of which was joint with Grace), and Emma and Grace each on one occasion. Some of the less common names given to girls in 2014 were Blessing, Piper, Coco, Texas, Suri, Mazie and Daisie.

Top 10 baby names in Northern Ireland, 2014:

Boys: 1. Jack – 285 Babies 2. James – 276 Babies 3. Daniel – 236 Babies 4. Charlie – 224 Babies 5. Harry – 193 Babies 6. Noah – 190 Babies 7. Oliver – 155 Babies 8. Ethan – 153 Babies 9. Jacob -148 Babies 10. Thomas – 147 Babies Girls: 1. Emily – 261 Babies 2. Grace – 189 Babies 3. Sophie – 180 Babies 4. Amelia – 175 Babies 5. Ella – 172 Babies 6. Olivia – 152 Babies 7. Anna – 150 Babies 8. Lucy – 149 Babies 9. Sophia – 148 Babies 10. Eva – 146 Babies
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