The Most Popular Baby Names in Ireland for 2016

Jill Holtz

May 15, 2017

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Data compiled by the Irish Passport Office has revealed the most popular baby names in Ireland for 2016. Jack and Emily were the most popular names – is your child’s name on the list?

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Based on applications for infant passports, the Irish Passport Office has revealed the most popular boy and girl names in Ireland in 2016.

Traditional Irish names are a little out of favour for babies, with only 5 out of the top 20 boys names and 3 out of the top 20 girls names being Irish.

Emily continues to remain a firm Irish favourite, it was most popular name for girls in 2015 and 2014 also, followed by Sophie and Emma in #2 and #3 positions.

In 2015, the top 3 most popular boys names (in descending order) were Daniel, James and Jack. For 2016, they have moved around and Jack has now taken the #1 position.

Top 20 Boy Names 2016

  1. baby yawningJack
  2. James
  3. Daniel
  4. Conor
  5. Adam
  6. Ryan
  7. Harry
  8. Liam
  9. Luke
  10. Charlie
  11. Cian
  12. Noah
  13. Michael
  14. Oisín
  15. Thomas
  16. Matthew
  17. Alex
  18. Darragh
  19. Seán
  20. Jamie

Top 20 Girl Names 2016

  1. baby feet 718146_640Emily
  2. Sophie
  3. Emma
  4. Grace
  5. Ella
  6. Aoife
  7. Amelia
  8. Lily
  9. Ava
  10. Sarah
  11. Hannah
  12. Lucy
  13. Sophia
  14. Mia
  15. Anna
  16. Olivia
  17. Saoirse
  18. Caoimhe
  19. Kate
  20. Chloe

The full list of 200 names is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade website.

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Published On: May 15th, 2017 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: October 10th, 2019 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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