These Were the Most Popular Baby Names in Ireland for 2021

Jill Holtz

May 23, 2022

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It’s always fascinating to see what baby names parents are choosing for their newborns – and it’s also inspiration for expectant parents trying to make that big decision. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released the most popular baby names in Ireland of 2021, ranking the names that had been chosen by the most parents throughout the year.

Read on to find out the top baby names in Ireland last year!

Most Popular Baby Names in Ireland

Jack has continued on the top spot as the most popular baby boys’ name in 2021, a position it has held since 2007 except for 2016, when James was the most popular choice.

This is the first time that Fiadh has taken the number one spot for baby girls names, climbing from second place in 2020 and third in 2019. Grace had been the most popular name for baby girls in 2020 with Emily being the most popular prior to this since 2011.

Changes in the Baby Names Rankings

most popular irish babies names 2021 cso

There were ten new entrants to the top 100 for boys:

  • Teddy
  • Daithí
  • Páidí
  • Jaxon
  • Brody
  • Ted
  • Hunter
  • Tadgh
  • Tiernan and
  • Arlo.

Ted was also the name rising most in popularity, jumping from 139th place to 90th between 2020 and 2021. Similarly, Hunter moved up the ranks from 129th place in 2020 to 91st in 2021.

There were three new entrants to the top 100 for girls:

  • Indie
  • Ayla and
  • Lottie.

Croía has grown most in popularity, rising from 95th place in 2020 to 52nd in 2021. That’s a jump of 43 places in rank. Indie jumped in popularity from 106th place in 2020 to 78th place in 2021.

There is also a wider variety in girls’ names registered in 2021 4,741 compared with 3,863 for boys.

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Most Popular Names for Girls

most popular girls names ireland 2021
  1. Fiadh
  2. Grace
  3. Emily
  4. Sophie
  5. Éabha
  6. Lucy
  7. Mia
  8. Ava
  9. Lily
  10. Ella
  11. Amelia
  12. Chloe
  13. Hannah
  14. Sophia
  15. Emma
  16. Ellie
  17. Isla
  18. Molly
  19. Olivia
  20. Sadie
  21. Anna
  22. Freya
  23. Evie
  24. Saoirse
  25. Caoimhe
  26. Ruby
  27. Robyn
  28. Kate
  29. Willow
  30. Sofia
  31. Holly
  32. Aoife
  33. Cara
  34. Róisín
  35. Katie
  36. Sadhbh
  37. Leah
  38. Millie
  39. Isabelle
  40. Alice
  41. Clodagh
  42. Zoe
  43. Sarah
  44. Erin
  45. Ada
  46. Annie
  47. Bonnie
  48. Charlotte
  49. Layla
  50. Rosie

Most Popular Names for Boys

most popular boys names ireland 2021
  1. Jack
  2. Noah
  3. James
  4. Conor
  5. Rían
  6. Liam
  7. Charlie
  8. Daniel
  9. Cillian
  10. Tadhg
  11. Michael
  12. Oisín
  13. Finn
  14. Fionn
  15. Thomas
  16. Seán
  17. Darragh
  18. Luke
  19. Patrick
  20. Harry
  21. Alex
  22. Adam
  23. Cian
  24. Theo
  25. Oliver
  26. Dylan
  27. Jamie
  28. John
  29. Leo
  30. Oscar
  31. Ollie
  32. Ben
  33. Tom
  34. Bobby
  35. Ryan
  36. Tommy
  37. Matthew
  38. Max
  39. Callum
  40. Sam
  41. Danny
  42. Aaron
  43. Alexander
  44. Alfie
  45. Jake
  46. Mason
  47. David
  48. Joseph
  49. Jacob
  50. Ethan

You can find the full top 100 names on the CSO website.


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Most Popular Around the Country

Girls Names by County CSO

Some counties picked names outside the top five, or even outside the top 20.

For girls, Fiadh was the most popular name nationally but Grace was popular in some Munster locations, Donegal, Wicklow, Offaly and Laois. Sophie was the top name in Dublin City while Sophia came joint top in Fingal yet nationally they were ranked 4th and 14th respectively. Annie ranked 46th nationally but was first choice in Cavan, while Ella came top in Galway, ranked 10th nationally. Eabha ranked 5th nationally but held top spot in Leitrim.

For the boys, Thomas was ranked 15th nationally, yet was most favoured in Mayo. While Adam held 26th place nationally, it was the most popular choice for boys in Cork City. Liam was ranked 6th nationally, while Michael came 11th, but both names were most favoured in Galway City.

Boys Names by County CSO
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Published On: May 23rd, 2022 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: July 12th, 2022 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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

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