Jul
18

Irish baby names see surge in popularity

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by Lorain County Moms

nameberry.com

Irish baby names are in the news this week, with the release of the official statistics on the top names of 2010. Leading the list: Sophie and Jack, holding onto their No. 1 crowns from last year. But there are lots of other changes and surprises in the statistics.

The first surprise, especially if you don’t live in Ireland, is how few of the top Irish baby names are actually Irish. Four of the Top 10 boys’ names — Sean, Conor, Ryan, and Dylan (Welsh, actually, with Dillon the Irish cognate) — are Irish; only one of the girls’ names — Aoife at No. 10 — is a native choice.

The top ten Irish baby names are:

Girls

  1. Sophie
  2. Emily
  3. Emma
  4. Sarah
  5. Lucy
  6. Ava
  7. Grace
  8. Chloe
  9. Katie
  10. Aoife

Boys

  1. Jack
  2. Sean
  3. Daniel
  4. James
  5. Conor
  6. Ryan
  7. Adam
  8. Alex
  9. Luke
  10. Dylan

In the Top 100, however, the balance shifts and a bit over half of the names overall are authentically Irish. With their actual standing in the Top 100 in parenthesis, the Irish names most popular for girls, beyond Aoife, are:

  • Ciara (15)
  • Saoirse (18)
  • Caoimhe (24)
  • Niamh (25)
  • Roisin (32)
  • Erin (36)
  • Clodagh (39)
  • Aisling (42)
  • Eabha (55)
  • Aine (58)
  • Tara (62)
  • Sadhbh (65)
  • Aoibhinn (67)
  • Caitlin (75)
  • Aoibheann (76)
  • Eimear (78)
  • Aoibhe (79)
  • Orla (85)
  • Orlaith (94)
  • Sinead (97)
  • Irish boys’ names in the Top 100, beyond the Top 10, are:
  • Cian (14)
  • Liam (15)
  • Darragh (16)
  • Oisin (17)
  • Patrick (18)
  • Cillian (21)
  • Eoin (29)
  • Callum (32)
  • Shane (33)
  • Fionn (35)
  • Tadhg (40)
  • Cathal (42)
  • Finn (46)
  • Ronan (50)
  • Ciaran (53)
  • Rian (54)
  • Eoghan (55)
  • Rory (57)
  • Cormac (59)
  • Killian (62)
  • Dara (71)
  • Senan (74)
  • Oran (75)
  • Shay (76)
  • Odhran (77)
  • Ruairi (88)
  • Niall (91)
  • Calum (93)
  • Daithi (94)
  • Lorcan (97)
  • Daire (100)

There are a couple of other surprises within the list of Top 100 Irish baby names. No. 71 for girls, for instance, is the remarkable Zuzanna. Other girls’ names more popular in Ireland than in the U.S. include Brooke, Natalia, Lena, Shauna, Zara, Millie, Hollie and Ruth.

For boys, the outliers include Jamie, at number 11, Harry, Leon, Jakub (far more popular than the U.S. No. 1 Jacob), Martin, and Patryk — Ireland’s national name dragged into the 21st century.

Nameberry (http://nameberry.com) is a baby-naming site produced by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz, co-authors of 10 bestselling baby name guides, including the newest, “Beyond Ave and Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby.”

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