Irish Babies Names 2012

Fascinating research and press release from CSO in Ireland "Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2012. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011. See tables 1 and 2. The top five boys’ names (Jack, James, Daniel, Sean and Conor) have made up the top five since 2007. Four of the top five boys’ names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998, with only their order changing from year to year. The top five girls’ names and their order have remained the same as those for 2011. This is the first time since 2004/2005 that the five most popular girls’ names have remained unchanged for two consecutive years. There were three first time entries to the top 100 for boys: Isaac, Danny and Logan. The highest new entry at number 85 was Isaac, rising from 101st place in 2011. The name rising in popularity most was Danny, up 22 places from 114th place in 2011 to 92nd place in 2012. There were five first time entries to the top 100 for girls: Evie, Amelie, Hanna, Maisie and Rose. The highest new entry and the name that climbed most places since 2011 was Evie; it rose 40 places from 124th place in 2011 to 84th place in 2012. See tables 1 and 5. In general, the tables show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys with 4,730 girls’ names registered compared to 3,804 boys’ names. Despite the greater number of male births, a smaller range of names were used for boys than for girls. Additionally, 60.9% of girls were given a name in the top 100 while 62.6% of boys were given a name in the top 100" Lots of interesting tables and datas see http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/ibn/irishbabiesnames2012/#.UbMqqUBFSSo

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