Baby Names in Northern Ireland

26 February 2015

If you are awaiting a new addition to your family, you might be interested to know the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland!  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.

Key findings
Boys:
Jack was the most popular first name given to baby boys in 2014.
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.
Girls:
 Emily was the most popular first name given to baby girls in 2014.
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
The full Baby Names, Northern Ireland, 2014 publication is available at http://www.nisra.gov.uk/demography/default.asp28.htm.

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