Popularity of names in Ireland, 2015 & 1965

Ireland15-65

Jack and Emily retain their lead in the Irish baby name charts, but their number of instances decreased, according to the Central Statistics Office.

Here is the top 10 for boys and girls:

BOYS

Rank Name Number Rank change
1 Jack 752 0
2 James 697 0
3 Daniel 617 0
4 Conor 558 0
5 Sean 530 0
6 Adam 449 0
7 Noah 438 +1
8 Michael 434 +6
9 Charlie 399 +1
10 Luke 382 -3

GIRLS

1 Emily 626 0
2 Emma 449 +1
3 Ava 421 +2
4 Sophie 407 -2
5 Amelia 400 +2
6 Ella 384 0
7 Lucy 379 +2
8 Grace 367 -4
9 Chloe 362 +5
10 Mia 360 -2

In the top 10, Michael and Chloe replaced Harry and Aoife.
In the top 100, new entrants include George, Dáithí, Brian, Edward and Dáire & Maisie, Annabelle, Mila, Rosie and Eimear, replacing Jakub, Niall, Alan and Oran & Isabel, Ailbhe, Ruth, Natalia and Poppy.
Biggest jumpers were Ollie (rank), Oliver (numbers) and Fiadh (both rank and numbers) while the biggest fallers were Killian and Aisling (rank) & Luke (outside the top 10, it’s Liam) and Sophia (numbers).

Turning the clocks back to 1965 and the name charts look very much different. John and Mary topped the charts back then and the top 10…well, you get the picture, but there is one name that is in the 2015 top 10. Can you tell which one it is?

BOYS

Rank Name Number Rank change
1 John 3,360 0
2 Patrick 2,281 0
3 Michael 2,057 0
4 James 1,464 +1
5 Thomas 1,367 +1
6 Paul 1,323 -2
7 David 1,102 0
8 William 1,000 0
9 Martin 843 0
10 Gerard 837 0

GIRLS

1 Mary 3,229 0
2 Margaret 1,395 +1
3 Catherine 1,351 -1
4 Anne 840 +1
5 Ann 807 -1
6 Elizabeth 779 0
7 Geraldine 591 +2
8 Patricia 581 +2
9 Bridget 555 -1
10 Caroline 501 -3

In the top 10, the names that had been in the 1964 top 10 stayed where they are, albeit with some rank changes.
In the top 100, new entrants include Cyril, DiarmuidBartholmew, Donald and Roger Michele, Regina, Emer, Janet, Niamh, Noeleen, Michelle and Therese, replacing Bartholomew (!!), Ronald, Leslie, Cathal, Albert and Trevor & Rosaleen, Hannah, Maureen, Winifred, Dorothy, Eleanor, Ursula and Aileen.
The biggest jumpers were Simon and Michele (rank) & David (outside the top 10, it’s Brian) and Karen (numbers). Meanwhile, the biggest fallers were Rory and Johanna (rank) & Paul (outside the top 10, it’s Daniel) and Mary (outside the top 10, it’s Pauline) (numbers).

What do you think of the results? The colour-coding that I added for the first time? The post in general? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below the sources.

Source:
Central Statistics Office – http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/ibn/irishbabiesnames2015/ (for the 2014 release, replace the last number with 4)

UPDATE: Turns out that the CSO had interchanged the Barthol(o)mew spellings for 1964 and 1965 – seems as if Bartholmew is used there all the time but after I checked the ‘Bartholmew’ profiles on LinkedIn and Facebook, I wonder why they had gone with Bartholmew despite the fact that I can only a fair few on LinkedIn and Facebook…maybe Bartholomew is used in Ireland, like in other countries as well…who knows?

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