Ireland's most popular baby names for 2018 have been revealed

Jack and Emily have retained their top spot as the nation's favourite baby names.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), Jack was the most a popular name for newborn baby boys last year - a position it has held since 2007, apart from 2016, when James briefly tipped it for the top spot.

Jack is followed by James, Noah, Conor and Daniel as the first five most popular names for boys in 2018.

Ireland's most popular baby names for 2018 have been revealed

Emily retains the top spot for girls, and with Grace, Emma, Sophie and Amelia, were the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls in 2018.

Frankie, Freddie and Theodore were new entrants into the top 100 for boys last year.

Theodore and Frankie were also the names rising most in popularity, increasing 63 and 31 places respectively.

There were four new entrants to the top 100 for girls. Ada, Bella, Bonnie and Ivy.

Ada gained 67 places, moving from 137th to 70th place between 2017 and 2018.

Ivy also rose from 137th place to 84th over the same period.

Some less popular names for boys included Diego, Ruan, Casper, Donal and Felix.

Less popular girls’ names included Tessa, Mae, Arianna, Faith and Helen.

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