No change in choice of top children’s names

For the second year in a row, Jack and Sarah have proved the most popular names chosen by parents for their babies when registering births in Ireland.

For the second year in a row, Jack and Sarah have proved the most popular names chosen by parents for their babies when registering births in Ireland.

The Central Statistics Office today reported that last year 3.4% of all new baby boys were named Jack and 2.5% of girls were called Sarah.

Runners-up for the boys were Sean, Adam, Conor and James.

And for girls, Aoife, Emma, Chloe and Ciara came next.

In each case the five most popular names were the same as for 2000, although there were minor changes in the order.

In the top 100 names, there were five new boy entries Oran, Finn, Tom, Daire and Shaun.

And there were 13 new girl names in the leading 100 Kellie, Abby, Claudia, Lilly, Ellie, Alana, Isabel, Margaret, Sara, Lorna, Aimee, Miaand Hazel.

Jack won out among the boys in five of the eight CSO regions, with Conor top near the border with Northern Ireland, Sean in the west of Ireland and Adam in Dublin.

Sarah faced rivalry from Ciara, Aoife, Chloe and Emma in the regions.

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