Top 100 baby names in Ireland (2008)
Source: Central Statistics Office, Ireland * new entry
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According to the annual reports published by the Central Statistics Office of Ireland, Jack and Ava were the most popular babies' names registered in 2008. Jack retains the top position it held in 2007. This is the first time Ava has taken the number one spot, climbing from 6th in 2007.
There were 1,141 boys named Jack in this year, 178 more than the number of boys named Sean. There were 685 girls named Ava, 22 more than the number of girls named Katie, the second most popular girls' name.
The top 5 boys' names in 2008 (Jack, Sean, Conor, Daniel and James) also made up the top 5 in 2007, retaining the exact same order. Also, four of the top 5 boys' names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top 5 since 1998, with only their order changing from year to year.
First time entries to the top 100 for boys: Jakub, Kacper, Filip, Billy and Patryk. Hugh returned to the top 100 after a 2-year absence. Odhran and Lorcan returned after a 3-year absence. The highest new entry at number 63 was Jakub which rose from 649th place in 2003 and 105th in 2007. The biggest climbers in 2008 (based on rank) were Jakub (up 42 places), Filip (up 39 places), Leon and Jayden (up 31 places).
While Emma and Sarah have been in the top 5 since 1998, Katie has only came to the top since 2003. Emily and Ava are in the top five for the first time.
There were 4 first time entries to the top 100 for girls: Maja, Natalia, Zuzanna and Meabh. Also, Michelle returned to the top 100 after a 2-year absence. The highest new entry was Maja, which climbed from 657th place in 2003 and 110th in 2007 to reach the 73rd place. The biggest climbers in 2008, based on rank, were Natalia (up 72 places), Zuzanna (up 48 places) and Maja (up 37 places).
In general, the statistics show that girls are given a wider variety of names in Ireland than boys are, with 43.1% of girls given a name not in the top 100, compared with 34.9% of boys.
Jack was the most popular boys' name in seven of the eight Regional Authority areas (Border, Midland, West, Mid-East, Mid-West, South-East and the South-West). The exception was the Dublin region where Sean was the most popular.
Ava was the most popular girls' name in the Dublin region; Katie in the Midland and Mid-East regions. Sarah was the most popular in the Mid-West and South-West regions; Emma in the Border and West regions and Emily in the South-East region.
Note: These results are based on the analysis of the first names recorded on birth returns for registration and vital statistics, begun by the Central Statistics Office of Ireland in 1998. All birth notifications in 2008 included baby's first name when the statistical return was sent to the CSO.
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