Top 100 baby names in Northern Ireland (2008)
Source: Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency * new
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According to the annual reports published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, Jack and Katie were the most popular babies' names registered in 2008. There were 26,252 births registered: 13,535 boys and 12,717 girls.
Jack has been the most popular boys name for the last six years. Matthew has returned to the second place, after being forced to 3rd place last year. Daniel has climbed from the 4th most popular name in 2007 to the third place. Lewis is the only new boys' name to enter the top 20, moving up one place from rank 21 in 2007.
The highest climbing boy's names were Blake (up 66 places), Eoghan (up 53 places), Alfie (+38) and Jayden (+38).
For girls, Katie entered the top 10 most popular names in 2002, becoming the most popular name in 2004, where it has remained since then. Sophie has moved to second place, dropping Grace to the 3rd.
Jessica was the largest mover in the girls' names top 20, rising 9 places to rank 4, while Leah moved up 7 places to rank 16.
The highest climbing girl's names were Abi (up 112 places), Eabha (up 69 places) and Summer (up 50 places).
Over the last decade, parents in Northern Ireland have become more diverse in the first names they have given to their babies. In 2008, there were 2,102 girls' and 1,545 boys' names used, compared with only 1,597 girls' and 977 boys' names in 2001. These figures also show that girls are given a wider variety of names in Northern Ireland than boys are.
Notes: Only the first names recorded on birth registrations were used for this analysis. Different spellings of a name have been treated as separate names. Names containing accents have been recorded without those accents, e.g. Sťan was recorded as Sean. Names of equal rank have been placed in alphabetical order.
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