Top 100 baby names in Ireland (2000)

The rank of baby girl name Aoife from 1998 to 2017 in Ireland
 

Jack and Aoife overtook Conor and Chloe as the most popular babies' names registered last year. There were 846 boys named Jack (3.3% of baby boys) and 633 girls named Aoife (2.7% of baby girls).

The top 5 names for boys remained the same, although the order changed slightly. For girls, Niamh fell from the 5th to the 6th place and Emma joined the top five.

There were just 3 new entries to the top 100 for boys (Josh, Dara and Kian) and 7 new names in the top 100 for girls (Amber, Zara, Cara, Charlotte, Lara, Orlaith and Taylor). Amber and Taylor had been in the top 100 before, in 1998.

In general, the statistics show that girls are given a wider variety of names than boys. The top 100 accounted for 66.4% of girls' names compared with 77.7% of boys' names.

Jack was the most popular boys' name in five of the eight regions: Midland, West, Mid-East, Mid-West and the South-East. Sean was the top boys' name in Dublin and the South West. Conor was first in the Border region.

Ciara was the most popular girls' name in three regions (Midland, West and South-West) and Sarah in another two (Dublin and Mid-West). Aoife was first in the Mid-East and Sarah in Dublin, while Chloe and Rebecca shared first place in the South East.

These results are based in an analysis of the first names recorded on birth returns for registration and vital statistics, begun by the Central Statistics Office of Ireland in 1998. Over 93% of birth notifications included the baby's first name when the statistical return was sent to the CSO.

Top 100 baby names in Ireland (2000)
Rank Baby Boys Baby Girls
1Jack (846) +2Aoife (633) +1
2Sean (816)Sarah (626) +1
3Conor (700) -2Ciara (608) +1
4Adam (653) +1Emma (594) +2
5James (594) -1Chloe (553) -4
6Cian (557) +6Niamh (519) -1
7David (492)Rebecca (485) +1
8Luke (488) +6Amy (451) +3
9Michael (483) -3Lauren (451) +1
10Dylan (477)Megan (441)
11Daniel (467) -2Rachel (428) -4
12Aaron (401) -4Katie (398) +1
13Shane (400) -2Laura (315) -1
14John (398) +1Leah (302) +13
15Eoin (368) +1Hannah (299) +6
16Patrick (362) +2Shauna (288) -1
17Ryan (356) -4Sophie (266) +1
18Mark (351) -1Kate (263) +1
19Thomas (351) +1Emily (262) -5
20Jordan (315)Nicole (261) -4
21Jamie (294) +1Jessica (260) +2
22Oisin (287) +3Caoimhe (253)
23Ciaran (286) +7Roisin (245) -6
24Matthew (275)Ellen (217)
25Kevin (264) +8Aisling (213)
26Liam (257) -5Shannon (198) -7
27Evan (250) +7Aine (194) +5
28Stephen (250) -4Anna (193)
29Darragh (245)Sinead (180) -3
30Ben (234) +8Saoirse (176) +1
31Andrew (230) -3Jade (175) +3
32Nathan (223) -6Grace (172) -2
33Joseph (220) -2Eimear (168) +2
34Joshua (216) +10Orla (167) +2
35Cathal (207) +7Tara (153) -6
36Brian (204)Jennifer (151) -3
37Robert (200) -10Mary (140)
38Niall (199) -2Lucy (136) +5
39Jason (191) -4Clodagh (135) -1
40Paul (182) -1Caitlin (130) +1
41Ronan (165) +3Claire (127) -2
42Jake (161) +9Zoe (115) +24
43Christopher (159) -3Molly (105) +20
44Lee (158) +2Ava (103) +16
45Dean (157) -13Lauryn (99) +25
46William (156) +4Katelyn (94) +36
47Eoghan (153) -6Lisa (93)
48Alex (150) +9Michelle (92) -9
49Craig (140)Erin (91) +30
50Kyle (139) +10Kelly (89)
51Alan (134) +2Olivia (88) -10
52Darren (133) -5Grainne (85) -3
53Peter (131) -5Alannah (84) +26
54Cormac (126) +1Courtney (84) -9
55Gavin (126) +4Holly (84) -7
56Ross (124) -13Louise (84) -8
57Samuel (119) -2Elizabeth (83)
58Anthony (118) -6Eva (82) +2
59Cillian (111) +2Maeve (81) +6
60Kieran (109) +13Catherine (80) -9
61Killian (105) -2Robyn (80) +2
62Martin (104) +2Alison (79) -4
63Harry (95) +7Maria (78) +8
64Fionn (90) +33Eve (76) +22
65Colm (89) -11Ella (75) +11
66Rory (89) -1Emer (74) -3
67Benjamin (88) +8Abbie (73) +12
68Brandon (88)Michaela (72) -10
69Callum (86) +10Fiona (71) -13
70Scott (85) +13Rachael (71) +2
71Ethan (83) +5Ruth (68) -19
72Alexander (81) -4Andrea (67) -6
73Jonathan (77) +14Kayleigh (65) -18
74Aidan (75) -5Alice (64) +13
75Philip (75) +4Siobhan (64) +2
76Brendan (73) +8Danielle (63) -28
77Leon (71)Leanne (63) -24
78Colin (70) +1Jodie (62) +19
79Ian (70) -14Jane (61) -11
80Padraig (70) -17Sorcha (59) -6
81Edward (65)Chelsea (56) -27
82Daragh (64) +10Abigail (54) +11
83Richard (64) -19Karen (54) +5
84Diarmuid (62) +10Amber (52) +31*
85Owen (62) +1Nicola (52) -10
86Cameron (61) +11Alanna (51) +1
87Keith (61) -12Alexandra (50) +4
88Gerard (60) -7Georgia (50) +9
89Gary (58) -17Clara (49) +1
90Josh (58) +18*Victoria (49) -7
91Barry (57) -2Zara (49) +16*
92Lorcan (55) +3Cara (48) +42*
93Tadhg (55) +4Gemma (48) -8
94Eric (54) -4Stephanie (48) -14
95Karl (54) -23Casey (47) +5
96Sam (54) -7Charlotte (47) +24*
97Steven (53)Natasha (45) -26
98Reece (51) -1Lara (44) +41*
99Kian (50) +85*Orlaith (44) +41*
100Dara (49) +18*Taylor (44) +26*
Source: Central Statistics Office, Ireland * new entry

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