Top 100 baby names in Ireland (2002)

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

Jack and Sarah were the most popular Irish baby names registered in 2002. There were 868 boys named Jack (3.1% of baby boys) and 655 girls named Sarah (2.4% of baby girls).

The top 5 names for boys and girls remained the same as last year, although the order changed slightly.

There were 6 new entries to the top 100 for boys: Charlie, Connor, Denis, Eric, Seamus and Steven. Eric and Steven returned to the top 100 after missing out last year. Seamus and Connor also returned to the top 100 after being absent since 1998.

There were 9 new names in the top 100 for girls: Lara, Nadine, Ailbhe, Eabha, Heather, Isabel, Isabelle, Laoise and Sadhbh. Lara returned to the top 100 after missing out last year. Heather and Nadine also returned to the top 100 having been absent since 1998.

In Ireland, girls are given a wider variety of names than boys: the top 100 accounted for 62.7% of girls' names compared with 73.6% of boys' names.

Jack was the most popular boys' name in the West, Mid-East, Mid-West, South-East and South-West regions. Conor was the most popular name in the Border region, Adam in the Midlands and Sean in Dublin.

Sarah was the most popular girls' name in five regions: West, Dublin, Mid-East, South-West and Mid-West. Ciara was the most popular name in another three regions: Border, Midland and South-East.

These results are based on an analysis of the first names recorded on birth returns for registration and vital statistics, begun by the Central Statistics Office, Ireland (CSO) in 1998. Over 91% of birth notifications in 2002 included baby's first name when the statistical return was sent to the CSO.

Top 100 baby names in Ireland (2002)
Rank Baby Boys Baby Girls
1Jack (868)Sarah (655)
2Sean (866)Aoife (585)
3Adam (798)Ciara (577) +2
4Conor (748)Emma (532) -1
5James (581)Chloe (516) -1
6Daniel (559) +5Amy (485) +2
7Cian (536) -1Katie (418) +2
8Michael (520) +2Niamh (407) -2
9David (501) -2Sophie (404) +7
10Luke (489) -1Lauren (402) -4
11Dylan (485) -3Megan (387) -1
12Aaron (467)Hannah (368) +3
13Patrick (366) +4Rachel (364) -2
14Ryan (365) +4Rebecca (361)
15John (362)Leah (351) -3
16Eoin (361) +2Laura (349) -3
17Matthew (351) +5Jessica (302) +3
18Thomas (349) -4Kate (301) +4
19Ben (345) +8Emily (278) -1
20Joshua (345) +9Caoimhe (272) -1
21Shane (343) -8Anna (247) +5
22Mark (336) -6Shauna (232) -5
23Jamie (333) -3Ellen (229) +1
24Darragh (310) -3Nicole (228) -3
25Oisin (300) -2Roisin (228) +1
26Liam (290) -2Ava (216) +15
27Nathan (258) +5Aisling (210) -4
28Ciaran (252) -3Ella (204) +20
29Evan (245) +1Grace (191) -2
30Jake (227) +4Sinead (182) +3
31Robert (227) +3Saoirse (181) -3
32Kevin (214) +4Tara (180)
33Joseph (201) -2Molly (179) -2
34Stephen (201) -7Jennifer (176) +5
35Alex (193) +10Holly (171) +14
36Kyle (190) +17Lucy (169) -1
37Jason (183) +8Shannon (166) -8
38Brian (179) +1Caitlin (151) -4
39Cathal (179)Aine (149) -3
40Niall (175) +1Orla (141) -2
41Andrew (172) -4Mary (140) -4
42Jordan (171) -13Jade (139) -12
43Samuel (166) +6Eimear (133) -3
44Dean (157) -9Zoe (133) -1
45Paul (154) -2Clodagh (127) -3
46Lee (153) +1Ellie (122) +43
47Christopher (150) -5Mia (119) +25
48Eoghan (144) -4Erin (117) -1
49William (139) +3Louise (117) +2
50Ethan (128) +1Eva (112) -6
51Peter (128) -2Abbie (111) +13
52Cormac (127) +7Katelyn (109)
53Benjamin (125) +13Maria (104) +5
54Ronan (122) -4Claire (96) -10
55Gavin (121) -1Alannah (93) -3
56Alexander (119) +9Lisa (93)
57Rory (116) +4Kelly (92) +12
58Scott (114) +8Catherine (91) -4
59Craig (111) -19Eve (91) -12
60Alan (110) -1Alison (89) +2
61Callum (110) +16Michelle (86) +1
62Aidan (109) +11Elizabeth (83) -2
63Josh (109) +19Fiona (82) +11
64Anthony (103) -8Robyn (82) -12
65Killian (100) -10Abby (79) +12
66Cillian (99) -8Aimee (77) +8
67Fionn (99) +2Danielle (77) -8
68Harry (98) -12Abigail (75) -2
69Kieran (94) +3Kayleigh (75) +6
70Brandon (92) +13Ruth (75) -12
71Sam (88) +18Grainne (74) -5
72Darren (87) -10Olivia (74) -10
73Kian (86) -10Jodie (73) -1
74Martin (85) -4Leanne (71) -18
75Ross (85) -11Maeve (69) -5
76Colm (83) -5Alice (66) +11
77Diarmuid (75) +6Isabelle (64) +27*
78Ian (73) +9Alexandra (63) -10
79Keith (71) -5Jane (63)
80Tadhg (68) +8Alanna (62) +6
81Leon (67) -13Lara (62) +37*
82Jonathan (66) +4Emer (60) -2
83Richard (66) -7Courtney (59) -1
84Brendan (65) +6Victoria (59) +17
85Owen (65) -1Andrea (58)
86Padraig (65) -5Lily (58) +6
87Gary (64) +11Siobhan (56) -22
88Finn (63) +7Zara (56) -4
89Edward (62) -12Nadine (55) +54*
90Connor (61) +11*Rachael (55) -10
91Tom (61) +4Charlotte (54) -4
92Eric (59) +14*Sara (54) -7
93Charlie (58) +21*Heather (53) +19*
94Oran (55) +2Ailbhe (52) +13*
95Daragh (54) -15Isabel (52) +35*
96Denis (54) +22*Michaela (52) -24
97Dara (51) -7Sadhbh (52) +9*
98Lorcan (51) -4Stephanie (52) -3
99Seamus (50) +12*Eabha (51) +61*
100Steven (50) +32*Laoise (50) +13*
Source: Central Statistics Office, Ireland * new entry

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