Choosing a name for your baby is one of the most difficult decisions a parent has to make.
Choosing a name for your baby is one of the most difficult decisions a parent has to make. Whether you are looking for something a little more traditional, unique or trendy, choosing a name for your baby is an incredibly hard decision to make.
If you are looking for a little inspiration, the Central Statistics Office has released the most popular baby names from 2018 and the list is full of fab names.
For the boys, Jack once again nabs the top spot followed closely by James, Noah, Conor and Daniel. Emily takes the winning title for the girls, with Grace, Emma, Sophie and Amelia coming in close behind.
Seán and Oisín make their first appearance in the top 100 since last year, while Frankie, Freddie and Theodore are new entrants on the list.
Bella, Ada, Bonnie and Ivy are new entrants for the girls with Sadie, Holly and Robyn moving up the list from last year.
“Some less popular names for boys included Diego, Ruan, Casper, Donal and Felix,” commented Statistician Carol Anne Hennessy. “Less popular girls’ names included Tessa, Mae, Arianna, Faith and Helen.”
Comparing the names to 50 years ago, Carol Anne said: “Back in 1968, John, Patrick, Michael, James and David were the names most favoured by parents of newborn baby boys.
"While there were 2,863 baby boys named John 50 years ago, the five most popular boys’ names in 2018 together accounted for 2,691 baby boys.
"Interestingly, not one of the top five names for girls appeared in the top 100 names a half-century earlier.
"Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann and Anne were the most popular names for baby daughters in 1968, with 2,364 baby girls named Mary in that year.
"In 2018, there were 460 baby girls named Emily, 19.5% of the number of girls given the name Mary in 1968."
For the full list of names, click here.