Who came top of the tots this year?

The Irish Baby Names List is an annual event that is a great source of inspiration for parents-to-be and an event that adds a competitive streak among others who want to see if they have Ireland’s most popular name.

So, who was top of the tots in Ireland and Donegal in 2017?

Jack and Emily were the most popular names in all of Ireland registered last year.

In Donegal, Conor and Oisin shared the top spot for boys, while Amelia and Sophie were joint-first for girls.

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The Central Statistics Office have shared baby registry data from 2017 and compared it to 50 years ago in 1967 to see how trends have changed.

Last year, Jack reclaimed the top spot as the most popular name chosen for baby boys in 2017, a position it has held since 2007 with the exception of 2016 when James was most popular.

Jack was followed by James, Daniel, Conor and Sean as the first five most popular names for boys in 2017.

Back in 1967, John, Michael, Patrick, James and Paul were the names most favoured by parents of newborn baby boys.

Emily, Emma, Amelia, Grace and Sophie were the top five names of choice by parents for their newly arrived baby girls.

Interestingly, not one of these five names appeared in the top 100 names for girls a half century earlier. Mary, Margaret, Catherine, Ann and Anne were the most popular names for baby daughters in 1967. Scroll on for the full top 10 lists below: 

Top 10 Boys’ Names in 2017: 

  1. Jack
  2. James
  3. Daniel
  4. Conor
  5. Sean
  6. Noah
  7. Luke
  8. Harry
  9. Adam
  10. Michael


Top 10 Girls’ Names in 2017: 

  1. Emily
  2. Emma
  3. Amelia
  4. Grace
  5. Sophie
  6. Lucy
  7. Hannah
  8. Mia
  9. Ava
  10. Chloe

There are some new entrants to the Top 100 names for girls and boys, with Theo and Jackson jumping up the boys’ rankings to 73rd and 99th position, respectively. New girls’ names on the list include Aoibhin, Nina, Pippa and Esma.

The report also analysed the top ten most popular surnames of new babies in 2017, with the frontrunners being: Murphy, Kelly, O’Brien, Byrne, Ryan, O’Sullivan, Walsh, O’Connor, McCarthy, Doyle.

In the most unique and least-popular section, the less-common girls’ names registered in 2017 and not included in the top 100 names were Everly, Teegan and Romi. Some of the less popular boys’ names registered in 2017 were Saul, Seaghan and Marley.

Here’s a nice new app to chart the popularity of your name