The Central Statistics Office released its updated list of the most popular baby names of 2018, and the top five won't surprise you.
There were few surprises in the list released by the Central Statistics Office today, of the top 100 girls and boys names of 2018. Once again, Jack is the number one boy's name and Emily is number one for girls. Another firm favourite, James, was number two on the list for boys, Grace took second place on the girls' list.
New entries for boys were Frankie, Freddie and Theodore (inspired by Vogue Williams' son, maybe?). Ada, Bella, Bonnie and Ivy were all new to the 2018 list.
Top Five Girls' Names
Top Five Boys' Names
Interestingly, this is the first time that the CSO have recognised names that contain the síneadh fada and other diacritics. None of the top five names for girls 50 years ago make the cut, so don't expect to encounter many little girls called Mary, Catherine, Margaret, Ann and Anne any time soon. There was one Arianna. No sign of a Miriam.
Would you be put off by choosing a name from the top five, or ten, or hundred popular names even if you loved it?