Central Statistics Ireland has released their list of the most popular baby names in the country for 2018.
Picking a baby name is hard. Parents need to find something unique — but not too unique — which can be a major stressor for anyone expecting. Yet for some, they rely on more reliable, common titles for their children. This isn't from a lack of creativity, of course. Rather, some names just fit certain babies better. With that in mind, Central Statistics — who track this kind of thing — revealed the most used new-born names of last year.
So, without further ado, here's what they found.
For boys, Jack (which has been the number one spot from 2007 to 2016 only to reclaim the throne in 2017), James, Noah, Connor, and Daniel rounded out the top spots, with Theodore and Frankie made the biggest jumps going up 63 and 31 spots respectively. For girls, Emily, Grace, Emma, Sophie, and Amelia took numbers one to four with Ada and Ivy moving up 53 and 67 places too. Some of the least popular names included Elara, Fódla, Ríonach, and Luisne for girls and Blaise, Brádan, Cádain, and Coenfilled those spots for boys. It's important to note, however, that variations in spelling were counted as separate names. For instance, John and Jon were not considered the same.
Surnames were also tracked, with Murphy, Kelly, and Ryan filling out the top three most common spots.
Interestingly enough, there were seven names that cracked the top 100 that weren't there in 2017. They were Frankie, Freddie, Theodore, Ada, Bella, Bonnie, and Ivy. Apparently, none of the top names for girls appeared on the list in 1968.
While this information is interesting, there is a lot that goes into a name. In fact, we recently reported on a recent study that some names may find themselves on the naughty list more often than others. There are a lot of factors that go into the behavioral science behind it, but many studies have revealed some interesting facts. According to Live Science, Boys with traditionally "feminine" names get into more mischief, and adults with more unique names feel that hinders their ability to move upward economically.