Louth bucks the national trend with the name ‘Ryan’ beating ‘Jack’ to the top spot. ‘Ryan’ is only sixth on the national list.
ACCORDING to the latest figures from the CSO, Ryan is the most popular name for boys in Louth, while Emily is the most popular for girls.
Ryan has topped the poll for the third year in a row, while Emily has been the most popular both 2011 and 2010, taking over from Sophie in 2009.
The name Ryan bucks the national trend, where Jack is the most popular. Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007, and Emily moved up one place to obtain the number one spot for the first time.
There were 840 boys named Jack in 2011, 44 more than the number of boys named James, the second most popular name.
There were 596 girls named Emily, but this was only 14 more than the number of girls named Sophie, the second most popular girls’ name.
The top five boys’ names (Jack, James, Sean, Daniel and Conor) have made up the top five since 2007. Four of the top five boys’ names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998, with only their order changing from year to year.
Daniel entered the top five at number four in 2007 but had been ranked sixth from 2002 to 2006. There has been more variation in the girls’ top five.
While Emma has been in the top five since 2000, this is the first time Lily has appeared in the top five. Sarah, who had been in the top five since 1998, dropped just below this to sixth place this year. Emily entered the top 5 in 2008 and returned to the top 5 again in 2010 as the second most popular girls’ name.
There were four first time entries to the top 100 for boys: Mason, Donnacha, Tommy and Zach. The highest new entry at number 70 was Mason, which rose from 128th place in 2010.
The names rising in popularity most in the year were Tommy and Mason, up 72 and 58 places respectively.
There was one first time entry to the top 100 for girls: Lexi , climbing from 102nd place in 2010 to 96th this year. The name climbing most places in the year was Michaela, up 86 places in the year after exiting the top 100 in 2005.