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The Top Ten Boy And Girl Names In Ireland 2016

The top ten boy and girl names in Ireland of the year 2016 were mostly classic, traditional and all really lovely. Did your 2016 baby’s name make the list?

Having a name in the top ten the year you were born is a good thing. It means that people love it! The top boy and girl names in Ireland of the year 2016 are quite similar to the lists of previous years, indicating certain trends. But we can sense an air of change…

Before looking at the list, let’s look at some of the defining moments of the year.

It was a sad year for music. Legends David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen all passed away this year. (Did their deaths inspire name tributes..?)

Other famous people who died were actor Alan Rickman, boxer Muhammad Ali, writer Harper Lee, actress and writer Carrie Fisher and her mother, screen legend Debbie Reynolds.

Events that marked the year were the Summer Olympics that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UK voted for Brexit, and…the Zika virus caused just a bit of panic.

Did these events inspire any of the names in the top ten? Let’s find out! (And if your child’s name isn’t on the list, see where it placed on the CSO name ranking tool.)

Top 10 Girl Names in Ireland 2016

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

See how this list compares to the year before, and the last recorded list that reported on 2018.

How did the lads fare?

Top 10 Boy Names in Ireland 2016

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

Very interesting to see the number of Irish names on the boy list – and none on the girls’! We think that Irish names are set to make a huge comeback, though. Keep an eye out for when the 2019 lists come out in 2020 and we’ll see!

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