Old favourites still first choice
Parents in Northern Ireland show no signs of breaking with current trends when it comes to choosing names for their babies. For the fifth year running Emily tops the list of most popular girls’ names while James holds the top spot for boys that he first took in 2015 when he edged past Jack.
Logan, in at number ten, is the only newcomer in the boys’ top ten while for girls Isla at four and Charlotte at nine both make their top ten debut.
The details come from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency and will be followed later this month by the lists for England and Wales.
Scotland released its 2017 figures early – by not including December – and these showed that Jack held top spot for the tenth successive year followed by Oliver, James and Lewis. For girls, Olivia held on to first place with Emily second and then Isla and Sophie. Harris was the only new entry to the boys top ten and Aria the only newcomer among the girls.
Northern Ireland top ten
Girls: Emily, Grace, Olivia, Isla, Anna, Sophie, Ella, Amelia, Charlotte, Sophia
Boys: James, Jack, Noah, Charlie, Jacob, Harry, Thomas, Daniel, Oliver, Logan