Then and now... how Irish baby names have changed over 50 years
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Then and now... how Irish baby names have changed over 50 years

HOW do Ireland's top baby names of 2014 compare to those of 50 years ago?

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland has released the top five names for baby boys and baby girls in Ireland last year – as well as the lists from 1964, for comparison.

Unsurprisingly, 50 years brought a lot of change for both genders.

The only name to endure the past half a century was James – which was the second most popular name in 2014 – compared to the fifth most popular in 1964.

Jack and Emily retained their number one spots from 2013 and the latter has managed to be the most popular girls’ name in Ireland for four years running.

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This is a complete departure from the most popular names of 1964 which were John and Mary.

The charts also show a massive drop in the number of births – 3,696 Johns were born in 1964, versus 786 Jacks in 2014 – while the number of Emilys (619) paled in comparison to the number of Marys (3,471).

Have a look at the list below...

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