The name Emily has secured first place on the list of the top ten most popular baby girl names in Ireland right now.
If you’re looking for inspiration when coming up with an excellent name for a baby girl, then the Central Statistics Office’s (CSO) list of the top ten most popular baby girl names in Ireland may provide you with the inspiration you need.
The list has produced many interesting findings, such as which names have remained as popular as ever and which names finally managed to break into the top ten in terms of popularity.
Emily – the most popular girl name in 2022
The most popular girl name in 2022 was the name Emily which experienced a rise from third position in 2021 to first position. The name Grace held on to its second place position for another year, while Fiadh fell two places from first to third.
Sophie is the fourth most popular name for a staggering fifth year in a row, while Lily shot up from ninth position in 2021 to fifth place in 2022, the first time it has entered the top five since 2012.
The name Emily is derived from the Latin name Aemilia, which is the feminine form of Aemilius, a famous family name of one of the most prominent families of ancient Rome.
The top ten most popular girl names – most popular girl names in Ireland for 2022
The top ten most popular girl names in Ireland in 2022 were as follows: Emily, Grace, Fiadh, Sophie, Lily, Éabha, Ava, Mia, Ellie, and Olivia. The names Emily, Grace, and Sophie have constantly remained in the top five names for baby girls every year since 2016.
To show how the popularity of names can change over time, none of the top ten most popular names for girls in 2022 appeared anywhere within the list of the top 100 girls’ names in 1972.
In 1972, the most popular girls’ name was Mary, whereas, in 2022, that name fell to 87th place.
Interesting findings from the list of the most popular baby girl names – showcasing the dominance of names such as Emily and Grace
Emily was the most chosen or joint-most chosen girls’ name in five areas, including south Dublin. Meanwhile, Grace was the second most popular name nationally but the top girls’ name in Ulster.
Grace was also the top or joint top name in nine counties. It shared first place position with Saoirse in Roscommon, while in Kerry, Grace shared first place with Ellie, Croiá, Siún, and Freya.
Grace was also the most popular girls’ name, where both parents happened to be Irish nationals. Eva was the prominent name of choice where both parents were from outside the UK and the EU.