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Irish Baby Names: What’s Hot Now

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Irish baby names are in the news this week, with the release of the official statistics on the top names of 2010. Leading the list: Sophie and Jack, holding onto their Number 1 crowns from last year. But there are lots of other changes and surprises in the statistics.

The first surprise, especially if you don’t live in Ireland, is how few of the top Irish baby names are actually Irish. Four of the top ten boys’ names — Sean, Conor, Ryan, and Dylan (Welsh, actually, with Dillon the Irish cognate) — are Irish; only one of the girls’ names — Aoife at Number 10 — is a native choice.

The top ten Irish baby names are:

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We’ve still got five months to wait before we get the official word on what the top names across America were in 2009, but in the meantime we can console ourselves with the lists that have started to come in of the most popular names in various US cities, states and even individual hospitals, and in in other cities and countries around the world.

One thing seems clear: the romantic trio of Isabella, Sophia and Olivia is running a three-way race for first place in many areas of  the world, while Jack continues his reign in a number of English-speaking countries.

We’ve been looking  at the lists that have been released so far and have put together a selection (or hodgepodge) of some of the more interesting choices: top-ranked international names that are barely known to us, surprising choices that have popped up in unexpected places, and just plain noteworthy names–and we’ll be updating it as more results come in.

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ANDELA  –  #2 in Serbia

AOIFE  –  # 4 in Derry, Northern Ireland

AURORA  –  #8 in Finland

CHARLOTTE –  #2 in Canberra, Australia

CHLOE  –  #1 in Sheffield, England and Queensland, Australia

DARYNA  –  #5 in Ukraine

ELLIE –  #1 in Derry, Northern Ireland

EMILIA  –  #2 in Finland

EVA–  #8 in Northern Ireland

EVIE–  #4 in Sheffield, England

ISLA — #2 In Aberdeenshire, Scotland

JOVANA  –  #4 in Serbia

KATIE –#1 in Northern Ireland

KAYLEE — #5 in Flagstaff, Arizona

LÉA  –  #2 in France

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