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November 02, 2017 1 min read

I am a COMPLETE anorak where it comes to statistics so really found this exercise interesting! I looked at the top 10 baby names for boys (girls will follow shortly!) for 4 different years - 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016. Here they are:

  2001 2006 2011 2016
1 Jack Sean Jack James
2 Sean Jack James Jack
3 Adam Conor Sean Daniel
4 Conor Adam Daniel Conor
5 James James Conor Sean
6 Cian Daniel Ryan Noah
7 David Luke Adam Adam
8 Dylan Cian Harry Oisin
9 Luke Michael Michael Michael
10 Michael Jamie Alex Luke


A few interesting observations:

  • 6 names (Jack, Sean, Adam, Conor, James and Michael) have been in the top 10 for all of the 4 years
  • David, Dylan and Cian seem to have reduced slightly in popularity more recently 
  • Daniel was not in top 10 in 2001 but has been there for the other 3 years
  • Ryan, Harry & Alex entered top 10 in 2011 but didn't feature last year
  • Noah and Oisin have become popular more recently, featuring the top 10 in 2016 but not in the other 3 years which I looked at. 

And just in case you're interested, the 5 LEAST popular names for each of the years were as follows:

2001: Calum, Bobby, Sebastian, Daithi, Patryk 

2006: Filip, Glen, Kacper, Szymon, Jayden

2011: Glen, Ian, Neil, Emmanuel, Keith

2016: Zach, Jason, Sebastian, Dara, Isaac

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