Oisin and Emily Derry’s most popular baby names

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Oisin and Emily were the most popular names for babies born in Derry last year.

Research carried out by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) showed that the trend over recent years in the North West for more traditional names has continued into 2012.

In Limavady parents chose Jacob as the most popular name for a boy and Anna as the most popular girl’s name.

In Strabane, Jack was most popular for a boy and Grace and Lily most popular for girls.

Across the North, Jack and Sophie were once again the most popular first names given to children whose births were registered in 2012.

Since 2003, Jack has been the most popular boy’s name. James has held second position for the second year running. Daniel is the third most popular name in 2012 climbing from fifth place in 2011.

This year Riley and Noah have increased in popularity to reach the top 10 from ranks 18 and 13 respectively.

For girls, Sophie remains the most popular girl’s name for the third year in a row. Emily has climbed from third place in 2011 to second place in 2012 and Grace has fallen from second place in 2011 to third place in 2012. Katie, which had fallen out of the top 10 names last year has re-entered, ranked eighth.

Amelia and Aoife have increased in popularity to enter the top 10 in 2012 ranked fourth and tenth, from ranks 33 and 15 respectively in 2011.

The majority of the top 10 boys’ names from a decade ago are present in the top 20 in 2012, with one exception, Ben, which has fallen from eighth in 2002 to rank 33rd in 2012.

Only Katie remains in the top 10 girls’ names, dropping however from third most popular in 2002 to eighth in 2012. Chloe, Emma and Sarah, all in the top 10 in 2002, are present in the top 20 in 2012.