Northern Ireland

Most popular NI baby names for 2014 are Jack and Emily

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Jack and Emily were the most popular baby names in Northern Ireland in 2014.

Jack has been the most popular name for boys over the past 15 years, holding the top spot on 13 occasions.

Emily was joint first with Grace in 2013 for the most popular name for girls. Grace fell back to second spot in 2014.

The figures, compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), showed that 285 babies were named Jack and 261 named Emily.

James and Daniel also made the top 10 boys' names in 2014, and also featured among the top 10 a decade ago.

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Image caption These figures show the most popular girls' names in Northern Ireland in 2014 according to the 11 super council areas
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Image caption The names Jack and James dominated most of the 11 super council districts in 2014

Sophie was the only girl's name to make it into the top 10 in 2014 that featured in the list a decade ago. Emily has taken top place twice in the past decade.

But not all of the names given to babies in Northern Ireland in 2014 were so popular.

The figures revealed some less common names given to girls included: Blessing, Piper, Coco, Suri, Texas and Maisie.

Some unusual boys' names included: Devin, Kanye, Peanut, Princeton and Rocco.

Other names moved up the list to join the top 100 names for the first time. Kian jumped from 171 in 2013 to 78 in 2014 for boys, while Aria jumped from 218 in 2013 to 89 in 2014 for girls.

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Image caption The figures also showed how the most popular names in 1984 fared in 2014

Top 10 boys' names in 2014: Jack, James, Daniel, Charlie, Harry, Noah, Oliver, Ethan, Jacob, Thomas.

Top 10 girls' names in 2014: Emily, Grace, Sophie, Amelia, Ella, Olivia, Anna, Lucy, Sophia, Eva.

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