HomePersonalised Number PlatesMost popular Baby names for 2011 Jayne Henry December 30, 2011 Personalised Number Plates Jack and Sophie were the most popular first names given to children whose births were registered in Northern Ireland in 2011. These findings are contained in provisional 2011 birth statistics. Boys names For boys, Jack has been the most popular boys name since 2003. James has climbed from third most popular in 2010 to second most popular in 2011. Matthew is the third most popular name in 2011 climbing from fourth most popular in 2010. This year Thomas has increased in popularity to reach the top 10 from rank 13. The perfect gift for your baby would be personalised number plates such as: Girls names For girls, Sophie remains the most popular girls name for the second year in a row. Grace has climbed from third most popular in 2010 to second most popular in 2011 and Emily has climbed from fourth most popular in 2010 to third most popular in 2011. Katie, which was the most popular girls name from 2004 to 2009 has fallen out of the top 10 names this year. Sophia has increased in popularity to enter the top 10 in 2011 at rank 4 from rank 29 in 2010. The perfect gift for your baby would be personalised number plates such as: Some other findings Jake was the largest mover within the boys’ top 20 between 2010 and 2011, while Alfie and Riley are the only new boys’ names to enter the top 20 in 2011. Ben and Callum, which were ranked in the top 20 boys’ names in 2010, have fallen out of the top 20 in 2011. For girls, Ruby and Sophia are new to the top 20 girls’ names in 2011. Lily was the largest mover within the girls’ names top 20 between 2010 and 2011. Ava, Leah and Hannah, which were ranked in the top 20 girls’ names in 2010, have fallen out of the top 20 in 2011. Only one of the 1975 top 10 boys’ names (James) is still in the top 10 in 2011, while none of the top 10 girls’ names from 1975 appear in the 2010 top 10 list. Over the last decade, parents have become more diverse in the first names they have given to their babies. In 2011, there were approximately 2,200 girls’ and 1,600 boys’ names used; compared with 1,600 girls’ and 1,000 boys’ names in 2001. First names like Jack and Sophie are popular for new mothers across all age groups, while Tyler and Mia are increasingly popular amongst younger mothers. In contrast more traditional names such as Michael and Sarah are more popular with older mothers. Historical Baby Names Data The table below shows the ten most popular names for boys and girls in 1975. Most popular boys’ and girls’ names, 1975 Rank Male Female 1 David Joanne 2 Paul Karen 3 John Catherine 4 Mark Julie 5 Stephen Sharon 6 Michael Mary 7 William Claire 8 James Lisa 9 Jonathan Michelle 10 Robert Nicola What will you be calling your new baby?