Irish name and gender database

The Irish database contains 8.890 first names categorized by gender and 18.690 last names. This page shows the list with the most popular names in Ireland and gives background information about the database.

Most countries in Europe are very well organised and have great open data initiatives. In Ireland we received a name and gender dataset from the Irish government or we used an open dataset. We identified the last names by removing the first names from 87.861 public profiles that we found in Irish open data sources.

Popular Irish first names for men

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
John 1.694 3.1% American British Canadian
David 1.470 2.7% American British Spanish
Paul 1.388 2.6% British American Dutch
Mark 1.095 2.0% American British Dutch
Michael 1.006 1.9% American British German
Stephen 964 1.8% American British Canadian
Brian 845 1.6% American British Canadian
James 839 1.6% British American Australian
Conor 754 1.4% British American Canadian
Kevin 655 1.2% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 87.861 Irish profiles from which 53.890 (61%) is male.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also exists. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Irish first names for women

First name Frequency*1 Percentage*1 Alternative countries*2
Sarah 662 1.9% British American Canadian
Laura 535 1.6% American British Spanish
Emma 530 1.6% British American Australian
Niamh 438 1.3% British American Australian
Mary 405 1.2% American British Canadian
Aoife 397 1.2% British American Canadian
Ciara 396 1.2% British American Jamaican
Claire 389 1.1% British American French
Sinead 381 1.1% British American Australian
Lisa 345 1.0% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 87.861 Irish profiles from which 33.971 (39%) is female.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also exists. They are sorted on popularity.

Popular Irish last names

Last name Frequency *1 Percentage *1 Alternative countries *2
Murphy 1.095 1.2% American British Canadian
Kelly 911 1.0% American British Canadian
Byrne 662 0.8% American British Canadian
Walsh 652 0.7% American British Canadian
Ryan 565 0.6% American British Canadian
O'brien 469 0.5% American British Canadian
Doyle 422 0.5% American British Canadian
O'connor 390 0.4% American British Canadian
Smith 365 0.4% American British Canadian
Mccarthy 358 0.4% American British Canadian
  • *1 The Frequency and Percentage are based on 87.861 Irish profiles having 18.690 unique lastnames.
  • *2 Alternative countries are countries where this first name also exists. They are sorted on popularity.
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