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16 Irish surnames that are now popular baby names in America

Gannon, Finnegan and Brennan, anyone?

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OVER THE WEEKEND, the Social Security Administration in the United States announced the most popular baby names for 2015.

This is what the top ten looked like:

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As we scoured the top 1000 names, we spotted several Irish surnames now being used as first names. (America, eh?)

Let’s take a look, shall we?

1. Gannon

Ranking: #532

Number of Gannons born in 2015: 530

2. Barrett

Ranking: #313

Number of Barretts born in 2015: 1,136

3. Quinn

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Ranking: 354th (boys) and 97th (girls)

Number of Quinns born in 2015: 938 boys and 3,077 girls

4. Grady

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Ranking: #353

Number of Gradys born in 2015: 950

5. Sullivan

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Ranking: #459

Number of Sullivans born in 2015: 660

6. Finnegan

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Ranking: 405

Number of Finnegans born in 2015: 759

7. Brennan

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Ranking: 446

Number of Brennans born in 2015: 681

8. Collins


Ranking: #704

Number of Collins born in 2015: 402

9. Flynn

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Ranking: 694

Number of Flynns born in 2015: 360

10. McKenna

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Ranking: 248

Number of McKennas born in 2015: 1,295


11. Kenny

(Okay, yes it’s a name in its own right, but we couldn’t resist.)

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Ranking: 890

Number of Kennys born in 2015: 246

12. Callan

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Ranking: 687th

Number of Callans born in 2015: 363

13. Cassidy

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Ranking: 257

Number of Cassidys born in 2015: 1,230

14. Delaney

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Ranking: 243

Number of Delaneys born in 2015: 1,322

15. Cannon

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Ranking: 588

Number of Cannons born in 2015: 468

16. Hayes

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Ranking: 539

Number of Hayes born in 2015: 524

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Amy O'Connor

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