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15 Irish surnames that are now actually popular baby names in America

Finnegan, Delaney, Collins – ALL BABY NAMES.

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LAST WEEK, THE US Department of Social Security released data on the most popular baby names for 2014.

The top three names for baby boys:

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Mason

While the most popular names for little girls were:

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Sophia

Along with a list of the most popular names, they have also created a searchable database whereby you can search the popularity of any name within the top 1000 names.

For example, Zayn was ranked the 830th most popular name for boys in 2014, while Niall failed to make the top 1000.


The data also reveals that a surprising number of Irish surnames are now being used as first names.

They might sound wrong to us, but across the Atlantic, the following names are totally normal and can all be found within the top 1000 most popular names…

1. Delaney

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Popularity ranking: 268

Number of Delaneys born in 2014: 1,220

2. McKenna

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Popularity ranking: 233

Number of McKennas born in 2014: 1,388

3. Collins


Popularity ranking: 838

Number of Collins born in 2014: 327

4. Nolan 

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Popularity ranking: 81

Number of Nolans born in 2014:  5,181

5. Brennan

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Popularity ranking: 386

Number of Brennans born in 2014: 802

6. Kennedy

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Popularity ranking: 54

Number of Kennedys born in 2014: 4,459

7. Cassidy

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Popularity ranking: 248

Number of Cassidys born in 2014: 1,294

8. Hayes

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Popularity ranking: 545

Number of Hayes born in 2014: 498

9. Sullivan

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Popularity ranking: 463

Number of Sullivans born in 2014: 628

10. Quinn

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Popularity ranking: 363 (for boy) and 126 (for girl)

Number of Quinns born in 2014: 2,539 girls and 868 boys

11. Flynn

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Popularity ranking: 659

Number of Flynns born in 2014: 388

12. Finnegan

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Popularity ranking: 464

Number of Finnegans born in 2014: 625

13. Cullen

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Popularity ranking: 603

Number of Cullens born in 2014: 445

14. Logan

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Popularity ranking: 13

Number of Logans born in 2014: 13,579

15. Beckett

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Popularity ranking: 244

Number of Becketts born in 2014: 1,511

All information courtesy of Social Security.

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