First Names List : Analysis of

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Most common first names list

Baptismal Records 1867-1880

Rathdowney Roman Catholic parish

I have taken most of the first names in the baptismal records of the parish of Rathdowney, Laois for the years 1867-1880.

People in other countries seem to think that the Irish all had two first names.  That is not true.  People of the Church of Ireland and perhaps other non Catholic religions had two first names but not the Catholics.  I hold that Catholics only took on two first names post 1900.  I have 4 siblings and not one of us has two first names..

There was a total of 3146 first names in my table.   I  have the names of the parents and the children i.e. 3 names per record. Some of the first names were difficult to read, these have been excluded.

Of those 3146 first names there are only 28 people who have two first names.  Everybody else has one only first name.

A number of first names are spelled without a letter, in a different way.  I have lined up all the first names and I have ‘added’ the numbers of each first name to give me a total.  So, when you look at this list, if you see only one number but a few first names then that number is the total of however many people there were for each first name.

Mary is the most common female name with 427 of these people having the first name Mary (plain Mary)

John is the most common male name with 338 people having John or Jon as a first name.

I am giving you an index which is alphabetically sorted so it will be easy for you to find the first name you are interested in.  I have sorted the names so that names which are shortened versions of the full name, nicknames of the full name lie together.

As I was loading this file I noticed that I had made a few mistakes or rather missed a bit of lining up similar names with one another.  You’ll be able to see where I missed these quite easily.

Eliza can be a shortened version of Elizabeth.
The short name or nickname for Catherine can be Kate
Ellen can be Helen
Fanny is a short for Frances
Jermh is Jeremiah.

Finally, while I have a table here which is sorted alphabetically by name, if you want to see which of the names are most common please go to the table beneath.

List with names in alphabetical order

NameNo of people        
Alexander2
Alice1
Anastasia1alsoAnistaciaalsoAnty
Andrew10
Ann116alsoAnne
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Arnold1
Bartholmw2alsoBartholw
Bernard1
Bridget291alsoBiddyalsoBridgtandBrigt
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine105
Catherine Mary1
Charles14
Charlotte6
Christopher5alsoChristy
Cornelius4alsoCon
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Denis30
Dominick3alsoDominic
Dympna2alsoDymna
Edmond5alsoEdmund
Edward45alsoEdwdalsoEwdandNed
Eliza73alsoElliza
Elizabeth17alsoBessalsoBessyandBetty
Ellen67
Ellenor2
Esther5
Eugene2
Fanny8alsoFany
Fintan4
Francis2
Francis Joseph1
George2
Gertrude1
Grace1
Hanna1
Harry1
Henena1
Henry5
Hie (sic)1
Honoria78alsoHonoraalsoOney
Hubert1
J. Edward1
James133alsoJas.
Jane9
Jas. E.2
Jas. Patrick1
Jeremiah3alsoJer.alsoJeremiaghand
Jermh.18
Jno George1
Johana13
Johanna26
John338alsoJon
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Joseph33alsoJoe
Judy43alsoJudethalsoJudith
Julia22
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Kate100
Kyran10alsoKieran
Laurence4
Lucy11
Margaret172alsoMaralsoMargretandMargtalsoPeggy
Martha5
Martin60alsoMarten
Mary427alsoMaria
Mary Agnes2
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Mary Catherine2
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Mathew5
Maurice1
May2
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Michael John1
Michl John1
Mick1
Murtagh3alsoMurta
Nancy4
Nanni1
Nannie M.1
Nanny4alsoNannealsoNano
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Nora2
Owen1
P. Joseph1
Patrick234alsoPatalsoPatt
Patrick J.1
Patrick Joseph3
Patt John1
Peter23
Philip8alsoPhil
Rhody1
Richd4alsoRody
Robert15
Rosand1
Sally or Lally1
Sam1
Sarah23alsoSaraghalsoSerah
Sarah Eliza1
Simon1
Stephen7
Susan1
Terence2
Thomas91alsoThos.alsoThs.andTom
Timothy30alsoTim
William114alsoWm.
Winifred3

List with names and numbers of name.  Lowest to highest numbers

NameNo of people        
Alice1
Anastasia1alsoAnistaciaalsoAnty
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Arnold1
Bernard1
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine Mary1
Francis Joseph1
Gertrude1
Grace1
Hanna1
Harry1
Henena1
Hie (sic)1
Hubert1
J. Edward1
Jas. Patrick1
Jno George1
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Maurice1
Michael John1
Michl John1
Mick1
Nanni1
Nannie M.1
Owen1
P. Joseph1
Patrick J.1
Patt John1
Rhody1
Rosand1
Sally or Lally1
Sam1
Sarah Eliza1
Simon1
Susan1
Alexander2
Bartholmw2alsoBartholw
Dympna2alsoDymna
Ellenor2
Eugene2
Francis2
George2
Jas. E.2
Mary Agnes2
Mary Catherine2
May2
Nora2
Terence2
Dominick3alsoDominic
Jeremiah3alsoJer.alsoJeremiaghand
Murtagh3alsoMurta
Patrick Joseph3
Winifred3
Cornelius4alsoCon
Fintan4
Laurence4
Nancy4
Nanny4alsoNannealsoNano
Richd4alsoRody
Christopher5alsoChristy
Edmond5alsoEdmund
Esther5
Henry5
Martha5
Mathew5
Charlotte6
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Stephen7
Fanny8alsoFany
Philip8alsoPhil
Jane9
Andrew10
Kyran10alsoKieran
Lucy11
Johana13
Charles14
Robert15
Elizabeth17alsoBessalsoBessyandBetty
Jermh.18
Julia22
Peter23
Sarah23alsoSaraghalsoSerah
Johanna26
Denis30
Timothy30alsoTim
Joseph33alsoJoe
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Judy43alsoJudethalsoJudith
Edward45alsoEdwdalsoEwdandNed
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Martin60alsoMarten
Ellen67
Eliza73alsoElliza
Honoria78alsoHonoraalsoOney
Thomas91alsoThos.alsoThs.andTom
Kate100
Catherine105
William114alsoWm.
Ann116alsoAnne
James133alsoJas.
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Margaret172alsoMaralsoMargretandMargtalsoPeggy
Patrick234alsoPatalsoPatt
Bridget291alsoBiddyalsoBridgtandBrigt
John338alsoJon
Mary427alsoMaria

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