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Parents follow BOD by naming THEir girls sadie

THE BOD effect is already influencing our baby name choices.

The rugby hero will hang up his boots tonight after Leinster’s clash with Glasgow Warriors in the Rabo Pro 12 final, and no doubt will relish the chance to spend more time with his wife Amy and daughter Sadie.

The tiny tot’s unusual name has caught the imagination of the Irish public.

Sadie has now entered the list of the 100 most popular girls’ names in Ireland for the first time.

BOD and Amy gave their first child the name when she was born last year.

It was 139th in the list of popular baby names in 2012 but shot up 62 places to 77th in last year’s list.

But they are not the only sporting couple whose child has influenced a name choice.

The highest new entry for 2013 for boys was Kai, the name of Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s child.


The list, released yesterday by the Central Statistics Office, includes other new entries Sienna, Poppy and Fiadh for a girl and Kayden for a boy.

By and large, however, the top five names have remained largely unchanged in the past five years.

Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2013. Jack retains the top position it has occupied every year since 2007, and Emily has kept the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.

The top five boys’ names - Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean - have all been in the top five since 2007.

This is the third consecutive year that Emily has been the most popular name chosen for girls.

Emma, Sophie, Ella and Amelia were the next most frequently picked names to make it into the top five.

Tastes have changed dramatically in the past 50 years. The same study looked at the most registered names in Ireland in 1963 and found John and Mary topping the league of favourites.

However, in 2013 John had dropped to 27th in the name rankings while Mary had plunged to 81st.