Irish Birth Certificates

Changes through the ages

The Civil Registration Service

The General Register Office (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora) in Ireland is the central repository for records relating to Irish Births. Records date back to 1st January 1864....

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Old Long Format Birth Certificate

All Irish Birth Certificates were hand written until 2004. In 2004 the Dept of Health ...

In 2004 the Dept of Health ...

New Certificate Paper And New Format

The Civil Registration has scanned old birth registers into a new electronic database. The new certificates is on ...

The new Certificates is on ...
spine of Irish register top of old long form Irish birth certificate top of new long form birth certificate
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Registering A Birth

Parent(s) of a new baby born in the Republic of Ireland are obliged under the Civil Registration Act of 2004 to register their baby’s birth. Read more ...

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Birth records online

Last year saw the introduction of a new search facility to explore a number of on-line sources of genealogical information e.g. the 1901 and 1911 Census returns. Read more ...

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Births registered after 1 Oct 1997

Prior to 1 Oct 1997 registered births did not provide a surname for the child, any former surname of the father or occupation and addres of the mother. Read more ...


Popular Baby Names In 2013

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

The top five boys names (Jack, James, Daniel, Conor and Sean) have been the top five since 2007 with the order changing slightly from 2012, when Conor finished in 4th place ahead of Sean. Indeed four of the top five boys names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998.

Popular Irish girl names in 2013

Emily, Emma, Sophie, Ella, Amelia, Aoife, Ava, Lucy, Grace, Sarah

Popular Irish boys names in 2013

Jack, James, Daniel, Conor, Sean, Adam, Ryan, Michael, Harry, Noah