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.

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Birth records onine

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.

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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 ...


Popular Baby Names In 2012

Jack and Emily were the most popular babies’ names registered in 2012. 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, Sean and Conor) have made up the top five since 2007. Four of the top five boys’ names (Jack, Sean, Conor and James) have been in the top five since 1998, with only their order changing from year to year.

The top five girls’ names and their order have remained the same as those for 2011. This is the first time since 2004/2005 that the five most popular girls’ names have remained unchanged for two consecutive years.

Popular Irish girl names in 2012

Emily, Sophie, Emma, Grace, Lily, Mia, Ella, Ava, Lucy, Sarah

Popular Irish boys names in 2012

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