St. Patrick's Day: WhitePages Finds Luck of the Irish is More Prevalent in Chicago Than Boston

Murphy Most Popular Irish Surname in Chicago and Boston

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We know that both Chicago and Boston have large populations of people with Irish roots and thought it would be interesting to see which Irish surnames were popular in each city. - Liz Powell, culture and trend expert from WhitePages

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) March 14, 2014

It’s almost time to break out the green, gorge on corned beef and cabbage and a drink a few pints. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, WhitePages, the leading provider of contact information for people and businesses in the U.S., today unveiled some factoids around Irish surnames in Chicago and Boston, and found that Murphy is the most popular last name in both cities. Based on data pulled from http://www.whitepages.com/, the surnames Kelly, Ryan, Walsh and O’Brien round out the top five in both cities.

“We know that both Chicago and Boston have large populations of people with Irish roots and thought it would be interesting to see which Irish surnames were popular in each city,” said Liz Powell, culture and trend expert from WhitePages. “We were surprised that the top five names for each city were the same, but the order was a bit different.”

Most Popular Irish Names in Chicago:

1.    Murphy - 3768
2.    Kelly - 3326
3.    Ryan - 1810
4.    Walsh - 1592
5.    O’Brien - 1428
6.    O’Donnell - 694
7.    O’Connell - 668
8.    O’Malley - 639
9.    Byrne - 492
10.    O’Leary - 322

Most Popular Irish Names in Boston:

1.    Murphy - 637
2.    O’Brien - 473
3.    Walsh - 453
4.    Kelly - 425
5.    Ryan - 381
6.    O’Connell - 165
7.    O’Neill - 154
8.    O’Donnell - 136
9.    Byrne - 123
10.    O’Leary - 97

To learn more about name popularity in the United States, please visit http://www.whitepages.com or http://names.whitepages.com/.

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