Its hard for me. In [name]Ireland[/name], our top 20 is pretty much what the American top 20 was like 10-15 years ago. Most of the popular names here are extremely, extremely dated (think [name]Katie[/name], [name]Megan[/name], [name]Allison[/name], [name]Stephanie[/name], [name]Nicole[/name]).
There is a high possibility that if our economy doesn’t improve in the next 5 years, we’ll be emigrating. Where? Why knows. Its likely to be [name]Canada[/name], Australia or New Zealand.
So when I was choosing names for our girls, I practically completely disregarded the statistics for [name]Ireland[/name]. Instead, I looked at lists from the UK, USA, and Australia, and used those to determine how popular my favourites are.
For example, [name]Aidan[/name]. [name]Aidan[/name] (and his [name]Aiden[/name], [name]Ayden[/name] etc variants) are in the top 10 in [name]America[/name]. In ireland, [name]Aidan[/name] ranks in at around #112. There were 7 boys named [name]Aidan[/name] born in [name]Ireland[/name] last year. Now compare that to the USA and its crazy how different it is!
So yeah, I basically use other countrys’ statistics instead of my own generic list. Its the only way I can avoid the common names.