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August 2014 Edition

The focus of this month’s E-zine is NINIS Workshops

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Free training workshops on the Northern Ireland Neighbourhood Information Service (NINIS) website are provided by NISRA staff for anyone with an interest in Neighbourhood Statistics. The primary aim of the workshop is to provide information on the background to NINIS and to give a demonstration of the NINIS website. NINIS workshops also incorporate PC based training where practical exercises are set and participants get the opportunity to navigate the NINIS website and familiarise themselves with the functionality and range of data on NINIS.

Open workshops are held each month at NISRA HQ, McAuley House, Belfast, BT1 1SA. Registration is essential as places are limited to 10 participants for each workshop. You can register for a workshop on the NINIS website .

If you feel a NINIS training workshop would be beneficial to a number of people in your organisation, NISRA can also deliver tailored workshops at your location (subject to terms and conditions). Please contact us for further information (

The next NINIS Workshop will take place in McAuley House on 25 September 2014 at 2pm. To register, visit the Workshops section of the NINIS website.

Marriages, Divorces and Civil Partnerships 2013

Statistics on marriages, divorces and civil partnerships for Northern Ireland (2013 provisional data) were published on 14 August 2014 and are now available on NINIS.

New 2013 provisional datasets include Marriages, Divorces, Civil Partnerships (HSCT) and Civil Partnerships (LGD2014). The Marriages and Divorces interactive maps have also been updated under the Population interactive content theme.

  • 8,126 marriages, 2,403 divorces and 100 civil partnerships were recorded in 2013.
  • Civil ceremonies (2,499) accounted for just under 31 per cent of all marriages in 2013.
  • Brides and grooms were, on average, aged 31 and 34 years respectively in 2013, approximately 5 years older than was the case two decades previously.

Most Popular Baby Names

The "Most Popular Baby Names Registered in Northern Ireland 2013" bulletin was published on 28 August 2014. The bulletin examines the top 100 first names for boys and girls and compares the ranks of these names with the ranks in previous years. Further information is available on the NISRA website.

  • Jack was the most popular first name given to baby boys in 2013, closely followed by James. Jack has been the most popular boy’s name for the last decade. James has held second position for the third year running, while Charlie (in third place in 2013) climbed from fifth in 2012.
  • Emily and Grace were jointly the most popular first names given to baby girls in 2013. Emily and Grace have moved up 1 and 2 places respectively since 2012, whereas Sophie (in third place in 2013) fell 2 places from being the most popular girl’s name in 2012.
  • Jacob and Oliver were new entries to the top 10 most popular names for baby boys compared with 2012, replacing Ryan and Riley.
  • Ella and Anna were new entries to the top 10 most popular names for baby girls compared with 2012, replacing Katie and Eva.

Interactive Content and Data Visualisations including a Baby Names Infographic, Interactive Map, Comparator Tool, Boys Names Wordle and Girls Names Wordle are all available on NINIS.

Benefits 2014 data

All of the benefits datasets and interactive maps on NINIS have been updated with 2014 data.

Updated Datasets, found under the People and Places statistics theme, include:

The corresponding interactive maps have also been updated and can be found under the People and Places interactive content theme.