Charlotte and Oliver took the top spots in Australia's most popular names for girls and boys in 2015, showing that Aussies love a classic name that won't go out of fashion in a hurry.
Of course you only need to look at the British Royal family to see where Aussies are getting their inspiration. According to McCrindle Research, Charlotte rose to prominence this year, taking Olivia from her three year reign, while William climbed the ladder to number two in the boy’s list.
Similarly the name George has risen up the ranks since Prince George was born to number 36 - the highest ranking since the 1950s.
There is a ‘Hundred-Year Return’ theme taking place, with many of the top names of today also amongst the top names a century ago, while names of a few decades ago have fallen out of favour. Names like William and Grace declined rapidly from the 1910s to 1970s but skyrocketed in popularity since the 1980s.
Parents looking for classics need only to look to the Bard, with Shakespearean names amongst the most popular. Oliver, Jack, Alexander and Isabelle are all names of characters in Shakespeare’s plays that have risen the ranks. Literary references are obvious too, with Charlotte (author Charlotte Bronte); Thomas (poet Thomas Hardy) and Amelia, the title character in the novel written by Henry Fielding.
And of course you can’t get more classic than the Bible, with one in four of the Top 10 names – Noah (4th), Thomas (5th), James (6th) and Ethan (8th) lifted directly from the book.