Top 100 baby names in Australia
The most popular monikers for boys and girls
Content Editor / November 12 2018
The annual McCrindle report has been released, detailing the top Australian names for the past year. Around one in ten of Australia’s 300,000 babies born in the last year were given one of the top 10 baby names. There were 2063 boys named Oliver and 1687 girls named Charlotte last year, making these two monikers the most popular Australian names.
Floral names a big hit
For girls, floral and botanic names featured prominently, such as Ivy (18th), Lily (19th), Willow (20th), Violet (37th), Poppy (43rd), Jasmine (51st), Rose (69th), Daisy (72nd) and Olive (100th).
Shorter names are more popular
Australian baby names are being truncated, for example Jack (3rd) beats out Jackson (41st), Archie (33rd) beats Archer (34th) and Max (22nd) is more popular than Maxwell (didn’t make the Top 100). Even for girls, currently Lily (19th) is more popular than Lillian (didn’t make the Top 100) and Ella (8th) outranks Isabella (15th) and Isabelle (32nd).
Biblical names on the decline
Two decades ago, all five of the top five boys’ Aussie names were Bible characters (Joshua, Daniel, Matthew, James and Thomas), and twelve of the top twenty were from the Bible (which included Benjamin, Luke, Nathan, Andrew, Alexander, Jacob and Samuel). Today, just six of the top twenty boys’ names can be found in the Bible (Noah, James, Thomas, Ethan, Alexander and Samuel).
Celebrity and royal influences
Actors, actresses, sports and music stars continue to have an influence on the top baby names in Australia. Harper (David and Victoria Beckham’s daughter), has been on the rise over the past six years, finally debuting in the Top 10 for 2017. Luna debuted at 83rd and is the name of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter. Willow (Pink’s daughter), Penelope (Kourtney Kardashian’s daughter), and Billie (Chris and Bec Judd’s daughter) are also in the top 100.
The younger generation of the Royal Family have resonated with their contemporary Generation Y’s in Australia who are now also in their family forming life-stage. The births of Prince George (born 2013) and Princess Charlotte (born 2015) have contributed to the popularity of these names. Other well-known traditional royal names that feature in the Top 100 include Louis, Henry, William, Edward, Charles, Elizabeth, Zara and Victoria.
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Nicola Conville has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 20 years across a wide range of print and online publications. Her areas of expertise are parenting, health and travel. She has two children; Lucy, age eight, and Nathan, age five.