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In 2012, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Australian babies were given one of the Top 10 baby names (a total of 33,226 births). The top 5 boys’ names accounted for 9,048 births and the top 5 girls’ names for 8,747 births, showing a similar occurrence in the number of these top 5 occurrences. \n\nCharlotte and Jack Rise to the Top \n\nJack is currently the most popular boys’ name. In 2012, there were 1,975 boys named Jack (only 48 clear of its nearest rival William). Since 2011, Jack and William have \nswitched positions - Jack is back at #1, a position it had held for 5 consecutive years before losing the crown to William over the last two years. The rise of Jack is further \ndemonstrated in the rise of Jackson/Jaxon, which has made an impressive entry into the Top 20 by jumping straight to #10. \n\nCharlotte was the choice for 1,854 girls in 2012 (with 47 occurrences more than Ruby), and was for the very first time the most popular girls’ name across the nation, \nmaking a significant jump from its place as 7th in 2011. \n\nTrends and Insights: Girls \n\nThe names Ava, Amelia, and Emily have entered the Top 10 girls’ names while Sienna, \nElla, and Isabella have left the Top 10 list. The names Harper, Rose and Heidi have all \nsignificantly increased in popularity over the year, rising at least 15 places; Harper is ranked at #35 compared to #53 in 2011, Rose is ranked #63 compared to #82 in \n2011, and Heidi is ranked #76 compared to #91 in 2011. \n\nA number of names have left the Top 100 list entirely over the last year – these include Daisy, Rachel, Stephanie, Ashley, Natalie, Taylor/Tayla, Erin, Alana, and Abby/Abbey. \n\nTrends and Insights: Boys \n\nThe Top 10 list for boys remains very similar to the 2011 list, with Lachlan being the only boys’ name to have left the Top 10, having been replaced by Jackson/Jaxon. Xavier has left the top 20 list (previously at 20, now at 22) while Mason and Jackson/Jaxon have climbed the rankings into the Top 20. \n\nIn terms of significant leaps, Braxton has made an impressive first-time entry into the Top 100 list, jumping straight to the 41st spot. When looking at significant \ndrops, Ashton has dropped twenty places from #60 in 2011 to #80 today. A number of other names have left the Top 100 list entirely – these include Tyson, Aaron, \nSeth, and Jett.

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Baby Names Australia 2013

Baby Names Australia 2013

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Contents

Contents

The Australian Top 10 ............................................................................................................................... 3

Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Top ................................................................................................................... 3

Trends and Insights: Girls ................................................................................................................................... 3

Trends and Insights: Boys .................................................................................................................................. 3

Gendered Names Triumph ................................................................................................................................. 4

Spell it for Me ........................................................................................................................................................ 4

State versus State ................................................................................................................................................ 5

Surnames as First Names .................................................................................................................................. 5

Pride of Place ....................................................................................................................................................... 5

Inspired by Nature ................................................................................................................................................ 5

Shooting for the Stars .......................................................................................................................................... 5

Religious Influences ............................................................................................................................................. 6

European Origins ................................................................................................................................................. 6

Sources

Sources .................................................................................................................................................... 7

Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names

Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names ............................................................................................................. 8

Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names

Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names .............................................................................................................. 9

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The Australian Top 10

BOYS

BOYS

Jack

GIRLS

GIRLS

Charlotte

1.

1.

2.

William

2.

Ruby

3.

Noah

3.

Lilly/Lily

4.

Ethan

4.

Olivia

5.

Oliver

5.

Chloe

6.

Thomas

6.

Sophie

7.

Lucas

7.

Emily

8.

James

8.

Mia

9.

Cooper

9.

Amelia

10.

Jackson/Jaxon

10.

Ava

In 2012, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Australian babies

Trends and

Trends and Insights: Girls

Insights: Girls

were given one of the Top 10 baby names (a total of

The names Ava, Amelia, and Emily have

33,226 births). The top 5 boys’ names accounted for

entered the Top 10 girls’ names while Sienna,

9048 births and the top 5 girls’ names for 8747 births,

Ella, and Isabella have left the Top 10 list. The

showing a similar occurrence in the number of these top

names Harper, Rose and Heidi have all

5 occurrences.

significantly increased in popularity over the year, rising

Charlotte and Jack Rise to the

Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Top

Top

at least 15 places; Harper is ranked at #35 compared to

Jack is currently the most popular boys’ name. In 2012,

#53 in 2011, Rose is ranked #63 compared to #82 in

there were 1,975 boys named Jack (only 48 clear of its

2011, and Heidi is ranked #76 compared to #91 in 2011.

nearest rival William). Since 2011, Jack and William have

A number of names have left the Top 100 list entirely

switched positions - Jack is back at #1, a position it had

over the last year – these include Daisy, Rachel,

held for 5 consecutive years before losing the crown to

Stephanie, Ashley, Natalie, Taylor/Tayla, Erin, Alana, and

William over the last two years. The rise of Jack is further

Abby/Abbey.

demonstrated in the rise of Jackson/Jaxon, which has

made an impressive entry into the Top 20 by jumping

Trends and Insights: Boys

Trends and Insights: Boys

straight to #10.

The Top 10 list for boys remains very similar to

Charlotte was the choice for 1,854 girls in 2012 (with 47

the 2011 list, with Lachlan being the only boys’

name to have left the Top 10, having been

occurrences more than Ruby), and was for the very first

replaced by Jackson/Jaxon. Xavier has left the

time the most popular girls’ name across the nation,

making a significant jump from its place as 7th in 2011.

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top 20 list (previously at 20, now at 22) while Mason

Only one name in the Top 100, in its unchanged spelled

and Jackson/Jaxon have climbed the rankings into the

form, Charlie, is commonly considered to be

Top 20.

interchangeable between the two sexes – the rest are

In terms of significant leaps, Braxton has made an

distinctly boys’ or girls’ names.

Some of the girls’ names from the Top 100 that can be

interchanged as boys’ names are Harper, Jade, and

Mackenzie. Conversely, girls are utilising the pool of the

currently popular boys’ names on a much grander scale –

these include the names Riley, Charlie, Dylan, Tyler,

Bailey, Hayden, Jordan, Cameron, Ashton, Kai, Jesse,

Luca, Jayden, Aiden, and Alex.

impressive first-time entry into the Top 100 list, jumping

straight to the 41st spot. When looking at significant

drops, Ashton has dropped twenty places from #60 in

2011 to #80 today. A number of other names have left

the Top 100 list entirely – these include Tyson, Aaron,

Seth, and Jett.

Gendered N

Gendered Names Triumph

ames Triumph

Spell it for Me

Spell it for Me

While the names currently

Not content to simply find a distinctive

experiencing a peak in their

name, many parents are resorting to

popularity have changed over time—

unique spelling for their newborns.

more so for girls—one trend that is

These often incorporate an emphasised

growing is the preference for softer-sounding names for

phonetic spelling and occasionally the use of an

girls and firmer names for boys. Looking at the Top 20

apostrophe or hyphen. In our Top 100 list, we have

list, 55% of girls’ names end in an ‘ah’ sound, and 95%

combined the occurrences of names which are

end in a vowel (or ‘y’), compared to just 10% of boys’

phonetically identical but unique in their spellings.

names that end with a vowel. On the other hand, 90% of

Examples of creative spellings and variations of the Top

the Top 20 boys’ names begin with a consonant. When

100 List include the following:

comparing these figures to the Top 100 list, 81% of girls’

Girls:

Girls: Mikayla/Makayla | Indiana/Indianna |

names end in a vowel or vowel sound (including ‘y’ and

Charlie/Charli/Charlee | Maddison/Madison |

‘ah’ sounds) compared to only 23% of boys’ names.

Sophia/Sofia | Lily/Lilly | Isabelle/Isabel | Mila/Milla

Girls’ names are longer flowing compared to the

Boys:

Boys: Jackson/Jaxon | Aiden/Aidan

oftentimes short and sharp boys’ names. In the Top 100,

But when it comes to spelling, the presence of double

37 girls’ names have three or more syllables with 9 of

letters is common, but more frequent for girls - with 23

these having four syllables. There are only 18 boys’

girls’ names containing double letters compared to 13

names with three or more syllables – and only one of

boys’ names.

these, Alexander, has four syllables. When it comes to

Girls:

Girls: Isabella, Sienna, Anna, Ellie, Alyssa, Molly, Poppy,

single-syllable names, boys lead the way with 14

one-syllable names in the Top 100, twice as many as

Milla, Addison, Annabelle, Holly, Savannah, Stella,

the girls.

Willow, Lilly, Summer, Maddison, Isabelle, Jessica,

Scarlett, Hannah, Emma, and Lillian.

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Boys:

Boys: William, Cooper, Harrison, Isaac, Flynn, Matthew,

Pride of Place

Pride of Place

Connor, Mitchell, Finn, Jesse, Harry, Callum, and

More girls were named Victoria in New

Muhammad.

South Wales (104) than in the state of

Victoria (81), but, in terms of ranking,

State versus State

State versus State

the name was most popular in its self-

Jack topped the boys’ list in 5 states

termed state, Victoria (at 64th). While Victoria was

and territories and ranked second in

outdone by international place names such as Charlotte

WA, third in the NT, and only fifth in

(1,854), Madison/Maddison (1,144), Georgia (587),

NSW. William came first in both

Savannah (471), and Indiana (279), it was the NSW

NSW and NT, and Noah was first in WA. Another nation-

central tablelands town of Isabella (1,441) that featured

wide favourite was James, ranking at second in NT,

second highest among the place names and ranked 12th

fourth in ACT, fifth in WA, seventh in both SA and VIC,

overall. Other occurrences of Australian places feature

tenth in QLD and NSW, and 16th in TAS.

the Melbourne suburb of Chelsea (532) and the southern

Charlotte came first in four states (ACT, QLD, SA & WA),

NSW coastal region, Eden (233).

was a close second in NSW, VIC and TAS, and came at

Jordan (449) featured strongly on the boys’ list –

tenth in the NT list. Ruby came in first in NSW and TAS,

along with several US-American place names such

Olivia took #1 in VIC, and a surprising Chloe topped the

as Jackson/Jaxon (1,472), Lincoln (414), and

charts in NT. Ruby was the most consistent across

Austin (322).

board, appearing in the Top 4 across all the states and

territories.

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature

A number of the Top 100 boys’ and girls’

Surnames as First Names

Surnames as First Names

names show a significant influence of

We have seen a rise of surnames as first names,

nature. These include Lilly/Lily, Ivy, Ebony,

particularly for boys, which follows the masculine trend

Skye, Olive, Amber, Jade, Rose, Violet,

tradition. Examples include Cooper, Hudson, Harrison,

Poppy, Holly, Savannah, Willow, Summer, Jasmine,

Connor, Jackson, Lincoln, Tyler, Flynn, Hunter, Riley,

and Ruby.

Owen, Mason, Ryder, Archer, Ashton, Austin, Bailey,

Braxton, and Harper.

Shooting for the Stars

Shooting for the Stars

This trend of surnames is not exclusive to boys, however,

Celebrities such as actors, actresses,

and we are seeing an increase in this trend in some girls’

sports, and music stars have certainly

names (e.g. Mackenzie, Madison, and Addison).

influenced the Top 100 list, to a great

degree than any other influence. Ava

(10th) is the daughter of Australian tennis player Lleyton

Hewitt and actress Bec Hewitt (2010). Mason (17th) is the

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daughter of reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (2009

Biblical Old Testament Names are of especial popularity

and rapper Ne-Yo (2011). Harper (35th) can be linked

among boys names – these include Noah (3rd), Ethan

back to the babies of British sports and music stars David

(4th), Joshua (13th), Jacob (14th), Samuel (15th), Isaac

& Victoria Beckham (2011), rock musician Dave Grohl

(25th), Daniel (27th), Levi (31st), Eli (47th), Elijah (44th),

(2009), Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, daughter of Lisa

Zachary (53rd), Michael (49th), Nathan (63rd), Caleb (69th),

Marie Presley (2008), and US actor Neil Patrick Harris

Jesse (91st), Gabriel (92nd), David (95th), and Jonathan

(2010). Willow (40th) is the name of the pop musician

(99th). Biblical Old Testament names for girls are also

Pink (2011), Stella (41st) is the daughter of US actor Matt

common – Hannah (21st), Abigail (30th), Sarah (37th),

Damon (2010), and Olive (90th), is the daughter of US

Leah (78th), and Eve (82nd).

For the first time appearing in the Top 100 list for boys

actress Drew Barrymore (2012) and US/Aus actors

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher (2007).

are boys’ names that reflect Islamic influence – Ali (97th)

All of the above names apart from Ava have entered the

and Muhammad (100th).

Top 100 in the past five years.

Characters from popular culture such as movies and

Europ

European

ean Origin

Origins s

Australia’s strong European origins can be

television have also shaped the popularity of baby

felt in the continuation of British Royal

names. Notable is the influence of the Twilight saga,

Names in the Top 100 List: William (2nd),

featuring Bella (51st), Isabella (10th), Jacob (13th),

James (8th), Henry (29th), Edward (68th),

and Edward (69th), and the influence of the Australian

George (71st), Charles (79th), and John

television series, Home & Away, featuring

(98th), as well as the female names Matilda (18),

Braxton (41st).

Elizabeth (46), and Victoria (81).

Similar in influence, and slightly stronger in the girls’

Religious Influences

Religious Influences

Religious influence is certainly felt, with

names, is the occurrence of French names such as

more than 1 in 5 boys in the Top 100

Charlotte (1st), Ruby (2nd), Ella (13th), Isabelle (22nd),

list (23 total) deriving their name directly

Jasmine (33rd), Holly (47th), Paige (54th), Evelyn (59th),

from Biblical origins. Two names of

Violet (60th), Rose (63rd), Madeleine (66th), Eloise (86th),

Biblical Apostles appear in the Top 10 boys’ list –

Josephine (93), and Lauren (99). There is no shortage of

Thomas (6th) and James (8th). Other apostles in the

boys’ names according to the French tradition either –

Top 100 list include Matthew (43rd), Andrew (96th),

William (2nd), Henry (29th), Sebastian (39th), Beau (58th),

and John (98th).

Jordan (60th), Bailey (75th), Jasper (77th), Darcy (85th),

and Christopher (93rd) all reflect French influence

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Sources

Baby Names Australia is the nation’s only analysis of all of the registered baby names across the 8 Births, Deaths and

Marriages offices. The data which we have analysed has been provided by the following offices:

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths, & Marriages

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths, & Marriages

ACT Births, Deaths, & Marriages

ACT Births, Deaths, & Marriages

Births, Deaths, Marriages Victoria

Births, Deaths, Marriages Victoria

SA

SA Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office

Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office

QLD Births, Deaths, and Marriages

QLD Births, Deaths, and Marriages

WA Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

WA Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

TAS Births,

TAS Births, Deaths, and Marriages

Deaths, and Marriages

NT Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages

NT Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages

___________

Please note: All of the figures in this document, while

reflecting ACT ranking, do not include ACT number of

occurrences as these were not available.

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Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names

Name

Name

1. Jack

2. William

3. Noah

4. Ethan

5. Oliver

6. Thomas

7. Lucas

8. James

9. Cooper

10. Jackson/Jaxon

11. Lachlan

12. Liam

13. Joshua

14. Jacob

15. Samuel

16. Alexander

17. Mason

18. Max

19. Benjamin

20. Charlie

21. Riley

22. Xavier

23. Ryan

24. Harrison

25. Isaac

26. Tyler

27. Daniel

28. Harry

29. Henry

30. Oscar

31. Levi

32. Jayden

33. Hunter

Occurrence

Occurrence

1975

1927

1727

1723

1696

1570

1555

1516

1490

1473

1458

1351

1323

1281

1198

1194

1134

1132

1131

1098

1064

1056

991

985

935

930

921

916

905

879

877

863

845

34. Aiden/Aidan

35. Jake

36. Blake

37. Flynn

38. Logan

39. Sebastian

40. Dylan

41. Braxton

42. Patrick

43. Matthew

44. Elijah

45. Luke

46. Archie

47. Eli

48. Nicholas

49. Michael

50. Connor

51. Hudson

52. Hayden

53. Zachary

54. Leo

55. Mitchell

56. Nate

57. Angus

58. Beau

59. Chase

60. Jordan

61. Kai

62. Archer

63. Nathan

64. Joseph

65. Finn

66. Adam

67. Lincoln

789

735

732

695

689

660

654

641

630

629

609

604

594

593

590

583

583

569

558

550

527

523

514

502

471

450

449

443

443

440

436

428

417

414

68. Edward

69. Caleb

70. Owen

71. George

72. Hamish

73. Marcus

74. Luca

75. Bailey

76. Hugo

77. Jasper

78. Toby

79. Charles

80. Ashton

81. Austin

82. Alex

83. Christian

84. Declan

85. Darcy

86. Ryder

87. Anthony

88. Dominic

89. Cameron

90. Zac

91. Jesse

92. Gabriel

93. Christopher

94. Callum

95. David

96. Andrew

97. Ali

98. John

99. Jonathan

100. Muhammad

411

391

367

364

363

362

360

348

341

328

326

323

323

322

315

275

271

269

245

218

217

213

211

209

207

197

192

182

137

135

130

128

109

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Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names

Name

Name

Occurrence

Occurrence

33.Jasmine

591

66.Madeleine

278

1.Charlotte

1854

34.Georgia

587

67.Ellie

274

2.Ruby

1807

35.Harper

556

68.Amy

260

3.Lily/Lilly

1768

36.Summer

551

69.Jade

252

4.Olivia

1676

37.Sarah

539

70.Mikayla/

249

Makayla

5.Chloe

1642

38.Chelsea

532

71.Eliza

240

6.Sophie

1611

39.Alexis

522

72.Lara

236

7.Emily

1600

40.Willow

477

73.Eden

233

8.Mia

1564

41.Stella

477

74.Anna

232

9.Amelia

1555

42.Savannah

471

75.Lola

232

10.Ava

1497

43.Alice

467

76.Heidi

226

11.Isabella

1441

44.Mackenzie

449

77.Tahlia

225

12.Sophia/

45.Imogen

448

1428

Sofia

78.Alexandra

222

46.Elizabeth

437

13.Ella

1408

79.Leah

206

47.Holly

435

14.Grace

1320

80.Kayla

195

48.Annabelle

427

15.Sienna

1249

81.Victoria

191

49.Hayley

412

16.Maddison/

82.Eve

183

50.Bella

411

1144

Madison

83.Aria

175

51.Audrey

407

17.Zoe

1064

84.Amber

175

52.Charlie/

18.Matilda

938

Charli/

404

85.Caitlin

169

19.Emma

870

Charlee

86.Eloise

164

20.Isla

865

53.Maya

379

87.Aaliyah

158

21.Hannah

864

54.Paige

372

88.Gabriella

152

22.Isabelle/

55.Addison

365

89.Samantha

135

820

Isabel

56.Molly

341

90.Olive

133

23.Lucy

778

57.Poppy

341

91.Amelie

125

24.Scarlett

747

58.Phoebe

313

92.Skye

108

25.Ivy

688

59.Evelyn

312

93.Josephine

77

26.Evie

669

60.Violet

311

94.Mariam

76

27.Mila/Milla

668

61.Claire

306

95.Angelina

76

28.Eva

655

62.Alyssa

305

96.Elise

76

29.Jessica

616

63.Rose

299

97.Ebony

76

30.Abigail

610

64.Indiana/

98.Lacey

75

285

31.Zara

608

Indianna

99.Lauren

74

32.Layla

599

65.Piper

279

100.Lillian

69

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