Bonnie But No Clyde: Australia's Most Popular Baby Names
Flowers, famous duos, the royals and a big pinch of quirk came together to form Australia's Top 100 baby names.
In 2018, there were just over 300,000 babies born in Australia and around one in ten were given a top 10 newborn name.
While Charlotte and Olivia maintained their reign, there are lots of other interesting name trends unfolding.
McCrindle research did some data crunching and provided an overview of these shifts.
Years Of Popularity
Charlotte, the name given to nearly 1700 Australian baby girls in 2018, has been crowned the number one baby name since overtaking Olivia in 2015.
Oliver, the name given to more than 2100 Australian baby boys in 2018, has enjoyed an uninterrupted six years at the top spot since overtaking Jack in 2013.
Once Popular Names Given The Snub
Jessica was Australia’s most popular girls’ name for 16 years from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. In the mid-1990s, approximately one in every 30 girls born in Australia was named Jessica.
Less than 20 years after it was at number one, Jessica did not even make it into the top 100 in 2018.
From the mid-1990s until 2003, Joshua was the most popular boys’ name in Australia. However, since then, the popularity of Joshua has been consistently falling. In 2018, Joshua was ranked at 34th.
The Royals Still Influence Aussie Baby Names
Prince George (born 2013) and Princess Charlotte (born 2015) have "significantly contributed to the popularity of these names".
In the five years since Prince George was born, George’s rank in the baby name list jumped 37 places. George now sits at 34th position.
When Princess Charlotte was born in 2015, her name overtook Olivia as the most popular baby name. It has remained undefeated to this day.
Unsurprisingly, since the birth of Prince Louis in 2018, his name has gained a boost in popularity. Louis has jumped 14 places since 2017, now at 59th position.
It's yet to be seen if the latest royal addition, Archie, will have the same impact.
Quirky And Unique Names On The Rise
Parents over the paste decade have increasingly been opting for more creative choices for their children’s name. The best way to understand this shift is to take a look down baby-naming memory lane.
In 1987, 22 percent of babies born in NSW were given one of the top 10 baby names. Today, that percent has more than halved, to just 10 percent.
Sixty years prior-- in 1957 -- almost a third of babies born in NSW were given one of the top ten baby names.
A name forms part of an individual's digital real estate in an increasingly technological world.
"Increasingly, there is a trend to name one’s child something that won’t end up as SarahSmith205 on social media. Names are now considered as digital real estate in an increasingly global era," the report authors said.
The Names That Continue To Blossom
Parents continue to use the botanical theme as a source of naming girls.
Willow, Ivy, Lily, Poppy, Daisy, Rose, Jasmine and Olive all made the Top 100 list.
"Of the top five girls’ names that most significantly increased in popularity in the 2010s, three had a botanical theme," the authors said.
Willow increased 64 positions, now sitting at 10th position. Violet increased 53 positions (now at 39th position) and Ivy increased 43 positions (now at 18th position).
Other Name Trends To Note
There is Adam (75th) but no Eve in the Top 100. There is a Bonnie (84th) but no Clyde. Retailers made some appearances too -- Levi (20th) and Zara (31st) are some of the famous brands who also made the list, although it's worth nothing that both were names before they were brands.
Boys names were more likely to be one syllable.
- Jack (2nd)
- James (9th)
- Max (21st)
- George (34th)
- Finn (41st)
- Kai (53rd)
- Flynn (64th)
- Nate (67th)
- Luke (68th)
- Charles (74th)
- Beau (78th)
- Jake (86th)
- Blake (90th)
- Jude (95th)
Girls were more likely to have longer names, and only four comprised of a single syllable.
- Grace (7th)
- Rose (56th)
- Claire (76th)
- Quinn (78th)
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