The Aussie Baby Names That Fast Became Unpopular In The Last Decade

While some names are skyrocketing into 2020, what about those that have fallen by the wayside during the last 10 years?

While names like Oliver, Noah and Leo continue to reign supreme for the boys and girls names including Amelia, Isla and Charlotte are sitting at the top of the most popular list, not all baby names in Australia have stood the test of time.

According to the Baby Names Australia 2019 report by McCrindle, a number of previously popular baby names took a tumble over the last decade, with many that used to appear in the top lists falling from grace.

There are fewer babies being named Riley and Sarah. Image: Getty

Blake saw the decrease in popularity, dropping by 61 positions, while Hayley and Chelsea tied in the biggest fall when it comes to girls names, plunging by 68 positions.

You can see the full list of names that took the biggest fall below:

Biggest fall in boys' names 2010-2018:

  1. Blake
  2. Jake
  3. Nicholas
  4. Matthew
  5. Riley

Biggest fall in girls' names 2010-2018:

  1. Hayley
  2. Chelsea
  3. Alyssa
  4. Sarah
  5. Lara

Other names that have taken big falls include Jessica and Joshua.

"Jessica was Australia’s most popular girls name for 16 years from the mid 1980’s to the early 2000’s. In the mid 1990’s, approximately one in every 30 girls born in Australia was named Jessica," the report read.

Yet less than 20 years after it sat at number one, Jessica did not make it into the top 100 for 2018 or 2019.



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From the mid 1990’s until 2003, Joshua was the most popular boys’ name in Australia, according to McCrindle.

"However, since then, the popularity of Joshua has been consistently," the report added.

In 2018, Joshua was ranked at 34th while in 2019, it fell even further to 50th.



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Meanwhile, a number of names surged in popularity over the last decade, with Leo rising by an incredible 84 positions while Willow rose by 64 positions in the ranking for girls.

You can see the full list of names that had the biggest increase below:

Biggest rise in boys' names 2010-2018:

  1. Leo
  2. Hugo
  3. Hunter
  4. Mason
  5. George

Biggest rise in girls' names 2010-2018:

  1. Willow
  2. Violet
  3. Audrey
  4. Ivy
  5. Sofia

The drastic drop of some baby names that were previously among some of the most popular may be attributed to an increasing desire by parents to give their children unique baby names.

Compared to previous decades, parents in the 2010s have been opting for more creative choices for their children’s name.



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"This is evident when looking back just one generation, when the first-time mothers of today (average 31 years old) were born," the report stated.

"In 1987, 22 percent of babies born in NSW were given one of the top 10 baby names. Today, just 10 percent of babies were given one of the top 10 baby names."

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