Our recently released 2013 National Baby Names Report shows the growing preference nation-wide for softer-sounding names for girls and firmer-sounding names for boys.
The Top 20 list of boys’ and girls’ names across Australia shows that over half of girls’ names end in an ‘ah’ sound and 95% end in a vowel or ‘y’. In comparison, only 10% of boys’ in the Top 20 end with a vowel.
The Top 100 list shows that 81% of girls’ names overall end in a vowel or vowel sound (including ‘y’ and ‘ah’ sounds), compared to only 23% of boys’ names overall.
Girls’ names are longer and more flowing compared to the often short and sharp boys’ names.
In the Top 100, 37 girls’ names have 3 or more syllables with 9 of these having 4 syllables—Elizabeth, Angelina, Indiana/ Indianna and Gabriella.
In comparison, there are only 18 boys’ names with 3 or more syllables; only 1 of these, Alexander, has 4 syllables and this will likely be shortened to Alex anyway!
When it comes to single-syllable names, boys lead the way with 14 one-syllable names in the Top 10. This is twice as many as the girls!
Although the trend seems to be gender-relevant names, parents are still opting for unisex names.
Only 1 name in the Top 100, in its unchanged spelling form, Charlie, is commonly considered to be interchangeable between the two sexes—the rest are distinctly boys’ or girls’ names.
Some of the girls names featured in the Top 100 that can also be used as boys’ names are: Harper, Jade and Mackenzie.
On the other hand, parents of girls are using the pool of currently popular boys’ names on a much larger scale, some of these include: Riley, Charlie, Tyler, Bailey, Jordan, Cameron, Ashton, Kai, Jessie, Alex.