Top Baby Names Revealed

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Around 1 in 10 Australian babies last year were given one of the Top 10 baby names; a total of 28,640 out of the total Australian annual births of 298,200. There were 2,283 boys named Oliver and 1,737 girls named Charlotte last year.

Charlotte takes top spot after Olivia’s 3 year reign

Charlotte, with 1,737 occurrences is the top girl baby name in Australia for 2015, taking the top spot from Olivia which is now in 2nd place.

Olivia was the most popular girls’ name in 2014 but has now fallen behind by 67 occurrences.

Charlotte was the most popular baby girls’ name in almost every state while Olivia was top in VIC and WA.

Oliver most popular in the states but Jack more popular in the territories

Keeping the top spot from 2014 is Oliver, the top boy baby name in Australia for 2015 having overtaken Jack and William which were 1st in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Oliver was the top boys’ name in all 6 states (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS) while Jack was the top boy baby name in the Northern Territory.

There were 421 more instances of Oliver than William, an increase on the margin of 191 from 2014. In 2015, there were 2,283 boys named Oliver, 1,862 named William and 1,802 named Jack which is a decrease for both William and Jack on 2014.

Top 10 Girl's name trends and insights

Most of the top 10 girls’ names from 2014 have held on to a top 10 ranking in 2015 except for Ruby which has slipped out of the top 10 down to 13th place. In Ruby’s place, Grace has reached top 10 status. Charlotte, Amelia, Sophia and Chloe all improved on their 2014 ranking with Olivia, Mia, Emily, Sophie and Ruby being the ones which have dropped. Ava was the only name to retain the same ranking.

Top 10 Boy’s name trends and insights

Oliver remains to be the top boy baby name of 2015, holding this position strongly since 2014. 9 out of the top 10 boys’ names held onto their top 10 ranking with Alexander falling out of the top 10 to 15th place, with Lachlan (rank 10th) taking his spot. While none of top 4 names changed positions, Jackson dropped from 5th to 7th and Thomas, James and Ethan increased their rank within the top 10 names.

7 new boy’s and 9 new girls’ names enter the top 100

The names Spencer, Jesse, Arlo, Harley, Darcy, Jett and Lewis have entered the list for the boys’ at the expense of Bailey, Mitchell, David, Aaron, John, Phoenix and Anthony.

As for the girls; Aurora, Billie, Eve, Daisy, Aisha, Leah, Gabriella, Maryam and Maggie have entered the top 100 with; Lexi, Jade, Indie, Pippa, Amelie, Amber, Elise, Natalie and Lacey dropping out of the list.

George and Charlotte; A royal influence

The original category of celebrities – the royals – have not only captured the loyalty and affections of modern Australians but continue to significantly influence their choice in baby names.

The birth of the Royal Princess in May 2014 (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana) has also contributed to the royal baby name trend. Like George’s rank, which increased from 71st in 2012 to 36th in 2015, in 2015 we saw the name Charlotte gain 1st position, taking the top spot from Olivia in 2014.

Download Baby Names Australia 2016. 

Click here to download the full report.

The Top 10 Baby Names from 2015

Friday, March 18, 2016

This just in, Charlotte and Oliver are the top baby names for 2015! Data released by Births, Deaths and Marriages has been analysed by McCrindle Research to reveal the top 10 most popular names of choice for babies born in the last year.

Charlotte regains her position as the top baby girl name

Charlotte is, once again, the top baby name for 2015, regaining her position from Olivia who was the 2014 top baby girl name. Charlotte was the most popular girls’ name from 2011-2013, and has regained first position following the birth of the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in May of 2015.

Traditional over trendy

There is a ‘Hundred-Year Return’ theme taking place, with many of the top names of today also amongst the top names a century ago, while names of a few decades ago have fallen out of favour. Today’s parents are not choosing names of their own generation, rather, century-old names dominate the Top 10 Baby Names list. William is an example of the ‘hundred-year’ return, having ranked 2nd overall in NSW in the 1910s and ranking second in 2015. Jack climbed up to 5th place in the 1920s before seeing a steep decline from the 1940s to 1970s, with a marked resurgence over the last decade and making it to top ten, and Oliver, Ethan and Thomas have similarly returned to popularity. Grace was a popular girls’ name at the turn of the 20th century, becoming almost extinct from the 1910s to 1970s but climbing significantly in popularity since the 1980s with the rise to the Top 10 with Charlotte and AVA having followed similar trends.

Flowing girls names, short boys’ names

Parents are choosing softer-sounding girls’ names and firmer sounding boys’, through the use of vowels and consonants. Half of the top 10 girls names end with the letter ‘a’ (Olivia, Amelia, Ava, Mia and Sofia). On the boy’s list, however, majority of the top 10 end with a consonant sound (all apart from Noah).

A royal influence

The original category of celebrities – the royals – have not only captured the loyalty and affections of modern Australians but continue to significantly influence their choice in baby names. Prince William’s popularity first placed William in the Top 10 in 2001 and the name’s popularity has grown significantly since then. In 2011, the year of the royal wedding, William became the most popular boy’s name Australia-wide and maintained this position until 2012 when Oliver took the top spot.

The birth of the royal princess in May of last year, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, has also contributed to the royal baby name trend. Like George’s rank, which increased from 71st to 42nd in 2014, we have seen the name of Charlotte regain first position for baby girls born in 2015.

Download the Top 10 Baby Names media release here


Baby Names Australia is produced from a comprehensive analysis of all of the registered baby names across the 8 Births, Deaths and Marriages offices in Australia (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS and NT). Because NSW and SA have only released their top 10, we have only provided the top 10 list of baby names for 2015.

Media Contact

For media commentary, please contact or the office on 02 8824 3422.

in the media

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


Social Trend cash financial fears Tuesday Trends Engineering Manager demographic transformations balance Australian community trends teacher mining boom housing market baby boom high density living curiosity brand experience states Geoff Brailey micro apartments resource omnibus sports ageing population urban living Christchurch ACF17 global generations English research data purpose visual cloudy days proactive area mortgage cartodb demographics kate middleton Financial Planning Week 1975 eliane results work-life group local community 24,000,000 cost of living 1994 children research services professional development builders publication mythbusters Financial Planning Association university degree EFF financial future real researcher Aussies relevant the average aussie ashley fell generational trends toys sydneycity research visualisation Adelaide trends of 2016 suburban living mythbusting Tuesday Trend community event economy hills shire christian hello fresh participants census fail future-proof marrickville google new office suburb Australian Dream friends house low density gen z wealth and income neutral bay house prices optimistic research report follow media futurist home owner snapshot cooking GPO socialising presentations faux-cilise live the dream social researcher marriage Real Estate outsourcing fresh Australians focus groups Hornsby Shire Council national crime rates local the hills shire New Zeland young people census 2016 IT Specialists communication offenders Generation Y future of shopping define research population map Sydney keynote speaker investment Australian Census long weekend not for profit woolworths 2016 aussie culture Macquarie University Royals victoria property city skills SA intern Australian Home conference workplace culture norwest world food men report "know the times" HSC national private wealth Netflix qualitative research 1980 mccrindle Skilling story wealth distribution huffington post households communities property price The ABC of XYZ faith overcast Caregiver workplace slideshare know the times cars cica christianity learn prince george population growth VIC 40 million social enquiry organisations urban taskforce vegetarian wealth house price NBRS Architecture bureau renter of the future 2016 census Gen X future of work REIV National Conference australian real estate in the media Real Estate Institute of Victoria Australian Families holidays royal baby society newspaper millenials tattoos educated crime ideas 2013 Sydney Australian communities quote high density apartments increasing densification fears investor McCrindle Speakers thrive the changing face of sector casual australian communities forum car lifestyle goals storytelling speaker Bathburst Northern Territory social trends tableau daily telegraph engagement Canberra breakfast population milestone public speaker CBD speakers cancel plans career infographic customer gold coast Wellington property market Northern Beaches gender professional speaker teaching urban living index young australians tv census the great screenage trends relational bondi debate monarchy water workforce menai social researchers trends analyst thought leadership social issues economic 10 years sydney speaker year 7 financial dreams families internet dreaming wages moderators guide trend tuesday Wodonga sydney event jobs of the future global celebration Vocational education gig data visualisation social in depth interviews the australian dream January 26th spend brands VET sector equip volunteering data cultural diveristy environmental scanning average sydneysider office opening Kirsten Brewer social shifts baby name buildings World Water Day millionth REIV Conference graphs not-for-profit culture sentiments Scouts Australian demographics shopping centre trends of 2017 chairty SRE emerging trends sunburnt country students sustainable Australian Communities Trends rise of local affordability forum Generation X NT millennials recap housing affordability FPA grandparents unaffordable names language education future innovative investing census results Mark McCrindle Research Executive Northern beaches Event communications social impact gen alpha baby name predictions baby names Tasmania waverton media activity Res Vis staying in socialites employers stats #censusfail entrepreneurial tuesday wellbeing meetings NFP event commuters SMART TED talk narcissism bus social research eliane miles insight selfie mover and shaker blaxland coffee tea belief local communities google for education social change hobart award winner Australian Population christmas sydney metro keynote speaker entrepreneur friendship future NEETs keynote rising house prices social life speakers pack aged care puzzle ABS shopping entertainment TAS perth acf15 education future report salary university 2020 System's Architect dreams finance workshop South Australia mccrindle tea choice workers Northern Beaches Christian School greatness education baby names report Population Clock new york times leadership train digital Christmas lunch TDE anzac crows nest sunny days Queensland capital cities spirituality change financial planning sydney hills teleworking volunteers mentor rain Wagga Wagga shbc New Zealand going out data Christmas season global financial crisis infographics seasons charities business performance collaboration learning marketing internship post rationalism resilience click poor charity Australian Bureau of Statistics media commentary wealth and income distribution apartment budget education research group session experience winter mccrindle in the media politics father's day news Research Director typical australian sydneysider contiki jobs future proof ultimo organisational culture SMSF commute ageing Love travel alpha tertiary education program princess charlotte home ownership brand statistics baby boomers authenticity urban parenting NBRS internships priorities baby name trends demographer deloitte Deaths weekly earnings owning a home average Australian education sector training baby ipswich Channel Seven community engagement public speaking income megatrends Assistant Store Manager social lives technology sector wide culturally diverse moreton bay holiday school students rental stress data analyst responsive teach high density church Australia Day 2017 apartments optus my business awards village media release 2012 Sydney Hills Business Chamber volunteering emerging generations tips leader annual income TED cultural diversity teachers market research affordable list social media state future of education easy rider population case study baby names australia report Christmas presents careers pharmacies work mates parents logan ACF2017 Valentine’s Day New South Wales housing growth poker master rent NSW Australia Day research pack nfp generations demography future proofing Do It Yourself social analysis unemployment financial independence video wealth inequality dessert mateship family non profit infographic wall 2014 land of the middle class ACF 2016 facts financial divorce rate impact sun study DESTEL growing population energy Andrew Duffin capital city census data dream professional Melbourne australians staying home more ACT couple suburbs business conferences earning Merry Christmas conference speaker trend royal family high school survey vegemite product collaborative 24 million learner social commentary Aussie JOMO consumer screenage analysis paying to work Queensland: QLD hornsby wage Australian schools hopes trades pharmacy Gen Y community medicine event innovation social commentator changing face of sydney FOMO household money 23 million mobile dare to dream average aussie earnings world youth day The Daily Edition stay home conference presentation hills australian divorce daily commute religion weather Hills Shire Council lalor park litter government healthy future winter blues demographic trends shopper's pick schools students Charlotte australian social research identity ferry cost generation home February 16 twentyseventeen wedding presentation school satisfaction business index renting WA rule keeper society trends public holiday leadership workshop middle class Word Up mother's day professional presenters challenge Work place PSI living entrepreneurs of today survey design office space learning styles earn happiness meals schools James Ward brisbane consumerism Myth year 12 Crime Rates emerging technologies manly shifts engage Australian Trends easter ACF grave decision summer work national wealth 2017 Duchess of Cambridge visualisation cold Kiwi australia Channel 7 gig economy australian communities trends report ethnography sector wide study domestic child care 1968 office royal life showreel Education Future Forum forecast Australia street mccrindle research wolloomooloo motivate cancelling event residents australian community trends report VET growth optus environment TEDx travelling DIY care support retirement insights panel sydneysiders geomapping cancelling plans supply and demand Western Australia ease of travel plans networking marriages housing trends educhat 2016 census results demographic criminal Births Territory small business Financial Planning Association of Australia ashley mckenzie debt darwin CPI faux-cilising etiquette award online the hills repayments generation alpha house price rise professional services transport royal influence safe personal growth staff student 2015 pyrmont school generation Z forecasting interactive aged care communicate focus group micro women employment rich youth unemployment youth townhouses volunteer potts point personalities housing clothing faux-ciliser events online shopping goal