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


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