Australia is setting new records in the number of babies born per year – 2013 saw over 315,000 births in Australia! Nearly two fifths (39%) of babies born in Australia each year are named one of Australia’s Top 100 baby girl or boy names – that’s 124,624 babies taking a Top 100 name!
What are the Top 100 baby names for boys and girls in Australia in 2013? Through the nation’s only comprehensive analysis of all the registered births across all eight states and territories, McCrindle reveals the Baby Names Australia 2014 report.
Oliver rises to the top as Charlotte continues her strong lead
For the first time in Australia’s history, Oliver has become the nation’s most popular boy’s name, overtaking William who has been at the top of the ranks for the last several years.
While Oliver was the top boy’s name in three states/territories (QLD, SA, TAS) and William topped the list in four states/territories (NSW, ACT, VIC, and NT), numerically there were 37 more occurrences of Oliver than William across the nation.
Charlotte continues to be the favoured name among girls, remaining strong in 1st place and the choice for 1,969 girls in Australia.
More babies, less convergence
As record births taking place in Australia, parents are being more original in the baby names they choose with fewer babies being given one of the Top 100 names and this naming originality is even more evident amongst the naming of girls than boys.
40.6% of babies born in the 2012 calendar year were named one of the Top 100 baby names, with this figure reducing to 39.6% for the 2013 calendar year.
Names are seeing a ‘Hundred-Year Return’ in Australia
The trend in baby-naming in Australia is for the traditional over the inventive. There is a ‘Hundred-Year Return’ theme taking place in Australia, with many of the top names of today also in the top names of a century ago, while names of a few decades ago have fallen out of favour.
There’s a ring to it, and boys feature less syllables
The trend towards short and solid-sounding names for boys and longer flowing names for girls continues strongly in Australia.
Most of the Top 100 boy’s names have two or fewer syllables, while almost 2 in 5 of the top girl’s name have 3 or more syllables – twice as many as for boys. Additionally, while most of the boy’s names end in a consonant, most of the girls’ names end in a softer sounding vowel or Y sound.
The influence of the royals – 12 in 22 current royal names are top baby names
The original category of celebrities – the royals – have not only captured the interest of modern Australians but continue to significantly influence their choice in baby names.
The new generation of British royals with their traditional names yet celebrity power are influencing baby naming trends in Australia currently. William is the top boys’ name in four states and territories and has been Australia’s number 1 name since 2011. The naming of Prince George has already had an impact, raising the rank of this boys’ name to its highest level since the 1970s.
Access the Baby Names Australia 2014 report below for the latest trends in baby names, state by state analysis, the influence of celebrities on Australian baby names, and analysis of New Zealand baby names.
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