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Top Baby Names in Australia Show Unique Style

June 5, 2020 Clare Green
Australian baby names

The top baby names of Australia are a unique mix of international favorites and local specialties. The country’s most popular baby names of 2019 have just been revealed, so let’s dive down under and look at what’s hot and what’s new with Aussie parents.

The full Top 100 data on the Top Baby Names Australia is in McCrindle’s Baby Names Australia 2020 Report

Australia’s Top 10 Names

In Australia, as in other countries, change happens s-l-o-w-l-y at the very top of the charts. The most popular boy name, Oliver, is number one for the seventh year running, and Charlotte for the fifth year running, since 2015 when the UK’s Princess Charlotte was born.

The Top 10 girl names have not changed since 2018, although some have swapped places. For boys, the only new name on the list is Charlie, which replaces Liam. This is the full Australian Top 10:

Girls

1. Charlotte
2. Olivia
3. Amelia
4. Isla
5. Mia
6. Ava
7. Grace
8. Willow
9. Harper
10. Chloe

Boys

1. Oliver
2. Noah
3. Jack
4. William
5. Leo
6. Lucas
7. Thomas
8. Henry
9. Charlie
10. James

Although the names themselves haven’t changed much, each year fewer children get the most popular names as parents become ever more individual in their choices — just like in many other countries. Back in  2012, 10.4% of Australian children got a Top 10 name, but in 2019 it was down to 9.3%. In 2012, 40.6% of new babies had a Top 100 name, but in 2019 only 38.4% did. The gap in numbers is also closing fast between Charlotte and the second most popular name, Olivia.

Top 100 Trends

Nicknames: One of the first things you may notice on the Top 100 list is a lot of nicknames. Welcome to Australia! Charlie is popular for both boys and girls, and there’s also vintage Sadie and Billy, cute Evie, international Max. Some of the most distinctively Australian nicknames, which we think deserve more love in the wider world, are Billie for girls and Nate for boys.

Less is more: Beside nicknames, there are lots of short standalone names on the list. Several four-letter names — Theo, Beau and Luna — were among the fastest-rising names of 2019, while Leo, Hugo and Ivy were some of the biggest climbers of the last decade. Eden, Lara and Ali are some of the most distinctively Aussie short names.

Botanicals: As well as Ivy, Willow and Violet are among the highest-climbing names in Australia since 2010. Other plant-inspired names in the Top 100 include Daisy, Poppy and Jasmine.

Royalty: Australia has close links to the British royal family, and it shows in the nation’s favorite names. Along with Charlotte at number one, it can’t be a coincidence that the names of the youngest generation of royals — George, Louis, Archie, Arthur and Alexander — all rose in 2019.

Biblical names: It’s out with the old, in with the new! Fresh biblical boy names Ari, Ezra and Aaron entered the Top 100 this year, while Toby and Nathan dropped out. Other biblical names rising in Australia include Eli, Jude, Gabriel, and classic Abigail and Sarah.

Scottish sweethearts: We can’t talk about Aussie baby names without mentioning the trifecta of Hamish, Angus and Lachlan. All originally Scottish and Irish, and all now enthusiastically used by parents in Australia (and New Zealand). Patrick is also more popular in Australia than anywhere else except Ireland.

Uniquely Aussie Names

How do Australia’s top names compare with other countries? As you might guess, Aussie parents have a lot in common with their neighbors in New Zealand. In 2019, 85 girl names and 80 boy names were in the Top 100 in both countries.

The UK is the next closest in name style. Australia’s Top 100 shares 69 girl names and 66 boy names with England and Wales in 2018 (the latest data available), and 70 girl names and 61 boy names with Scotland in 2019. Australia is a little more distinct from the US, although with 59 girl names and 54 boy names in common, they still share over half their Top 100. (This is America’s 2018 list, because of the delay in the 2019 data.)

A few names are only in the Top 100 in Australia, not in any of these other countries:

Girls

Alexis
Chelsea
Eloise
Lara
Pippa

Boys

Ali
Billy
Darcy
Fletcher
Marcus
Nate
Patrick
Spencer
Vincent

Top Baby Names Australia vs USA

Aussie parents are early adopters of some names, like Bodhi, Kai, Elsie and Matilda, that are still working their way up the charts in the US. Others, like Tyler and Alexis, are past their peak for American parents but still holding out in Australia.

Popular Aussie names that are red-hot for export include nickname-style girl names Billie, Bonnie, Frankie and Pippa, and buttoned-up boy names Hugo, Jasper and Marcus. We’re also ready to ring the changes on gender — how smart would Darcy be on a boy?

These are all the names that are the Top 100 in Australia, but not in the US (in 2018).

Girl names

Alexis
Annabelle
Ayla
Billie
Bonnie
Charlie
Chelsea
Clara
Daisy
Eden
Eloise
Elsie
Evie
Florence
Frankie
Freya
Georgia
Harriet
Heidi
Imogen
Indiana
Isabelle
Jasmine
Lara
Lilly
Lola
Mackenzie
Maddison
Matilda
Millie
Olive
Peyton
Phoebe
Pippa
Poppy
Rose
Rosie
Sienna
Summer
Thea
Zara

Boy names

Ali
Angus
Archer
Archie
Ari
Arlo
Arthur
Ashton
Beau
Billy
Bodhi
Charlie
Darcy
Edward
Felix
Finn
Fletcher
Flynn
George
Hamish
Harrison
Harry
Harvey
Hugo
Jake
Jasper
Jude
Kai
Lachlan
Leon
Louis
Luca
Marcus
Max
Muhammad
Nate
Oscar
Patrick
Riley
Ryder
Sonny
Spencer
Theo
Tyler
Vincent
Zachary

Tell us in the comments: what are your favorite Australian baby names and trends?

About the author

Clare Green

Clare Green writes Nameberry's weekly round-up of the latest baby name news, including celebrity announcements, unusual naming stories, and new statistics from around the world . Clare, who has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, lives in England, where she has worked in libraries and studies linguistics. You can follow her personally on Instagram and Twitter.

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