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Australian Baby Names: Aussie Favorites

Australian Baby Names: Aussie Favorites
In a multicultural nation like Australia, how do you define Australian names? Here we've listed Aussie names that stem from Indigenous Australian languages, place names or names that have become indelibly linked with the land Down Under through literature or popular culture, such as Matilda and Kylie.

Along with Matilda and Kylie, other Australian names in the US Top 1000 include Adelaide, Darwin, Lachlan, Kiara, Miles, Sydney, Talia, and Victoria. Aussie baby names that are less common in the US but have the potential to become American hits include Acacia, Lowan, Lucinda, and Walken.

While many popular Australian boy and girl names are similar to those names widely-used in other English-speaking lands, the choices here might be thought of as distinctly Australian baby names.
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AdelaideHeart

  • Origin:

    Variant of Adelheidis, German
  • Meaning:

    "noble, nobility"
  • Description:

    Adelaide is now heading straight uphill on the coattails of such newly popular sisters as Ava, Ada, and Audrey, and in the company of Adeline and Amelia. It was chosen by actress Katherine Heigl for the name of her second daughter.

MatildaHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "battle-mighty"
  • Description:

    The comeback of this sweet vintage name, one of the most stylish girls' names starting with M, has been prompted by a boomlet of starbaby Matildas, beginning with chef Gordon Ramsey's in 2002 and Moon Unit Zappa's two years later. But the renaissance of this name of the charming Roald Dahl heroine was assured when Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger chose Matilda for their daughter.

LachlanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "from the fjord-land"
  • Description:

    Lachlan is as Scottish as haggis and tartan plaid kilts—a favorite used throughout England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand—and just beginning to be noticed in the US: it reached the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013. An ancient name, Lachlan was originally used to describe the Viking invaders of Scotland, those from the land of the lochs.

KiaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of the Italian Chiara or the Irish Ciara or Aboriginal Australian, Korean
  • Meaning:

    "light, clear; little dark one; cockatoo; first ray of sun"
  • Description:

    Kiara can be considered a variation of both the Italian name Chiara and the Irish name Ciara. Chiara is the Italian form of Clara, meaning “bright” or “clear,” while Ciara is the feminine form of male given name Ciar, derived from the old Irish cíar, meaning “dark.” Kiara is also an Australian name derived from an Aboriginal word for the white cockatoo, and has roots as a Korean name meaning “first ray of sun”.

TaliaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew; Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "gentle dew from heaven; by the water"
  • Description:

    Talia is derived from the Hebrew elements tal, meaning “dew,” and yah, in reference to God. In the mythology of one ancient sect, Talia was one of ten angels who attended the sun on its daily course. The occasionally homophonous name Thalia has unrelated Greek origins.
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VictoriaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "victory"
  • Description:

    Victoria is the Latin word for “victory” and a feminine form of Victor. It is the name of the ancient Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike, and also a popular third century saint. Queen Victoria, for whom the Victorian Era is named, ruled over England for over sixty-three years.

AcaciaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "thorny"
  • Description:

    Acacia is an attractive, rarely used Greek flower name enhanced by its popular beginning-and-ending-with 'a'-construct, and is gradually beginning to catch on as a new member of the stylish girl names starting with A.

SydneyHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "Saint Denis"
  • Description:

    A couple of decades ago, nerdy boy Sidney morphed into a polished, poised, creative, elegant girl Sydney. Sydney's been on the rise since the nineties -- it was in the Top 25 from 1999 to 2003 -- but has recently dropped out of the Top 200.

BindiHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "butterfly"
  • Description:

    In the Noongar language of Western Australia, Bindi means butterfly. Bindi is usually seen as a girls' name, as seen in Bindi Irwin, daughter of the late Steve Irwin.

BronteHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "thunder"
  • Description:

    This lovely surname of the three novel-writing sisters, now used as a baby name, makes a fitting tribute for lovers of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. While the original name took an umlaut over the e, modern English speakers may find that more trouble than it's worth. Trivia note: The Anglo-Irish clergyman who was the father of Charlotte, Emily and Anne changed his name from the original Brunty. According to scholars, the family pronounced the name brun-tee, though in the 21st century world it's commonly pronounced bron-tay. In Australia, the name is more likely to take inspiration from Bronte Beach in Sydney. It was named after Lord Nelson, the 1st Duke of Bronté. He got his title from a town in Sicily, itself named after a mythological Cyclops.
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LucindaHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Lucia
  • Meaning:

    "light"
  • Description:

    Lucinda, an elaboration of Lucia created by Cervantes for his 1605 novel Don Quixote, is a pleasingly pretty alternative to Lucy. It was subsequently used by Moliere in his play The Doctor in Spite of Himself' (1666). More in tune with the times than Linda, Belinda and Melinda, it could be used to honor someone with one of those dated names.

KylieHeart

  • Origin:

    Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "a boomerang"
  • Description:

    Popular pop name, inspired by Australian singer Kylie Minogue. Youngest sister of the Kardashians, Kylie Jenner, is undoubtedly keeping its style going.

SydneyHeart

  • Origin:

    Spelling variation of Sidney, French
  • Meaning:

    "Saint Denis"
  • Description:

    The Sydney spelling most popular for girls: it's in the Top 50 on the female side. Cool for a girl, still nerdy for a guy.

DarwinHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "dear friend"
  • Description:

    Enough parents have found naturalist Charles Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution, a worthy hero to keep Darwin consistently in the Top 1000—though some might just like its trendy two-syllable sound. It has a lovely meaning too—"dear friend."

BanjoHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    When actress Rachel Griffiths chose this highly unusual name for her son, many assumed it was a bizarre invention. But a noted Australian poet (Griffiths is an Aussie) is known by this name.
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RosellaHeart

  • Description:

    Rosella can be seen as a nature name (a rosella is the name of a variety of beautiful Australian cockatoos and an Australian flower) or a diminutive version of Rose.

HuonHeart

  • Origin:

    Tasmanian tree name
  • Meaning:

    "huon river pine"
  • Description:

    A name gaining recognition in Australia, based on the huon pine tree which grows in Tasmania. Boatbuilders especially love this rare wood, which floats well, is resistant to rot, and has a strong pine-y scent.

AraluenHeart

  • Origin:

    Aboriginal Australian, 'water lilies' or 'place of the water lilies'
  • Description:

    Araluen is a beautiful Aboriginal Australian place name, used in several sites, always connected to the dainty water lily.

AliraHeart

  • Origin:

    Aboriginal Australian
  • Meaning:

    "quartz stone"
  • Description:

    This Australian name can have other spellings such as Allira, Alirah and Aleara. We prefer this spelling which keeps confusion and mispronunciation to a minimum.

IlukaHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "by the sea"
  • Description:

    This Yaygir Aboriginal name is the name of two towns in Australia and is also occasionally spotted as a name. Meaning "by the sea" the name is perfect for beach-going families.
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MilesHeart

  • Description:

    Although usually seen as a masculine name, Miles is sometimes seen as a feminine name in Australia, due to its literary association with female author Stella "Miles" Franklin.

MirriHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "the sun"
  • Description:

    This cute as a button name stems from the Goonayandi word for the sun and can be used as a unisex name.

NarelleHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "little river"
  • Description:

    The Narellan is the name of a river in New South Wales. From this name comes this quasi-French girls' name, which is quite common in Australia.

LowanHeart

  • Origin:

    Indigenous Australian
  • Meaning:

    "malleefowl"
  • Description:

    Half-way between Logan and Rowan, Lowan could be an interesting pick for parents looking for an off-the-beaten-track nature name.

VossHeart

  • Origin:

    Germanic
  • Meaning:

    "fox"
  • Description:

    Voss is a German name, that is seen in Norway and Australia (in the former it is associated with a region, in the latter it is associated with the protagonist of Patrick White's novel by the same name). Voss is an interesting alternative to Fox.
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TaleiHeart

  • Origin:

    Torres Strait Islander
  • Meaning:

    "precious one"
  • Description:

    This name from the exotic Torres Strait region is a gorgeous choice for parents looking for a name that describes just how precious your little one is.

EvonneHeart

  • Origin:

    French variation of Yvonne
  • Description:

    A variation made famous by Australian Aboriginal tennis champ Evonne Goolagong.

JarrahHeart

  • Origin:

    botanical name
  • Description:

    Jarrah is the name of a beautiful Australian tree famous for its richly-colored red timber and lovely scent. Jarrah may be used for both girls and boys.

AlintaHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "fire, flame"
  • Description:

    This Noongar girls’ name has a dainty sound that belies its fierce fire meaning and could easily cross over into the American or European context.

JeddaHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "wren"
  • Description:

    Love the name wren but need something not quite so trendy? Consider Jedda. Jedda is derived from the word 'djida' meaning "wren" in the language of the Noongar people of Western Australia. Jedda was also the name of the eponymous heroine of the film "Jedda", which was one of the first Australian films to be shot in color and was the first to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival (it was nominated for the Palme d'Or). The perfect name for nature enthusiasts and film buffs alike.
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DianellaHeart

  • Origin:

    Botanical name
  • Description:

    Dianella is the botanical name of a small plant which grows across Australia. It flowers in spring with a star-like purple flower which develops into a blue berry. Dianella feels wearable as an elaboration of Diana.

DimityHeart

  • Origin:

    Type of cotton cloth
  • Description:

    Dimity is fairly common in Australia, but unheard of outside of it, which is surprising given its similarity to names like Amity, Verity, and Cassidy.

TasmanHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, unknown
  • Description:

    When Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman became one of the first Europeans to find Australia, he gave his name to a sea and to an island. in turn some parents have chosen to honor their homeland by choosing this name for their child. Tasma is the feminine version.

MelbaHeart

  • Origin:

    Modern invented name
  • Description:

    Australian opera singer Nellie Melba—self-named for her hometown of Melbourne—inspired this now-dated name more associated today with a peach dessert and dietetic toast.

EloueraHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "a pleasant place"
  • Description:

    Elouera has potential for people looking for unusual versions of popular "Elle" names like Ellen, Eleanor and Ella. This Aboriginal Australian place name is filled with the mellifluous sounds that are in style at the moment
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WalkenHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "rainbow"
  • Description:

    One of the few rainbow names that is masculine, Walken is a Noongar Aboriginal word.

EurekaHeart

  • Origin:

    Greek
  • Meaning:

    "I have found [it]"
  • Description:

    For most, Eureka will be tied up with the bathtub myth of Archimedes' discovery of volumetric displacement, making it linked to the idea of invention, discovery and innovation. Some Australians might more closely link it to the Eureka stockade, a 19th Century rebellion of miners and workers against the colonial British government. Either way, if you are going to use it, consider using the far more harmonious modern Greek pronunciation EVreeka.

MenziesHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish surname of Norman origin
  • Meaning:

    "to reside, abide"
  • Description:

    Traditionally pronounced "ming-iz" and thus the relationship to the jazzy Mingus, Menzies is an old Scottish surname related to the more common Manners.

WarrinHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "the cold months"
  • Description:

    Not an alternate spelling of Warren, Warrin is a Pitjantjatjara name meaning the cold months. A good name for a winter baby.

LutanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "moon"
  • Description:

    Lutana is the Paredarerme word for moon and is occasionally seen as a girls name, especially in Tasmania, where the Paredarerme were from. A great choice for people looking for alternative to other moon names, and especially cute given the possibilities of Lulu as a nickname.
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AnzacHeart

  • Origin:

    word name, from the "Australian and New Zealander Army Corps"
  • Meaning:

    "Australian and New Zealander Army Corps"
  • Description:

    To most Australians and New Zealanders, using the name Anzac might feel sacrilegious now, as the ANZAC story has become interwoven with national identity. But Anzac was used as a name for both boys and girls on both sides of the Tasman Sea in the aftermath of the First World War. It was often used in combination with other names associated with battles or military leaders - for example Dardanella Anzac and Verdun Anzac (both girls) and Winston Anzac and Anzac Kitchener (boys).

EuroaHeart

  • Origin:

    Indigenous Australian
  • Meaning:

    "joyful"
  • Description:

    In the language of the Ngurelban people, 'Yera-o' is said to mean "joyful". This Anglicization is reminiscent of other feminine nameslike Eulalia and could work well for those looking for a less familiar choice.

AustraHeart

  • Description:

    To most, the name Austra is most likely to be connected to Australia (or Austria), but to Latvians, Austra was the goddess of the dawn.

JabiruHeart

  • Origin:

    Brazilian, type of bird
  • Description:

    Although the name Jabiru is indelibly associated with Australia (it is the name of a town in Northern Territory, Australia and also a type of stork), it is not an Aboriginal name, as is often thought.

GoughHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "red"
  • Description:

    Most closely associated with Australia's iconic progressive Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, this name is a great choice for politicos or parents wanting to honor their Welsh heritage in naming a red-haried son.
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OranaHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "welcome"
  • Description:

    Orana is an word from the Wiradjuri language meaning "welcome". It has become more widely known for its use in the traditional Australian Christmas carol "Carol of the Birds", meaning it now carries strong yuletide connotations. Orana is an original addition to the list of names for Christmas babies.

CorymbiaHeart

  • Origin:

    botanical name
  • Description:

    Corymbia is the botanical name of many species of beautiful flowering gum trees. It is a rare, but attested, girls name in Australia.

KarriHeart

  • Origin:

    botanical name
  • Description:

    Karri is a beautiful Australian native tree famous for its richly-colored strong wood. It's a name that travels well - and one of the few tree names that lends itself more to girls than boys.

MerindahHeart

  • Origin:

    Australian Aboriginal
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful"
  • Description:

    Also spelled Merinda, this name meaning beautiful comes from the language of the Gadigal people in Eastern Australia. One famous bearer of this name is Merindah Donnelly, a dancer and nominee for Australian of the Year.

TasmaHeart

  • Origin:

    Dutch, unknown
  • Description:

    When Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman became one of the first Europeans to find Australia, he gave his name to a sea and to an island. in turn some parents have chosen to honor their homeland by choosing this name for their child. Tasma is the feminine version of his surname. A famous bearer of this name is Australian actress Tasma Walton.
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