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In 2012, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Australian babies were given one of the Top 10 baby names (a total of 33,226 births). The top 5 boys’ names accounted for 9,048 births and the top 5 girls’ ...

In 2012, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Australian babies were given one of the Top 10 baby names (a total of 33,226 births). The top 5 boys’ names accounted for 9,048 births and the top 5 girls’ names for 8,747 births, showing a similar occurrence in the number of these top 5 occurrences.

Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Top

Jack is currently the most popular boys’ name. In 2012, there were 1,975 boys named Jack (only 48 clear of its nearest rival William). Since 2011, Jack and William have
switched positions - Jack is back at #1, a position it had held for 5 consecutive years before losing the crown to William over the last two years. The rise of Jack is further
demonstrated in the rise of Jackson/Jaxon, which has made an impressive entry into the Top 20 by jumping straight to #10.

Charlotte was the choice for 1,854 girls in 2012 (with 47 occurrences more than Ruby), and was for the very first time the most popular girls’ name across the nation,
making a significant jump from its place as 7th in 2011.

Trends and Insights: Girls

The names Ava, Amelia, and Emily have entered the Top 10 girls’ names while Sienna,
Ella, and Isabella have left the Top 10 list. The names Harper, Rose and Heidi have all
significantly increased in popularity over the year, rising at least 15 places; Harper is ranked at #35 compared to #53 in 2011, Rose is ranked #63 compared to #82 in
2011, and Heidi is ranked #76 compared to #91 in 2011.

A number of names have left the Top 100 list entirely over the last year – these include Daisy, Rachel, Stephanie, Ashley, Natalie, Taylor/Tayla, Erin, Alana, and Abby/Abbey.

Trends and Insights: Boys

The Top 10 list for boys remains very similar to the 2011 list, with Lachlan being the only boys’ name to have left the Top 10, having been replaced by Jackson/Jaxon. Xavier has left the top 20 list (previously at 20, now at 22) while Mason and Jackson/Jaxon have climbed the rankings into the Top 20.

In terms of significant leaps, Braxton has made an impressive first-time entry into the Top 100 list, jumping straight to the 41st spot. When looking at significant
drops, Ashton has dropped twenty places from #60 in 2011 to #80 today. A number of other names have left the Top 100 list entirely – these include Tyson, Aaron,
Seth, and Jett.

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  • Baby Names Australia 2013 Page |1
  • ContentsThe Australian Top 10 ...............................................................................................................................3 Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Top ................................................................................................................... 3 Trends and Insights: Girls ................................................................................................................................... 3 Trends and Insights: Boys .................................................................................................................................. 3 Gendered Names Triumph ................................................................................................................................. 4 Spell it for Me ........................................................................................................................................................ 4 State versus State................................................................................................................................................ 5 Surnames as First Names .................................................................................................................................. 5 Pride of Place ....................................................................................................................................................... 5 Inspired by Nature................................................................................................................................................ 5 Shooting for the Stars.......................................................................................................................................... 5 Religious Influences............................................................................................................................................. 6 European Origins ................................................................................................................................................. 6Sources ....................................................................................................................................................7Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names .............................................................................................................8Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names ..............................................................................................................9 © McCrindle Research 2013 Page |2
  • The Australian Top 10 BOYS GIRLS 1. Jack 1. Charlotte 2. William 2. Ruby 3. Noah 3. Lilly/Lily 4. Ethan 4. Olivia 5. Oliver 5. Chloe 6. Thomas 6. Sophie 7. Lucas 7. Emily 8. James 8. Mia 9. Cooper 9. Amelia 10. Jackson/Jaxon 10. AvaIn 2012, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Australian babies Trends and Insights: Girlswere given one of the Top 10 baby names (a total of The names Ava, Amelia, and Emily have33,226 births). The top 5 boys’ names accounted for entered the Top 10 girls’ names while Sienna,9048 births and the top 5 girls’ names for 8747 births, Ella, and Isabella have left the Top 10 list. Theshowing a similar occurrence in the number of these top names Harper, Rose and Heidi have all5 occurrences. significantly increased in popularity over the year, risingCharlotte and Jack Rise to the Top at least 15 places; Harper is ranked at #35 compared toJack is currently the most popular boys’ name. In 2012, #53 in 2011, Rose is ranked #63 compared to #82 inthere were 1,975 boys named Jack (only 48 clear of its 2011, and Heidi is ranked #76 compared to #91 in 2011.nearest rival William). Since 2011, Jack and William have A number of names have left the Top 100 list entirelyswitched positions - Jack is back at #1, a position it had over the last year – these include Daisy, Rachel,held for 5 consecutive years before losing the crown to Stephanie, Ashley, Natalie, Taylor/Tayla, Erin, Alana, andWilliam over the last two years. The rise of Jack is further Abby/Abbey.demonstrated in the rise of Jackson/Jaxon, which hasmade an impressive entry into the Top 20 by jumping Trends and Insights: Boysstraight to #10. The Top 10 list for boys remains very similar toCharlotte was the choice for 1,854 girls in 2012 (with 47 the 2011 list, with Lachlan being the only boys’occurrences more than Ruby), and was for the very first name to have left the Top 10, having beentime the most popular girls’ name across the nation, replaced by Jackson/Jaxon. Xavier has left themaking a significant jump from its place as 7th in 2011. Page |3
  • top 20 list (previously at 20, now at 22) while Mason Only one name in the Top 100, in its unchanged spelledand Jackson/Jaxon have climbed the rankings into the form, Charlie, is commonly considered to beTop 20. interchangeable between the two sexes – the rest are distinctly boys’ or girls’ names.In terms of significant leaps, Braxton has made animpressive first-time entry into the Top 100 list, jumping Some of the girls’ names from the Top 100 that can bestraight to the 41st spot. When looking at significant interchanged as boys’ names are Harper, Jade, and Mackenzie. Conversely, girls are utilising the pool of thedrops, Ashton has dropped twenty places from #60 in currently popular boys’ names on a much grander scale –2011 to #80 today. A number of other names have left these include the names Riley, Charlie, Dylan, Tyler,the Top 100 list entirely – these include Tyson, Aaron, Bailey, Hayden, Jordan, Cameron, Ashton, Kai, Jesse,Seth, and Jett. Luca, Jayden, Aiden, and Alex.Gendered Names Triumph Spell it for Me While the names currently Not content to simply find a distinctive experiencing a peak in their name, many parents are resorting to popularity have changed over time— unique spelling for their newborns. more so for girls—one trend that is These often incorporate an emphasisedgrowing is the preference for softer-sounding names for phonetic spelling and occasionally the use of angirls and firmer names for boys. Looking at the Top 20 apostrophe or hyphen. In our Top 100 list, we havelist, 55% of girls’ names end in an ‘ah’ sound, and 95% combined the occurrences of names which areend in a vowel (or ‘y’), compared to just 10% of boys’ phonetically identical but unique in their spellings.names that end with a vowel. On the other hand, 90% of Examples of creative spellings and variations of the Topthe Top 20 boys’ names begin with a consonant. When 100 List include the following:comparing these figures to the Top 100 list, 81% of girls’ Girls: Mikayla/Makayla | Indiana/Indianna |names end in a vowel or vowel sound (including ‘y’ and Charlie/Charli/Charlee | Maddison/Madison |‘ah’ sounds) compared to only 23% of boys’ names. Sophia/Sofia | Lily/Lilly | Isabelle/Isabel | Mila/MillaGirls’ names are longer flowing compared to the Boys: Jackson/Jaxon | Aiden/Aidanoftentimes short and sharp boys’ names. In the Top 100, But when it comes to spelling, the presence of double37 girls’ names have three or more syllables with 9 of letters is common, but more frequent for girls - with 23these having four syllables. There are only 18 boys’ girls’ names containing double letters compared to 13names with three or more syllables – and only one of boys’ names.these, Alexander, has four syllables. When it comes tosingle-syllable names, boys lead the way with 14 Girls: Isabella, Sienna, Anna, Ellie, Alyssa, Molly, Poppy,one-syllable names in the Top 100, twice as many as Milla, Addison, Annabelle, Holly, Savannah, Stella,the girls. Willow, Lilly, Summer, Maddison, Isabelle, Jessica, Scarlett, Hannah, Emma, and Lillian. Page |4
  • Boys: William, Cooper, Harrison, Isaac, Flynn, Matthew, Pride of PlaceConnor, Mitchell, Finn, Jesse, Harry, Callum, and More girls were named Victoria in NewMuhammad. South Wales (104) than in the state of Victoria (81), but, in terms of ranking,State versus State the name was most popular in its self- Jack topped the boys’ list in 5 states termed state, Victoria (at 64th). While Victoria was and territories and ranked second in outdone by international place names such as Charlotte WA, third in the NT, and only fifth in (1,854), Madison/Maddison (1,144), Georgia (587), NSW. William came first in both Savannah (471), and Indiana (279), it was the NSWNSW and NT, and Noah was first in WA. Another nation- central tablelands town of Isabella (1,441) that featuredwide favourite was James, ranking at second in NT, second highest among the place names and ranked 12thfourth in ACT, fifth in WA, seventh in both SA and VIC, overall. Other occurrences of Australian places featuretenth in QLD and NSW, and 16th in TAS. the Melbourne suburb of Chelsea (532) and the southern NSW coastal region, Eden (233).Charlotte came first in four states (ACT, QLD, SA & WA),was a close second in NSW, VIC and TAS, and came at Jordan (449) featured strongly on the boys’ list –tenth in the NT list. Ruby came in first in NSW and TAS, along with several US-American place names suchOlivia took #1 in VIC, and a surprising Chloe topped the as Jackson/Jaxon (1,472), Lincoln (414), andcharts in NT. Ruby was the most consistent across Austin (322).board, appearing in the Top 4 across all the states andterritories. Inspired by Nature A number of the Top 100 boys’ and girls’Surnames as First Names names show a significant influence ofWe have seen a rise of surnames as first names, nature. These include Lilly/Lily, Ivy, Ebony,particularly for boys, which follows the masculine trend Skye, Olive, Amber, Jade, Rose, Violet,tradition. Examples include Cooper, Hudson, Harrison, Poppy, Holly, Savannah, Willow, Summer, Jasmine,Connor, Jackson, Lincoln, Tyler, Flynn, Hunter, Riley, and Ruby.Owen, Mason, Ryder, Archer, Ashton, Austin, Bailey,Braxton, and Harper. Shooting for the StarsThis trend of surnames is not exclusive to boys, however, Celebrities such as actors, actresses,and we are seeing an increase in this trend in some girls’ sports, and music stars have certainlynames (e.g. Mackenzie, Madison, and Addison). influenced the Top 100 list, to a great degree than any other influence. Ava (10th) is the daughter of Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and actress Bec Hewitt (2010). Mason (17th) is the Page |5
  • daughter of reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (2009 Biblical Old Testament Names are of especial popularityand rapper Ne-Yo (2011). Harper (35th) can be linked among boys names – these include Noah (3rd), Ethanback to the babies of British sports and music stars David (4th), Joshua (13th), Jacob (14th), Samuel (15th), Isaac& Victoria Beckham (2011), rock musician Dave Grohl (25th), Daniel (27th), Levi (31st), Eli (47th), Elijah (44th),(2009), Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, daughter of Lisa Zachary (53rd), Michael (49th), Nathan (63rd), Caleb (69th),Marie Presley (2008), and US actor Neil Patrick Harris Jesse (91st), Gabriel (92nd), David (95th), and Jonathan(2010). Willow (40th) is the name of the pop musician (99th). Biblical Old Testament names for girls are alsoPink (2011), Stella (41st) is the daughter of US actor Matt common – Hannah (21st), Abigail (30th), Sarah (37th),Damon (2010), and Olive (90th), is the daughter of US Leah (78th), and Eve (82nd).actress Drew Barrymore (2012) and US/Aus actors For the first time appearing in the Top 100 list for boysSacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher (2007). are boys’ names that reflect Islamic influence – Ali (97th)All of the above names apart from Ava have entered the and Muhammad (100th).Top 100 in the past five years. European OriginsCharacters from popular culture such as movies andtelevision have also shaped the popularity of baby Australia’s strong European origins can benames. Notable is the influence of the Twilight saga, felt in the continuation of British Royalfeaturing Bella (51st), Isabella (10th), Jacob (13th), Names in the Top 100 List: William (2nd),and Edward (69th), and the influence of the Australian James (8th), Henry (29th), Edward (68th),television series, Home & Away, featuring George (71st), Charles (79th), and JohnBraxton (41st). (98th), as well as the female names Matilda (18), Elizabeth (46), and Victoria (81).Religious Influences Similar in influence, and slightly stronger in the girls’ Religious influence is certainly felt, with names, is the occurrence of French names such as more than 1 in 5 boys in the Top 100 Charlotte (1st), Ruby (2nd), Ella (13th), Isabelle (22nd), list (23 total) deriving their name directly Jasmine (33rd), Holly (47th), Paige (54th), Evelyn (59th), from Biblical origins. Two names of Violet (60th), Rose (63rd), Madeleine (66th), Eloise (86th),Biblical Apostles appear in the Top 10 boys’ list – Josephine (93), and Lauren (99). There is no shortage ofThomas (6th) and James (8th). Other apostles in the boys’ names according to the French tradition either –Top 100 list include Matthew (43rd), Andrew (96th), William (2nd), Henry (29th), Sebastian (39th), Beau (58th),and John (98th). Jordan (60th), Bailey (75th), Jasper (77th), Darcy (85th), and Christopher (93rd) all reflect French influence Page |6
  • SourcesBaby Names Australia is the nation’s only analysis of all of the registered baby names across the 8 Births, Deaths andMarriages offices. The data which we have analysed has been provided by the following offices:NSW Registry of Births, Deaths, & MarriagesACT Births, Deaths, & MarriagesBirths, Deaths, Marriages VictoriaSA Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration OfficeQLD Births, Deaths, and MarriagesWA Registry of Births, Deaths & MarriagesTAS Births, Deaths, and MarriagesNT Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages___________Please note: All of the figures in this document, whilereflecting ACT ranking, do not include ACT number ofoccurrences as these were not available. © McCrindle Research 2013 Page |7
  • Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ NamesName Occurrence 34. Aiden/Aidan 789 68. Edward 4111. Jack 1975 35. Jake 735 69. Caleb 3912. William 1927 36. Blake 732 70. Owen 3673. Noah 1727 37. Flynn 695 71. George 3644. Ethan 1723 38. Logan 689 72. Hamish 3635. Oliver 1696 39. Sebastian 660 73. Marcus 3626. Thomas 1570 40. Dylan 654 74. Luca 3607. Lucas 1555 41. Braxton 641 75. Bailey 3488. James 1516 42. Patrick 630 76. Hugo 3419. Cooper 1490 43. Matthew 629 77. Jasper 32810. Jackson/Jaxon 1473 44. Elijah 609 78. Toby 32611. Lachlan 1458 45. Luke 604 79. Charles 32312. Liam 1351 46. Archie 594 80. Ashton 32313. Joshua 1323 47. Eli 593 81. Austin 32214. Jacob 1281 48. Nicholas 590 82. Alex 31515. Samuel 1198 49. Michael 583 83. Christian 27516. Alexander 1194 50. Connor 583 84. Declan 27117. Mason 1134 51. Hudson 569 85. Darcy 26918. Max 1132 52. Hayden 558 86. Ryder 24519. Benjamin 1131 53. Zachary 550 87. Anthony 21820. Charlie 1098 54. Leo 527 88. Dominic 21721. Riley 1064 55. Mitchell 523 89. Cameron 21322. Xavier 1056 56. Nate 514 90. Zac 21123. Ryan 991 57. Angus 502 91. Jesse 20924. Harrison 985 58. Beau 471 92. Gabriel 20725. Isaac 935 59. Chase 450 93. Christopher 19726. Tyler 930 60. Jordan 449 94. Callum 19227. Daniel 921 61. Kai 443 95. David 18228. Harry 916 62. Archer 443 96. Andrew 13729. Henry 905 63. Nathan 440 97. Ali 13530. Oscar 879 64. Joseph 436 98. John 13031. Levi 877 65. Finn 428 99. Jonathan 12832. Jayden 863 66. Adam 417 100. Muhammad 10933. Hunter 845 67. Lincoln 414 Page |8
  • Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ NamesName Occurrence 33. Jasmine 591 66. Madeleine 278 1. Charlotte 1854 34. Georgia 587 67. Ellie 274 2. Ruby 1807 35. Harper 556 68. Amy 260 3. Lily/Lilly 1768 36. Summer 551 69. Jade 252 4. Olivia 1676 37. Sarah 539 70. Mikayla/ 249 5. Chloe 1642 38. Chelsea 532 Makayla 6. Sophie 1611 39. Alexis 522 71. Eliza 240 7. Emily 1600 40. Willow 477 72. Lara 236 8. Mia 1564 41. Stella 477 73. Eden 233 9. Amelia 1555 42. Savannah 471 74. Anna 232 10. Ava 1497 43. Alice 467 75. Lola 232 11. Isabella 1441 44. Mackenzie 449 76. Heidi 226 12. Sophia/ 45. Imogen 448 77. Tahlia 225 1428 Sofia 46. Elizabeth 437 78. Alexandra 222 13. Ella 1408 47. Holly 435 79. Leah 206 14. Grace 1320 48. Annabelle 427 80. Kayla 195 15. Sienna 1249 49. Hayley 412 81. Victoria 191 16. Maddison/ 50. Bella 411 82. Eve 183 1144 Madison 51. Audrey 407 83. Aria 175 17. Zoe 1064 52. Charlie/ 84. Amber 175 18. Matilda 938 Charli/ 404 85. Caitlin 169 19. Emma 870 Charlee 86. Eloise 164 20. Isla 865 53. Maya 379 87. Aaliyah 158 21. Hannah 864 54. Paige 372 88. Gabriella 152 22. Isabelle/ 55. Addison 365 89. Samantha 135 820 Isabel 56. Molly 341 90. Olive 133 23. Lucy 778 57. Poppy 341 91. Amelie 125 24. Scarlett 747 58. Phoebe 313 92. Skye 108 25. Ivy 688 59. Evelyn 312 93. Josephine 77 26. Evie 669 60. Violet 311 94. Mariam 76 27. Mila/Milla 668 61. Claire 306 95. Angelina 76 28. Eva 655 62. Alyssa 305 96. Elise 76 29. Jessica 616 63. Rose 299 97. Ebony 76 30. Abigail 610 64. Indiana/ 98. Lacey 75 285 31. Zara 608 Indianna 99. Lauren 74 32. Layla 599 65. Piper 279 100. Lillian 69 Page |9