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Most popular baby names in Australia

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Australia's most popular baby names

From SheKnows Australia
Drum roll please... the results of the most popular baby name survey are in, and there are some new contenders at the top! Jack topped Australia’s most popular baby list for the better part of last decade, but it seems its reign is over, bumped in favour of a more princely moniker. Unusual spellings and soft sounding names typify the most popular girls’ names, with the number one name a surprising new entry.

Mother and baby girl

McCrindle Research gathered information throughout 2011 to compile the results of its new baby name study, and the results are in: The most popular boys’ name in Australia is William, while the most popular girls’ name is Lilly/Lily.

There’s a trend towards looking to the past for inspiration when parents are naming their sons, with traditional names such as William, Jack, Oliver and Noah in the top 10. The most popular baby boy names tend to be short, easy to spell, and end in consonants.

Top 10 boy baby names in Australia:

  1. William
  2. Jack
  3. Ethan
  4. Oliver
  5. Lucas
  6. Noah
  7. Lachlan
  8. Cooper
  9. Thomas
  10. James

It’s a different story for little girls, however, as softer names that end with a vowel crowd the top 10. Lilly was a surprise entry for many people, grabbing the number one spot, with the similar sounding Lillian and Layla also appearing in the top 100.

Top 10 girl baby names in Australia:

  1. Lilly/Lily
  2. Ruby/Rubi
  3. Chloe
  4. Mia
  5. Olivia
  6. Isabella
  7. Charlotte
  8. Sophie
  9. Sienna
  10. Ella

Popular culture has influenced Australian parents, with the Twilight series thought to have inspired the popularity of names such as Isabella (#6), Bella (#49), Jacob (#13) and Edward (#63).

Many celebrities’ kids name appear in the top 100 also, including Dannii Minogue’s son Ethan (#3), Pink’s daughter Willow (#52), Victoria and David Beckham’s daughter Harper (#53), and Guy Sebastian’s new baby boy, Hudson (#93).

Meanwhile, the preference for unusual spelling continues, with different variations on more common names making their way up the list. For instance, Jackson is ranked at 35, while Jaxon made it to number 65.

Did your baby's name make the cut? Check out the full list of the 100 most popular names in Australia across the nation to see!

Top 100 baby girl names in Australia:

1. Lilly/Lily
2. Ruby/Rubi
3. Chloe
4. Mia
5. Olivia
6. Isabella
7. Charlotte
8. Sophie
9. Sienna
10. Ella
11. Emily
12. Ava
13. Amelia
14. Grace
15. Sofia/Sophia
16. Zoe
17. Madison/Maddison
18. Isabel/Isabelle
19. Matilda
20. Lucy
21. Hannah/Hanah
22. Emma
23. Isla
24. Georgia
25. Scarlett
26. Jessica
27. Eva
28. Abigail
29. Evie
30. Jasmine
31. Zara
32. Summer
33. Chelsea
34. Sarah
35. Holly
36. Alexis
37. Layla
38. Ivy
39. Maya
40. Imogen
41. Hayley
42. Stella
43. Mila/Milla
44. Savannah
45. Charli/Charlie
46. Alice
47. Addison
48. Elizabeth
49. Bella
50. Molly

51. Paige
52. Willow
53. Harper
54. Ellie
55. Alyssa
56. Annabelle
57. Mackenzie
58. Poppy
59. Mikayla/ Makayla
60. Claire
61. Madeline/Madeleine
62. Indiana/Indianna
63. Tahlia
64. Amber
65. Audrey
66. Jade
67. Piper
68. Violet
69. Eliza
70. Phoebe
71. Evelyn
72. Lara
73. Lola
74. Anna
75. Samantha
76. Alexandra
77. Eden
78. Amelie
79. Amy
80. Abbey/Abbie/Abby
81. Aaliyah
82. Rose
83. Lillian
84. Caitlin
85. Alana
86. Victoria
87. Leah
88. Kayla
89. Eve
90. Erin
91. Heidi
92. Eloise
93. Angelina
94. Tayla/Taylah/Taylor
95. Natalie
96. Gabriella
97. Ashley
98. Stephanie
99. Rachel
100. Daisy


Top 100 boy baby names in Australia:

1. William
2. Jack
3. Ethan
4. Oliver
5. Lucas
6. Noah
7. Lachlan
8. Cooper
9. Thomas
10. James
11. Joshua
12. Liam
13. Jacob
14. Samuel
15. Benjamin
16. Riley
17. Max
18. Alexander
19. Charlie
20. Xavier
21. Tyler
22. Mason
23. Aidan/Aiden
24. Ryan
25. Jayden
26. Harrison
27. Harry
28. Levi
29. Isaac
30. Daniel
31. Oscar
32. Henry
33. Jake
34. Jackson
35. Luke
36. Blake
37. Matthew
38. Logan
39. Hunter
40. Sebastian
41. Connor
42. Eli
43. Hayden
44. Michael
45. Elijah
46. Nate
47. Flynn
48. Zachary
49. Joseph
50. Dylan

51. Patrick
52. Mitchell
53. Archie
54. Nicholas
55. Jordan
56. Hamish
57. Caleb
58. Chase
59. Angus
60. Ashton
61. Finn
62. Bailey
63. Edward
64. Beau
65. Jaxon
66. Nathan
67. Andrew
68. Leo
69. Ryder
70. George
71. Owen
72. Adam
73. Jett
74. Charles
75. Luca
76. Callum
77. Jasper
78. Cameron
79. Alex
80. Austin
81. Marcus
82. David
83. Christian
84. Zac
85. Toby
86. Lincoln
87. Hugo
88. Jesse
89. Anthony
90. Gabriel
91. Archer
92. Seth
93. Hudson
94. Darcy
95. Declan
96. Dominic
97. Aaron
98. Jonathan
99. John
100. Tyson

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