Charlotte and Oliver are still the number one baby names in Australia, according to the latest Top 100 Baby Names list, released this week.
The list, compiled by social researchers McCrindle, brings together data from the Australian states and territories to show the most popular names from 2019.
There were 1609 baby girls named Charlotte in 2019 and 2206 baby boys named Oliver. This is the fifth year Oliver and Charlotte have occupied the top spots together.
Charlotte took the top position from Olivia in 2015 — the same year Princess Charlotte was born. Oliver has been the number one boys’ name in Australia since it overtook Jack in 2013.
The top 10 baby names for boys and girls in Australia in 2019
Top 10 baby names for girls in Australia 2019
Top 10 baby names for boys in Australia 2019
Other interesting baby name trends from 2019
New baby names in the top 100 in 2019
The names Ezra, Felix, Marcus, Fletcher, Ari, Aaron and Billy entered the list for the boys’ list in 2019 while Toby, Nathan, Maxwell, Nicholas, Blake, Phoenix and Leonardo left the list.
For the girls; Sadie, Madeline, Riley, Peyton, Lilly and Rosie entered the Top 100 with Adeline, Eliza, Alyssa, Harlow, Hayley and Madeleine dropping out of the list.
A number of baby names are on the way up from last year. Currently trending are, for boys, Arthur (up 23 places from 2018), Theo (up 20 places), Beau (+15) , Bodhi (+14) and Harvey (+13). And for girls, Millie (+30), Madeline (+17), Heidi (+15), Luna (+13) and Bonnie (+11).
Big movers this decade
Over the past 10 years there are a few names that have gained an enormous amount of popularity. Among them are Leo (which jumped an incredible 86 spaces since 2010 and now sits at 5th position) and George (whose popularity could be attributed to the birth of Prince George in 2013).
The top 5 biggest movers in the past decade were, for boys, Leo (+86), Hugo (+53), Hunter (+45), George (+45) and Elijah (+45) and, for girls, Willow (+66), Violet (+60), Ivy (+52), Audrey (+48), and Sofia (+43).
Long names for girls, short names for boys
Only four names in the Top 100 girls names have just one syllable — Grace (7), Claire (74), Rose (76) and Quinn (90).
However there are 13 single-syllable names in the boys’ list — Jack (3), James (10), Max (22), George (33), Finn (42), Kai (53), Flynn (59), Beau (63), Charles (78), Jude (84), Jake (87), Luke (90) and
There are nine girls’ names with four syllables in the top 100 (Olivia, Amelia, Isabella, Penelope, Emilia, Elizabeth, Ariana, Victoria and Indiana) but only one four-syllable name on the boys’ list (Alexander).
Old popular names we don’t use anymore
Names like Grace, Charlotte, William and Jack were popular a century ago and have made big comebacks recently. However there are some names that were hugely popular not that long ago, but are not around much anymore.
Sharon was a top 10 name for most of the 1960s, enjoying two years at Number 1. It has not appeared in the top 100 since 1983.
Kylie was number one in 1973 but hasn’t been seen in the top 100 since 1990.
Jessica was the number one girls’ name for an incredible 16 years from the late 1980s to early 2000s but did not feature in the top 100 in 2018 or 2019.
Wayne was a Top 20 name throughout the 1960s but hasn’t appeared in the top 100 since 1987
Brett was also a Top 20 through most of the 1960s and remained in the top 100 in the 1970s and 1980s. It last appeared in the Top 100 in 1992.
From the mid 1990s until 2003, Joshua was the most popular boys’ name in Australia. Not since David in the 1960s or Michael in the 1970s has a boys’ name had such a popular run. Since then, the popularity of Joshua has been consistently falling. In 2019, Joshua ranked 39th.