For the sixth year in a row, Charlotte and Oliver are 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 2020.
Charlotte has been the number one baby name for girls since overtaking Olivia in 2015—the same year Princess Charlotte was born.
Oliver has had a longer run at the top—knocking Jack from the top spot in 2013.
There were 1556 baby girls named Charlotte last year and 2138 boys named Oliver.
The top 10 baby names for boys and girls in Australia in 2020
Top 10 baby names for girls in Australia 2020
Top 10 baby names for boys in Australia 2020
Other interesting baby name trends from 2020
New baby names in the top 100 in 2020
Ten new girls’ names entered the top 100 in 2020 and five new boys names.
For the girls; Remi, Harlow, Hallie, Maeve, Adeline, Molly, Maggie, Delilah, Eliza and Isabel entered the Top 100 with Heidi, Madeline, Riley, Alexis, Victoria, Madison, Lilly, Chelsea, Indiana, and Thea dropping out.
The names Leonardo, River, Luka, Lewis and Lennox entered the list for the boys’ list in 2020 while Tyler, Jake, Christian, Nate and Aaron left the list.
A number of baby names have made huge gains in popularity in the past 10 years. The ‘trending’ boys names are:
Leo (up 86 places since 2010), Theodore* (+83), Hudson* (+79), Archer* (+68), Hugo (+63), Arlo* (+62),
Harvey* (+60) and Elijah (+48).
And for girls, Willow (+65), Hazel* (+63), Violet (+58), Florence* (+58), Aria* (+55), Ivy (+53), Elsie* (+53) and Audrey (+46).
*were not in the Top 100 in 2010
Long names for girls, short names for boys
Only four names in the Top 100 girls names have just one syllable—Grace (7), Rose (70), Quinn (85), Maeve (86) and Claire (90).
However there are 11 single-syllable names in the boys’ list—Jack (4), James (15), Max (29), George (31), Finn (37), Kai (48), Flynn (56), Beau (57), Charles (69), Jude (78) and Luke (81).
There are seven girls’ names with four syllables in the top 100 (Amelia, Olivia, Isabella, Emilia, Penelope, Elizabeth and Ariana) but only two four-syllable names on the boys’ list (Alexander and Leonardo).
Babies more likely to have a less common name
In the past, there was a smaller pool of names to choose from—names were traditional family names or names taken from the bible—or the movies! This meant that a greater percentage of babies had names in the Top 100.
These days parents are exposed to a greater range of names as inspiration for when it comes time to name their baby. Which means a larger percentage of babies are given a less common name.
In New South Wales, for example, the Top 100 names represent only 39 per cent of babies born in 2020.
Parents are also more likely to opt for a traditional name for their baby boys than girls. For boys, the Top 100 names represent 21 per cent of boys born in NSW, compared to 18 per cent of girls.