Choosing a name for your baby is an exciting task for parents.
Each year Australia’s states and territories release the names of every child born. We compile the data, analyse the trends and release the McCrindle Baby Names Report, providing insights into the top naming trends across Australia.
This new report reveals the top 100 names of babies born in the previous year and uncovers fascinating insights into the trends that are shaping the choices of today’s parents as they choose names for their Generation Alpha children.
In a reign that has lasted over a decade, Oliver continues to be Australia’s most popular boy’s name. With over 2,000 occurrences, it stands as the only name across both boys and girls to receive this number of occurrences. Oliver has firmly established itself as a beloved choice for parents with its enduring popularity. After a brief stint in second place, Charlotte ascends to reclaim Australia’s most popular girl’s name.
Oliver tops the most popular boys name in Australia for the tenth year in a row. Oliver is also the most popular name overall – the only name to occur over 2,000 times in 2022.
Theodore makes its debut in the top ten for the first time after consistently climbing the ranks every year since joining the top 100 in 2014. In doing so, Lucas and Thomas end their streak of being in the top ten for over a decade.
Charlotte reclaims the top spot as the most popular girls name in 2022 after being knocked off by Isla in 2021. Olivia continues her streak in the top ten, having been one of only three names (Charlotte, Olivia and Mia) to have featured in the top 10 since 2010.
Unlike the boys, there are no new additions to the top ten girl names in 2022, though the order did have a shakeup in rankings.
Parents are increasingly drawn to creative ways of making traditional names stand out and opting for distinct spellings that add a touch of originality. Sophia becomes Sofia, Amelia to Emilia and Holly takes a new form as Hallie. These innovative adaptions continue to rise as a trend for parents naming their Generation Alpha babies.
Over the next few years, look out for boys being named Rueben, Remy, and Theo, and girls named Margot, Thea, and Maeve. These names have all made significant jumps in the last year and are expected to become even more common.
Across the top 100 baby names for both boys and girls, gender-neutral names are becoming increasingly popular. Names such as Charlie, Riley, Jordan, Casey, Jamie and Taylor have consistently climbed the ranks in recent years. This reflects a cultural shift in Millennial parents, breaking down traditional gender norms often found in the naming process. Additionally, there is a growing trend of boy/girl name variations like Oliver and Olivia, Harry and Harriet, and Billy and Billie.
Australia’s rich multicultural fabric is reflected in the names chosen for newborns. Of the combined top 200 boys and girls names, at least 89 names have origins beyond the English language. Parents are embracing diverse cultural influences with names like Xavier, Ethan, Gabriel, Matilda and Zara. The multicultural influence woven into Australia’s baby names showcases the nation’s embrace of its diverse heritage.
Find more naming trends in the 2023 McCrindle Baby Names Report below.
Get all the insights on the top baby names in the 34 page report.
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