Finally! The most popular Aussie baby names of 2016 revealed

If you’ve been holding your breath waiting for the big reveal like we have, you can finally rejoice! The numbers for Australia’s top 100 baby names have finally been released and we can reveal the monikers Aussie parents couldn’t get enough of in 2016.

 

Choosing the perfect name for your little one is not a decision parents take lightly. Throw in the difficulty of picking a name that both you and your partner love and things get a whole lot more complicated. But no matter how individual and unique your choice is, when we crunch the numbers there are some definite trends that emerge year-on-year.

So who made the list this year? 

And the winners are…

Charles Dickens hit the nail on the head when he wrote Oliver Twist, it is definitely a case of, “Please Sir, I want some more!”.

A total of 2145 baby boys born in Australia last year have taken on the popular moniker, which has dominated the list for the past decade. Oliver took the top spot in all states and territories except Western Australia and Northern Territory, where Jack stole the lead, and in the ACT where William was crowned the favourite.

When it comes to girls, Charlotte again reigns supreme nationwide, with the exception of Olivia topping the list in NSW. The name fit for an English princess was given to 1817 baby girls born in Australia in 2016.

Here are some of the trends we noticed

Scrolling through the lists released by each state and territories’ respective birth registries, it is clear to see a few popular trends emerging in the naming stakes.

Nature names

Many parents are heading back to nature for inspiration when choosing the perfect name for their little one. Flower names remain a popular choice for girls, with 890 babies called Ivy, 795 new Lilys, 463 Violets and 108 Poppys and 244 named Jasmine. Similarly, other beautiful botanical names chosen include Willow (713), Chloe (1115) and Hazel (109).

Popular vowels

When it comes to names starting with vowels, it is a close call between A and E for the girls, with Emily (1076), Evie (1072), Ella (977), Evelyn (919), Emma (639), Eva (609), Ellie (398), Elizabeth (363), Emilia (157), Elsie (15) and Eliza (11) taking it out.

But Ava (1397), Amelia (1375), Aria (659), Abigail (551), Audrey (504), Alice (317), Alexis (106), Addison (45), Anna (31), Ayla (31), Alyssa (29), Ariana (28) and Annabelle (179) were not far behind.

It is also worth mentioning that Olivia alone was given to 1632 babies born in Australia in 2016, securing its spot as the second most popular girl’s name for the year.

For boy’s names starting with vowels, Oliver really set the bar high, but A was the clear winner as 1017 Alexanders were welcomed into the world along with 700 Archers, 691 Archies, 407 Aidens, 196 Angus’ and 78 Arlos.

Something special about consonants S and H

Girls names starting with S also take a dominant place. Sophie leads the pack at 1032, followed by Scarlett (786), Sienna (752), Sophia (787), Savannah (396), Sarah (122), Sofia (280) and Stella (152).

For boys, it was H that had a strong showing, with Henry (1012), Harrison (964), Hunter (894), Hudson (854), Harry (748), Harvey (449) and Hamish (81).

Taking out the title in each State and Territory

Queensland

Charlotte and Oliver

New South Wales

Olivia and Oliver

ACT

Charlotte and William

Victoria

Charlotte and Oliver

Tasmania

Charlotte and Oliver

South Australia

Charlotte and Oliver

Northern Territory

Charlotte and Jack

Western Australia

Charlotte and Jack

Here are the top 100 baby names in Australia for 2016

RankingBoysTotalRankingGirlsTotal
1Oliver21451Charlotte1817
2William16962Olivia1632
3Jack16623Mia1401
4Noah14394Ava1397
5James12695Amelia1375
6Thomas12546Isla1203
7Ethan11937Chloe1115
8Lucas11488Grace1082
9Lachlan10229Emily1076
10Mason101910Evie1072
11Alexander101711Sophie1032
12Henry101212Ella977
13Liam99213Isabella953
14Charlie99114Zoe951
15Max98315Ruby937
16Harrison96416Harper935
17Leo96117Evelyn919
18Samuel91618Ivy890
19Hunter89419Matilda866
20Jacob86620Lily795
21Hudson85421Sophia787
22Isaac85222Scarlett786
23Cooper84923Lucy778
24Oscar84224Sienna752
25Levi83625Willow713
26Benjamin81026Georgia698
27Joshua76927Aria659
28Elijah76328Emma639
29Harry74829Zara635
30Archer70030Hannah634
31Archie69131Eva609
32Xavier68332Isabelle568
33Ryan67633Layla554
34Sebastian64134Abigail551
35George59735Mila509
36Finn56836Audrey504
37Riley54237Violet463
38Logan50538Ellie398
39Jayden49139Savannah396
40Jackson47740Elizabeth363
41Daniel46041Alice317
42Harvey44942Maddison313
43Patrick43443Piper310
44Aiden40744Imogen300
45Lincoln37145Maya282
46Theodore35946Sofia280
47Flynn35447Stella258
48Tyler35248Jasmine244
49Nate31849Annabelle179
50Hugo30250Mackenzie170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Balding

Alison Balding

Alison is a journalist and mum to an energetic, superhero-obsessed, three-year-old boy and wife to her high school sweetheart turned Sydney firefighter. When she isn't burning dinner or walking on the beach near her home on the NSW south coast, she is watching Octonauts on repeat. Going to the movies without having to share her choc top is her idea of bliss.

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