What were the top names for boys and girls in 2014?

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If you’re having a baby this year, you’re probably spending a great deal of time trawling books and websites to find the perfect name for your new arrival.

Recently we told you about NameBerry’s naming trend predictions for 2015, and research that revealed the “nicest” and “naughtiest” monikers. But what are the hottest names of the moment?

BabyCentre has revealed the top 50 names given to Australian girls and boys in 2014, according to its database.

For boys, Oliver retained its number one rank from the previous year. Noah leapt eight spots to take number two, pushing Jack, Jackson and William back one place each. Thomas jumped nine rungs to sixth place, followed by Mason, Lucas, Henry (which leapfrogged 18 other names into the top 10) and Liam at number 10.

New boys’ names in the top 50 were Logan, Hudson, Eli, Dylan, Jake, Luke, Jordan, Finn and Matthew, which just made the list in last spot.

Ava moved from second to snatch top spot on the girls’ list from Charlotte, which dropped two places to third. Amelia is now the second most-popular girls’ name, after jumping seven places. Olivia, Chloe, Ella, Sophie, Mia, Emily and Lily rounded out the top 10.

New to the top 50 were Matilda, Aria, Charlie, Alexis, Addison, Willow, Elizabeth, Violet, Summer and Ellie, which was last on the list.

But if the thought of giving your baby a top 10 name leaves you cold, BabyCenter has drawn up a list of alternatives – they’re similar, but won’t have every other kid in the park turning around when you call out to your little one.

Did your baby’s name make the list? What are your favourite names?

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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