Revealed! Australia’s top 100 baby names for 2017

Top baby names for 2017

The numbers are in! We’ve done the crunching and can now bring you the 100 most popular baby names given to Aussie bubs born in 2017.

While some of us avoid popular names like the plague, others like to know they will be giving their baby a name everyone loves. Either way, everyone wants to know what names are hot right now. 

So, without further ado, here are the names you can expect to be writing on birthday party invitations for years to come.

Oliver and Charlotte are number one!

Oliver and Charlotte are the crown winners of the baby name game this year, for the second year in a row.

A total of 2043 baby boys born in Australia in 2017 were named Oliver which has stayed uber popular with new parents for the past decade. The name has now nudged Jack and William from first place, both of which have vying for top spot for the past few years now.   

When it comes to girls, Charlotte – perhaps as a nod to the royal princess – is the winner again . The sweet French moniker was given to 1663 baby girls nationwide last year. The name topped the most popular lists in every state except WA, where Isla ranked number one

Baby wearing crown

Australia’s top 100 baby names:

RankingBoysTotalRankingGirlsTotal
1Oliver20431Charlotte1663
2William17242Olivia1459
3Jack15683Ava1334
4Noah15024Amelia1331
5Thomas12275Mia1252
6James11796Isla1231
7Lucas11567Grace1054
8Henry11458Ella1016
9Ethan10049Chloe1002
10Charlie98310Harper991
11Mason97811Evie955
12Harrison97712Zoe949
13Liam97313Sophie944
14Leo97114Evelyn885
15Alexander92315Emily884
16Hunter91616Isabella878
17Lachlan89117Ruby878
18Samuel87818Ivy858
19Hudson85219Lily800
20Levi85120Willow797
21Harry83921Matilda773
22Max82122Lucy749
23Oscar81923Aria712
24Harvey80524Sophia703
25Elijah78825Georgia702
26Xavier78026Scarlett683
27Isaac76927Sienna675
28Cooper76728Emma651
29Jacob74829Zara648
30Benjamin74430Hannah645
31Joshua73631Audrey565
32Archie73032Layla561
33Archer70533Mila559
34George68634Abigail556
35Ryan65335Isabelle555
36Logan64736Eva531
37Theodore63737Violet477
38Arlo60638Alice469
39Sebastian59839Piper375
40Jackson59440Ellie319
41Finn57541Annabelle313
42Daniel51442Penelope289
43Edward48843Poppy284
44Riley46544Maya270
45Lincoln44745Hazel247
46Patrick37446Frankie222
47Hugo36347Stella218
48Eli31948Sofia216
49Jayden29749Elizabeth215
50Connor29250Mackenzie203

Trends for trendy names

The new list of top 100 baby names brings some surprising and not-so-surprising naming trends. Here are a few we noticed when collating the data from each states and territories’ respective birth registries:

Short and vowel-y 

When it comes to naming our little girls, we love short names that also sound soft. Three-lettered names containing a vowel are particularly popular. Think Ava (1334 births), Mia (1252 births), Isla (1231 births) and Ivy (858 births), all appearing in the top 20.   

Royal baby names soar

With royal fever upon us, the names given to our favourite princes and princesses are on the rise.

While Prince Harry’s name might be on everyone’s lips in the lead up to the wedding of the year, it’s his brother William who’s been honoured the most by Aussie mums and dads in 2017.

William was the second most popular boy’s name with 1724 Williams born last year.

The number one girls’ name, Charlotte, of course is the name Wills and Kate choose for their own little princess. Her siblings made less of an impact though with George coming in at number 34 and Louis not making the top 50 cut, although we suspect this will change next year when the name is more set in mums’ and dads’ minds, thanks to the recent arrival of the itty-bitty new prince. 

Lots of A names 

A surprising stand-out was the number of names starting with the letter A for both boys and girls. We are unsure if this is because parents-to-be are overwhelmed by the huge task of naming their baby, or if this letter just has a certain appeal when it rolls off the tongue.

Popular A names for girls include, Ava, Amelia, Aria, Audrey, Abigail and Annabelle. For boys, Alexander, Archie, Archer and Arlo all made it in the top 50 boys’ names.

Taking out the title in each State and Territory

Here are the top boys’ and girls’ name for each of the most populated states:

  • New South Wales: Oliver and Charlotte
  • Queensland: Oliver and Charlotte
  • Victoria: Oliver and Charlotte
  • Tasmania: Oliver and Charlotte
  • South Australia: Oliver and Charlotte 
  • Western Australia: Oliver and Isla 

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