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  1. Baby Names Australia 2013 Baby Names Australia 2013 P a g e | 1 1

  2. Contents Contents The Australian Top 10 ............................................................................................................................... 3 Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Top ................................................................................................................... 3 Trends and Insights: Girls ................................................................................................................................... 3 Trends and Insights: Boys .................................................................................................................................. 3 Gendered Names Triumph ................................................................................................................................. 4 Spell it for Me ........................................................................................................................................................ 4 State versus State ................................................................................................................................................ 5 Surnames as First Names .................................................................................................................................. 5 Pride of Place ....................................................................................................................................................... 5 Inspired by Nature ................................................................................................................................................ 5 Shooting for the Stars .......................................................................................................................................... 5 Religious Influences ............................................................................................................................................. 6 European Origins ................................................................................................................................................. 6 Sources Sources .................................................................................................................................................... 7 Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names ............................................................................................................. 8 Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names .............................................................................................................. 9 © McCrindle Research 2013 P a g e | 2 2

  3. The Australian Top 10 BOYS BOYS Jack GIRLS GIRLS Charlotte 1. 1. 2. William 2. Ruby 3. Noah 3. Lilly/Lily 4. Ethan 4. Olivia 5. Oliver 5. Chloe 6. Thomas 6. Sophie 7. Lucas 7. Emily 8. James 8. Mia 9. Cooper 9. Amelia 10. Jackson/Jaxon 10. Ava In 2012, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of Australian babies Trends and Trends and Insights: Girls Insights: Girls were given one of the Top 10 baby names (a total of The names Ava, Amelia, and Emily have 33,226 births). The top 5 boys’ names accounted for entered the Top 10 girls’ names while Sienna, 9048 births and the top 5 girls’ names for 8747 births, Ella, and Isabella have left the Top 10 list. The showing a similar occurrence in the number of these top names Harper, Rose and Heidi have all 5 occurrences. significantly increased in popularity over the year, rising Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Charlotte and Jack Rise to the Top Top at least 15 places; Harper is ranked at #35 compared to Jack is currently the most popular boys’ name. In 2012, #53 in 2011, Rose is ranked #63 compared to #82 in there were 1,975 boys named Jack (only 48 clear of its 2011, and Heidi is ranked #76 compared to #91 in 2011. nearest rival William). Since 2011, Jack and William have A number of names have left the Top 100 list entirely switched positions - Jack is back at #1, a position it had over the last year – these include Daisy, Rachel, held for 5 consecutive years before losing the crown to Stephanie, Ashley, Natalie, Taylor/Tayla, Erin, Alana, and William over the last two years. The rise of Jack is further Abby/Abbey. demonstrated in the rise of Jackson/Jaxon, which has made an impressive entry into the Top 20 by jumping Trends and Insights: Boys Trends and Insights: Boys straight to #10. The Top 10 list for boys remains very similar to Charlotte was the choice for 1,854 girls in 2012 (with 47 the 2011 list, with Lachlan being the only boys’ name to have left the Top 10, having been occurrences more than Ruby), and was for the very first replaced by Jackson/Jaxon. Xavier has left the time the most popular girls’ name across the nation, making a significant jump from its place as 7th in 2011. P a g e | 3 3

  4. top 20 list (previously at 20, now at 22) while Mason Only one name in the Top 100, in its unchanged spelled and Jackson/Jaxon have climbed the rankings into the form, Charlie, is commonly considered to be Top 20. interchangeable between the two sexes – the rest are In terms of significant leaps, Braxton has made an distinctly boys’ or girls’ names. Some of the girls’ names from the Top 100 that can be interchanged as boys’ names are Harper, Jade, and Mackenzie. Conversely, girls are utilising the pool of the currently popular boys’ names on a much grander scale – these include the names Riley, Charlie, Dylan, Tyler, Bailey, Hayden, Jordan, Cameron, Ashton, Kai, Jesse, Luca, Jayden, Aiden, and Alex. impressive first-time entry into the Top 100 list, jumping straight to the 41st spot. When looking at significant drops, Ashton has dropped twenty places from #60 in 2011 to #80 today. A number of other names have left the Top 100 list entirely – these include Tyson, Aaron, Seth, and Jett. Gendered N Gendered Names Triumph ames Triumph Spell it for Me Spell it for Me While the names currently Not content to simply find a distinctive experiencing a peak in their name, many parents are resorting to popularity have changed over time— unique spelling for their newborns. more so for girls—one trend that is These often incorporate an emphasised growing is the preference for softer-sounding names for phonetic spelling and occasionally the use of an girls and firmer names for boys. Looking at the Top 20 apostrophe or hyphen. In our Top 100 list, we have list, 55% of girls’ names end in an ‘ah’ sound, and 95% combined the occurrences of names which are end in a vowel (or ‘y’), compared to just 10% of boys’ phonetically identical but unique in their spellings. names that end with a vowel. On the other hand, 90% of Examples of creative spellings and variations of the Top the Top 20 boys’ names begin with a consonant. When 100 List include the following: comparing these figures to the Top 100 list, 81% of girls’ Girls: Girls: Mikayla/Makayla | Indiana/Indianna | names end in a vowel or vowel sound (including ‘y’ and Charlie/Charli/Charlee | Maddison/Madison | ‘ah’ sounds) compared to only 23% of boys’ names. Sophia/Sofia | Lily/Lilly | Isabelle/Isabel | Mila/Milla Girls’ names are longer flowing compared to the Boys: Boys: Jackson/Jaxon | Aiden/Aidan oftentimes short and sharp boys’ names. In the Top 100, But when it comes to spelling, the presence of double 37 girls’ names have three or more syllables with 9 of letters is common, but more frequent for girls - with 23 these having four syllables. There are only 18 boys’ girls’ names containing double letters compared to 13 names with three or more syllables – and only one of boys’ names. these, Alexander, has four syllables. When it comes to Girls: Girls: Isabella, Sienna, Anna, Ellie, Alyssa, Molly, Poppy, single-syllable names, boys lead the way with 14 one-syllable names in the Top 100, twice as many as Milla, Addison, Annabelle, Holly, Savannah, Stella, the girls. Willow, Lilly, Summer, Maddison, Isabelle, Jessica, Scarlett, Hannah, Emma, and Lillian. P a g e | 4 4

  5. Boys: Boys: William, Cooper, Harrison, Isaac, Flynn, Matthew, Pride of Place Pride of Place Connor, Mitchell, Finn, Jesse, Harry, Callum, and More girls were named Victoria in New Muhammad. South Wales (104) than in the state of Victoria (81), but, in terms of ranking, State versus State State versus State the name was most popular in its self- Jack topped the boys’ list in 5 states termed state, Victoria (at 64th). While Victoria was and territories and ranked second in outdone by international place names such as Charlotte WA, third in the NT, and only fifth in (1,854), Madison/Maddison (1,144), Georgia (587), NSW. William came first in both Savannah (471), and Indiana (279), it was the NSW NSW and NT, and Noah was first in WA. Another nation- central tablelands town of Isabella (1,441) that featured wide favourite was James, ranking at second in NT, second highest among the place names and ranked 12th fourth in ACT, fifth in WA, seventh in both SA and VIC, overall. Other occurrences of Australian places feature tenth in QLD and NSW, and 16th in TAS. the Melbourne suburb of Chelsea (532) and the southern Charlotte came first in four states (ACT, QLD, SA & WA), NSW coastal region, Eden (233). was a close second in NSW, VIC and TAS, and came at Jordan (449) featured strongly on the boys’ list – tenth in the NT list. Ruby came in first in NSW and TAS, along with several US-American place names such Olivia took #1 in VIC, and a surprising Chloe topped the as Jackson/Jaxon (1,472), Lincoln (414), and charts in NT. Ruby was the most consistent across Austin (322). board, appearing in the Top 4 across all the states and territories. Inspired by Nature Inspired by Nature A number of the Top 100 boys’ and girls’ Surnames as First Names Surnames as First Names names show a significant influence of We have seen a rise of surnames as first names, nature. These include Lilly/Lily, Ivy, Ebony, particularly for boys, which follows the masculine trend Skye, Olive, Amber, Jade, Rose, Violet, tradition. Examples include Cooper, Hudson, Harrison, Poppy, Holly, Savannah, Willow, Summer, Jasmine, Connor, Jackson, Lincoln, Tyler, Flynn, Hunter, Riley, and Ruby. Owen, Mason, Ryder, Archer, Ashton, Austin, Bailey, Braxton, and Harper. Shooting for the Stars Shooting for the Stars This trend of surnames is not exclusive to boys, however, Celebrities such as actors, actresses, and we are seeing an increase in this trend in some girls’ sports, and music stars have certainly names (e.g. Mackenzie, Madison, and Addison). influenced the Top 100 list, to a great degree than any other influence. Ava (10th) is the daughter of Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt and actress Bec Hewitt (2010). Mason (17th) is the P a g e | 5 5

  6. daughter of reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (2009 Biblical Old Testament Names are of especial popularity and rapper Ne-Yo (2011). Harper (35th) can be linked among boys names – these include Noah (3rd), Ethan back to the babies of British sports and music stars David (4th), Joshua (13th), Jacob (14th), Samuel (15th), Isaac & Victoria Beckham (2011), rock musician Dave Grohl (25th), Daniel (27th), Levi (31st), Eli (47th), Elijah (44th), (2009), Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, daughter of Lisa Zachary (53rd), Michael (49th), Nathan (63rd), Caleb (69th), Marie Presley (2008), and US actor Neil Patrick Harris Jesse (91st), Gabriel (92nd), David (95th), and Jonathan (2010). Willow (40th) is the name of the pop musician (99th). Biblical Old Testament names for girls are also Pink (2011), Stella (41st) is the daughter of US actor Matt common – Hannah (21st), Abigail (30th), Sarah (37th), Damon (2010), and Olive (90th), is the daughter of US Leah (78th), and Eve (82nd). For the first time appearing in the Top 100 list for boys actress Drew Barrymore (2012) and US/Aus actors Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher (2007). are boys’ names that reflect Islamic influence – Ali (97th) All of the above names apart from Ava have entered the and Muhammad (100th). Top 100 in the past five years. Characters from popular culture such as movies and Europ European ean Origin Origins s Australia’s strong European origins can be television have also shaped the popularity of baby felt in the continuation of British Royal names. Notable is the influence of the Twilight saga, Names in the Top 100 List: William (2nd), featuring Bella (51st), Isabella (10th), Jacob (13th), James (8th), Henry (29th), Edward (68th), and Edward (69th), and the influence of the Australian George (71st), Charles (79th), and John television series, Home & Away, featuring (98th), as well as the female names Matilda (18), Braxton (41st). Elizabeth (46), and Victoria (81). Similar in influence, and slightly stronger in the girls’ Religious Influences Religious Influences Religious influence is certainly felt, with names, is the occurrence of French names such as more than 1 in 5 boys in the Top 100 Charlotte (1st), Ruby (2nd), Ella (13th), Isabelle (22nd), list (23 total) deriving their name directly Jasmine (33rd), Holly (47th), Paige (54th), Evelyn (59th), from Biblical origins. Two names of Violet (60th), Rose (63rd), Madeleine (66th), Eloise (86th), Biblical Apostles appear in the Top 10 boys’ list – Josephine (93), and Lauren (99). There is no shortage of Thomas (6th) and James (8th). Other apostles in the boys’ names according to the French tradition either – Top 100 list include Matthew (43rd), Andrew (96th), William (2nd), Henry (29th), Sebastian (39th), Beau (58th), and John (98th). Jordan (60th), Bailey (75th), Jasper (77th), Darcy (85th), and Christopher (93rd) all reflect French influence P a g e | 6 6

  7. Sources Baby Names Australia is the nation’s only analysis of all of the registered baby names across the 8 Births, Deaths and Marriages offices. The data which we have analysed has been provided by the following offices: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths, & Marriages NSW Registry of Births, Deaths, & Marriages ACT Births, Deaths, & Marriages ACT Births, Deaths, & Marriages Births, Deaths, Marriages Victoria Births, Deaths, Marriages Victoria SA SA Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Office QLD Births, Deaths, and Marriages QLD Births, Deaths, and Marriages WA Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages WA Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages TAS Births, TAS Births, Deaths, and Marriages Deaths, and Marriages NT Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages NT Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages ___________ Please note: All of the figures in this document, while reflecting ACT ranking, do not include ACT number of occurrences as these were not available. © McCrindle Research 2013 P a g e | 7 7

  8. Australia’s Top 100 Boys’ Names Name Name 1. Jack 2. William 3. Noah 4. Ethan 5. Oliver 6. Thomas 7. Lucas 8. James 9. Cooper 10. Jackson/Jaxon 11. Lachlan 12. Liam 13. Joshua 14. Jacob 15. Samuel 16. Alexander 17. Mason 18. Max 19. Benjamin 20. Charlie 21. Riley 22. Xavier 23. Ryan 24. Harrison 25. Isaac 26. Tyler 27. Daniel 28. Harry 29. Henry 30. Oscar 31. Levi 32. Jayden 33. Hunter Occurrence Occurrence 1975 1927 1727 1723 1696 1570 1555 1516 1490 1473 1458 1351 1323 1281 1198 1194 1134 1132 1131 1098 1064 1056 991 985 935 930 921 916 905 879 877 863 845 34. Aiden/Aidan 35. Jake 36. Blake 37. Flynn 38. Logan 39. Sebastian 40. Dylan 41. Braxton 42. Patrick 43. Matthew 44. Elijah 45. Luke 46. Archie 47. Eli 48. Nicholas 49. Michael 50. Connor 51. Hudson 52. Hayden 53. Zachary 54. Leo 55. Mitchell 56. Nate 57. Angus 58. Beau 59. Chase 60. Jordan 61. Kai 62. Archer 63. Nathan 64. Joseph 65. Finn 66. Adam 67. Lincoln 789 735 732 695 689 660 654 641 630 629 609 604 594 593 590 583 583 569 558 550 527 523 514 502 471 450 449 443 443 440 436 428 417 414 68. Edward 69. Caleb 70. Owen 71. George 72. Hamish 73. Marcus 74. Luca 75. Bailey 76. Hugo 77. Jasper 78. Toby 79. Charles 80. Ashton 81. Austin 82. Alex 83. Christian 84. Declan 85. Darcy 86. Ryder 87. Anthony 88. Dominic 89. Cameron 90. Zac 91. Jesse 92. Gabriel 93. Christopher 94. Callum 95. David 96. Andrew 97. Ali 98. John 99. Jonathan 100. Muhammad 411 391 367 364 363 362 360 348 341 328 326 323 323 322 315 275 271 269 245 218 217 213 211 209 207 197 192 182 137 135 130 128 109 P a g e | 8 8

  9. Australia’s Top 100 Girls’ Names Name Name Occurrence Occurrence 33.Jasmine 591 66.Madeleine 278 1.Charlotte 1854 34.Georgia 587 67.Ellie 274 2.Ruby 1807 35.Harper 556 68.Amy 260 3.Lily/Lilly 1768 36.Summer 551 69.Jade 252 4.Olivia 1676 37.Sarah 539 70.Mikayla/ 249 Makayla 5.Chloe 1642 38.Chelsea 532 71.Eliza 240 6.Sophie 1611 39.Alexis 522 72.Lara 236 7.Emily 1600 40.Willow 477 73.Eden 233 8.Mia 1564 41.Stella 477 74.Anna 232 9.Amelia 1555 42.Savannah 471 75.Lola 232 10.Ava 1497 43.Alice 467 76.Heidi 226 11.Isabella 1441 44.Mackenzie 449 77.Tahlia 225 12.Sophia/ 45.Imogen 448 1428 Sofia 78.Alexandra 222 46.Elizabeth 437 13.Ella 1408 79.Leah 206 47.Holly 435 14.Grace 1320 80.Kayla 195 48.Annabelle 427 15.Sienna 1249 81.Victoria 191 49.Hayley 412 16.Maddison/ 82.Eve 183 50.Bella 411 1144 Madison 83.Aria 175 51.Audrey 407 17.Zoe 1064 84.Amber 175 52.Charlie/ 18.Matilda 938 Charli/ 404 85.Caitlin 169 19.Emma 870 Charlee 86.Eloise 164 20.Isla 865 53.Maya 379 87.Aaliyah 158 21.Hannah 864 54.Paige 372 88.Gabriella 152 22.Isabelle/ 55.Addison 365 89.Samantha 135 820 Isabel 56.Molly 341 90.Olive 133 23.Lucy 778 57.Poppy 341 91.Amelie 125 24.Scarlett 747 58.Phoebe 313 92.Skye 108 25.Ivy 688 59.Evelyn 312 93.Josephine 77 26.Evie 669 60.Violet 311 94.Mariam 76 27.Mila/Milla 668 61.Claire 306 95.Angelina 76 28.Eva 655 62.Alyssa 305 96.Elise 76 29.Jessica 616 63.Rose 299 97.Ebony 76 30.Abigail 610 64.Indiana/ 98.Lacey 75 285 31.Zara 608 Indianna 99.Lauren 74 32.Layla 599 65.Piper 279 100.Lillian 69 P a g e | 9 9