NAME GAME: Arlo Blore, 5, from Evans Head was named after the musician Arlo Guthrie.
NAME GAME: Arlo Blore, 5, from Evans Head was named after the musician Arlo Guthrie.

Arlo there! I like your name, it’s getting very popular.

NINETY-FIVE babies in New South Wales were named Arlo last year.

Arlo Blore, from Evans Head, is unlikely to be concerned about the popularity of his name yet, but when the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages publishes a list of the top 100 names on its website later this year his moniker will most likely be included.

The name Arlo has soared in popularity across the state in recent years, increasing from 33 boys in 2011 to nearly 100 last year.

"It might be due to (the movie) Arlo the Good Dinosaur or celebrity babies such as Toni Collette's son who have inspired the surge, but it is now one of the fastest growing names in the state," said Amanda Ianna from the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

"At this rate we will see it crack the top 100 if parents continue to follow the trend."

The name Arlo is also enjoying a resurgence in popularity overseas. American folksinger and songwriter Arlo Guthrie helped popularise the name in the 1970s, the same decade it first came to prominence in NSW.

"Arlo sounds animated and cheery which is probably why it's on the rise," Ms Ianna said.

Rebecca Blore said she chose the name for her son because of her affection for the song Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie.

Ms Blore said her Arlo was only five and hadn't heard the song yet.

"While it's traditionally a boy's name, celebrities like American actor and comedian Johnny Knoxville have nudged Arlo into the unisex column after naming his daughter Arlo in 2011," Ms Ianna said.

"However, it seems it hasn't quite taken off in NSW, with only a handful of girls named Arlo in 2015."

Visit the Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages at www.bdm.nsw.gov.au.



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