Australia's top 100 baby names for 2017 revealed

A NEW report has revealed Australian's expecting parents haven't yet taken to the names Apple or Blue Ivy.

Rather, Aussie mums and dads have proven their ability to stand strong in the global sea of change - by changing almost nothing about how they choose to name their children.

Yes, in wonderfully anti-climactic fashion, the most popular baby names of 2017 are … Charlotte and Oliver! Again.

While North and West didn't make the the cut, Sonny is now in the top 100 radar. Weirdly, the names Hamish, Blake, and Zoe also appeared in the top 100 suggesting that perhaps the reason for the family's fame is more subliminal than we think.

The names Vincent and Parker have also joined the top 100 boys list for the first time and Bonnie, Thea, Quinn, Florence and Brooklyn have all debuted in the girls.

TOP 100 GIRLS NAMES 2017

Source: McCrindle
Source: McCrindle

Charlotte has proven the most popular name for Australian baby girls for the second year running. 1,817 babies were named Charlotte in 2016 exceeding Olivia, who held the top rank in 2014.

A strong botanical theme has emerged within popular girls names, with the top 100 including; Lily, Ivy, Willow, Violet, Jasmine, Poppy, Rose, Daisy and Olive.

There is also a tendency to go for softer sounding names with 90 percent of the top 20 girls' baby names ending in a vowel or 'y. 50 percent  of the top 20 girls' baby names also start with a vowel, compared to just three of the boys names.

TOP 100 BOYS NAMES 2017

Source: McCrindle
Source: McCrindle

Most popular name, Oliver, has maintained it's position for the last three years. It overtook Jack and William - which were first in 2011 and 2012-2013 respectively - by becoming the chosen moniker for 2,145 babies in 2016.

Unsurprisingly, there are no top 100 boys names with a botanical influence, but a Royal influence is definitely on the rise with growing popularity of names such as George, William, Henry, Edward and Charles.

Also interesting to note is the decline in the once popular Biblical names for the boys. 20 years ago, all five of the top five boys' names were Bible characters (Joshua, Daniel, Matthew, James and Thomas), and 12 of the top 20 were from the Bible (which included Benjamin, Luke, Nathan, Andrew, Alexander, Jacob and Samuel), the report notes.

Today, just six of the top 20 boys' names can be found in the Bible, those names being: Noah, James, Thomas, Ethan, Alexander and Samuel.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

News Corp Australia


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