Bill and Izzy take top spots

WHEN she arrived into the world on December 7, Isabella Rose Campbell was given the most popular girls’ name for 2009.

Mum Samantha Harbisher said she and partner Ben Campbell had ‘two main names’ picked out for their daughter once she arrived.

“We found out she was a girl when I was 18 weeks, and Ben liked Isabella, and I liked Amelia,” she said.

Both names featured among the most popular girls’ names in NSW for 2009, with Isabella topping the list, and Amelia sneaking in at number 10.

And while there were ‘a fair few’ of Ms Harbisher’s friends having babies around the same time she was, she said none of them had decided to give their new sons the most popular boys’ name for 2009.

For the boys, William was the most popular name with 660 babies given the name, bumping Jack into second place after the name topped the list for the last five years.

Ms Harbisher said deciding on a baby name was no easy task.

“It’s really difficult, and you can’t be definite until you’ve seen the baby,” she said.

And with the Twilight book series appearing as blockbuster movies over the past year, lead character Bella could be responsible for the sudden jump in the popularity of Isabella.

However Ms Harbisher said the series had no bearing on their choice of name for their daughter.

“It had nothing to do with Twilight at all,” Ms Harbisher said.

“We didn’t even see the movie until April.”

Meanwhile, Attorney-General John Hatzistergos is reminding new parents to take the time to choose their child’s name carefully, but still register their birth within 60 days.

“I sent away for her birth certificate straight away,” Ms Harbisher said.

Registering a child’s birth is free. To find out more about NSW birth registration, call 1300 655 236 or visit



1 – William

2 – Jack

3 – Lachlan

4 – Cooper

5 – Thomas

6 – Joshua

7 – Oliver

8 – Noah

9 – Riley

10 – Ethan


1 – Isabella

2 – Chloe

3 – Charlotte

4 – Mia

5 – Olivia

6 – Emily

7 – Ella

8 – Sienna

9 – Sophie

10 – Amelia

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