​Baby names with a spelling twist

Issued: Monday, 4 April 2016

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The NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) top 100 baby names list for 2015 shows a trend towards spelling popular names in different ways.

"The number one names in 2015 were Oliver and Charlotte, however Sophia would have claimed top spot for girls if we combined alternative spellings and slight variations of the name, such as Sofia and Sophie," said Amanda Ianna, Registrar of NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

Muhammad was the 73rd most popular boy’s name last year but it would have finished in 14th place if we factored in all different spellings, which include Mohamed, Mohammed, Mohammad, Mohamad, Mohammad and Muhammed."

Madeline came in at 100th on the list and would have come 40th if the alternative spelling of Madeleine was part of its tally. Other common names with varying spellings that have entered the top 100 over the past 10 years include: 

  • Tayla, Taylah and Taylor
  • Mikayla and Makayla
  • Maddison and Madison
  • Jackson and Jaxon
  • Lilly and Lily

"Parents may opt for an alternative spelling of a name for cultural reasons, due to a family history attached to the name or because they want their child to stand out from the crowd," Ms Ianna said.

"It’s important to choose wisely as your child will probably carry their name for life," Ms Ianna said.

Parents have 60 days to register their newborn. Registration of your child’s birth is free in NSW and helps establish their legal identity in the community.

Popular baby names for NSW are available under Facts & Statistics on the website at: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au.

Top 100 baby names in NSW 2015