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Publication date: Sunday, 21 January 2018
Kindergarten classrooms and daycare centres will welcome plenty of new faces in 2018 and there’s a good chance Oliver, Charlotte, William and Olivia will be on the roll call, Attorney General Mark Speakman said today.
For the fourth consecutive year, Oliver has edged out William as the most popular name in NSW for newborn boys, while Charlotte has returned to the top spot for girls, narrowly ahead of Olivia.
“This decade we are seeing little change at the top of the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages annual baby name list and monikers linked to monarchy remain popular,” Mr Speakman said.
The only newcomers to the top 10s in 2017 are Henry, Zoe and Ella, replacing Leo, Emily and Ruby. Henry is the biggest mover on the list, finishing fifth, up from 18th in 2016.
2017 was a big year for Harry, with the 33-year-old Prince of that name announcing his engagement to Meghan Markle and the classic boys’ name jumping to 21st place – up from 27th on the NSW baby name list.
“With a Royal wedding on the way, maybe Meghan’s mark’ll be made this year,” Mr Speakman said.
“An increasing number of parents are just wild about Harry as well as the longer form of the name, Harrison, which has climbed two places to 14th.”
Mr Speakman said the baby name list provides an insight into NSW communities.
“While western influences are prevalent, we are also seeing names that reflect our rich cultural diversity, such as Muhammad (59th), Ali (66th) and Ibrahim (98th),” Mr Speakman said.
“Whether you opt for something that’s significant to your heritage, trendy or unique, it’s important to choose wisely as your child will likely carry their name for life.”
Parents have 60 days to register their newborn, which means some 2017 births are yet to be registered. Registration is free in NSW and helps establish a child’s legal identity.
A final list of the top 100 baby names will be released by April 2018. To find out more call 13 77 88 or visit: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au