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​Oliver and Charlotte - baby names of the decade

Published date: Sunday, 14 April 2019

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Oliver and Charlotte have continued their decade of dominance, crowned the most popular baby names for boys and girls in NSW for the fifth time since 2010, Attorney General Mark Speakman announced today.

“We live in a world that’s constantly changing, but when it comes to baby names many parents are playing it safe and sticking with centuries-old favourites,” Mr Speakman said.

“Despite Game of Thrones frenzy reaching fever pitch, names like Daenerys, Arya, Tyrion and even the once ubiquitous John are nowhere to be seen in the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages top 100 baby names for 2018.”

Oliver has been number one for boys every year since 2014, while Charlotte has reigned supreme for girls in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Newcomers to the boys’ top 10 include Liam in eighth spot (up from 11th) and ninth-placed Leo (rising from 14th), while James has plummeted from fifth to 11th and Ethan has dropped from ninth to 12th.

Harper (up three to ninth) and Emily (up four to 10th) have entered the top 10 for girls, at the expense of Ella (17th – down from ninth) and Zoe (14th – down from 10th).

Names favoured by royalty continue to chart highly, with William the second most popular boys’ name and Harry jumping from 22 to 15. George (33), Edward (50), Louis (56) and Charles (63) also feature on the list. Aside from Charlotte, popular royal names for girls include Mia (4), Isla (6), Sophie (20), Zara (32), Elizabeth (51) and Savannah (57).

“Huge crowds greeted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle when they visited NSW in October last year so it’s no surprise royal names are in fashion,” Mr Speakman said.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are about to welcome their first child and no doubt many NSW parents will be looking to them for inspiration.”

Parents have 60 days to register their newborn. Registration is free in NSW and helps establish a child’s legal identity. NSW Government reforms rolled out in April 2018 allow all birth registrations to now be completed online at the Births Deaths & Marriages website: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au.

View the full baby name list at: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Documents/stats-names-2010s.pdf.