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​Hello hello it's Arlo

Issued: Friday, 29 January 2016

Arlo might be the name of a Walt Disney character but it's proving to be fashionable amongst mums and dads with 95 NSW baby boys born with the moniker in 2015.

Over the past five years, Arlo has soared in popularity across the state jumping from 33 boys in 2011 to nearly one hundred last year.

"It might be Arlo the Good Dinosaur or celebrity babies such as Toni Collette's son who have inspired the surge, but it is now one of the fastest growing names in the state," said Amanda Ianna Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages.

"Mums and dads on the NSW south coast are particularly fond of the name, with 13 little Arlos making an appearance last year.

"At this rate we will see it crack the top 100 if parents continue to follow the trend."

Arlo is actually making a comeback. Overseas in the United States the name was in vogue between the wars, and recently enjoyed a resurgence.

American folksinger and songwriter Arlo Guthrie also helped revive the name in the 1970s - the same decade it first came to prominence in NSW.

"Arlo sounds animated and cheery which is probably why it's on the rise," Ms Ianna said.

"While it's traditionally a boy's name, celebrities like American actor and comedian Johnny Knoxville have nudged Arlo into the unisex column after naming his daughter Arlo in 2011.

"However, it seems it hasn't quite taken off in NSW, with only a handful of girls named Arlo in 2015."

The top 100 names list will be released by Births, Deaths & Marriages later this year on their website: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au.