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​Oliver and Olivia back on top of baby names in NSW​

Issued: 8 January 2017

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Oliver is the most popular baby boy’s name in NSW for the third year in a row, while Olivia returns to first place to round out this perfect pair.

​The NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages released the Top 10 baby names for 2016 which shows the latest trends across the state.

“Traditional names, popular 100 years ago, are back in fashion. However, names come and go in cycles between generations,” said Alana Sheil, Acting Registrar of NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages.

“Thirty years ago it was Joshua and Jessica, and their parents could have been Michael and Michelle. These days you’re more likely to be a Charlotte or Jack.”

New entries in the Top 10 NSW baby names are Lachlan and Leo, which edged out Isaac and Jacob. Girl’s names returning to the Top 10 are Isabella and Ruby holding back Sophia and Zoe from the short list.

2​​0​16Boy​​sNo.​Girls No.No.​




​William​487Charlotte 505
​3​Jack​445Amelia​ ​​429
​6James ​369Mia​370
Figures collated as at 4 January 2017 and subject to change as
2016 birth registrations continue to be processed.

“When you look to the meaning of names, Oliver and Olivia are often linked to peace,” Ms Sheil said.

“Whether you go with popular name trends or opt for something unique, remember your child will likely carry their name for life so it’s important to choose wisely.” Said Ms Sheil.

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.

A final list of the top 100 baby names will be published on the website by April 2017. To find out more call 13 77 88 or visit: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au​​​