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Published date: Thursday 17 May 2018

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Prince Harry’s name might be on everyone’s lips in the lead up to the wedding of the year, but it’s his brother who resonated more strongly with NSW mums and dads in 2017.

The Top 100 Baby Names List, released by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) today, shows the Royal siblings and their family continue to have a strong influence on parents when it comes to naming their bubs. 

BDM Registrar Amanda Ianna said William was the second most popular boy’s name for the fourth year in a row, beaten narrowly by Oliver. 

“Mums and Dads are also wild about Harry with his name jumping from 27 to 21. While his real name, Henry, was the biggest mover on the list finishing seventh last year up from 18th in 2016,” she said.

“Looking at the next generation of Royals – Charlotte soared up the girl’s charts beating Olivia to the top spot. Her siblings made less of an impact with George coming in at number 28 and Louis in last position at 70.

“We are seeing little change in the most popular names, but there definitely seems to be a Royal flavour in the air, which means Louis is likely to leap up the rankings in 2018!” 

Interestingly, Elizabeth still makes the grade at number 46, but Catherine and Meg(h)an haven’t been in the top 100 since the early 2000s. 

Aside from Henry, other newcomers in the top 10 were Leo for boys and Ella and Zoe for girls, replacing Emily and Ruby.  

“Whether it’s significant to your heritage, trendy or unique, it’s important to choose wisely as your child will carry their name for life,” Ms Ianna said.

Parents have 60 days to register their newborn. Registration is free in NSW and helps establish a child’s legal identity. It can now be done online on BDM’s website.

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