It’s no secret that naming a baby is a big task. Whether your tastes are more traditional, or you prefer the uncommon names with a bit of edge to them, it’s a decision that your baby will wear for the rest of their lives. No pressure! Looking for a little inspiration (or names to steer clear of depending on your tastes), then check out Australia’s top baby names for 2021.
Everyone loves to talk baby names! And it’s always fun to find others with similar tastes to us who have chosen the same name for their child. Thanks to the world of social media and the internet, the baby naming books have been thrown out the window, with apps and the opinion of family, friends, and even strangers online taking front seat. So, what are the new trends coming through? It appears that shorter names are on the rise, with a lot more variety coming through in the choice of names for baby girls. Turns out, people want to be different!
Welcome to the latest generation: Generation Alpha, a name given as they are being born entirely in the 21st Century. Starting in 2010, they’re unsurprisingly the most digital and visual of all generations. This generation will continue until 2024.
Top girls’ baby names 2021
Top of the list is of top baby names 2021 is Charlotte (inspired by a young royal who turned six this year), it’s been the winner for 8 out of the last 10 years. However, Amelia seems to be giving the name a run for its money, overtaking Olivia to take second place. In NSW, Amelia is the top name, followed by Charlotte, Olivia, Mia and Isla.
The rest of the top 10 girls’ names in Australia haven’t changed much in the past year. The name Matilda has taken 10th place ahead of Harper.
Top boys’ baby names 2021
Top of the boys’ list, Oliver has been consistently popular for the past decade, enjoying 8 years at the top of the list. It’s the top name in NSW this year, followed by Noah, William, Leo and Lucas. Elijah has made it onto the top list in Australia, taking over James which has dropped from 10th to 15th.
Top names 2010-2020
If we take a look at the top 100 names list for the past decade, there are a number of interesting trends taking place:
- Mila, Luna, Freya and Millie, all debuted in the top 100 in 2017 and have grown in popularity since.
- Theodore and Arthur both debuted in the top 100 in 2014 and 2017 respectively. They are now rapidly climbing to the top of the list.
- New girls’ names that have made it onto the top 100 list in the past decade include: Remi, Harlow, Hallie, Maeve, Adeline, Molly, Maggie, Delilah, Eliza, Hazel, Florence, Aria, Elsie.
- New boys’ names that have made it onto the top 100 list in the past decade include: Leonardo, River, Luka, Lewis, Lennox, Theodore, Hudson, Archer, Arlo and Harvey.
“Among these new, emerging names we see the trends of girls’ names ending in a vowel or vowel sound, and botanic influences and colours. We also see celebrity influences, with Luna growing in popularity since John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, Luna was born in 2016. There is also the trend of shortening names and adding an ‘ie’ on the end (Elsie, Millie and Sadie). Shorter boys’ names ending in an o (Leo, Hugo and Arlo) are also on the rise for Generation Alpha.”– Ashley Fell, Social Researcher & co-author of Generation Alpha.
Naming trends over the past decade
There have been a number of trends worth noting over the past decade. These include:
- Opting for unique girls names: parents are less likely to choose a top name, and a drawing on much wider inspiration when it comes to naming their baby.
- Nicknames for first names: Jack, Leo, Archie, Charlie, Ellie, Evie, Millie… shorter names are being chosen as stand alone names now.
- Botanical inspiration: girls’ names are taking inspiration using a botanical theme: Willow, Ivy, Lily, Violet, Daisy, Poppy, Jasmine & Rose.
- Shorter names for boys: parents are still choosing longer, flowing names for girls, Amelia, Olivia, Emilia, Penelope, Elizabeth and Ariana, while boys names are getting shorter with just Alexander and Leonardo holding top spots.
- Strong royal influence: Charlotte (1st), Archie (16th), Harry (26th), George (31st) and Louis (55th).
Want to find about more about popular names and trends in different states? 2021 Australian Baby Names report is here.