Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages announce top names

WHAT'S IN A NAME: Noah, centre, with parents Nasha Austin and David Davies, little brother Chase and Tony Stokes
WHAT'S IN A NAME: Noah, centre, with parents Nasha Austin and David Davies, little brother Chase and Tony Stokes

Noah, Oliver, Charlotte, Amelia, William and Olivia have continued to maintain their top 10 positions in the state’s most popular baby names for 2018.

And we know this because the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has released its Annual Top Ten Baby Names list.

“It was a photo finish for Noah and Oliver with both tying as top boys’ names,” Attorney General Mark Speakman said.

“Princess Charlotte may be fourth in line for the throne, but the name is still number one for girls in NSW, beating Amelia and Olivia to the top spot.”

Here in the Nambucca Valley Nasha Austin said their four-year-old son, Noah, got his name because “it was a name we both liked”.

“We’d been having trouble finding a name we both liked … choosing ‘Noah” was random,” Nasha said.

She said in fact the family knew quite a few Noahs and she laughed at the news about ‘Charlotte’.

If Noah had been a girl, her name would have been Charlotte.

Nasha Austin

The top 10 hasn’t changed much in the past decade.

Newcomers this year were Liam nudging out Henry which has slipped to 12th spot for boys and Harper ousting Zoe which dropped to 13th place for girls.

William was third place for boys and Lucas shot up the charts jumping four spots to fourth place, followed by Jack, Ethan, Liam, Alexander, Thomas and James. Mia moved up one spot to finish fourth on the list, followed by Ava, Isla, Chloe, Grace, Harper and Emily.

Mr Speakman said the baby name list provided an interesting insight into families and communities across NSW.

“While traditional names dominate the top 10, we have seen a significant increase in the popularity of Muhammad (63rd in 2017 to 24th in 2018) and Ali (64th in 2017 to 41st in 2018) reflecting the diversity of our state.

The process for registering a newborn with the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is free, easy and can now be done online – visit: www.bdm.nsw.gov.au

Parents have 60 days to register their newborn, which means some 2018 births are yet to be registered.

A final list of the top 100 baby names will be released by April 2019. 

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