With Australia Day approaching, our minds have been turning to all things green and gold and that includes baby names! We’ve had a good ol’ Captain Cook for our favourite Australian-flavoured names, from the bogan to the blissful.
So grab yourself a lamington, pop your feet up on the esky and settle in as we run through our top 10 Australian names for boys and girls.
Barry: Bazzaaaaaa! Need we say more?
Flynn: follow Miranda Kerr’s lead and select this swashbuckling surname-for-a-first-name as an ode to Australia’s Hollywood heart throb Errol Flynn.
Banjo: naming your son Banjo in honour of bush balladeer A B (Banjo) Paterson is an offbeat Aussie option for poetic types.
Callan: looking for a unique name with an Australian flavour? Consider Callan, an Aboriginal word for swallow with a strong, masculine sound.
Ned: Of course the name of our most famous outlaw is on the list. Villain or hero? The debate continues to rage, but we certainly think Ned would be a heroic name choice.
Bruce: Everyone knows a Bruce and while its popularity has dropped in the last, well, several decades, this Aussie-est of Aussie names is surely set for a comeback
Shane: Cricket-lovers take inspiration for the sultan of spin, Shane Warne. An excellent choice which lends itself to the oh-so-ocker pronunciation: Shaayyyne.
Clancy: Another literary choice, Clancy (of the overflow fame) evokes the free-spirited Australian attitude.
Edmund: Fancy your little one may one day reside in the lodge? Little Eddie can grow into his name and follow in the footsteps of our first PM, Edmund Barton.
Holden: For that most quintessential of Australian of cars (apologies Ford – that’s a possibility too!) A great option for petrol enthusiasts, but will work for literary fans of Holden Caulfield too.
Matilda: your little lass would waltz through life with this lovely name and its many sweet nickname possibilities including Tillie, Mattie and Tilda.
Kylie: whether you choose this name as an ode to the princess of pop, or for its origins as the Noongar word for “boomerang” you can be sure it’s 100% Australian made.
Sharon: most recently famed for being the second best friend of Kim, “Shazza!” is as Australian as they come.
Sheila: it may be Irish in origin, but as a colloquial word for woman, Sheila is as Australian as Vegemite.
Nellie: with this name your tiny tot will be set to soar as high as the voice of one our first international superstars, Dame Nellie Melba.
Elanora: an Aboriginal word meaning ‘home by the sea’, this name has been appropriated by suburbs and housing developments across Australia. But we fancy the subtle Australiana of a sweet little Nora.
Victoria: she was Queen when the Commonwealth of Australia came into being in 1901 and this classic name stands the test of time. There is no messing with a little Victoria!
Opal: sure, you could have a Ruby or a Pearl, but if you want to go for a home grown gemstone name, then look no further than Opal, the national gemstone of Australia.
Sydney: equally at home on the boys’ list, this unisex name is strong and beautiful, just like the city.
Edith: with Edith Cowan being our first Australian lady parliamentarian, Edith is a lofty name to bear. But with the delightful nickname Edie, this name offers both sweetness and substance.