Australia’s most popular baby names revealed

2018 Baby Names List

The most popular baby names of 2017 have just been revealed, and our love affair with two top names has continued.

But while the top spots have remained unchanged for the past couple of years, a gaggle of new names has shot up the popularity ladder. McCrindle has just finished sifting through data from across the nation to come up with the top 200 baby names in Australia for the past year.

Top 100 baby names for girls and boys

2017 top Australian Baby Names

  1. Oliver
  2. William
  3. Jack
  4. Noah
  5. Thomas
  6. James
  7. Lucas
  8. Henry
  9. Ethan
  10. Mason
  11. Charlie
  12. Leo
  13. Harrison
  14. Liam
  15. Alexander
  16. Hunter
  17. Lachlan
  18. Samuel
  19. Hudson
  20. Levi
  21. Harry
  22. Max
  23. Oscar
  24. Harvey
  25. Elijah
  26. Xavier
  27. Isaac
  28. Cooper
  29. Logan
  30. Jacob
  31. Benjamin
  32. Joshua
  33. Archie
  34. Archer
  35. George
  36. Ryan
  37. Sebastian
  38. Theodore
  39. Lincoln
  40. Arlo
  41. Jackson
  42. Eli
  43. Finn
  44. Riley
  45. Patrick
  46. Daniel
  47. Hugo
  48. Connor
  49. Jaxon
  50. Luca
  51. Edward
  52. Tyler
  53. Jordan
  54. Flynn
  55. Kai
  56. Michael
  57. Zachary
  58. Austin
  59. Matthew
  60. Darcy
  61. Ashton
  62. Jayden
  63. Joseph
  64. Aiden
  65. Nate
  66. Jasper
  67. Caleb
  68. Dylan
  69. Carter
  70. Luke
  71. Angus
  72. Hamish
  73. Louis
  74. Jake
  75. Charles
  76. Owen
  77. Toby
  78. Blake
  79. Adam
  80. Beau
  81. Muhammad
  82. Gabriel
  83. Arthur
  84. Nicholas
  85. Ali
  86. Sonny
  87. Spencer
  88. Ryder
  89. Parker
  90. Felix
  91. Fletcher
  92. Vincent
  93. Bodhi
  94. Jude
  95. Nathaniel
  96. Dominic
  97. Asher
  98. Aaron
  99. Harley
  100. Leon
  1. Charlotte
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Amelia
  5. Mia
  6. Isla
  7. Grace
  8. Ella
  9. Chloe
  10. Harper
  11. Zoe
  12. Sophie
  13. Evie
  14. Evelyn
  15. Isabella
  16. Ruby
  17. Emily
  18. Ivy
  19. Lily
  20. Willow
  21. Matilda
  22. Lucy
  23. Sophia
  24. Aria
  25. Georgia
  26. Sienna
  27. Scarlett
  28. Hannah
  29. Emma
  30. Zara
  31. Abigail
  32. Isabelle
  33. Audrey
  34. Layla
  35. Mila
  36. Eva
  37. Violet
  38. Alice
  39. Hazel
  40. Piper
  41. Ellie
  42. Mackenzie
  43. Poppy
  44. Annabelle
  45. Sofia
  46. Maya
  47. Savannah
  48. Penelope
  49. Frankie
  50. Maddison
  51. Jasmine
  52. Elizabeth
  53. Stella
  54. Phoebe
  55. Aurora
  56. Imogen
  57. Billie
  58. Alexis
  59. Summer
  60. Addison
  61. Harriet
  62. Ayla
  63. Eleanor
  64. Eloise
  65. Madison
  66. Freya
  67. Elsie
  68. Claire
  69. Rose
  70. Emilia
  71. Florence
  72. Daisy
  73. Lilly
  74. Sarah
  75. Eden
  76. Anna
  77. Eliza
  78. Holly
  79. Lola
  80. Bella
  81. Ariana
  82. Lara
  83. Luna
  84. Indiana
  85. Harlow
  86. Madeleine
  87. Chelsea
  88. Bonnie
  89. Quinn
  90. Aaliyah
  91. Heidi
  92. Victoria
  93. Isabel
  94. Elena
  95. Peyton
  96. Millie
  97. Madeline
  98. Charlie
  99. Jessica
  100. Olive

 Charlotte and Oliver stay on top

There were 300,000 babies born in Australia last year, and one in ten was given one of the top ten baby names. The right royal name Charlotte was crowned the most popular girl’s name for the third year in a row. The only state that Charlotte wasn’t the most popular name was Western Australia, where the gorgeous moniker Isla reigned supreme.

For the boys, Oliver once again wears the crown for the fourth consecutive year. It was the most popular boy’s name everywhere except for the Northern Territory, where Jack was top of the pops.

New faces

Seven new names bolted into the boy’s and girl’s top 100. It’s a warm welcome to the regal Arthur, Bodhi, Jude, Asher and Leon who made their first-ever appearance in the top 100. Aaron was the comeback kid, back in the top billings after leaving the list in 2016, while Harley just managed to stay in.

Into the girl’s top 100 for the first time are Freya, Luna, Harlow, Elena and Millie – just gorgeous. Dropping out of the top 100 last year were Paige, Alyssa, Hayley, and Molly. The name Charlie is the only name on both the boys’ and girls’ list in its unchanged spelling.

Beautiful botanicals

Nature, and in particular floral baby names was once again a popular theme among the girls. Ivy, Lily, Willow, Violet, Poppy, Jasmine, Rose, Daisy and Olive all continue to be firm favourites.

Crowning glory

While the world continues to be gripped by royal wedding fever, it seems that Royal baby names were a big influence in Australia last year. The births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2013 and 2015 continue to have an obvious impact on baby naming across the nation. And there’s an expectation that this year’s baby name data will see a spike in the use of the name Louis, after the birth of William and Kate’s third bub.

Prince Harry, who is formally known as Prince Henry may have been the inspiration for many parents last year, with Henry entering the top 10 for the first time in more than six years. Meghan hasn’t featured in the top 100 for more than six years, but it’s expected that may also change this year. As well as George, Charlotte, Louis and Henry, the current top 100 also includes the names William, Edward, Charles, Elizabeth, Zara and Victoria.

Perfectly placed

Many Aussie parents are still using place names as baby name inspiration. Australian locations that rose up in the ranks included Bronte, Avalon, Brighton and Arcadia, but Adelaide slipped out of the top 100. Also remaining on the list are Victoria, Georgia, Eden and Indiana.

Overseas locations are popular choices for boys’ names, including Austin and Jordan.

If you’re looking for names that are less likely to feature on the most popular list, make sure you have a look through the amazing list of 1,391 baby unique names put together by a self-confessed name hoarder.