Australia’s Most Popular Baby Names 2024

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Baby, baby, baby ohh! It’s once again that time of year, Australia’s top 200 baby names for 2024 have been announced. This year’s McCrindle baby name report revealed that the top boy’s name has once again been held by the same name that has been number one for 11 years, while the top girl’s name sees the return of a classic favourite.

With the final year of ‘Generation Alpha’ (born 2010 to 2024), parents have seemingly taken inspiration from a wide variety of places, with the most common coming from family names, baby name websites, and cultural/religious influences.

Gendered variations, classic and historical names are all trends seen in this years report as well as names with Christian roots, shortened versions of traditional names, names taken from pop culture and nature-inspired monikers making an appearance on the list.

Without waiting another second, here are the top baby names for boys and girls in 2024!

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The winners

Once again, for the eleventh year in a row, the name Oliver is dubbed the reigning champion for boy names in Australia. Interestingly, although the name is still at the number one spot, the total number of times the name was used has dropped from 2,276 to 1,906 in the last 12 months.

The name Oliver originates from Old Norse, where it is related to the name Áleifr, meaning “ancestor’s descendant” or “heir.” It also has French and Latin roots stemming from the word ‘olive’ and ‘olive tree’ making the name a symbol of peace and fruitfulness.

The popularity of the boy’s name is also solidified with the shortened nickname Ollie (84) making its debut in the top 100.

It is no secret that the two baby girl names that are consistently battling for the number one spot on the list are Charlotte and Isla. This year, Isla is back on top after being bumped out by Charlotte last year, with the name Amelia, consistently sitting in the number two spot.

The soft, melodic-sounding name has Scottish and Spanish origins, meaning “island” in both cultures. The name itself was actually in position 34 back in 2010 (the conception of Gen Alpha) making it a very popular choice with the parents of this generation.

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Out with the old, in with the new

There were ten names that entered both of the top 100 lists this year, showing the every changing landscape of baby naming.

The baby boy name Miles made the biggest entrance this year rising from 101 to 48 in the last 12 months. Names that also made the jump included Owen (91), Lottie (87), Riley (97), August (100) and Cleo (91). There were also a couple of names previously not on the list at all that debuted within the top 100, Kaia (93), Athena (99) and Myles (85).

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Not just a nickname

It’s a given at this point that if you’ve got a name, Australians will likely try to shorten it to give you a nickname. Well Aussie parents are taking it the next step further by cutting out the middle man and naming their babies shortened variations of traditional names.

For girls the names Millie (32) short for Amelia (2) or Emilia (54), Bella (76) short for Isabella (16) and Ellie (28) short for Eloise (66) all made the list. For boys, names like Leo (4) short for Leonardo (94), Harry (35) short for Harrison (23) and Theo (36) short for Theodore (5) were also present.

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Classic for a reason

Traditionally classic names are something that we can agree will continue to stand the test of time. These names are often free from the trends that can date a name to a specific era and more so than not have been passed down through generations.

The majority of parents of Generation Alpha that were surveyed for this report indicated that they were influenced by a family name when choosing their child’s name. Classics like William (8), Audrey (34), Sophia (18), Arthur (24), Charlotte (3) and George (26) all remained on the list.

Reflecting a diverse Australia

With over 500,00 migrants moving to Australia in the last year, it is no surprise that Australia’s top baby names reflect the diverse landscape that this country beholds. Over 90 of the combined 200 top baby names are traced to having a non-English background, some including:

  • Muhammad (53) Arabic, meaning “praised” or “praiseworthy”
  • Remi (40) French, meaning “oarsman” or “rower”
  • Sadie (47) Hebrew, meaning “princess”
  • Luka (56) Slavic, meaning “bringer of light” or “light”
  • Kai (25) Hawaiian/Japanese/Scandinavian, meaning “sea” in Hawaiian, “forgiveness” in Japanese or “rejoice” in Scandinavian
  • Mila (20) Slavic, meaning “gracious” or “dear”
  • Reuben (95) Hebrew, meaning “behold, a son”
  • Ezra (51) Hebrew, meaning “help” or “helper”
  • Ayla (42) Turkish, meaning “moonlight”

Heavenly names

In this year’s list of popular baby boy names, many traditional Christian names stand out, showing a strong link to biblical roots and lasting appeal. Names like Noah (2), Levi (12), James (16), Isaac (38), Samuel (44), Jacob (52), Ezra (51), Daniel (76) and Joseph (83) all made the top 100.

These names are not only rich in history and religion, but they continue to be favourites for their classic charm and timeless values, bringing with them a sense of faith and tradition.

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Pop culture power

Media and entertainment have always played a huge role in shaping societal trends, so it only seems fitting that parents continue to draw inspiration from pop culture and celebrity influence. Iconic characters from movies, TV shows and books, as well as the names of beloved celebrities, seem to always be popular as baby names.

In the last 12 months there were many moments within the pop culture industry that seemed to inspire the names that made this years’ list.

  • Matilda (7), like the Australian Women’s Soccer Team
  • Daisy (23), after Irish Actress Daisy Edgar-Jones and the popular book turned television series ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’
  • Harry (35), after male pop star Harry Styles
  • Billie (35), after singer Billie Eilish
  • George (26) & Charlotte (3), after the main characters of the Bridgerton series ‘Queen Charlotte’
  • Maeve (43), like the character from the Netflix show ‘Sex Education’
  • Margot (68), after Aussie Barbie actor Margot Robbie
  • Ryan (62), after Barbie actor Ryan Gosling
  • Penelope (39), like the Bridgerton character Penelope Fetherington

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List of the top 10 boy and girl names in Australia 2024

Top 100 girl names in Australia for 2024

  1. Isla
  2. Amelia
  3. Charlotte
  4. Olivia
  5. Mia
  6. Ava
  7. Matilda
  8. Harper
  9. Lily
  10. Hazel
  11. Grace
  12. Ella
  13. Ivy
  14. Evelyn
  15. Willow
  16. Isabella
  17. Sophie
  18. Sophia
  19. Chloe
  20. Mila
  21. Sienna
  22. Ruby
  23. Daisy
  24. Violet
  25. Evie
  26. Aria
  27. Zoe
  28. Ellie
  29. Lucy
  30. Florence
  31. Sofia
  32. Millie
  33. Layla
  34. Audrey
  35. Billie
  36. Elsie
  37. Freya
  38. Georgia
  39. Penelope
  40. Remi
  41. Luna
  42. Ayla
  43. Maeve
  44. Aurora
  45. Eleanor
  46. Poppy
  47. Sadie
  48. Scarlett
  49. Zara
  50. Isabelle
  1. Frankie
  2. Mackenzie
  3. Emily
  4. Emilia
  5. Hannah
  6. Maya
  7. Alice
  8. Abigail
  9. Olive
  10. Bonnie
  11. Emma
  12. Summer
  13. Harriet
  14. Delilah
  15. Lola
  16. Eloise
  17. Stella
  18. Margot
  19. Nora
  20. Phoebe
  21. Maisie
  22. Pippa
  23. Savannah
  24. Hallie
  25. Eden
  26. Bella
  27. Adeline
  28. Imogen
  29. Eva
  30. Elizabeth
  31. Addison
  32. Elena
  33. Harlow
  34. Aaliyah
  35. Rose
  36. Rosie
  37. Lottie
  38. Eliana
  39. Quinn
  40. Piper
  41. Cleo
  42. Maggie
  43. Kaia
  44. Ariana
  45. Thea
  46. Heidi
  47. Riley
  48. Peyton
  49. Athena
  50. Lara

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Top 100 boy names in Australia for 2024

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Henry
  4. Leo
  5. Theodore
  6. Hudson
  7. Luca
  8. William
  9. Charlie
  10. Jack
  11. Thomas
  12. Levi
  13. Lucas
  14. Elijah
  15. Archie
  16. James
  17. Harvey
  18. Liam
  19. Arlo
  20. Oscar
  21. Alexander
  22. Max
  23. Harrison
  24. Arthur
  25. Kai
  26. George
  27. Hugo
  28. Cooper
  29. Sebastian
  30. Hunter
  31. Mason
  32. Xavier
  33. Ethan
  34. Archer
  35. Harry
  36. Theo
  37. Finn
  38. Isaac
  39. Sonny
  40. Austin
  41. Louis
  42. Beau
  43. Lachlan
  44. Samuel
  45. Benjamin
  46. Jasper
  47. Patrick
  48. Miles
  49. Edward
  50. Jordan
  1. Ezra
  2. Jacob
  3. Muhammad
  4. Billy
  5. Riley
  6. Luka
  7. Carter
  8. Lincoln
  9. Felix
  10. Jackson
  11. Spencer
  12. Ryan
  13. Parker
  14. Darcy
  15. Eli
  16. Angus
  17. River
  18. Asher
  19. Tommy
  20. Flynn
  21. Jude
  22. Michael
  23. Logan
  24. Ari
  25. Alfie
  26. Daniel
  27. Roman
  28. Joshua
  29. Koa
  30. Gabriel
  31. Bodhi
  32. Leon
  33. Joseph
  34. Ollie
  35. Myles
  36. Jayden
  37. Adam
  38. Aiden
  39. Hamish
  40. Fletcher
  41. Owen
  42. Lennox
  43. Louie
  44. Leonardo
  45. Reuben
  46. Ali
  47. Zachary
  48. Remy
  49. Charles
  50. August

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