Top Baby Names Revealed

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Around 1 in 10 Australian babies last year were given one of the Top 10 baby names; a total of 28,640 out of the total Australian annual births of 298,200. There were 2,283 boys named Oliver and 1,737 girls named Charlotte last year.

Charlotte takes top spot after Olivia’s 3 year reign

Charlotte, with 1,737 occurrences is the top girl baby name in Australia for 2015, taking the top spot from Olivia which is now in 2nd place.

Olivia was the most popular girls’ name in 2014 but has now fallen behind by 67 occurrences.

Charlotte was the most popular baby girls’ name in almost every state while Olivia was top in VIC and WA.

Oliver most popular in the states but Jack more popular in the territories

Keeping the top spot from 2014 is Oliver, the top boy baby name in Australia for 2015 having overtaken Jack and William which were 1st in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Oliver was the top boys’ name in all 6 states (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, TAS) while Jack was the top boy baby name in the Northern Territory.

There were 421 more instances of Oliver than William, an increase on the margin of 191 from 2014. In 2015, there were 2,283 boys named Oliver, 1,862 named William and 1,802 named Jack which is a decrease for both William and Jack on 2014.

Top 10 Girl's name trends and insights

Most of the top 10 girls’ names from 2014 have held on to a top 10 ranking in 2015 except for Ruby which has slipped out of the top 10 down to 13th place. In Ruby’s place, Grace has reached top 10 status. Charlotte, Amelia, Sophia and Chloe all improved on their 2014 ranking with Olivia, Mia, Emily, Sophie and Ruby being the ones which have dropped. Ava was the only name to retain the same ranking.

Top 10 Boy’s name trends and insights

Oliver remains to be the top boy baby name of 2015, holding this position strongly since 2014. 9 out of the top 10 boys’ names held onto their top 10 ranking with Alexander falling out of the top 10 to 15th place, with Lachlan (rank 10th) taking his spot. While none of top 4 names changed positions, Jackson dropped from 5th to 7th and Thomas, James and Ethan increased their rank within the top 10 names.

7 new boy’s and 9 new girls’ names enter the top 100

The names Spencer, Jesse, Arlo, Harley, Darcy, Jett and Lewis have entered the list for the boys’ at the expense of Bailey, Mitchell, David, Aaron, John, Phoenix and Anthony.

As for the girls; Aurora, Billie, Eve, Daisy, Aisha, Leah, Gabriella, Maryam and Maggie have entered the top 100 with; Lexi, Jade, Indie, Pippa, Amelie, Amber, Elise, Natalie and Lacey dropping out of the list.

George and Charlotte; A royal influence

The original category of celebrities – the royals – have not only captured the loyalty and affections of modern Australians but continue to significantly influence their choice in baby names.

The birth of the Royal Princess in May 2014 (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana) has also contributed to the royal baby name trend. Like George’s rank, which increased from 71st in 2012 to 36th in 2015, in 2015 we saw the name Charlotte gain 1st position, taking the top spot from Olivia in 2014.

Download Baby Names Australia 2016. 

Click here to download the full report.

The Top 10 Baby Names from 2015

Friday, March 18, 2016

This just in, Charlotte and Oliver are the top baby names for 2015! Data released by Births, Deaths and Marriages has been analysed by McCrindle Research to reveal the top 10 most popular names of choice for babies born in the last year.

Charlotte regains her position as the top baby girl name

Charlotte is, once again, the top baby name for 2015, regaining her position from Olivia who was the 2014 top baby girl name. Charlotte was the most popular girls’ name from 2011-2013, and has regained first position following the birth of the Princess Charlotte of Cambridge in May of 2015.

Traditional over trendy

There is a ‘Hundred-Year Return’ theme taking place, with many of the top names of today also amongst the top names a century ago, while names of a few decades ago have fallen out of favour. Today’s parents are not choosing names of their own generation, rather, century-old names dominate the Top 10 Baby Names list. William is an example of the ‘hundred-year’ return, having ranked 2nd overall in NSW in the 1910s and ranking second in 2015. Jack climbed up to 5th place in the 1920s before seeing a steep decline from the 1940s to 1970s, with a marked resurgence over the last decade and making it to top ten, and Oliver, Ethan and Thomas have similarly returned to popularity. Grace was a popular girls’ name at the turn of the 20th century, becoming almost extinct from the 1910s to 1970s but climbing significantly in popularity since the 1980s with the rise to the Top 10 with Charlotte and AVA having followed similar trends.

Flowing girls names, short boys’ names

Parents are choosing softer-sounding girls’ names and firmer sounding boys’, through the use of vowels and consonants. Half of the top 10 girls names end with the letter ‘a’ (Olivia, Amelia, Ava, Mia and Sofia). On the boy’s list, however, majority of the top 10 end with a consonant sound (all apart from Noah).

A royal influence

The original category of celebrities – the royals – have not only captured the loyalty and affections of modern Australians but continue to significantly influence their choice in baby names. Prince William’s popularity first placed William in the Top 10 in 2001 and the name’s popularity has grown significantly since then. In 2011, the year of the royal wedding, William became the most popular boy’s name Australia-wide and maintained this position until 2012 when Oliver took the top spot.

The birth of the royal princess in May of last year, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, has also contributed to the royal baby name trend. Like George’s rank, which increased from 71st to 42nd in 2014, we have seen the name of Charlotte regain first position for baby girls born in 2015.

Download the Top 10 Baby Names media release here


Baby Names Australia is produced from a comprehensive analysis of all of the registered baby names across the 8 Births, Deaths and Marriages offices in Australia (NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, TAS and NT). Because NSW and SA have only released their top 10, we have only provided the top 10 list of baby names for 2015.

Media Contact

For media commentary, please contact or the office on 02 8824 3422.

in the media

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


Financial Planning Week winter blues capital cities teachers low density greatness etiquette baby names australia report change 2020 skills analysis hobart video society trends online communications car transport Channel Seven crime belief SMART housing affordability culturally diverse work cultural diveristy stats sydney metro Christchurch in depth interviews divorce wealth and income collaborative social research storytelling proactive cold nfp James Ward quote poor NT slideshare census data Australian community trends care support suburban living data visualisation 10 years census results property market social researcher conferences dessert teleworking Duchess of Cambridge mateship emerging technologies generation Z visual spend supply and demand Aussies financial independence cash statistics travelling challenge Australian demographics housing trends Australian Population parents trends of 2016 stay home optus my business awards ageing population jobs of the future non profit office space parenting innovation leadership workshop socialising increasing densification 2016 census ashley mckenzie CPI ACF17 average Australian selfie home owner wolloomooloo winter waverton apartment New South Wales learning styles social commentary report omnibus intern dare to dream annual income group emerging generations visualisation university degree networking tv news workplace publication Financial Planning Association of Australia 2017 TEDx geomapping blaxland employers woolworths menai Hills Shire Council TED talk careers dreams workplace culture professional Wodonga Australian schools young people easter gig economy environmental scanning curiosity gen z social shifts events owning a home criminal language urban living index young australians hills christian narcissism social enquiry population milestone investor meetings mythbusting vegemite gig presentation tattoos financial planning ACF 2016 baby name marrickville ultimo home ownership sentiments New Zealand the hills shire sustainable work-life mining boom professional development study NBRS Christmas season cooking mccrindle in the media baby name predictions English CBD financial future Sydney keynote speaker Territory sydney speaker fresh domestic youth australian community trends report sun Charlotte wages outsourcing national wealth going out future of education wellbeing cartodb McCrindle Speakers Australians Macquarie University Western Australia ideas gender public speaker investment social environment future-proof education future report public holiday Andrew Duffin social analysis millionth ACF kate middleton future of work weather results Social Trend SA poker master Wagga Wagga event 2016 Tasmania recap generation alpha education research trends analyst South Australia Word Up experience media release crows nest neutral bay economic social impact cloudy days insight census 2016 Gen X rich earnings tableau the great screenage twentyseventeen lifestyle demographer volunteering wealth business index bondi emerging trends contiki small business social commentator Mark McCrindle travel Work place focus groups Real Estate Institute of Victoria australians staying home more TAS safe Sydney Hills Business Chamber follow post rationalism baby name trends PSI sunny days career royal family personalities property high density living government Canberra daily telegraph local 2013 Merry Christmas demography perth workshop aussie culture demographic trends high school optimistic moreton bay ageing award winner world youth day tea digital sydney event salary 1980 graphs christmas overcast potts point norwest property price casual Hornsby Shire Council program investing finance celebration local community budget rise of local student coffee optus cancel plans living aged care puzzle national crime rates System's Architect growth employment teacher wage charity chairty friends Generation X growing population infographic rising house prices tuesday business performance 2014 society sydneycity in the media Deaths dreaming plans faith REIV Conference state religion collaboration forum housing growth debate workforce weekly earnings #censusfail Christmas presents relational forecasting acf15 training trends brisbane breakfast financial impact families healthy future children affordable paying to work participants research services church australian case study shifts Caregiver NBRS Architecture bus economy research pack Research Director townhouses brand experience award IT Specialists royal influence ipswich charities jobs world entrepreneurial Australian Dream socialites Myth typical australian Res Vis Research Executive Australian communities WA victoria thrive meals innovative cancelling event Queensland rental stress mortgage schools cica changing face of sydney ferry balance unaffordable educhat offenders pharmacy future proofing 2015 entrepreneur global Population Clock daily commute tertiary education Tuesday Trends water australian social research internship food energy hopes census fail generational trends choice workers sector wide study Adelaide baby names report demographic transformations unemployment Australian Bureau of Statistics leader The Daily Edition GPO World Water Day affordability school trend priorities national private wealth entrepreneurs of today Real Estate "know the times" alpha states names ABS authenticity social change micro logan high density DIY Crime Rates moderators guide Wellington spirituality leadership urban baby boom eliane miles demographic faux-cilising monarchy manly consumerism middle class communication debt princess charlotte infographic wall technology grandparents SMSF researcher NSW Australian Communities Trends professional presenters average sydneysider easy rider medicine father's day market research real toys Generation Y deloitte interactive australian communities trends report personal growth google NEETs renting entertainment ACT gold coast high density apartments education future women communicate Netflix data analyst learning family futurist apartments Northern Beaches business pyrmont ease of travel financial dreams communities volunteer 1975 social researchers professional speaker FPA product REIV National Conference Kiwi 2012 faux-cilise eliane sunburnt country conference presentation Queensland: QLD volunteering data survey design divorce rate Sydney baby names click educated train shopping centre royal research Scouts huffington post pharmacies sector village conference rain speakers pack education sector house VIC clothing home mccrindle research Financial Planning Association baby VET sector identity global financial crisis urban living ashley fell Australia street social issues aged care cars youth unemployment households community couple learner trend tuesday royal baby forecast Bathburst ACF2017 sector wide fears commuters house price conference speaker Channel 7 tips census facts The ABC of XYZ staff marriage engage baby boomers sports school students summer learn Tuesday Trend education generations Northern Beaches Christian School Royals holiday year 12 retirement future of shopping holidays mentor the australian dream Australian Trends earning know the times cost media commentary seasons Australian Census brand dream australian communities forum average aussie keynote google for education qualitative research ethnography story New Zeland students equip household city Engineering Manager income year 7 customer Geoff Brailey house prices relevant lalor park new office Assistant Store Manager wealth and income distribution NFP event population suburb live the dream Births goals volunteers Gen Y group session megatrends define DESTEL global generations TDE motivate work mates social lives 40 million 23 million politics millenials rule keeper resource February 16 mccrindle tea capital city faux-ciliser mover and shaker schools students happiness Australian Families data community engagement thought leadership social life speaker organisations cost of living friendship hills shire Australia Day 2017 wealth distribution 1994 sydneysiders buildings christianity mother's day brands commute purpose local communities repayments future proof office teaching social media social trends HSC population growth not-for-profit 2016 census results Education Future Forum the average aussie renter of the future mccrindle trends of 2017 demographics SRE goal not for profit research visualisation population map builders Australian Home Do It Yourself wedding anzac shopper's pick shbc men speakers 24,000,000 millennials residents 1968 office opening January 26th online shopping 24 million Skilling sydneysider Australia Day public speaking hornsby community event the hills trades keynote speaker TED cancelling plans housing market FOMO housing culture Valentine’s Day marriages internet professional services internships panel generation staying in future VET sydney hills suburbs university mythbusters child care money media shopping consumer Northern Territory organisational culture insights marketing Christmas lunch australia earn micro apartments responsive teach house price rise engagement EFF the changing face of snapshot survey cultural diversity JOMO focus group screenage mobile bureau infographics rent grave decision long weekend newspaper urban taskforce presentations area darwin showreel list financial fears prince george Aussie gen alpha resilience research data Love hello fresh vegetarian Northern beaches Event life Melbourne litter Vocational education land of the middle class school satisfaction Kirsten Brewer new york times media activity research report