The Royal Influence on Baby Names

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

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. While William is the 2nd most popular name overall, it is still the most popular boy’s name in the ACT, and the NT.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana; A Royal Influence

The birth of the Royal Princess in May (Charlotte Elizabeth Diana) will also contribute to the royal baby name trend. Like George’s rank, which increased from 71st in 2012 to 42nd in 2014, we are likely to see a resurgence of the name Charlotte, and see her regain first position in 2016. Because Olivia had only 123 more occurrences than Charlotte, it is likely that Charlotte will achieve the top spot next year, and maintain that top spot for a few years to come.

While Elizabeth is ranked 53rd on the Top 100 list, we can also expect that name to rise in prevalence. And Eliza (currently ranked 81st) may also see a rise due to the influence of the Royal Princess. Diana, a name which peaked in the 1940s and again in the 60’s is also due for a resurgence, and with the influence of the Royal Princess is likely to achieve it as well as an increase in rank in the years to come.

Prince George Alexander Louis; A Royal Influence

The birth of Prince George (George Alexander Louis) in July 2013 has positively impacted the use of George by Australian parents, increasing George’s rank from 71st in 2012 to 60th in 2013 and 42nd in 2014 – its highest ranking since the 1950s. Alexander’s popularity has also been impacted with an increase in rank from 15th to 9th in 2014.

Despite having only influenced parents for a period of less than 18 months to the end of the 2014 calendar year, the number of baby boys named George has dramatically increased, from 364 in 2012 to 640 in 2014.

Click here for the full Baby Names 2015 Report

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


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