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Australian parents are choosing more unusual baby names than ever before

Australian parents are choosing quirky gender-neutral names for their children than ever before, despite two traditional options topping the list in 2020.

Consumer analyzer McCrindle Research found that 2,206 baby boys were named Oliver this year and 1,609 girls were named Charlotte, continuing their decade-long performance in the top 10.

But gender-neutral names like Charlie and Riley have cemented their place in the top 100 alongside typical girl names that can be exchanged for boy names.

Some examples of these names are Harper, Frankie, Billie and Mackenzie.

Likewise, parents are increasingly using popular boys’ names when naming their daughters – with names like Dylan, Jordan, Luca, Ashton, Kai, Bailey, and Jesse likely to be attached to a kindergarten in the coming years.

But gender-neutral names like Charlie and Riley cemented their top 100 appearance alongside typical girl names that can be exchanged for boy names (stock image)

But gender-neutral names like Charlie and Riley cemented their top 100 appearance alongside typical girl names that can be exchanged for boy names (stock image)

The name Luna made the biggest jump this year to 49, despite it was 62 last year, news.com.au reported.

To understand how unique things become, you only have to look back at the research from a generation ago.

In 1987, 22 percent of babies born in New South Wales received one of the top 10 baby names of the time.

Today only 10 percent of children received one of the top 10 baby names.

Top quirky girl names:

1. Dylan

2. Jordan

3. Lucas

Luna

Top quirky boy names:

1. Harper

2. Frankie

3. Billie

4. Mackenzie

There were more than 5,000 more babies born in NSW in 2018 compared to 1987, but fewer cases of the top 10 names.

Looking back another 30 years, in 1957, 30 percent of NSW-born babies received one of the top 10 baby names.

This means that just over 60 years ago, nearly 12,000 fewer babies were born annually in NSW, but parents were three times more likely to name their baby in the top 10.

So why the fuss about being so different?

To understand how unique things get, just look back at the research from a generation ago (stock image)

To understand how unique things get, just look back at the research from a generation ago (stock image)

To understand how unique things get, just look back at the research from a generation ago (stock image)

According to McCrindle, it has to do with the name “more than what a teacher will call you in school.”

Analyzing baby names at every point in history provides an interesting picture of that time. The Builders generation (born before 1945) chose traditional names such as Peter, Paul, John, Karen, Jennifer or Sharon, “the study said.

Jump to the 1980s, when baby boomers started getting more creative with their names. This was around the time baby name books started to appear.

Today’s parents have more access to information than ever in history. Parents are inundated with options, research and meaning, all of which affect the names they choose for their children. ‘

Plus, a child’s name is “ digital real estate ” in social media and the technology-focused world, so the more unique it is, the more they will stand out online.

When it comes to choosing baby names, Charlotte and Oliver remain the top two favorites in Australia

When it comes to choosing baby names, Charlotte and Oliver remain the top two favorites in Australia

When it comes to choosing baby names, Charlotte and Oliver remain the top two favorites in Australia

However, the top 10 list for 2020 was still predominantly older, more traditional names, with Olivia, Amelia and Isla on the girls’ side, and Noah, Jack and William on the list of favorite boy names.

In the past two years, the Isla name has grown in popularity, dropping Ava to sixth place.

Noah has also jumped to second position by further listing names like Leo, Thomas and Henry.

The top ten names of baby girls in Australia

1. Charlotte

2. Olivia

3. Amelia

4. Isla

5. Mia

6. Ava

7. Grace

8. Willow

9. Harper

10. Chloe

The top ten names of baby boys in Australia

1. Oliver

2. Noah

3. Jack

4. William

5. Leo

6. Lucas

7. Thomas

8. Henry

9. Charlie

10. James

Names like Jessica are not as popular among parents today compared to previous decades, despite having been the number one name for 16 years since the mid-1980s.

The experts said that between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s, one in thirty baby girls was named Jessica.

The same goes for the boy name Joshua, which was the most popular boy name in Australia from the mid-1990s to 2003. Now it is in the mid 1930’s.

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