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The most popular baby names in Australia 2022: The fastest rising and falling for boys and girls

The names of the fastest rising baby boys and girls in Australia have been named after the top 10 most popular announced in the annual McCrindle report.

While Isla and Oliver pulled out the number one names overall, Willow and Theodore have seen the biggest rank rise since Generation Alpha was born in 2010.

For the girls, Willow was followed by Florence. Violet, Ivy, Audrey, Sofia, Elsie and Harper.

For boys, Theodore was followed by Leo, Hudson, Hugo, Arlo, Archer, Harvey and Beau.

Over the past decade, Jasmine, Lara, Summer, Emma and Claire for girls and Connor, Luke, Nicholas, Matthew and Jayden for boys have experienced the biggest drop in rank.

The names of the fastest rising baby boys and girls in Australia are named after the top 10 nicknames for 2022 announced in the annual McCrindle report

The names of the fastest rising baby boys and girls in Australia are named after the top 10 nicknames for 2022 announced in the annual McCrindle report

Popular: the boy names with the biggest increase from 2010-2021

1. Theodore

2. Leo

3. Hudson

4. Hugo

5. Arlo

6. Sagittarius

7. Harvey

8. Beautiful

Popular: the girls’ names with the biggest increase from 2010-2021

1. Willow

2. Florence

3. Violet

4. ivy

5. Audrey

6. Sofia

7. Elsie

8. Harper

Not Popular: The Boy Names With The Biggest Decline From 2010-2021

1. Connor

2. Luke

3. Nicholas

4. Matthew

5. Jayden

Not Popular: The Girl Names With The Biggest Decline From 2010-2021

1. Jasmine

2. Lara

3. Summer

4. Emma

5. Claire

For the first time since 2015, Australia has a new top baby girl name – Isla.

The name was given to 1,539 Australian baby girls in 2021 and its popularity rose from 34th in 2010 to 4th in 2021 and now 1st.

After an analysis of the top names in all Australian states and territories over the past year, McCrindle named Oliver the best boys’ name for the ninth year in a row.

The top 10 girls names in Australia in 2022

1. Isla (1.539

2. Charlotte (1,508)

3. Olivia (1491)

4. Amelia (1,399)

5. Ava (1,314)

6. Mia (1245)

7. Grace (1216)

8. Willow (1076)

9. Mathilde (1062)

10. Ella (1,003)

The top 10 boy names in Australia in 2022

1. Oliver (2,263)

2. Noah (1,980)

3. Jack (1,501)

4. Henry (1469)

5. Willem (1457)

6. Leo (1365)

7. Charlie (1288)

8. Theodore (1,205)

9. Luke (1,171)

10. Thomas (1,154)

The six girl names that entered the top 100

1. Riley

2. Lyla

3. Indiana

4. Nora

5. Heidi

6. Zoey

The six girl names that left the top 100

1. Molly

2. Sarah

3. Annabelle

4. Maddison

5. Isabel

6. Clara

Australia’s least populous states helped Isla rise to number one as it was the most chosen name in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, but it only just made it to the post with only 31 cases less than Charlotte.

Olivia (3rd) and Amelia (4th) stayed in the top four and Ava (5th) made its way back to the top five most popular names since 2019.

For the boys, Oliver was the only name given to more than 2,000 babies in 2022, with Noah again finishing second and Jack jumping one spot to third.

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl name Maeve who was featured on the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl name Maeve who was featured on the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)

Baby names of 2022 – the trends to watch

NAMES AS FIRST NAMES

In recent years we have seen a trend of Australian parents opting for shorter names as first names. For example, Jack (3rd) beats Jackson (59th) (down 17 points from last year), Leo (6th) beats Leonardo (93rd) (down 13 points from last year), Archie (13th) beats Archer (28th) and Eli (52nd) surpass Elias (99th). Even for girls, Ella (10th) currently outranks Isabella (15th) and Isabelle (40th).

PLACE AND COLOR NAMES

When it comes to baby girl names, parents are also inspired by colors. Among the baby names inspired by color are Ruby (21st), Hazel (24th), Violet (28th), Scarlett (30th), Olive (64th), Jasmine (78th), and Rose (81st).

New parents these days also draw inspiration from places for their children’s names. Names like Charlotte (2nd), Sienna (23rd), Georgia (32nd), Florence (33rd), Sofia (39th), Savannah (68th), Eden (77th), Indiana (93rd) for girls and Hudson (12th), Jordan (53rd), Austin (55th), Logan (56th) and Jackson (59th) for boys.

ONE NAME, PERFORMED IN MANY WAYS

In recent years, creativity has expanded with the emergence of similar names that are formulated in different ways. This can be seen in Zoe (18th) and Zoey (100th), Sophia (20th) and Sofia (39th) and Amelia (4th) and Emilia (54th), suggesting that girls’ names vary creatively.

Ella was the only newcomer to the girl’s top ten after rising from 11th in 2021, while traditional names like Henry (4th), William (5th) and Theodore (8th) were popular with boys.

Popular pop culture names in the list include the maiden name Maeve from the Netflix hit show Sex Education, while names like Mia, Lucas, Archie, Sienna, Gorge Louis and Savannah, such as the newer generation of British royals, were also popular.

Although Generation Alpha is not yet born, there are clear trends when it comes to the most popular baby names for this generation.

Of this year’s Top 100 list, nearly half (47) of girl names were not on the list in 2010, compared to a third (33) of boy names. This shows the trend of more variety in girl names than boy names.

Some of the most popular names that debuted for girls in the past decade include Hazel, Florence, Daisy, Frankie, Luna, Ayla, Sadie, Billie, Millie, Aurora, and Mila.

Some of the most popular names that debuted for boys over the past decade include Theodore, Hudson, Arlo, Archer, Harvey, Carter, Arthur, Sonny, and Asher.

Other girl names to watch are Remi (who debuted at 73rd in 2020 and rose to 60th this year), Maeve (who debuted at 86th in 2020 and rose to 70th this year), and Delilah (who debuted at 96th last year and has risen to 71st).

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