Media Release 30 April 2020
TOP 100 NSW BABY NAMES AND SUBURBS:
OLIVER, CHARLOTTE AND WESTERN SYDNEY CLAIM CROWN FOR 2019
The NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages (BDM) has released the top 100 baby names of 2019, with Oliver taking the crown for most popular baby boy’s name and Charlotte finishing at number one for newborn girls.
“Parents want their children to stand out and choosing a unique name is a big part of that. We are seeing parents avoiding the common names of their own generation and looking instead at the names of their grandparents and great-grandparents for inspiration,” BDM Registrar Amanda Ianna said.
Names that were common in the 1980s like Rebecca, Amanda, David or Christopher have fallen completely out of fashion today. Meanwhile names like William, Jack, Ruby and Grace which were popular in the early 1900s before falling away, have only recently returned to the top 100.
“Whether the influence comes from a book, movie, a royal event or to commemorate a favourite relative, your child will probably carry their name for life so it’s important to choose wisely,” Ms Ianna added.
Also released, the top baby suburbs for 2019 have revealed that Western Sydney continues to be the focus of population growth. Blacktown has come out on top for the seventh year in a row with 808 newborns, with Auburn, Bankstown, Merrylands and Liverpool consistently in the Top 10 suburbs.
Dubbo and Orange lead the way for regional NSW, finishing in sixth and ninth place respectively.
Parents have 60 days to register their newborn. Registration is free in NSW and is important as it helps establish a child’s legal identity in the community.