Australian Baby Names Currently Trending in 2020
The results are in with 2020’s most popular baby names being released from states and territories across Australia. And, well, let’s just say everything old is new again with The Royal Family, nature and the 100-year rule influencing the latest generation of millennial parents.
Oliver & Charlotte
Congratulations to Oliver and Charlotte! This year marks the seventh year running these names are number one. The popularity of 'Charlotte' is most likely due to The Royal Family's influence; the name soared to the top spot the same year Princess Charlotte was born.
Honorable mentions go to the names 'Arthur' and 'Millie' which have climbed fast in the last two years. In the last three years, Luna has eclipsed the competition as the fastest trending girls name - we knew it wasn't just a phase (pun intended).
Top 50 Names
Interested to see the top 50 here in Australia? Here is the complete list for 2020 so far:
Around the World
Not surprisingly, Australia’s top 50 names are similar to those of other English-speaking countries. In New Zealand and the UK, Oliver is also the top trending boys name. In New Zealand and the US, Charlotte and Olivia are within the top five names.
Top Unisex Names
This year, there were only two unisex names in the top 100 that could be applied to both a boy and a girl: Charlie (75th for girls and 9th for boys) and Riley (81st for girls and 43rd for boys).
However, several of the top 100 girls and boys names were unisex. For girls, think: Harper, Frankie, Quinn, MacKenzie, Billie and Riley. For boys: Charlie, Luca, Ryan, Riley, Jordan, Flynn, Asher, Dylan, Darcy, Ali, Parker, Ari and Billy.
An interesting insight if you want a unique (but not too unique) unisex name for your daughter or son.
Botanical-themed girl names continue to soar in popularity this year. Included in the top 100 were: Willow (8th), Ivy (15th), Lily (22nd), Violet (39th), Poppy (43rd), Daisy (56th), Jasmine (60th), Olive (70th) and Rose (76th) Lilly (96th) and Rosie (98th).
Short and Abbreviated
Australians love to shorten everything and baby names are no exception. Many abbreviated boys names beat out their original counterparts in 2020; Jack (3rd) won over Jackson (45th). Archie (25th) outmuscled Archer (27th) and Max (23rd) was preferable to Maxwell (which did not place in the top 100 at all).
For girls, the McCrindle report noted ‘ie’ diminutives were heavily featured e.g. Rose/Rosie, Amelia/Millie, Elizabeth/Ellie, Isabella/Billie, Charlotte/Charlie, Savannah/Sadie.That's the list of top boys and girls names so far for 2020. It's interesting to note there is not too much difference between this and last year's list - especially for the top spots. Congrats to all the new parents in 2020 - if you're a new mama reading this - what name did you give to your little one? Or, what name are you planning to give in the last half of 2020? Comment below or contact us. We'd love to hear from you.