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:

GIRLS:

  1. Charlotte
  2. Olivia
  3. Amelia
  4. Isla
  5. Mia
  6. Ava
  7. Grace
  8. Willow
  9. Harper
  10. Chloe
  11. Ella
  12. Matilda
  13. Sophie
  14. Ruby
  15. Ivy
  16. Zoe
  17. Isabella
  18. Evie
  19. Evelyn
  20. Sophia
  21. Emily
  22. Lily
  23. Lucy
  24. Sienna
  25. Aria
  26. Mila
  27. Georgia
  28. Scarlett
  29. Audrey
  30. Abigail
  31. Hannah
  32. Zara
  33. Hazel
  34. Layla
  35. Emma
  36. Frankie
  37. Ellie
  38. Alice
  39. Violet
  40. Isabelle
  41. Eva
  42. Elsie
  43. Poppy
  44. Sofia
  45. Penelope
  46. Florence
  47. Eleanor
  48. Emilia
  49. Luna
  50. Aurora
BOYS:
  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Jack
  4. William
  5. Leo
  6. Lucas
  7. Thomas
  8. Henry
  9. Charlie
  10. James
  11. Liam
  12. Alexander
  13. Elijah
  14. Ethan
  15. Harrison
  16. Hudson
  17. Oscar
  18. Mason
  19. Theodore
  20. Hunter
  21. Levi
  22. Max
  23. Harry
  24. Harvey
  25. Archie
  26. Isaac
  27. Archer
  28. Lachlan
  29. Cooper
  30. Samuel
  31. Luca
  32. Xavier
  33. George
  34. Jacob
  35. Arlo
  36. Benjamin
  37. Sebastian
  38. Ryan
  39. Joshua
  40. Logan
  41. Lincoln
  42. Finn
  43. Riley
  44. Hugo
  45. Jackson
  46. Eli
  47. Edward
  48. Louis
  49. Arthur
  50. Daniel

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.  

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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.

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Nature Names 

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.