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Looking for inspiration? Or just curious how unique your baby’s name is? The top baby names for 2021 are in and no, it’s not Rona or Covid. Yet.

Market research company McCrindle has crunched the numbers and uncovered the hottest names for 2021, using data from the top names given to babies last year in every Australian state and territory.

“Some of the trends that impact the name a parent chooses for their child include botanical names and colours for girls, nicknames for first names, gendered names, length (boys’ names feature less syllables), the influence of the Royals, biblical names, celebrity influences and what we call the 100-year return (where popular names from the turn of the previous century make a come-back),” McCrindle’s report, Baby Names Australia 2021, states.

And “while parents are drawing on more original and traditional names for boys, there is greater variety in the names parents are choosing for their daughters,” the report continues.

The top girl’s name this year, with its royal connection, is no stranger to the top spot, having been crowned number one for eight of the past 10 years. The top boy’s name has enjoyed similar preferred status, consistently ranking number one since 2013. And while both top 10 lists look pretty similar to last year, Matilda has replaced Harper in the girls’ list and Elijah in place of James in the boys’.

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Top 10 girls’ names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Amelia
  3. Olivia
  4. Isla
  5. Mia
  6. Ava
  7. Grace
  8. Chloe
  9. Willow
  10. Matilda

Top 10 boys’ names

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Jack
  5. Leo
  6. Henry
  7. Charlie
  8. Thomas
  9. Lucas
  10. Elijah

New names enter the Top 100

Five boys’ and 10 girls’ names made a debut in the Top 100 this year.

The new names for boys are:

  • Leonardo
  • River
  • Luka
  • Lewis
  • Lennox

They replace: 

  • Tyler
  • Jake
  • Christian
  • Nate
  • Aaron

Over in the girls’ camp, new names this year are:

  • Remi
  • Harlow
  • Hallie
  • Maeve
  • Adeline
  • Molly
  • Maggie
  • Delilah
  • Eliza
  • Isabel

They replace:

  • Heidi
  • Madeline
  • Riley
  • Alexis
  • Victoria
  • Madison
  • Lilly
  • Chelsea
  • Indiana
  • Thea

Other trending names of 2021

Based on the the popularity of some names over the past decade, it is predicted these will make it into the top 10 in the next few years.

Girls:

  • Hazel
  • Violet
  • Florence
  • Aria
  • Ivy
  • Elsie
  • Audrey

Boys:

  • Theodore
  • Hudson
  • Archer
  • Hugo
  • Arlo
  • Harvey

Rising quickly are also the girls’ names Mila and Sadie, which have been enjoying a meteoric rise on the charts since their debut in the Top 100 in 2017 and 2020 respectively. Mila debuted at #35 and is now at #22, while Sadie has jumped from #65 to #58. For boys, the name Arthur is one to watch, debuting in the Top 100 in 2017 at #83 and is now the 40th most popular boy name today.

And if you’ve decided not to find out the gender of your baby, there are some options for you too. Charlie appears on both the girls’ and boys’ Top 100 list with exactly the same spelling. (Charlie is at #75 for girls and #7 for boys.) Several girls’ names from the Top 100 that can also be interchanged for boys’ names include Harper (#12), Frankie (#37), Mackenzie (#51) and Peyton (#84).


Read McCrindle’s Baby Names Australia 2021 report.

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