The Top Baby Names In Australia For 2021

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Of all the stresses of pregnancy, you’d think simply deciding on a child’s name would be the easy part. But ask any parent and they’ll likely tell you that the quest to find that perfect name for their bub was far from smooth sailing. From conjuring up a list to the compromise that comes with being in a relationship, it goes without saying that names hold quite a bit of weight, particularly when it’s how you’ll announce the new addition to the family to the world. If you’ve got a bub on the way or simply want to have some names at the ready for when that fateful day occurs, it turns out that Australia’s most popular baby names for 2021 show a new trend emerging among parents: fewer syllables. 

Yep, forget those long names that are excruciating to pronounce. According to recent research, it appears parents of Generation Alpha – children born after 2010 – are using shorter names for their babies and drawing on pop culture characters and icons for inspiration. The mums and dads of this new generation – who, it should be said, are mostly Gen Y – are putting a lot of thought into naming their children. 

It appears that those names that once topped the charts consistently have been replaced. Rather than go with tradition, we’re favouring the trendy in the modern age and our babies are walking proof of that. Social researcher and co-author of Generation Alpha, Ashley Fell, explained in an interview with 7 News, “The year 2010 marked the beginning of a new generation – Generation Alpha, and the most digital, global and visual on the planet.” 

Fell added, “They are the children of the millennials and will finish being born at the end of 2024.”


Here in Australia, the leading name for girls is Charlotte, while Oliver continues to take out the top spot for boys. Though we certainly are seeing trendy names spring up, Charlotte hasn’t been trumped for eight of the last 10 years and remains one of the most popular baby names for girls. Similarly, Oliver has been the top boys’ name for eight consecutive years. 

Still, there is a new brand of names that could just steal the spotlight. Though they didn’t make the top 10, they have been rising in popularity steadily over the last decade. For girls, these include names like Hazel, Violet, Florence, Aria, Ivy, Elsi and Audrey. Names like Mila, Luna, Freya and Millie have also grown in popularity. For boys, these names include Theodore, Hudson, Archer, Hugo, Arlo and Harvey. 

As for those names that are no longer holding steady at the top, Sarah, Maddison, Lara, Dylan, Matthew and Luke all experienced a dramatic decrease in popularity. Names like Heidi, Madeline, Riley Alexis, Victoria, Madison, Lilly, Chelsea, Indiana and Thea have all dropped out of the top 100 and been replaced by Remi, Harlow, Hallie, Maeve, Adeline, Molly, Maggie, Delilah, Eliza and Isabel. 


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According to Fell, a lot of girls names are being influenced by botanicals and colours, while the rising popularity of Luna as a name has been attributed to John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, Luna who was born in 2016. 

So, which names made the top 20? Read on for the most popular girls and boys names for 2021 in Australia. 

Top 20 girls names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Amelia
  3. Olivia
  4. Isla
  5. Mia
  6. Ava
  7. Grace
  8. Chloe
  9. Willow
  10. Matilda
  11. Ella
  12. Harper
  13. Sophie
  14. Ivy
  15. Isabella
  16. Zoe
  17. Ruby
  18. Evie
  19. Evelyn
  20. Sophia

Top 20 boys names

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Jack
  5. Leo
  6. Henry
  7. Charlie
  8. Thomas
  9. Lucas
  10. Elijah
  11. Levi
  12. Liam
  13. Theodore
  14. Hudson
  15. James
  16. Archie
  17. Oscar
  18. Alexander
  19. Harrison
  20. Ethan

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