The most popular baby names of 2021 are out with Charlotte and Oliver announced as the two most popular names for babies born in Australia.

McCrindle shared the full list of the most popular baby names 2021 today, including the top 100 boys’ baby names and top 100 girls’ baby names. They also shared some interesting trends that are certainly impacting the baby name selection.

Check out the full lists below and let us know where your children’s names came in. You can also compare the baby names 2021 list to our previous top 100 baby name lists:


Top 100 girls’ baby names 2021

Charlotte remains on top of the charts for yet another year while Amelia takes over the second spot. Rounding out the top ten are Olivia, Isla, Mia, Ava, Grace, Chloe and Matilda.

Some of the new names to make the list include Remi, Harlow, Hallie, Maeve, Adeline, Molly, Maggie, Delilah, Eliza and Isabel. 

Top baby names australia 2021 - girls
Source: McCrindle

Top 100 boys’ baby names 2021 

Oliver remains the most popular baby name in Australia in 2021 followed by Noah, William, Jack, Leo, Henry, Charlie, Thomas, Lucas and Elijah. 

Newcomers to the top 100 list include Leonardo, River, Luka, Lewis and Lennox. 
most popular baby names 2021 - boys
Source: McCrindle

Most popular Australia baby names 2021 by state

While Charlotte was the most popular name in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, ACT and Northern Territory, Tassie parents preferred Willow while New South Wales parents favoured Amelia and Western Australia opted for Isla as their top baby name 2021.

Oliver was most popular for the boys’ names in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. In Northern Territory, the top name was William, in Tassie, Charlie and in ACT, Henry.

most popular baby names by state 2021
Source: McCrindle

Biggest rising names

Some names are rising up the charts a lot faster than the rest including Willow, Hazel, Leo and Theodore.

Here is the full list of the names to watch:

  1. Leo
  2. Theodore
  3. Hudson
  4. Archer
  5. Willow
  6. Hazel
  7. Hugo
  8. Arlo
  9. Harvey
  10. Violet
  11. Florence
  12. Aria
  13. Ivy
  14. Elsie
  15. Elijah
  16. Audrey
  17. Mila
  18. Luna
  19. Freya
  20. Millie
  21. Arthur
  22. Sadie

Biggest falls

Of course, some names need to fall from the top in order to make room for the next generation of trendy names. Below are the names that have seen the biggest falls this year:

  1. Sarah
  2. Dylan
  3. Maddison
  4. Matthew
  5. Lara
  6. Luke
  7. Summer
  8. Riley
  9. Daniel
  10. Claire

Baby name trends 2021

Botanicals

Parents continue to use the botanical theme as a source of inspiration when naming our little flower girls. Just look at Willow (9th), Ivy (14th), Lily (21st), Violet (34th), Daisy (47th), Poppy (50th), Jasmine (56th), Rose (70th), Olive (75th), Rosie (81st) and Delilah (96th).

Nicknames

In recent years we have noticed a trend of Australian parents opting for shorter names as first names. For example, Jack (4th) outranks Jackson (42nd), Leo (5th) outranks Leonardo (80th) and Archie (16th) outranks Archer (23rd).

Even for girls, currently Ella (11th) outranks Isabella (15th) and Isabelle (36th). In true Aussie fashion, we are also seeing a trend of shortening names and adding an ‘ie’ on the end: Rose to Rosie, Savannah to Sadie, Amelia to Millie, Isabella to Billie, Charlotte to Charlie, Elizabeth to Ellie and William to Billy.

Royals

Another common trend we see for another year is royal influence with both Charlotte and William in the top three. Other names inspired by our royal friends include Archie, Harry, George, Louis, Elizabeth and Charles.

Biblical baby names

Bibilical baby names are nothing new but there are a few new biblical names on the radar. Today, seven of the Top 20 boys’ names can be found in the Bible: Noah (2nd), Thomas (8th), Elijah (10th), Levi (11th), James (15th), Alexander (18th), and Ethan (20th).

Over this same period, the proportion of the Top 20 girls’ names that come from the Bible has declined from three (Sarah, Rebecca and Hannah) 20 years ago to just one today (Chloe, 8th).

Vowel or Y ending

Interestingly, 80% of the girls’ names (16) in the Top 20 list end with a vowel or ‘y’ sound, with almost half (9) of these ending with the letter ‘a’, producing the gentle ‘ah’ finish.

Popular girls’ names are not only most likely to end in a vowel, but they are most likely to begin with one too. Twenty of the Top 50 girls’ names begin with a vowel compared to just 12 of the Top 50 boys’ names.


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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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