The 15 Least Popular Australian Baby Names of 2021

Fun fact: at one stage, the names Karen and Gary were popular. Now you’d be hard-pressed to find a baby with either name.

But it’s not just the Karens and Garys that are going extinct. There are a whole bunch of seemingly popular names that have been booted from the top 100 Australian baby name list this year.

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According to McCrindle Research, there were 10 girls’ names and 5 boys’ names that were replaced in the top 100 this year.

Girls’ names booted from the top 100

  1. Heidi
  2. Madeleine
  3. Riley
  4. Alexis
  5. Victoria
  6. Madison
  7. Lilly
  8. Chelsea
  9. Indiana
  10. Thea

Boys’ names booted from the top 100

  1. Tyler
  2. Jake
  3. Christian
  4. Nate
  5. Aaron

Which Australian baby names replaced them in the top 100?

On the girls’ list, you’ve got Remi, Harlow, Hallie, Maeve, Adeline, Molly, Maggie, Delilah, Eliza and Isabel.

On the boys’ list, Leonardo, River, Luka, Lewis and Lennox all entered the top 100 at the expense of Tyler, Jake, Christian, Nate and Aaron.

There are several other names that are predicted to be BIG for 2021/2022 including botanical names for girls such as Willow, Ivy, Violet and Daisy.

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Katy and Orlando Bloom welcomed daughter Daisy Dove in August 2020. Source: Unicef

For boys, there a quite a few names that have the “o” ending including Theo, Leo, Hugo and Arlo, all predicted to continue their momentum.

A few other names that are rising quickly include Florence, Elsie, Aria and Audrey for girls and Harvey, Hudson and Archer for boys.

Baby names no one loves anymore

The ebb and flow of baby names are nothing new. There are a few names from the 70s, 80s and 90s that you never hear being used anymore. Brian, Roy, Norma, Norman, Carol, Marlene, for example. Have you met a baby with any of these names recently?

The Australian baby name trends of 2021

We recently shared a few of the trends predicted for babies born in 2021/2022 including calendar/date names such as August, May, Wednesday, Sunday and Freya (Friday).

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Mandy Moore recently named her son August. Source: Instagram

Another trend for 2021 is supernatural names including Luna, Faye, Onyx, Loki and Pheonix.

Boho baby names continue to rule for 2021. We’ve seen a few nature and botanical-inspired options already soar to the top of the charts (Daisy, Ivy, Lily, for example), but also watch for Bear, Clover, Silas, Wilder, Flora, Maisie and Opal.

If you’re looking for more baby name ideas, check out our Baby Name section – we have thousands of names to scroll through, including the best names based on your child’s zodiac, animal-themed names and colour-inspired 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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