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Amelia New Top Name For Girls As Oliver Keeps Boys’ Crown

25 January 2024

Amelia has become the most popular name for girls in Victoria for the first time but there is no change at the top for boys, with Oliver retaining the crown for a 10th year.

Minister for Government Services Gabrielle Williams today released the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria lists of top 100 popular baby names for boys and girls born last year.

Amelia’s rise to the top has broken a decade-long tussle between Olivia and Charlotte for number one, with Charlotte holding the title in recent years. Oliver, by contrast, has been top of the pile since 2014.

Among boys, Luca and Archie entered the top 10 in 2023 at the expense of William and Theodore. Oscar, James and Sebastian entered the top 20 rankings at the expense of Max, Harry and Liam.

Among the girls, the top 10 names were unchanged from 2022 but Harper, Evelyn and Sienna were new entrants in the top 20, displacing Ruby, Mila and Evie.

While Oliver has had an impressive streak at the top, the name still hasn’t reached the all-time record run. That title belongs to John, which was the longest running top baby name for boys for 23 years, from 1929 to 1951. The longest ruling girls name was Margaret, the top name for 24 years from 1929 to 1952.

In 2023, neither John nor Margaret made the top 100 lists.

Some traditional names, though, are making a comeback. In 2022, Hazel and Theodore appeared in the top 10 baby names for the first time. Hazel improved again in 2023, going from 10th to sixth, although Theodore dropped from eighth to equal 13th.

Names with a royal flavour continue to dominate, with Charlotte, Henry, Archie and William placing second, third, eighth and 12th place respectively. The distinctly Australian name of Matilda, meanwhile, has cracked the top 10 list for girls for the past three years.

Some of the less common names in the top 100 lists include Zayn, August and Phoenix for boys, and Harlow and Quinn for girls.

In 2023, 72,932 births were registered in Victoria, including 514 Olivers and 333 Amelias.

Parents have 60 days to register their baby’s name and can do so easily online with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. For the full list of popular baby names visit bdm.vic.gov.au/names.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Government Services Gabrielle Williams

“Naming your child is an exciting part of parenthood – people draw inspiration from all manner of sources and it’s fascinating to see the trends come and go.”

“It’s great that so many Victorians are experiencing the joy of welcoming a new little person into their lives and we’re making sure the process at the registry is as straight forward as possible.”

Top 20 Girls and Boys 2023

RankName Total2022 RankRankName Total 2022 Rank
1Amelia33321Oliver5141
2Charlotte31912Noah4612
3Olivia30653Henry3745
4Mia28944Leo3574
5Isla28035Charlie3376
6Hazel266106Luca30212
7Matilda25667Jack2953
8Ava25478Archie28511
9Grace25499Hudson27310
10Ella234810Thomas2709
11Lily2231111Levi26814
12Harper2202312William2677
13Chloe2131613Lucas26413
14Sophie2032014Theodore2648
15Evelyn1992415Harvey22815
16Isabella1971416Elijah22020
17Ivy1931217Alexander20819
18Sienna1932118Oscar20721
19Willow1911319James20222
20Zoe1871520Sebastian19724

Reviewed 25 January 2024

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