Australia’s top baby names for boys and girls for 2024

If you’re searching for baby name inspiration, look no further. Oliver and Isla are the most popular Australian baby names, but what else made the list?

If you’ve ever been in a playground and heard a parent calling out “Oliver” to their child, chances are more than one kid might turn their head.

According to a report released by McCrindle Research, Oliver is at the top of the list of baby names for boys in Australia, with 1906 children receiving the name in 2023.

For girls, the name Isla reigns supreme, with 1249 children given the moniker last year.

But which other baby names are proving the most popular for 2024?

What are the most popular boy baby names in Australia?

For the 11th year in a row, Oliver is the top baby name for boys in Australia.

Baby name consultant Michelle Casey says she isn’t surprised to see it at the top of the charts again.

“The appeal with Oliver is his classic, timeless vibe – he feels familiar yet fresh at the same time,” Michelle, who is the founder of Grow Little Wildflower, says.

While the top 10 boy names have remained the same, the rankings have changed slightly.

Henry has moved from number five to number three, while Theodore, Hudson, Luca, Noah and Charlie have all moved up the ranks.

Some of the top 100 boy names that have risen in popularity include Miles,which gained 53 spots to be the 48th most popular name; Tommy, which gained 30 spots to appear at the 69th position; and August, which gained 27 spots to appear in the 100th position.

Top 10 boy names in Australia for 2024

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Henry
  4. Leo
  5. Theodore
  6. Hudson
  7. Luca
  8. William
  9. Charlie
  10. Jack

What are the most popular girl baby names in Australia?

For most of the past decade, the two names that have been at the top of the girl name chart are Isla and Charlotte.

Isla first appeared in the top 10 names in 2016 and has been a mainstay ever since.

“Isla is oh so loved – short, sweet, melodic and modern – she has the nature connection meaning ‘island’, and so Aussies tend to resonate with this given our outdoor lifestyle,” Michelle says.

“We also have the Australian actress Isla Fisher who has likely contributed to the rise in our love of the name Isla.”

Making a debut this year in the top 10 is Hazel, while Willow, Ella and Grace have dropped off this list.

Girl names making their debut in the top 100 list include Lottie (87th), Cleo (91st), Kaia (93rd), Riley (97th) and Athena (99th).

Top 10 girl names in Australia for 2024

  1. Isla
  2. Amelia
  3. Charlotte
  4. Olivia
  5. Mia
  6. Ava
  7. Matilda
  8. Harper
  9. Lily
  10. Hazel

What are some unique baby names trending in Australia?

When it comes to choosing a name for their child, parents may look to celebrities, the British royal family or even pop culture influences such as television series, including Bridgerton.

Another notable trend is the increasing popularity of gender-neutral names across Australia.

Names such as Charlie, Riley, Jordan and Darcy have consistently climbed the ranks in recent years, reflecting a cultural shift among millennial parents to break down traditional gender norms in the baby naming process.

Parents are also inspired by nature and botanical influences when selecting a unique name, with Lily, Ivy, Willow, Daisy and Poppy all in the top 100 girl baby names.

Michelle says names such as Navy, Cove, Aura, Birdie and Sunny will also be popular choices this year.

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Written by Erin Miller.

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