The 'popular' baby names hardly any Aussie parents are choosing

The ‘popular’ baby names hardly any Aussie parents are choosing in 2023 – and the 10 most desirable for boys and girls

  • Girls’ names on the way out in 2023 include Hannah and Frankie 
  • Boys’ names less popular are Jaxon, Joshua and Spencer
  • The baby names report also listed the top 10 for each gender 

Traditionally popular names like Aiden, Joshua and Hannah are less desired by edgy Millennial parents in 2023.

While Oliver and Charlotte were the top two most popular across Australia this year, more parents than ever are ditching classic names and opting for more unique monikers like Willow and Hudson. 

As seen in the annual Australian McCrindle Baby Names report, the boys’ names that have registered the steepest falls in the top 100 include Jaxon, Joshua, Spencer, Eli and Ethan. 

Other names on their way out include Jude, Jayden, Daniel, Carter, Samuel and Mason. 

For girls, the names significantly less sought after for 2023 are Hannah, Frankie, Isabelle, Millie and Phoebe.

The girls’ names less popular in 2023 

1. Hannah – fell 15 places

2. Frankie – fell 15 places 

3. Isabelle – fell 12 places

4. Millie and Phoebe – fell 11 places 

5. Evie – fell seven places 

Others on the way out: Lara, Claire, Ariana, Elizabeth, Eva, Stella, Sophia and Emily

The boys’ names less popular in 2023 

1. Jaxon – fell 34 places 

2. Joshua – fell 28 places 

3. Spencer – fell 19 places

4. Eli – fell 16 places 

5. Ethan and Aiden – dropped 13 places

Others on the way out: Lachlan, Jude, Hayden, Daniel, Carter, Samuel and Mason 

Others recording hefty drops include Lara, Claire, Ariana, Elizabeth, Eva and Stella. 

This year, the annual report highlighted some notable changes, with Charlotte back in the top spot after briefly being knocked down to second by Isla in 2022.

Charlotte is followed by Amelia, Isla, Olivia, Mia, Ava, Matilda, Ella, Grace and Willow.

For boys, Oliver continues its decade-long stint in first place, followed by Noah, Leo, William, Henry, Jack, Theodore, Hudson, Charlie and Luca.

Hudson made its debut in the top 10, while both Lucas and Thomas were knocked out of the list for the first time in a decade. 

Top 10 boys’ names 2023

1.  Oliver

2. Noah

3. Leo

4. William

5. Henry

6. Jack

7. Theodore

8. Hudson

9. Charlie

10.  Luca

Top 10 girls’ names 2023

1. Charlotte

2. Amelia

3. Isla

4. Olivia

5. Mia

6. Ava

7. Matilda

8. Ella

9. Grace

10. Willow 

The name Margot made its debut in the top 100 for girls, likely due to the hype surrounding Margot Robbie and the upcoming Barbie movie

The boys’ names rising up the ranks

1. Reuben (^48)

2. Remy (^47)

3. Theo (^33) 

4. Tommy (^28)

5. Roman (^27)

6. Louie (^26) 

The girls’ names rising up the ranks

1. Margot (^31)

2. Thea (^24)

3. Maeve (^22)

4. Eliana (^19)

5. Rosie (^18)

6. Remi (^13) 

Unlike the boys, there are no new additions to the top girls’ names and three names on the list (Charlotte, Olivia and Mia) have featured since 2010.

There are a significant amount of names that have joined the top 100 for the first time, however, including Eliana, Thea, Margot, Maisie, Gracie, Louie and Tommy.

For boys, they include Remy, Roman, Alfie, Reuben, Koa and, again, Louie and Tommy. 

When it comes to boys’ names, short names are more popular. Out of the top 100 names, 86 are made up of only one or two syllables.

Like the boys, many classic girl names feature in the top 100 but It is likely that the Royal Family (and popular shows like Bridgerton and The Crown) continue to inspire more regal names for girls, with noble-associated names growing in popularity in recent years.

Top 10 boys’ names 2022 

1. Oliver

2. Noah

3. Jack 

4. Henry

5. William

6. Leo

7. Charlie

8. Theodore

9. Lucas

10. Thomas 

Top 10 girls’ names 2022

1. Isla

2. Charlotte

3. Olivia 

4. Amelia 

5. Ava

6. Mia

7. Grace

8. Willow

9. Matilda 

10. Ella  

The 7 new names in the top 100 for boys

1. Remy

2. Roman

3. Alfie

4. Reuben

5. Koa

6. Louie 

7. Tommy 

The 7 new names in the top 100 for girls 

1. Eliana

2. Thea

3. Margot 

4. Maisie

5. Gracie

7. Louie

8. Tommy 

Parents of girls are also more open to longer names like Sienna, Violet, Mackenzie, Harriet and Aaliyah. 

The top name was different in some states however, with Amelia number one in Queensland, Isla first in Western Australia and South Australia and Grace the top spot in Tasmania.

For boys, Noah and William tied for first in the Northern Territory and Noah was first in New South Wales. 

Each year, Australia’s states and territories publish the top names given to babies in the previous year and McCrindle collates this data, analyses it, and discerns the nation-wide trends. 

Today’s parents, Generation Y (also known as Millennials), are not only choosing new and different names but are also parenting a new and unique generation – Generation Alpha. 

Trends show the generation – which has been born since 2010, will be the most digital, global, and visual generation on the planet.

When they have all been born (2025), they will number almost two billion – the largest generation in the history of the world.

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