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When it comes to choosing a baby name, it’s a difficult decision. Do you go for something classic, cool, a moniker with meaning or something unique.
Or do you want to go for a name that is popular and on-trend? If you’re answer is yes, then read on because the list of top 10 baby names for 2020 are in!
Taking the top spots are Charlotte and Oliver who hold onto their crown for another year in a row.
More than 1609 baby girls have been named Charlotte and 2206 boys named Oliver in 2019, according to McCrindle Research.
The two names have made it in the top 10 list for baby names for the past decade in Victoria, alongside Olivia, Jack, William and Noah.
The list also show parents are trending towards unconventional names, particularly for girls, and there is a trend towards gender-neutral names. (Two names, Charlie and Riley, appear on both “girl” and “boy” lists, for the first time in years.)
“That was one of the biggest jumps, I was quite surprised by that,” McCrindle Research communications director Ashley Fell says of Luna, which sits at 49, up from 62 the previous year.
Aaliyah now sits at 87, up from 91. And numerous unconventional names debuted on the “girls” list in relatively high positions for first-timers, including Peyton (89) and Sadie (65).
One mum who went for an unusal name for her son has been surprised at it’s popularity. In fact, the same name was chosen by Osher Gunsberg and wife, Audrey for their baby boy.
“We thought that Wolfgang was so unusual, and then when we went in for the hearing test, they were like ‘Oh we had another Wolfie born yesterday,” Melbourne mother Sivaan Brook tells the Sydney Morning Herald.
Sivaan selected her son’s names (in addition to Wolfgang Ezra, 4, she also has Zephyr Valentine, 2) in the hopes they would encourage them to become “fierce” and “bold”. “I was like, seriously? And one of my nanna’s best friend’s granddaughter had a Zephyr two weeks after us.
“I’m not pissed, but it’s a weird feeling, because it takes away that uniqueness.”
Whether you decide to go for a popular name or a classic, rest assured that trends always change, even with baby names. In the mid-1980s to early 2000s, one in every 30 baby girls born was named Jessica, according to McCrindle. It was the most popular name for girls in Australia for 16 years, but doesn’t rate for new mums and dads anymore.
So what names do make the top 10 list for boys and girls? Read on.
Australia’s top 10 baby names for girls in 2020
Australia’s top 10 baby names for boys in 2020