The Fastest Rising Top 100 Names of 2013

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GIRLS

Aria
In 2012 Aria was a newcomer to the national Top 100, and one of its highest-risers. In 2013 its success continued as the #1 rising name in Australia and Queensland, and a top rising name in New South Wales and Victoria. Aria is one of the main characters in the Pretty Little Liars book and television series, and also sounds similar to Arya from Game of Thrones. Its Italian origins make this a good cross-cultural choice too.

Evelyn
Classic Evelyn was the #1 rising name in the Northern Territory, and one of the top rising names nationally, as well as in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania. In 2012 it was a top rising name nationally, and last year increased the speed at it which it rose. Ivy was the fastest-rising girls’ name of 2012, and here’s another name with a V, following hard on the heels of Evie, Eva and Ava.

Penelope
I suspect Penelope’s entrance into the Top 100 has caused some dismay. It’s certainly made me eat humble pie, as I was foolish enough last year to reassure parents that Penelope was not too popular when you had a careful look at the available data. I began to get an inkling I had made a boo-boo when day after day, I saw that the search term popularity of penelope in australia had come up yet again. I couldn’t help worrying that if all these people trustingly chose the name Penelope, its popularity was sure to increase dramatically. My fears were not unfounded, as Penelope rose more than 100 places to be the #1 rising name in Victoria, and was a top rising name nationally and in New South Wales. A slew of celebrity babies named Penelope has helped this name become hot property, and it’s back on the Top 100 for the first time since the 1970s.

Samantha
Perenially popular Samantha had been gradually sliding down the Top 100 for over a decade, but last year got a boost, going up 15 places nationally and 58 places in Victoria, as well as being a top rising name in the Australian Capital Territory, and joining the Western Australian Top 50. Perth-born model and singer, Samantha Jade, who won The X-Factor in 2012, and recently had a starring role in the hit INXS mini-series, Never Tear Us Apart, probably has something to do with it. Popular breakfast television presenter Samantha Armytage may be another factor.

Lola
Lola was the #1 name rising in New South Wales and a top rising name in Queensland. Short forms such as Maggie and Elsie did well in the charts in 2013, and although Lola is part of this movement, it seems much cheekier and flirtier than its retro sisters. Could it be the next Ruby?

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Louis
Even though classic Louis has charted since the 1900s, it was a newcomer to the Top 100 last year. It rose at least 27 places to become the #1 rising name in the country for 2013, as well as a top rising name in New South Wales and Victoria. Louis has been rising steeply for several years now, and it was only a matter of time before it made the Top 100 – but being chosen as a royal middle name can’t have done any harm.

Hudson
Hudson was one of the fastest-rising names of 2012, and continues to power up the charts. It was the #1 rising name in New South Wales, and a top rising name nationally, as well as in Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania. This name has been doing very well since being chosen as a baby name by two celebrities – TV chef Curtis Stone in 2011, and pop star Guy Sebastian in 2012.

Nathaniel
Nathaniel is another newcomer to the Top 100 charts, having charted in the 1900s then dropped off the charts until the 1960s. It was the #1 rising name in Victoria, and a top rising name nationally, and in New South Wales, Queensland, and Tasmania. This retro name has been making smooth and steady progress up the charts for decades, and its entry into the Top 100 coincides with the release of the first successful singles of pop singer Nathaniel (thanks to Ebony at Babynameobsessed for this tip). Another famous Australian namesake is Nathaniel Buzolic from The Vampire Diaries. This provides another way to get the popular short form Nate.

George
Remember those reports from Baby Center that Prince George hadn’t had any effect on the popularity of the name George? And how they said that before any official data had been released? Well now some has, and the name George was a top rising name nationally, and in Queensland and Western Australia (our most monarchist states?). George rose 11 places to #60; its highest ranking since the 1970s. As well as the little Prince currently gracing our shores, there is a baby George in Downton Abbey, the heir to an earldom. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are fans of the show, making their choice of George a possible subconscious small-screen homage. It’s interesting to note that George, Alexander and Louis all became more popular last year.

Lincoln
Lincoln was a fast-rising name of 2012, and before all the data had come in, I predicted that it would make the national Top 50 for 2013. It rose 17 places and just scraped in at #50, so a close call! Lincoln was also a top rising name in Victoria and Western Australia. Lincoln Younes plays “River Boy” Casey Braxton on Home and Away, and the name Lincoln has been increasing in popularity ever since he joined the show in 2011.

Other Names That Rose

  • Lillian – top riser nationally and in New South Wales
  • Eloise – top riser nationally and in Victoria
  • Olive – top riser nationally and in Victoria
  • Violet – #1 rising name in Western Australia and Tasmania
  • Indigo – top riser in Victoria and Queensland
  • Felix – top riser nationally and in New South Wales
  • Ryder – top riser nationally and in Tasmania
  • Lewis – top riser in Victoria and Tasmania
  • Hugo – top riser in Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory
  • Finn – top riser in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory

NOTE: I have chosen those names which increased in popularity in the most number of states and territories, making their popularity widest across the board in Australia. For the positions of each name in individual states and territories, please refer to the Name Data category for more information.

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Celebrity Baby News: Guy and Jules Sebastian

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Pop star Guy Sebastian, and his wife Jules, welcomed their second son on April 17, and have named him Archer Jones. Archer Sebastian joins big brother Hudson, aged 2. Hudson’s birth was announced on the blog.

Hudson has received a boost of popularity since being chosen by Guy as his first son’s name – will Archer also go up in popularity this year?

Eden Faith and Eve Adeline

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Girls

Alexandria Loys Helena (Campbell)
Armelle Clara (Carter)
Atilla Rose
Betsy Ethel (Pearl)
Chelsea Lavine
Eden Faith (Hope)
Eve Adeline (Jack)
Gabrielle Daphne
Iona Emerald
Ivy Josephine
Kalesita
Khiana Sydney (Ava)
Lela Anne (Ryal, Nas)
Lucca Rae (Addison, Ella)
Maisie Maxwell
Mathilde (Felicity)
Parker May
Sylvie Elizabeth
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Zafira Mikayla

Boys
Albert Raymond
Archer Larry Oliver (Summer)
Barclay Charles Henry (James)
Edmund Robert (Oliver, Grace)
Francis Dean “Frankie” (Lennon)
Harry Theodore Basil (Eleanor, Audrey)
Hugh Morris (Angus, Edward)
Jai Hedley
Keeden William (Bradley, Braden, Sharni)
Kirby Scott (Jessica, Rhianna, Baxter)
Maximus Lionel
Maurice
Ollie James (Linc, Beau)
Orlando Jian-Sheng (Spiridon, Andreas)
Pierce Job
Quinn Ray (Levi, Isla)
Reuben Andried Patrick
Sasha Joseph
Toby George Henry (Rhys)
Walter Eugene “Walt” (Herb, Ike)

Note: A few of these names are from Bonds Baby Search 2014.

(Photo is of “Wychwood” in Mole Creek Tasmania; it was open to the public last Sunday through Open Gardens Australia)

Celebrity Baby News: Channel Nine News Babies

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Three Channel Nine news presenters welcomed babies in the first months of the year. Most were announced on Channel Nine’s Instagram page. There seems to be something in the water cooler, because last year Channel Nine news staff welcomed no less than eight babies.

Wendy Kingston and her husband David Thompson welcomed their son Sam at the end of January, a brother to Joshua, aged 2. Wendy is a presenter on the afternoon bulletin, Nine News Now, and David is a financier.

Amelia Adams and her husband Luke welcomed their first child in March, and have named their son Charlton Blair. Amelia is a presenter on Nine Morning News and Nine Afternoon News, and Luke is a cameraman and photographer.

Amber Sherlock and her husband Chris recently welcomed their son Zachary James, a brother to Piper, aged 4. Amber presents the weather on Nine News Sydney, and is the Friday presenter on Nine News Now.

(Photo shows Wendy with her son Joshua, from the Daily Telegraph)

Name News Round-Up

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Banned Baby Names

It was reported in The Age last month that the state of Victoria is banning baby names under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Act. This isn’t actually news in the sense of new information – that’s been the situation everywhere in Australia since the mid-1990s, with all states following more or less the same guidelines. It is a reminder that Births Deaths and Marriages has the discretion to reject names that are deemed unsuitable – however, the newspaper report failed to mention that parents can appeal the decision, and appeals have been successful in the past. Names rejected in Victoria included Lord, Princess, Princess Di and Prince (titles), Fireman Sam (trademark), Tit (offensive), and also Glory Hallelujah, New Covernant, Wonderful Beautiful, Anarchy, and Honest Mary, which seem to be Victoria’s idea of unsuitable. Pepper, Jazz, Reef, and Texan Gamble all made the cut however.

The Sunshine Coast Daily reported that “quirky” names were being banned in Victoria. The article said rather smugly that parents were free to choose any name they want in Queensland, whether it be pop culture Khaleesi or traditional Francis Xavier. That seems idiotic, as Khaleesi is allowed in Victoria too – it’s a title, but a fictional one, and not in English – although it’s not as popular as in Queensland. Queensland has the same naming regulations as the rest of Australia, but while the article was smug and silly, there was a grain of truth behind it, because names seem to be very rarely disallowed in Queensland, and it does have a more relaxed naming culture. Moral of the story: if you yearn for a kookier baby name, you are better off moving to Queensland than Victoria.

Radio Audience Help Choose Baby Name

Melbourne’s first baby of 2014 was born at 12.34 am on January 1 at the Royal Women’s Hospital to professional dancers Bessie and George Awad. The Awads couldn’t decide between their three favourite names of Indiana, Marley, and Summer, so they threw it open to listeners of radio station 3AW and its Twitter followers. Indiana was by far the most popular choice of the public, and this was the name they went with. Indiana was also the choice of dad George, who chose it because he thought his baby daughter “looked like a little Pocahontas” (not the most politically correct name story!). Bessie says the name suits Indiana. By the way, don’t you love mum and dad’s names – Bessie and George, adorable.

Baby Name Trends of 2014

Practical Parenting magazine had a slideshow of baby name trends to watch for in 2014, including old fashioned names, boys names for girls, surnames-as-first-names, and literary names. They also gave their predictions of which names would rise this year, and with so many guesses that at least a few of them will be correct.

When Rafael Became Rafferty

Comedian Dave Hughes has been on the blog a couple of times because of his delightfully named children Rafferty, Sadie and Tess – Tess Clementine was even voted the public’s favourite celebrity baby name last year. In an interview this year [story expired] Dave revealed that the first choice for his son’s name was Rafael. Even though this isn’t uncommon in Australia, Dave felt that they weren’t Spanish enough to pull off having a Rafael, so went with Rafferty instead. It’s interesting to wonder what would have happened if they’d gone with Rafael – would they have had two girls named Sadie and Tess? My guess is no: it’s interesting to see how the choice of the first child’s name can influence your other children’s’ names.

An Australian Name in America

A rare set of identical triplets were born in California, named Abby, Laurel and Brindabella – who made their way into the Birth Announcements here. The triplets’ dad is originally from Canberra in the ACT, where the Brindabellas form a mountain range to the west. He spent a lot of time exploring the mountains, and discovering a love of nature – he and his wife were married in the mountains in 2007, when they wed on top of Mount Franklin. Brindabella was named after the mountains of her dad’s home town, and although it sounds unusual next to her sisters, Brin or Bella will excite little excitement. Brindabella either means “two kangaroo rats” in the local language or “water running over rocks” with a European -bella added to mean “beautiful”.

True Blue 

Business Insider reported on websites which allow people to connect for the purposes of co-parenting. They aren’t dating websites, but provide an opportunity for single people who want children to match up so they can start a family together. The story featured Australian man Fabian Blue, who has moved to Nebraska in the United States to be with his co-parent, Dawn Pieke, and they have a one-year-old daughter together named Indigo. While Indigo is a common name in Australia, Indigo Blue has a nice ring to it.

Name Inspired By Royal Visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have just arrived in Australia, and 60 years ago Queen Elizabeth made her own royal tour. Dorothy Williams remembers the day that the queen came to Bendigo in regional Victoria, because she was in hospital after having given birth to a baby girl. The hospital beds were placed close to the window so that patients could see the queen being driven through the hospital gates. Dorothy named her daughter Pamela after Pamela Mountbatten, the queen’s lady-in-waiting. Lady Pamela is a first cousin of Prince Philip, and was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Queen Elizabeth. In 1954, Pamela was the #12 girls name in Victoria, just one place behind Elizabeth. I wonder how many of the 426 Pamelas were named after Lady Pamela, and how many of the 429 Elizabeths were named for the queen?

They First Met in the Local Birth Notices

I read a lot of birth notices, including from the Port Lincoln Times, so was interested to see this story about Olivia Fairclough. She and her twin sister Belinda were born on October 8 1975, and while researching softball history in the local paper, Olivia happened to come across their original birth notice, published October 16 1975. To her amazement, she saw that her husband’s birth notice was published below it – Martin Sheridan was born on October 9 1975 in Western Australia, but his grandparents in Port Lincoln announced the birth in their home town. He later moved to Port Lincoln, and he and Olivia have been married for five years. Keep a copy of the birth notices for the day your baby’s birth is announced: their future spouse may be in it.

The Top 50 Names in Australia

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GIRLS

  1. Charlotte
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Emily
  5. Mia
  6. Amelia
  7. Chloe
  8. Ruby
  9. Isabella
  10. Sophie
  11. Ella
  12. Grace
  13. Sienna
  14. Zoe
  15. Matilda
  16. Lily
  17. Isla
  18. Sophia
  19. Emma
  20. Lucy
  21. Ivy
  22. Evie
  23. Hannah
  24. Scarlett
  25. Zara
  26. Harper
  27. Layla
  28. Abigail
  29. Eva
  30. Georgia
  31. Willow
  32. Isabelle
  33. Imogen
  34. Jasmine
  35. Jessica
  36. Madison
  37. Alexis
  38. Evelyn
  39. Sofia
  40. Alice
  41. Sarah
  42. Mackenzie
  43. Stella
  44. Audrey
  45. Annabelle
  46. Savannah
  47. Chelsea
  48. Maddison
  49. Summer
  50. Elizabeth
BOYS

  1. Oliver
  2. William
  3. Jack
  4. Noah
  5. James
  6. Thomas
  7. Ethan
  8. Lucas
  9. Lachlan
  10. Joshua
  11. Liam
  12. Cooper
  13. Mason
  14. Alexander
  15. Jacob
  16. Samuel
  17. Harrison
  18. Max
  19. Isaac
  20. Charlie
  21. Benjamin
  22. Xavier
  23. Henry
  24. Oscar
  25. Daniel
  26. Harry
  27. Hunter
  28. Riley
  29. Levi
  30. Jayden
  31. Logan
  32. Ryan
  33. Jackson
  34. Hudson
  35. Sebastian
  36. Tyler
  37. Jaxon
  38. Elijah
  39. Leo
  40. Flynn
  41. Aiden
  42. Zachary
  43. Jake
  44. Archie
  45. Patrick
  46. Michael
  47. Blake
  48. Matthew
  49. Joseph
  50. Nicholas

NOTE: The Australian Top 50 is put together by Kidspot parenting website, and unlike the Top 100, it doesn’t combine spellings. Data from the Australian Capital Territory is not included. I did try to look at the names which fell and rose the most in popularity, but found it wasn’t really possible because of the differences between the Top 50 and Top 100, and different ways they had been collated.

 

Waltzing With … Sunday

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In a week it will be Easter, which is always on the first Sunday after the full moon following March 21. This computation was agreed upon in the 4th century, although it was apparently already an old tradition in Rome. The Gospels tell us that the Resurrection of Christ took place on a Sunday, and from then on the day had special significance for Christians.

In the New Testament Sunday is called the Lord’s Day, and early Christians gathered for worship then. This was formalised in the 4th century, and may have been easier to implement because Sunday was already a public holiday in the Roman Empire. It is because of Christianity, and in particular because of Easter, that Sunday is regarded as a holiday – technically every Sunday of the Christian year is “Easter”, because it commemorates the Resurrection.

The English word Sunday comes from Old English, and simply means “sun’s day”. It is derived from the Germanic translation of the Latin term dies solis, meaning “day of the sun”, and in turn, this translates the Ancient Greek, heméra helíou.

The Ancient Greeks named each day of the week after the sun, the moon, and the five known planets, which were associated with gods; an idea they got from the Egyptians. The Romans followed this pattern, as did the Germanic peoples. It seems to be an Indo-European custom, because in most Indian languages, the word for Sunday is also linked with sun gods. So although Sunday has strong Christian associations, the English word has a long pagan history.

Sunday has been used as a personal name since at least the 18th century, and was possibly used for babies born on a Sunday. The first American named Sunday I can find was African-American, and in her case it may have been a slave name. The name Sunday was originally given fairly evenly to boys and girls, although today Sunday is usually thought of as a female name. Its unisex status is still active – in 2012 we had a celebrity baby boy called Sunday.

Sunday has become a celebrity baby name in Australia, since radio host Kate Langbroek chose it for her eldest daughter, Sunday Lil Lewis, in 2005. Kate’s daughter was named after celebrated art patron Sunday Reed, born Lelda Sunday Baillieau. She was from a wealthy and privileged background, and her second husband was John Reed. Together the couple gave both friendship and financial support to modern artists such as Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman. Sidney Nolan became Sunday’s lover, and he painted his famous Ned Kelly series in the Reeds’ dining room.

The Reeds’ home near Heidelberg was named Heide, and it later became the Heide Museum of Modern Art. There was a kitchen garden at Heide, and many years later, Kate Langbroek ate from a rockmelon which Sunday Reed had planted there. It seems to have been something of an epiphanous moment for Kate, and served as the inspiration for her daughter’s name.

In 2008, actress Nicole Kidman and her husband, country music star Keith Urban, named their eldest daughter Sunday Rose. This caused Kate Langbroek a certain amount of consternation, who declared that the Kidman-Urbans had “stolen” her baby name.

What may have made it more irritating for Kate was that news sources reported that Sunday Rose had also been named after Sunday Reed. Nicole’s father Dr Antony Kidman was quoted as saying that he and Nicole’s mother had suggested the name Sunday after reading about Sunday Reed.

Meanwhile, baby name conspiracy theorists believed that the name Sunday had been chosen for its Christian significance. They saw the choice of the name Sunday as a declaration of Nicole Kidman’s Catholic faith, and a public rejection of her ex-husband’s devotion to the Church of Scientology.

By Nicole Kidman’s testimony, neither of these stories was correct, and they simply liked the name Sunday. Furthermore, what made the name special to them was that Sunday was the couple’s day to spend together – it was a name that symbolised love and the end of loneliness. It was also the day of the week they got married.

Although some people still see Sunday as a religious name, it’s important to remember that Sundays have secular significance too. Sunday is a holiday, a day of freedom from work, a day for sports and games, for beaches and barbecues, for friends and family. A great day for visiting art museums, too!

When the name of Nicole and Keith’s daughter was announced, I was surprised to see how many people online thought of it as a “wacky celebrity baby name”, like Audio Science or Pilot Inspektor. There often seemed to be disdain or even hostility towards it. In Australia, most people seem to like the name, except those who think that Sunday Rose sounds too much like “Sunday roast”.

Now Canadian comedian Mike Myers has a daughter named Sunday – Sunday Molly. However, Mike’s son is named Spike, which may just cement the idea that Sunday is the sort of crazy baby name that parents who like the name Spike might choose.

The name Sunday has only been on the US Top 1000 once, in the 1960s, and is extremely rare in the UK. Sunday has never charted in Australia, and between 2002 and 2007 there were 36 babies named Sunday born in Victoria. While Kate Langbroek hasn’t managed to keep the name to herself, her fear was that after the birth of Sunday Rose, the popularity of the name would snowball and there would be a “plague of Sundays”. Her baby name nightmare hasn’t eventuated – yet it does feel as if the name Sunday is slowly gathering momentum.

Sunday is a rare name, but still in occasional use, and you must not expect to be the only parent in the world, or even the state, with a little Sunday. It’s a day of the week with a simple meaning, and many layers of associations that are pagan, Christian and secular, but overall tied to the light and life from the sun – a name of warmth and happiness. Sunny or Sunnie is the obvious nickname, which brings the name right back to its origins.

(Photo shows the original 19th farmhouse at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, which became a focal point for progressive art and culture: the Reeds made it their home from 1935 to 1967)

What Name Would You Add to This Sibset of Happy Little Vegemites?

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Kathryn and her husband have two children named Lachlan and Eliza, and are expecting a new baby later this year. Although they are still to choose a name for either a girl or a boy, they are finding boy’s names much harder.

Possible names for a girl (in order of preference):

  • Violet
  • Rose
  • Isabelle
  • Ruby
  • Grace
  • Hazel

Possible names for a boy (no preference):

  • Angus
  • Charlie/Charles
  • Darcy
  • Liam (too many Ls in the sibset?)
  • William

Names crossed off their list:
Girls – April, Isla, Carys, Mabel
Boys – James, Ashton, Jude

The middle name will be a family name, and for a girl it will be Jane, Rose or Lorraine, while for a boy it will be Harvey, or possibly Michael. The family surname begins with G and ends with T eg Grant.

Kathryn is interested to know what people think of Lachlan and Eliza as their children’s names, and what names would sound best to continue the sibset.

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I think Lachlan and Eliza are perfectly matched as a sibset – they are both names with a long history in Australia, and yet both names are much more popular now than they ever have been before. Furthermore, they both seem very Australian to me, because they instantly remind me of Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and Eliza Darling, a governor’s wife. I get a strong impression of colonial Australia hearing the two names together (in a way I wouldn’t if I heard Lachlan and Ella, or Lucas and Eliza).

They are what I call a sibset which is almost too perfectly matched, because they sound so right together than sometimes it can be hard to find another name to add to them which is equally perfect, making a third name slightly challenging. However, I know you’re going to manage it.

Let’s look at your name list:

GIRLS

Violet
I love Violet and Eliza as sisters, because they both have that long I sound in the middle. To me this sibset has a rather Scottish sound to it. If I was going to be very persnickety, I might wonder how well Violet goes with your surname, as they both end with a T sound, although it doesn’t actually sound bad. I like Jane or Lorraine as the middle name.

Rose
Rose is absolutely sweet as a sister to Lachlan and Eliza, although to me it sounds slightly odd with your surname. It’s not terrible, but does seem to stutter a tiny bit. I like Lorraine as the middle name.

Isabelle
I’m going to be annoyingly name nerdy here, and say I don’t like Eliza and Isabelle as sisters, because both of them are derived from the name Elizabeth, so to me it just doesn’t sound right. However, I bet most people wouldn’t notice or care, and Isabelle sounds very nice with your surname. You could use any of the chosen family names in the middle.

Ruby
This makes a bright and cheery addition, and like Lachlan and Eliza, Ruby is more popular now than ever before. This strikes me as a very Australian sibset. I do like Ruby with your surname, and all three of your chosen middle names suit it.

Grace
Even though Grace sounds great with Lachlan and Eliza, and is another name enjoying its peak popularity, to me this is a non-starter, because it sounds awful with your surname – almost a tongue-twister. If you are very keen on Grace, could you use this as a second middle name?

Hazel
Even though this is your last choice as a girl’s name, it’s actually my favourite. I love the shared Z sound in Eliza and Hazel, and that Hazel ends with the same letter Lachlan starts with, tying everything together very neatly. It sounds really lovely with your surname (quite romantic), and all three of the possible middle names could be used with it.

BOYS

Angus
I think this makes a perfect match with Lachlan and Eliza. It’s another traditional Australian name that is more popular now than any time previously, and there were several prominent men named Angus in colonial history. It gives you a nice sturdy-sounding Scottish sibset as well. I like Angus Harvey, although Angus Michael sounds fine too.

Charlie or Charles
This is an excellent match too – it also sounds rather Scottish, thanks to Bonnie Prince Charlie. I think Harvey sounds good as the middle name for Charles, but if you went with Charlie as the full name, I think you might prefer Michael.

Darcy
Another perfect match which sounds incredibly Australian, and Darcy is like Lachlan and Eliza in that it’s never been so popular as now. I love how this sounds with your surname, and like Charlie, think Michael makes a better middle name than Harvey in this case.

Liam
You’re worried that Liam might be a case of too many Ls, and although I don’t think that’s too much of a problem, I do think Lachlan and Liam do sound very alike – not just because they are two syllables and starting with L, but because they end in a similar sound too. To me this seems a bit awkward, but still workable if you love the name Liam.

William
You can’t really go wrong with William – it’s a handsome classic which is great with Lachlan and Eliza, and sounds really nice with your surname – very professional. I like William Harvey a lot as a name combination.

I know you said you were having more problems with boy names, but it seems that nearly all the boy names you’ve thought of are absolutely fine. I wonder if the trouble is that you can’t decide between them?

I think you’ve got a great list of possible names, and it doesn’t seem that you are going to have any real trouble coming up with another baby name. You’re not due for a while, so do feel free to write in again to narrow your lists further, or to ask for name suggestions, or to ask for help with middle names, or any other issue which comes up before the due date.

Readers, what do you think of the sibset Lachlan and Eliza, and what name would you suggest as their brother or sister?

(Picture shows brother and sister Ruby and Oliver enjoying a jar of Vegemite together; photo from news.com.au)

 

April Lily and Hope Francesca

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Twins
William Marc and Annie Florence (Jordan)

Girls
Acacia Isabella Moon – surname Beames (Cody Laser)
Amelia Rosalie (Lucy, Charlotte)
April Lily
Ariella Paris
Azaria Nevaeh (Isabel, Harley)
Claira Rose Meurant
Columbia
Evelyn Adele
Greta Louise (Lachlan, Henry)
Hope Francesca (Georgia)
Isla Helena (Lennox)
Jovie
Lucia Estelle (Michael)
Mabel Audrey (Millie)
Nina Elizabeth (Elsa)
Polly Angela
Silver
Sybil Heather (Jasper, Beth, Julia)
Tilly Mae Francis
Vivienne Patrice (Dylan, Reilly, Banksia)

Boys
Ali Hussain
Angus Molony Wendell (Rose)
Archie Rian Jose (Marley)
Carter Perry
David Alexandru
Freddie James
Hamish Ian (Lily)
Harry Francis Timber
Jace Ryder
Jesse Emanuel (Christopher, Lana)
Jethro Colin (Archie, Pippa)
John Wayne
Jonah Oskar (Blake)
Leslie William (Joshua)
Lewis Stanley (Jemma, Phoebe)
Morgan Asher (Tae, Carter)
Orlando Benedict (Zoe, Eden)
River James Patrick (Willow, Peyten, Tait, Quinn)
Sid Michael (Sonny)
Theo Walter Rex

Note: A few of these names are from Bonds Baby Search 2014.

(Picture is of a Belladonna Lily; these are sometimes called Easter Lilies in the southern hemisphere because they flower in early autumn)

The Top 100 Baby Names in Australia for 2013

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GIRLS 

  1. Charlotte
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Emily
  5. Mia
  6. Amelia
  7. Ruby
  8. Sophia/Sofia
  9. Chloe
  10. Sophie
  11. Isabella
  12. Lily/Lilly
  13. Ella
  14. Grace
  15. Sienna
  16. Madison/Maddison
  17. Isla
  18. Matilda
  19. Zoe
  20. Emma
  21. Ivy
  22. Lucy
  23. Isabelle/Isabel
  24. Hannah
  25. Scarlett
  26. Evie
  27. Harper
  28. Zara
  29. Willow
  30. Layla
  31. Abigail
  32. Georgia
  33. Eva
  34. Imogen
  35. Jasmine
  36. Milla/Mila
  37. Summer
  38. Jessica
  39. Alexis
  40. Savannah
  41. Sarah
  42. Mackenzie
  43. Evelyn
  44. Annabelle
  45. Alice
  46. Stella
  47. Elizabeth
  48. Bella
  49. Chelsea
  50. Audrey
  51. Violet
  52. Poppy
  53. Addison
  54. Holly
  55. Paige
  56. Ellie
  57. Aria
  58. Madeleine/Madeline
  59. Phoebe
  60. Alyssa
  61. Hayley
  62. Indiana/Indianna
  63. Maya
  64. Anna
  65. Eden
  66. Lola
  67. Eliza
  68. Eloise
  69. Alexandra
  70. Piper
  71. Charli/Charlie/Charlee
  72. Claire
  73. Lara
  74. Samantha
  75. Molly
  76. Rose
  77. Olive
  78. Aaliyah
  79. Victoria
  80. Amelie
  81. Penelope
  82. Lillian
  83. Eve
  84. Jade
  85. Mikayla
  86. Amber
  87. Ayla
  88. Heidi
  89. Harriet
  90. Daisy
  91. Elsie
  92. Skye
  93. Leah
  94. Indie
  95. Pippa
  96. Indigo
  97. Nevaeh
  98. Peyton
  99. Caitlin
  100. Ariana
BOYS 

  1. Oliver
  2. William
  3. Jack
  4. Noah
  5. Jackson/Jaxon
  6. James
  7. Thomas
  8. Ethan
  9. Lucas
  10. Cooper
  11. Lachlan
  12. Joshua
  13. Mason
  14. Liam
  15. Alexander
  16. Samuel
  17. Harrison
  18. Jacob
  19. Max
  20. Benjamin
  21. Charlie
  22. Henry
  23. Isaac
  24. Xavier
  25. Hunter
  26. Riley
  27. Oscar
  28. Harry
  29. Levi
  30. Daniel
  31. Ryan
  32. Jayden
  33. Hudson
  34. Logan
  35. Tyler
  36. Elijah
  37. Flynn
  38. Sebastian
  39. Leo
  40. Blake
  41. Jake
  42. Michael
  43. Connor
  44. Archie
  45. Zachary
  46. Braxton
  47. Luke
  48. Eli
  49. Matthew
  50. Lincoln
  51. Aiden
  52. Patrick
  53. Nate
  54. Nicholas
  55. Archer
  56. Dylan
  57. Joseph
  58. Chase
  59. Edward
  60. George
  61. Mitchell
  62. Finn
  63. Nathan
  64. Beau
  65. Ryder
  66. Angus
  67. Hugo
  68. Hayden
  69. Jordan
  70. Luca
  71. Ashton
  72. Caleb
  73. Owen
  74. Louis
  75. Kai
  76. Toby
  77. Bailey
  78. Adam
  79. Nathaniel
  80. Austin
  81. Charles
  82. Jasper
  83. Marcus
  84. Christian
  85. Alex
  86. Felix
  87. Jesse
  88. Darcy
  89. Hamish
  90. Dominic
  91. Jett
  92. John
  93. Ali
  94. Aaron
  95. David
  96. Seth
  97. Lewis
  98. Parker
  99. Anthony
  100. Jonathan

 GIRLS NAME TRENDS

Biggest Risers
Aria (+27), Penelope (+20 at least), Eloise and Lillian (+18), Evelyn (+16), Samantha (+15), Ayla (+14 at least), Olive (+13), Harriet (+12 at least), Daisy (+11 at least)

Biggest Fallers
Amy (-33 at least), Tahlia (-24 at least), Kayla (-21), Charli/Charlie/Charlee and Molly (-19), Jade and Mikayla (-15), Caitlin and Leah (-14), Gabriella (-13 at least)

New: Ariana, Ayla, Daisy, Elsie, Harriet, Indie, Indigo, Nevaeh, Penelope, Peyton, Pippa

Gone: Amy, Angelina, Ebony, Elise, Gabriella, Josephine, Kayla, Lacey, Lauren, Mariam, Tahlia

Comments: Sophia/Sofia rises 4 spots to join the Top 10. Nevaeh manages to join the national Top 100, even though it only charts in Queensland.

BOYS NAME TRENDS

Biggest Risers
Louis (+27 at least), Nathaniel (+22 at least), Ryder (+21), Hudson (+18), Lincoln (+17), Felix (+15 at least), Leo (+15), George (+11), Jett (+10 at least)

Biggest Fallers
Declan (-17 at least), Aidan/Aiden and Hamish (-17), Dylan and Hayden (-16), Kai (-13), Adam and Anthony (-12), Cameron (-11 at least), Zac (-10 at least)

New: Aaron, Felix, Jett, Lewis, Louis, Nathaniel, Parker, Seth

Gone: Andrew, Callum, Cameron, Christopher, Declan, Gabriel, Muhammad, Zac

Comments: Muhammad leaves the Top 100, even though it was one of the biggest risers in New South Wales. Royal baby names George, Alexander and Louis all rose in popularity, with Louis and George amongst the high risers for 2013.

NOTES: The national Top 100 combines variant spellings when computing popularity. This does change the results, and sometimes it’s not clear why certain names are combined and others not: for example, why Milla and Mila are counted as one name, when they are pronounced differently, while Louis and Lewis are counted separately, when they are often pronounced identically. Overall, the number of babies receiving a Top 100 name dropped from 40.6% to 39.6%, and more boys than girls received a popular name.

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