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GIRLS

Similar Level of Popularity (within 10 places of each other)

Abigail, Addison, Alexis, Alice, Amelia, Anna, Annabelle, Ava, Charlotte, Chloe, Elizabeth, Ella, Ellie, Emily, Emma, Eva, Grace, Hannah, Hayley, Isabel, Isabella, Isabelle, Isla, Jessica, Lauren, Lily, Lucy, Madison, Mia, Mikayla, Mila, Olivia, Poppy, Ruby, Sarah, Scarlett, Sofia, Sophia, Sophie, Willow, Zara, Zoe

More Popular in Australia (11-40 places higher)

Alexandra, Alyssa, Amy, Evelyn, Ivy, Kayla, Layla, Lilly, Lola, Mackenzie, Maddison, Phoebe, Piper, Rose, Sienna, Summer, Violet

Much More Popular in Australia (more than 40 places higher)

Evie, Matilda, Maya

More Popular in New Zealand (11-40 places higher)

Aaliyah, Amber, Bella, Eden, Georgia, Holly, Jade, Jasmine, Molly, Olive, Paige, Samantha, Stella

Much More Popular in New Zealand (more than 40 places higher)

Aria, Leah

Not on New Zealand Girls Top 100

Amelie, Angelina, Audrey, Caitlin, Charlie, Chelsea, Claire, Ebony, Eliza, Elise, Eloise, Eve, Gabriella, Heidi, Imogen, Indiana, Josephine, Lacey, Lara, Lillian, Madeleine, Mariam, Milla, Savannah, Skye, Tahlia, Victoria

Not on Australian Girls Top 100

Ashley, Ayla, Brooklyn, Daisy, Faith, Hazel, Indie, Kate, Keira, Khloe, Lucia, Maia, Maria, Millie, Nevaeh, Nina, Peyton, Pippa, Riley, Skyla, Taylor

BOYS

Similar Level of Popularity (within 10 places of each other)

Alexander, Angus, Ashton, Benjamin, Braxton, Charlie, Christopher, Cooper, Dominic, Dylan, Edward, Eli, Ethan, Harry, Hugo, Hunter, Isaac, Jack, Jackson, Jacob, James, Jasper, Jordan, Joshua, Levi, Liam, Logan, Lucas, Mason, Max, Michael, Noah, Oliver, Oscar, Ryan, Samuel, Tyler, William, Zac, Zachary

More Popular in Australia (11-40 places higher)

Adam, Aidan, Aiden, Archie, Beau, Flynn, Harrison, Hayden, Henry, Jake, Jaxon, Lachlan, Lincoln, Marcus, Riley, Thomas, Xavier

Much More Popular in Australia (more than 40 places higher)

Nate, Patrick, Sebastian

More Popular in New Zealand (11-40 places higher)

Alex, Austin, Blake, Caleb, Cameron, Charles, Connor, Daniel, David, Finn, Jayden, Joseph, Leo, Luca, Matthew, Nathan, Ryder, Toby

Much More Popular in New Zealand (more than 40 places higher)

George, John

Not on New Zealand Boys Top 100

Ali, Andrew, Anthony, Archer, Bailey, Callum, Chase, Christian, Darcy, Declan, Gabriel, Hamish, Hudson, Jesse, Jonathan, Kai, Luke, Mitchell, Muhammad, Nicholas, Owen

Not on Australian Boys Top 100

Aaron, Asher, Carter, Felix, Fletcher, Israel, Joel, Kayden, Kingston, Leon, Louis, Nathaniel, Phoenix, Quinn, Robert, Sam, Tyson, Zion

Australia shares 77 Top 100 girls name with New Zealand, with 42 of them at a similar level of popularity, and 80 Top 100 boys names, with 40 at a similar level of popularity. That is very close – close enough that I think it would be fair to talk about Trans-Tasman name trends.

However, even with this harmony between us and our Antipodean cousins, it’s interesting to see that we each have our own particular likes and dislikes of certain names. We have hung stubbornly on to names that New Zealand has tired of, and vice versa, and they have their favourite names which are rare here, and vice versa, but in general I would say that New Zealand is slightly ahead of the trends – probably due to their much smaller population size.

Discussion of New Zealand names often seems to focus on “wacky” names, and name laws, so I think there could be closer examination of their popular names.

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