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Links to Name Data

AUSTRALIA

Baby Name Explorer  Searchable graph of the Top 1200 names in New South Wales since 1900. Popularity by decade only.

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Top 100 names for boys and girls in New South Wales.  Data goes back to 1960.

Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Top 100 names for boys and girls in Victoria. Data goes back to 1929, and can search by either year or decade.

Queensland Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Top 100 names for boys and girls in Queensland. Data goes back 5 years. (downloadable files)

South Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Top 100 names for boys and girls in South Australia. Data goes back 5 years.

WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Top 50 names for boys and girls in Western Australia. Data goes back 5 years, but only for Top 10.

Tasmanian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Top 10 names for boys and girls in Tasmania. Data goes back five years. Can also download the state’s full data for the past 5 years.

NT Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages  Top 20 names for boys and girls in the Northern Territory. Data goes back to 2002, and includes the Top 10 for 1980.

ACT Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Top 10 names for boys and girls in the Australian Capital Territory. Data goes back to 1991, and includes the Top 10 for 1950 and 1930 (PDF document).

Australia Top 100 for 2013 Top 100 names for boys and girls in Australia for 2013 (combined spellings). Full report included, also includes the New Zealand Top 100.

2010 Complete Data for Tasmania Full name data for boys and girls in Tasmania for 2010 (Spreadsheet)

2013 Top 100 in Tasmania Top 100 names for boys and girls in Tasmania for 2013 (Spreadsheet)

2012 Complete Data from Victoria Full name data for boys and girls in Victoria for 2012 (spreadsheet) – information compiled by Blue Juniper from Baby Name Pondering

HISTORICAL

Top 100 of the 1900s from New South Wales

Top 100 of the 1910s from New South Wales

Top 100 of the 1920s from New South Wales

Top 100 of the 1930s from New South Wales

Top 100 of the 1940s from New South Wales

Top 100 of the 1950s from New South Wales

1944-2013 Complete Data from South Australia Full name data for boys and girls in South Australia from 1944 to 2013 (link to website with downloadable file)

OVERSEAS

United States Social Security Administration Searchable database of the Top 1000 from the US for each year from 1880 onwards. Can search by state or territory; state records go back for several decades (varies by state). Can search by year or decade. Includes popular twin names.

The Baby Name Wizard NameVoyager Searchable graph of of the most popular names in the United States since 1880. Popularity by decade only.

England and Wales Baby Names Searchable graph of the most popular names in England/Wales since 1996.

Top 100 in New Zealand Links to PDF files of the Top 100 names for boys and girls in New Zealand since 2004.

Behind the Name Provides popularity charts for the Top 100 names for boys and girls for several countries around the world. Name data from some countries is incomplete and/or out of date. Strong focus on English-speaking and European countries. Also includes historical data from medieval Florence (male only).

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16 thoughts on “Links to Name Data”

  1. Thanks so much for this – searching on my own, I could only find the McCrindle list (obviously I’m a name-finding amateur haha!). This is great, though it’s a pity to only have the top 100 in most cases. I turn green just thinking about the US data set!

    • You’re very welcome! I know we don’t have much data compared to the US, but it does have an upside, because we’re not nearly as popularity-obsessed as they are.

      • Good point! I have noticed that tendency to fixate on popularity on some American baby name blogs.
        Something else that struck me as I was browsing the NSW baby names explorer is just how few children are given names below the top 15 or so. It’s interesting to think that even if a baby is given a top 50 name, they might not actually end up being one of many in their classes (what a relief!).

      • True! I think a lot of Australian parents think they can’t use anything in the Top 100, when really anything below the Top 20 isn’t that common.

        One of my daughters has a Top 50 name, and she has never met another child with her name. Which is funny, because we were all prepared with tons of possible nicknames to save her from being known by an initial or a surname! Was never necessary.

  2. Rachel Emma said:

    2012 Complete data for Victoria. I wanted to cry with happiness!!

  3. If only Australia had access more data – like the US!