Sydney – Northern Beaches
The affluent Northern Beaches published Top 20 lists for individual suburbs – luxury! Names which were higher in the northern suburbs than in NSW overall were Arlo, Harvey, Archie, Beau, Billy, Harley, Theodore, Hugo, Louie, Sonny, Toby, Ashton, Florence, Poppy, Piper, Billie, Millie, Mila, Amelie, Ayla, Savannah, Skye, Jasmine, and Imogen. The overall Top 10:
Sydney – Western Suburbs
Most popular names for boys in the west were Jacob, Joshua, William, Noah, James, Muhammad, Hunter and Jackson, while for girls it was Charlotte, Mia, Amelia, Olivia, Sophie, Jessica, Mackenzie, Isabella, Evie, Sienna, Peyton, Tahlia, and Aliza.
The article noted some more unusual names that scored quite highly in the west, such as Zion and Harleen.
The Illawarra region has published a Top 40. Top 40 names include Arlo, Jax and Spencer for boys, and Alyssa, Olive and Ariana for girls. The Top 10:
The South Coast
The towns between Berry and Eden published their Top 40 for boys and girls. Arlo, Jasper, Aria and Pippa are Top 40 names on the south coast. The Top 10:
The most popular names for boys in the Riverina were Oliver, William and Jack, and for girls they were Olivia, Charlotte and Mia.
The most popular boy’s name was Archie, and the most popular girl’s name was Brooklyn. It intrigues me that Brooklyn not only only sounds like Broken, but has the same meaning – a case of geographic determinism?
Albury and Wodonga
In the border towns, Jack was #1 name for boys, with Archie at #2. The #1 spot for girls was shared between Ava and Sophie, and Ella was #2.
The #1 name for boys was Jack, followed by Jackson and Thomas. The #1 girl’s name was Olivia, with Ruby and Sophie tying for #2.
On a sad note Mrs Ruth Matthews, who has been recording baby names from The Ballarat Courier for fifty years, has decided to call it a day. So many people are announcing their baby’s birth on Facebook that there been a sharp decline in the number of birth notices. Mrs Matthews said the most popular boy’s name overall was Andrew, and for girls it was Jessica.
In the south-west of Victoria the most popular names for boys were Angus, William, and Harry, while in second place were Archer/Archie and Jack. For girls, the top names were Lucy and Emma/Emmy, while Charlotte, Ruby, and Mia all came in second place.
The paper noted that Sophie had declined while Fletcher had risen, and that names beginning with H for boys and E for girls were much in evidence.
Thanks to Ebony at babynameobsessed for these summaries of regional names from WA.
South West and Great Southern
The most popular boy’s names were Noah at #1, Jack at #2 and Oliver at #3. For girls it was Charlotte #1, Sophie #2, and Amelia, Ava and Matilda at #3.
Jake, Connor, Lincoln, Oscar, Evie, Alexis, Isabelle and Georgia were much higher in the south than in the state overall.
Goldfields and Esperance
Jack was the #1 name for boys, and Olivia # for girls.
Beau, Hudson, Jake, Lincoln, Oscar, Jayden, Max, and Sienna were higher on the Goldfields than in the state overall.
Wheatbelt and Midwest
Jack was the #1 boy’s name, followed by Hudson and James at #2. For girls, Isabelle was #1, with Ella, Sophie, Ava, Matilda, and Mackenzie at #2.
Hudson, Logan, Jaxon, Nathan, Benjamin, Luke, Matthew, Isabelle, Ella, Matilda and Mackenzie were higher in the Wheatbelt region than the state overall.
Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne
In the north of the state, the #1 boy’s name was William, with James at #2 and Samuel, Cooper and Harrison at #3. For girls, Charlotte was #1, Isabella, Amelia and Layla were #2 and Sophia, Isla and Chloe were #3.
Jett, Kevin, Jesse and Cameron were popular names in the state’s north, while Tyler, Luke, Dylan, Archer, Archie, Isabella, Layla and Sophia were higher in popularity than in WA overall.
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