The most popular baby names in Australia 2022: The fastest rising and falling for boys and girls


The top fastest rising baby boy and girl names in Australia have been named after the top 10 most popular were announced in the annual McCrindle report. 

While Isla and Oliver took out the number one names overall, Willow and Theodore have seen the biggest rank increase since Generation Alpha began being born in 2010.

For the girls, Willow was followed by Florence. Violet, Ivy, Audrey, Sofia, Elsie and Harper.

For boys, Theodore was followed by Leo, Hudson, Hugo, Arlo, Archer, Harvey and Beau.

Over the last decade, the names that have experienced the biggest fall in rank include Jasmine, Lara, Summer, Emma and Claire for girls, and Connor, Luke, Nicholas, Matthew and Jayden for boys.

The top fastest rising baby boy and girl names in Australia have been named after the top 10 monikers for 2022 were announced in the annual McCrindle report 

Popular: The boys’ names with the biggest rise from 2010-2021 

1. Theodore

2. Leo 

3. Hudson

4. Hugo 

5. Arlo

6. Archer

7. Harvey

8. Beau

Popular: The girls’ names with the biggest rise from 2010-2021 

1. Willow

2. Florence

3. Violet

4. Ivy

5. Audrey

6. Sofia

7. Elsie

8. Harper

Unpopular: The boys’ names with the biggest fall from 2010-2021 

1. Connor 

2. Luke 

3. Nicholas 

4. Matthew

 5. Jayden 

Unpopular: The girls’ names with the biggest fall from 2010-2021 

1. Jasmine

2. Lara

3. Summer

4. Emma 

5. Claire

For the first time since 2015, Australia has a new top baby girl name – Isla.

The name was given to 1,539 Australian baby girls in 2021 and it saw a  surge in popularity from 34th position in 2010 to 4th in 2021 and now 1st.

After analysing the most commonly chosen names in all Australian states and territories over the past year, McCrindle named Oliver as the top boy’s name for the ninth year in a row. 

The top 10 girls’ names in Australia in 2022 

1. Isla (1,539  

2. Charlotte (1,508)

3. Olivia (1,491)

4. Amelia (1,399)

5. Ava (1,314)

6. Mia (1,245)

7. Grace (1,216)

8. Willow (1,076)

9. Matilda (1,062)

10. Ella (1,003) 

The top 10 boys’ names in Australia in 2022 

1. Oliver (2,263)

2. Noah (1,980)

3. Jack (1,501)

4. Henry (1,469)

5. William (1,457)

6. Leo (1,365)

7. Charlie (1,288)

8. Theodore (1,205)

9. Lucas (1,171)

10. Thomas (1,154) 

The six girls’ names that have ENTERED the top 100 

1. Riley

2. Lyla

3. Indiana

4. Nora

5. Heidi

6. Zoey 

The six girls’ names that have EXITED the top 100  

1. Molly

2. Sarah

3. Annabelle

4. Maddison

5. Isabel

6. Clara 

Australia’s least populous states helped Isla rise to number one as it was the most commonly chosen name in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory however it only just pipped the post with just 31 fewer occurrences than Charlotte.

Olivia (3rd) and Amelia (4th) remained in the top four and Ava (5th) made its way back into the five most popular names since 2019. 

For the boys, Oliver was the only name given to more than 2000 babies in 2022 while Noah placed second again and Jack jumped up a spot to third. 

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl's name Maeve featured in the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl’s name Maeve featured in the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)

Baby names of 2022 – the trends to watch  

NICKNAMES AS FIRST NAMES 

In recent years we have noticed a trend of Australian parents opting for shorter names as first names. For example, Jack (3rd) outranks Jackson (59th) (a 17 point rank decline since last year), Leo (6th) outranks Leonardo (93rd) (a 13 point rank decline in comparison to last year), Archie (13th) outranks Archer (28th) and Eli (52nd) outranks Elias (99th). Even for girls’, currently Ella (10th) outranks Isabella (15th) and Isabelle (40th). 

PLACE AND COLOUR NAMES 

When it comes to baby girl names, parents are also drawing inspiration from colours. Among the baby names inspired by colour are Ruby (21st), Hazel (24th), Violet (28th), Scarlett (30th), Olive (64th), Jasmine (78th) and Rose (81st). 

New parents today are also drawing on places for inspiration for their children’s names. Names like Charlotte (2nd), Sienna (23rd), Georgia (32nd), Florence (33rd), Sofia (39th), Savannah (68th), Eden (77th), Indiana (93rd) for girls and Hudson (12th), Jordan (53rd), Austin (55th), Logan (56th) and Jackson (59th) for boys.

ONE NAME, WORDED MANY WAYS 

In recent years, the creativity has spanned through the emergence of similar names which are worded different ways. This is seen in Zoe (18th) and Zoey (100th), Sophia (20th) and Sofia (39th) and Amelia (4th) and Emilia (54th), highlighting that girls’ names vary creatively.

Ella was the only newcomer to the girl’s top ten after rising from eleventh place in 2021 while traditional names like Henry (4th), William (5th) and Theodore (8th) were popular for boys. 

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl’s name Maeve featured in the Netflix hit show Sex Education while names like Mia, Lucas, Archie, Sienna, Gorge Louis and Savannah like the newer generation of British royals were also popular. 

While Generation Alpha haven’t finished being born yet, there are clear trends when it comes to the most popular baby names for this generation. 

Of this years’ Top 100 list, almost half (47) of the girls’ names did not feature on the list back in 2010, compared to a third (33) of boys’ names. This shows the trend of more variety in girls’ names than boys’. 

Some of the most popular names that have debuted in the last decade for girls include Hazel, Florence, Daisy, Frankie, Luna, Ayla, Sadie, Billie, Millie, Aurora and Mila. 

Some of the most popular names that have debuted for boys in the last decade include Theodore, Hudson, Arlo, Archer, Harvey, Carter, Arthur, Sonny and Asher. 

Other girls’ names to watch include Remi (which debuted at 73rd in 2020 and rose to 60th this year), Maeve (which debuted at 86th in 2020 and rose to 70th this year) and Delilah (which debuted at 96th last year and has risen to 71st). 

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