Short and sweet: 2020 top baby name list shows abbreviated names on the rise

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A study of Australia's most popular baby names has been revealed, with shorter and gender neutral baby names gaining popularity over more traditional names.

The 2020 study, published by McCrindle, shows while many of the names are gender specific, several girls' names from the Top 100 can be interchanged for boys' names. These include Harper, Frankie, Mackenzie  and Peyton in 9th, 36th, 52nd and 89th place.

There is also an increase in traditionally boys' names that can be used for girls - such as Dylan, Jordan, Luca, Ashton, Kai, Bailey and Jesse.

The Aussie tradition of making everything shorter seems to be alive and well when it comes to baby names, with parents choosing to give their children abbreviated versions of longer names.

Jack came in third, ahead of  Jackson which was ranked 45th.  Archie ranked 25th, beating Archer at 27th  and Maxwell dropped out of the Top 100 this year whilst and Max ranked 23rd. The pattern followed for girls, with Ella out ranking outranks Isabella and Isabelle.

The trend of shortening names and adding an "ie" or "y" to the end is also continuing with parents changing Rose to Rosie, Savannah to Sadie, Amelia to Millie, Isabella to Billie, Charlotte to Charlie, Elizabeth to Ellie and William to Billy

Meanwhile, thirteen new names have entered the top 100 list, with seven new boys names and six new girls names making the top 100.

Ezra, Felix, Marcus, Fletcher, Ari, Aaron and Billy have entered the list for the boys, with Toby, Nathan, Maxwell, Nicholas, Blake, Phoenix and Leonardo dropping off. The girls list saw newcomers Sadie, Madeline, Riley, Peyton, Lilly and Rosie, with Adeline, Eliza, Alyssa, Harlow, Hayley and Madeleine falling out of the top 100.

Charlotte took out the top spot for the most popular baby name for Australian girls, being chosen for 1,609 baby girls, with 2,206 boys have been named Oliver making it the most popular boys name.
 
Top Ten lists
 
Girls
 
Charlotte
Olivia
Amelia
Isla
Mia 
Ava
Grace
Willow
Harper
Chloe  
 
 
 
 
Boys
 
 
Oliver
Noah
Jack
William
Leo
Lucas
Thomas
Henry
Charlie
James 
 

Click here for the full top 100 boys and girls names list.