Gone are the days when babies were automatically given their dad's names.
Essential Baby has thousands of baby name ideas for you to choose the perfect baby girl name or baby boy name.
Firstly you can check out our BABY NAME TOOL, where you can search by letter, meaning, name origin and gender.
You can chat with others about your ideas, and give advice to those looking for it, in our BABY NAME FORUM.
And below you'll find lists of names under popular categories. Browse through to find a name you love.
Most popular baby names of 2017
- Australia's 100 top baby names of 2017
- Top trend: surnames as first names for boys
- Top trend: nature names for girls
- Rock and roll names
- Jazz, blues & soul music names
- Classical music names
- Britpop baby names
- Baby names from hip hop and rap
- Baby names from pop music
- Baby names from heavy metal and hard rock
- Scottish baby names
- Italian baby names
- Indian (Hindi) baby names
- African baby names
- Irish baby names
- French baby names
- Top Australian baby names of 2015
- Baby names from Asia
- Baby names from Eastern Europe
- Baby names from Northern & Western Europe
- Aries baby names
- Taurus baby names
- Gemini baby names
- Cancerian baby names
- Leo baby names
- Virgo baby names
- Libra baby names
- Scorpio baby names
- Sagittarius baby names
- Capricorn baby names
- Aquarius baby names
- Pisces baby names
Need more help finding the perfect baby name?
Head to our Baby Name Tool to browse by letter, meaning, gender or origin.
Use our Baby Name Tester tool to see how a name sounds in a variety of situations.
Talk to others and use the forum as a sounding board with baby names on our baby names forums. There are lots of naming fanatics ready to help with name ideas, sibsets and to warn you off no-go names in the baby name forum.
In an era where gender neutrality is the norm, it seems more and more parents are picking traditional boy names for their little girls.
It was dog eat dog in a recent thread about what constitutes an 'upper class' baby name.
Access Canberra have revealed it denied a baby name last financial year, only the third time in its history, for containing non-phonetic symbols.
Some are absolute jaw-droppers.
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Mums are labelling it "ghastly" and "ridiculous".
Parents should be having open-minded conversations about surnames.
You might want to think twice about consigning your child to a lifetime of correcting people.
If you do ask your child for name suggestions, don't be surprised if you receive a heap of - shall we say - 'creative' responses.