Olivia and Oliver top the lists for Victoria's most popular baby names

Six-month-old baby William.
Six-month-old baby William. Photo: AAP

In a nice touch of harmony, the most popular names for children born in Victoria last year were Olivia and Oliver.

According to figures for 2018 released by the Victorian Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths on Thursday, Olivia won a long-term tussle with Charlotte to make the first spot.

Oliver topped the list of most popular boys’ names for the fourth year in a row.

Priscilla Perez  and her 17-hour-old baby Noah at the Royal Women's Hospital on Thursday.
Priscilla Perez and her 17-hour-old baby Noah at the Royal Women's Hospital on Thursday. Photo: Darrian Traynor

New or returning names in the top 10s are Matilda, Chloe, Leo, Henry and Charlie.

Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said: "We encourage all Victorian parents to give their children a good start in life by registering the arrival of their new baby with the Victorian Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths."

Ms Hennessy said it was interesting to see which names made the list each year, with parents returning to more traditional ones in recent times.

‘‘When parents are naming a baby, it is often the subject of deep negotiations between mum and dad and the family,’’ she said.

‘‘Baby names provide a really fascinating insight into the cultural history that’s occurring.’’

Ms Hennessy said Matilda had made the list for the first time, possibly due to the popular Roald Dahl book and musical.

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‘‘We really want to welcome and acknowledge all of those babies born in 2018,’’ she said.

‘‘I hope beyond hope that they are sleeping and feeding as best they can.’’

Baby Noah, whose name came in fourth on the boys’ list, was welcomed to the world on Wednesday.

lllustration: Matt Golding
lllustration: Matt Golding Photo:

His mother, Priscilla Perez, said she named him after a prophet after looking through names in the Koran.

‘‘It’s very meaningful and the story behind it is meaningful too,’’ she said.

Both she and her husband love the name and aren’t put off by its popularity.

But Ms Perez had some convincing to do before the birth in getting her husband on board, who wanted to pick a name from his family.

‘‘Because he’s got a really big family, I wanted a name that was unique,’’ she said.

Her advice to couples arguing over the big decision: get a shortlist with names both partners like, write them out, put them in a hat and the winner is whichever is picked out five times first.

Elizabeth Bonner instead chose to look to family names, passing on her grandfather’s to William, who is now five-months-old.

‘‘It’s a classic name and that’s what my husband and I were after,’’ she said. ‘‘It wasn’t going to date. It was the perfect fit.’’

Although she wasn’t inspired by the royal family, Ms Bonner joked that her and her husband almost considered changing William’s name to that of another famous royal.

‘‘We did have a little joke when he came out with his red hair that perhaps we should have called him Harry, but we stuck with William,’’ she laughed.

Girls' names:

  1. Olivia
  2. Charlotte
  3. Amelia
  4. Mia
  5. Ava
  6. Isla
  7. Zoe
  8. Chloe
  9. Grace
  10. Matilda

Boys' names:

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. William
  4. Noah
  5. Thomas
  6. Henry
  7. Leo
  8. Ethan
  9. Liam and Charlie (a tie)

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