William has done it again, topping the list of most popular boy names in NSW in 2012, while Ruby has sprung to the top of the girl’s list.

It’s been a solid run for the princely name, as it has taken the top spot on the state’s boy’s list since 2009 - and has been in the top 10 every year since 1998.

Ruby, however, has had a slower rise to fame - the name didn’t even appear in the NSW top 10 in 2009.

Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album <i>19</i> in 2008. </p>
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Celebrity-inspired baby names of 2012

Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album 19 in 2008.

The name is of German origin and means "noble, kind". See names similar to Adele here.

  • Multi-award winning blues singer Adele has has brought her name back into focus, as it's leapt more than 250 places since the release of her album <i>19</i> in 2008. </p>
The name is of German origin and means "noble, kind". See names similar to Adele <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/adele" target="_blank">here</a>.
  • The UK's <i>X Factor</i> produced more than a singing star with its winner, Amelia Lily Oliver, last year: it lead to the name Amelia jumping from the UK's number five in 2010 to number one in 2011. Over in the US, it's the 30th most popular girl's name. 
Amelia means "industrious" and is of Latin origin. Find similar names <a href="hhttp://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/amelia” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • Audrina Patridge first came into the public eye in 2006, when she appeared on reality show <i>The Hills</i>. Her name entered the top 1000 list the following year and has continued to rise in popularity as the model/actress has appeared in further TV shows and ads. <p/>
Audrina is of English origin and means "nobility, strength". Find similar names <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/audrina” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • Apart from her role in her mother Sarah's run for political office, Bristol Palin came into public consciousness as a teen abstinence spokeperson following her own teen pregnancy, then appeared on the 2010 series of <i>Dancing with the Stars</i>. Her own reality show followed. The name Bristol first appeared on the American top 1000 list in 2009, and now sits at number 434.
  • Elle Fanning - the 14-year-old sister of fellow actress Dakota - has risen to fame in the films <i>Phoebe in Wonderland, Somewhere,</i> and <i>We Bought a Zoo</i>. Although also the name of an Aussie supermodel and lead characters in hit films <i>Kill Bill</i> and <i>Legally Blonde</i>, it's thought this young actress is at the root of the name's surge in the popularity rankings. <p/> 
Of French origin, the name means "woman, girl, she"; find similar names <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/elle
" target="_blank">here</a>.
  • In 2006, the name Kellan was almost unheard of in the US; six years later, after Kellan Lutz rose to fame in the <i>Twilight</i> movies, it's number 363 on the top 1000 list. The name Emmett - the character he plays in the series - has also had a large increase in popularity. <p/><p>  
Kellan means "powerful" and is Celtic Gaelic origin; find similar names <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/kellan” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • In 2010, the name Harry was number five in the UK. A year later, it was number one. What - or who - was the reason for the jump? Not Prince Harry, but One Direction's Harry Styles. The band came third in 2010's <i>The X Factor UK</i>, causing a sudden shift towards the shortened version of Harold.
  • In 2010 Iker Casillas was the captain of the Spain's soccer team when it won the World Cup, simultaneously starting a new naming trend in the US. The name Iker - which is of Spanish origin and means "visits, visitation" - was the second-fastest rising name in America from 2010-2011, jumping 267 places.
  • The name hasn't even made the top 1000 list in the US yet, but Jenson is a hit in the UK, where Jenson Button rose to fame as a Formula One driver. It's now the 69th most popular name in Great Britain.
  • Although Logan has been in the top 100 lists for a few years now, <i>Percy Jackson</i> actor Logan Lerman has made it even more popular with new parents in the US and UK. The fact that Hugh Jackman's <i>Wolverine</i> character is also called Logan has also given the moniker a boost. <p/><p/> 
The name Logan is Celtic Gaelic in origin and means "small cove". Find names like it <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/logan” target="_blank">here</a>.
  • Mila Kunis rose to fame in TV's <i>That '70s Show</i>, then as the voice of <i>Family Guy</i>'s Meg, but it wasn't until she starred in 2010's Oscar-nominated <i>Black Swan</i> that parents caught on to using her name for their own daughters. Mila is short for 'Milena', which means "gracious" in her native Ukraine. The name rose almost 200 places in the past lists.
  • Followers of naming trends believe that Niall is due for a rise in popularity following Niall Horan's fame in boy band One Direction. </p>
The name is of Celtic Gaelic origin; find others like it <a href="http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/pregnancy/baby-names/niall" target="_blank">here</a>.

Since then, it’s been in the number two spot, behind Isabella in 2010, and then Chloe in 2011.

Interestingly, Ruby also took out the top place for girls in Queensland in 2012, but William only placed third in that state.

“It’s not easy to say for certain why a name becomes popular - maybe it’s the familiarity of hearing a name that draws people to it,” said Greg Curry, registrar of NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages

“Popularity in names does come and go over the decades. In 1912, just over 200 baby girls were given the name Ruby - 100 years on, just over 500 parents decided on the name.”

The girl’s list has remained fairly stable since 2011, but Emily was a notable entry, jumping from last year’s number 12 spot to second in 2012.

Sienna has fallen from favour, exiting the top 10.

Likewise, the boy’s list contained nine of last year’s names, with Cooper slipping off – and James coming in from number 12.

Curry acknowledges that naming a new baby is exciting, but has a request for new parents.

“While enjoying this time, I ask parents to be mindful when choosing a name. Don’t be flippant, as it is with them for life,” he said.


  1. William
  2. Oliver
  3. Lucas
  4. Jack
  5. Noah
  6. Ethan
  7. Lachlan
  8. Joshua
  9. Thomas
  10. James


  1. Ruby
  2. Emily
  3. Olivia
  4. Chloe
  5. Charlotte
  6. Mia
  7. Amelia
  8. Isabella
  9. Sophie
  10. Ava 

(NSW statistics as of January 7; parents have 60 days after the child's birth to lodge the name with NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages)