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.
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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.”
Sienna has fallen from favour, exiting the top 10.
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.
(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)