Traditional, with a twist: Australia's most popular baby names for 2020 revealed

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It may have felt like the year everything we took for granted got turned upside down, but when it comes to baby names many Australian parents stuck with with tried and tested favourites in 2020.

A new report from trend social researchers McCrindle, released today, found Charlotte (given to 1,556 babies in 2020) remained to most popular girl's name for the sixth year in a row, while Oliver (given to 2,138 babies last year) was the top pick for baby boys for the eighth year straight.

During 2020, ten girls' names entered the Top 100 list including Remi, Harlow, Hallow, Maeve, Maggie, Delilah and Isabel. Only five new boys' names joined the Top 100 list  - Leonardo, River, Luka, Lewis and Lennox.

Each year Australia's states and territories publish the top names given to babies in the previous 12 month period. McCrindle collates the data from each state and highlights any nationwide trends. 

Source: McCrindle Baby Names Report 2021.

Source: McCrindle Baby Names Report 2020

In addition to looking at the top names for 2020, McCrindle this year looked at naming trends for all Generation Alpha babies - that is, babies born since 2010.

The new data shows that although the most popular baby name choices have remained fairly consistent over the past decade, new parents are now selecting monikers from a greater range of names. This is particularly true of parents choosing a name for their daughter.

"Parents of Generation Alpha have more access to information than any other generation of parents in history and are influenced by more than just family and religious traditions," Social Researcher and co-author of Generation Alpha Ashley Fell said. 

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"They are drawing on social media and popular culture influences, blogs, websites and even baby name apps."

They found the fastest rising names over the past decade have been Willow (from 65 to 9), Hazel (from 63 to 25), Leo (from 86 to 5) and Theodore (from 83 to 13).  Meanwhile the names Sarah and Maddison have been the girls' names to have had the biggest fall down the list, and Dylan and Matthew are quickly losing popularity for baby boys.

"Among these new, emerging names we see the trends of girls' names ending in a vowel or vowel sound, and botanic influences and colours," Ms Fell said.

"We also see celebrity influences, with Luna growing in popularity since John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's daughter was born in 2016. 

"There is also the trend of shortening names and adding an 'ie' on the end (Elsie, Millie, Sadie). Shorter boys names ending in 'o' (Leo, Hugo, Arlo) are also on the rise for Generation Alpha."  

Researchers also observed the royal baby name influence is still alive and well with William, Archie, Harry, George, Louis and, of course, Charlotte all featuring in the top 100. 

To see the full report click here.