Oliver and Charlotte are the top baby names in NSW for the third year running, but fewer parents overall are giving popular names to their newborns.
Data from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, released on Wednesday, showed Oliver is once again the state's favourite name for boys, having been the most popular choice for the past six years.
Princess Charlotte is in possession of NSW’s top baby name for another year.Credit:Steve Parsons
It was closely followed by Noah, William and Jack. The same boys' names have occupied the top four spots in NSW for the past seven years.
Charlotte was the top name for girls for the third year in a row, followed by Olivia, Mia and Amelia.
Isla has continued to grow in popularity over the past decade, rising to a record fifth position since cracking the top 10 in 2016. It first appeared in the top 100 names in 2008, given to fewer than one-third of the number of babies who received the Scottish monniker last year.
Although there is little movement in the top names, fewer parents are choosing a "popular" name for their child.
Just 568 boys were named Oliver and 449 baby girls were named Charlotte last year. In 2009, 742 baby boys received the top name of William, while 616 girls were named Isabella.
Going back another decade, in 1999 there were 999 Joshuas and 862 Emilys recorded, while 1989 saw nearly three times the number of Matthews (1583) and Jessicas (1523) born as the top names today.
Parents are much more likely to choose popular middle names, with Rose and James, the top choices, each received by more than 1700 newborns in 2019.
The top names for babies born in Victoria last year were Oliver and Olivia, while Charlotte ranked third for girls, according to data released last week. In Queensland, Oliver and Olivia were also most popular, with Olivia ousting Charlotte after five years on top.
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