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Are you really calling your babies Oliver?

By johnboy - 21 October 2011 26

Justice and Community Safety is publishing the list of the top most popular baby names in 2010.

For the Girls:

    1 Emily
    2 Sophie
    =3 Lily
    =3 Ruby
    5 Olivia
    6 Chloe
    =7 Charlotte
    =7 Grace
    =9 Ella
    =9 Mia

And the boys:

    1 Oliver
    2 William
    3 Lachlan
    4 Jack
    5 Alexander
    6 Ethan
    7 James
    =8 Liam
    =8 Thomas
    10 Lucas

Oliver? Really?

It is, however, nice to see a complete abscence of innovative uses of the letter “y”.

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Are you really calling your babies Oliver?
luther_bendross 3:04 pm 21 Oct 11

I found a few of those names to be strange, particularly the second- and third- last ones on the male list. I always thought it was spelt 8====D

Diggety 2:27 pm 21 Oct 11

shadow boxer said :

At least Josh has finally gone, I swear every boy at my kids school is named Josh.

Funny you say that: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1211719/Why-teachers-single-pupils-called-Callum-Chelsea-Connor-Jack-troublemakers.html

I was sure there was an Australian study done but I can’t find it now 😉

Rollersk8r 2:21 pm 21 Oct 11

Yes really. I reckon anyone with young kids knows a million Olivers – and just as many Olivias. Personally I think Oliver is a bit cutesy but glad to see Jordan, Jayden, Cooper and other usual suspects are absent from the list.

poetix 1:54 pm 21 Oct 11

enrique said :

It’s funny over the past few years it has been a common occurrence to see girls names in the top 10 end in the sound ‘ee’

e.g. Emily, Sophie, Lily, Ruby, Chloe

Generally, men’s names in English tend to end in a hard, closed sound, whereas girls are more likely to end in an open vowel sound; only Charlotte and Grace are ‘enclosed’ on the list.

Gender is a funny thing.

Thoroughly Smashed 1:37 pm 21 Oct 11

Richard Hammond called the 1963 Opel Kadett he rescued from Botswana Oliver, maybe there are more Top Gear fans out there than I thought.

qbngeek said :

They spelt them wrong.

The boys name actually look like this after you add a bit of a bogan-remix:
1 Olyvyr
2 Wyliaym
3 Locklayn
4 Jack
5 Aliyxaendr
6 Eythan
7 James
=8 Leeaym
=8 Tommas
10 Lookus

Its also good to see I did actually choose uncommon names and still managed to spell them the traditional way.

Blimey, the bogans have all gone Latin and Welsh.

Clown Killer 1:36 pm 21 Oct 11

I notice though that the bogans are hanging on by a thread with the continued use of ‘Jack’ … a diminutive of ‘John’. On the strength of that I’ll wager there’s a fair swag of ‘Jacks’ out there with double-barrel surnames too – with their parents too bogan to understand that’s what the ‘middle’ name can be used for.

poetix 1:23 pm 21 Oct 11

It’s interesting that Oliver and Olivia are both in their respective lists. Olivia seems somehow less old fashioned; perhaps because there was no Olivia Twist?

Holden Caulfield 1:09 pm 21 Oct 11

Thumper said :

My name used to be uncommon

What? Holden?

Touche!

shadow boxer 12:29 pm 21 Oct 11

At least Josh has finally gone, I swear every boy at my kids school is named Josh.

Thumper 12:25 pm 21 Oct 11

Awesome, I make the top ten 🙂

Thumper 12:24 pm 21 Oct 11

My name used to be uncommon

What? Holden?

enrique 11:58 am 21 Oct 11

It’s funny over the past few years it has been a common occurrence to see girls names in the top 10 end in the sound ‘ee’

e.g. Emily, Sophie, Lily, Ruby, Chloe

Eirlys 11:43 am 21 Oct 11

In the 80s all the boys seemed to get named Andrew, and growing up I was lucky to see my name spelt correctly (not a weird spelling by the by) but now it is available on cups key rings etc and I don’t see the variants I saw growing up.

Holden Caulfield 11:00 am 21 Oct 11

My name used to be uncommon. It’s not Oliver by the way, but I still look around whenever I hear someone scream at their offspring in the mall, or wherever, thinking “what have I done now”, haha.

qbngeek 10:39 am 21 Oct 11

They spelt them wrong.

The boys name actually look like this after you add a bit of a bogan-remix:
1 Olyvyr
2 Wyliaym
3 Locklayn
4 Jack
5 Aliyxaendr
6 Eythan
7 James
=8 Leeaym
=8 Tommas
10 Lookus

Its also good to see I did actually choose uncommon names and still managed to spell them the traditional way.

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