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Canberra’s most popular baby names of 2016 revealed

By Amy Birchall - 4 January 2017 19

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The top 10 baby names in the ACT for 2016 have been announced, with Canberra parents opting for traditional names like Charlotte, William, Grace and Thomas.

Charlotte topped the list of girl’s names for the second year running, according to Minister for Regulatory Services Gordon Ramsay. Charlotte has appeared in Canberra’s top 10 list for girls each year since 2003.

William, which also topped the list in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2014, emerged as the most popular name for boys.

Audrey, Lily and Evelyn were new to the top 10 list for girl names with favourites Amelia, Ava, Zoe and Grace appearing again as top girl’s names for 2016.

Joining William, other popular names re-appearing in the top 10 baby boy names were Lachlan, Jack, Thomas and Oliver.

Canberra’s top 10 names for girls 

  1. Charlotte
  2. Amelia
  3. Ava
  4. Zoe
  5. Grace
  6. Evelyn
  7. Mia
  8. Abigail
  9. Audrey
  10. Lily

Canberra’s top 10 names for boys

  1. William
  2. Lachlan
  3. Thomas
  4. Jack
  5. Oliver
  6. Liam
  7. James
  8. Alexander
  9. Leo
  10. Ethan

On average, 18 babies were born each day in Canberra in 2016.

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19 Responses to
Canberra’s most popular baby names of 2016 revealed
Maya123 12:27 pm 08 Jan 17

JC said :

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

MERC600 said :

bruce_lord said :

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

Just out of interest, I do wonder where the name Mohammad does appear on the ACT list.

The ACT list (and indeed most national lists) only disclose the top ten names.

Digging deeper, McCrindle’s latest available “Baby Names in Australia 2015” quotes :

“The following Biblical names have increased in popularity since 2013: Thomas (6th up from 7th), Samuel (15th up from 16th), Levi (28th up from 29th), Aaron (92th up from 94th), David (91st up from 95th), Caleb (67th upfrom 72nd), Alexander (9th up from 15th), Elijah (30th up from 36th) and Gabriel (86th up from 105th).

Arabic names also feature on the list, with Layla at 32nd (down from 30th) and Ali rose to 87th place (up from 93rd).

Muhammad also re-entered the list this year, coming in at 90th, up from 101st in 2013.

I’m guessing many parents wouldn’t know that all those names are Biblical. David, Alexander, Thomas for instance. I didn’t know the last two were. In fact when I looked up Alexander, the meaning was given as Greek.
From Wikipedia: “the name Alexander is derived from the Greek ?????????? (Aléxandros), meaning “Defender of the people” or “Defending men”[1] and also, “Protector of men”, a compound of the verb ??????? alexein, “to ward off, to avert, to defend”[2] and the noun ???? an?r, “man” (GEN ?????? andros)”

That may be the origin of the name, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a biblical name too.

That could be true, and I would be interested in it’s Biblical reference. However, I still maintain that many/most new parents would not see the names as particularly Biblical, so any collation between religion and giving a child a name with a religious origin doesn’t exist. The names are common and the parents just like them. Personalty I would steer away from any names with a religious base, as it labels a child. Maybe not here, but many people travel and it might elsewhere.

JC 11:55 am 08 Jan 17

Maya123 said :

dungfungus said :

MERC600 said :

bruce_lord said :

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

Just out of interest, I do wonder where the name Mohammad does appear on the ACT list.

The ACT list (and indeed most national lists) only disclose the top ten names.

Digging deeper, McCrindle’s latest available “Baby Names in Australia 2015” quotes :

“The following Biblical names have increased in popularity since 2013: Thomas (6th up from 7th), Samuel (15th up from 16th), Levi (28th up from 29th), Aaron (92th up from 94th), David (91st up from 95th), Caleb (67th upfrom 72nd), Alexander (9th up from 15th), Elijah (30th up from 36th) and Gabriel (86th up from 105th).

Arabic names also feature on the list, with Layla at 32nd (down from 30th) and Ali rose to 87th place (up from 93rd).

Muhammad also re-entered the list this year, coming in at 90th, up from 101st in 2013.

I’m guessing many parents wouldn’t know that all those names are Biblical. David, Alexander, Thomas for instance. I didn’t know the last two were. In fact when I looked up Alexander, the meaning was given as Greek.
From Wikipedia: “the name Alexander is derived from the Greek ?????????? (Aléxandros), meaning “Defender of the people” or “Defending men”[1] and also, “Protector of men”, a compound of the verb ??????? alexein, “to ward off, to avert, to defend”[2] and the noun ???? an?r, “man” (GEN ?????? andros)”

That may be the origin of the name, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a biblical name too.

Maya123 1:57 am 08 Jan 17

dungfungus said :

MERC600 said :

bruce_lord said :

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

Just out of interest, I do wonder where the name Mohammad does appear on the ACT list.

The ACT list (and indeed most national lists) only disclose the top ten names.

Digging deeper, McCrindle’s latest available “Baby Names in Australia 2015” quotes :

“The following Biblical names have increased in popularity since 2013: Thomas (6th up from 7th), Samuel (15th up from 16th), Levi (28th up from 29th), Aaron (92th up from 94th), David (91st up from 95th), Caleb (67th upfrom 72nd), Alexander (9th up from 15th), Elijah (30th up from 36th) and Gabriel (86th up from 105th).

Arabic names also feature on the list, with Layla at 32nd (down from 30th) and Ali rose to 87th place (up from 93rd).

Muhammad also re-entered the list this year, coming in at 90th, up from 101st in 2013.

I’m guessing many parents wouldn’t know that all those names are Biblical. David, Alexander, Thomas for instance. I didn’t know the last two were. In fact when I looked up Alexander, the meaning was given as Greek.
From Wikipedia: “the name Alexander is derived from the Greek ?????????? (Aléxandros), meaning “Defender of the people” or “Defending men”[1] and also, “Protector of men”, a compound of the verb ??????? alexein, “to ward off, to avert, to defend”[2] and the noun ???? an?r, “man” (GEN ?????? andros)”

dungfungus 7:57 am 07 Jan 17

MERC600 said :

bruce_lord said :

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

Just out of interest, I do wonder where the name Mohammad does appear on the ACT list.

The ACT list (and indeed most national lists) only disclose the top ten names.

Digging deeper, McCrindle’s latest available “Baby Names in Australia 2015” quotes :

“The following Biblical names have increased in popularity since 2013: Thomas (6th up from 7th), Samuel (15th up from 16th), Levi (28th up from 29th), Aaron (92th up from 94th), David (91st up from 95th), Caleb (67th upfrom 72nd), Alexander (9th up from 15th), Elijah (30th up from 36th) and Gabriel (86th up from 105th).

Arabic names also feature on the list, with Layla at 32nd (down from 30th) and Ali rose to 87th place (up from 93rd).

Muhammad also re-entered the list this year, coming in at 90th, up from 101st in 2013.

MERC600 4:30 pm 06 Jan 17

bruce_lord said :

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

Just out of interest, I do wonder where the name Mohammad does appear on the ACT list.

chewy14 9:44 am 05 Jan 17

pink little birdie said :

And 20 names off our list.
Well 10 – We already decided on the name for one of the sexes.

Names are hard.
Other people should suggest some.

Younique?

Any name where you’ve strategically replaced an “i” with a “y”?

TuggLife 12:28 am 05 Jan 17

pink little birdie said :

And 20 names off our list.
Well 10 – We already decided on the name for one of the sexes.

Names are hard.
Other people should suggest some.

My kids’ name usually come in somewhere between 11 and 30 on these lists – common enough that they are recognisable and easy to spell, but hopefully they’ll each be the only one in their class with their first name.

pink little birdie 10:46 pm 04 Jan 17

Acton said :

pink little birdie said :

And 20 names off our list.
Well 10 – We already decided on the name for one of the sexes.

Names are hard.
Other people should suggest some.

Donald? Pauline?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
No current well know politicians from any country.

Acton 5:27 pm 04 Jan 17

pink little birdie said :

And 20 names off our list.
Well 10 – We already decided on the name for one of the sexes.

Names are hard.
Other people should suggest some.

Donald? Pauline?

pink little birdie 5:01 pm 04 Jan 17

And 20 names off our list.
Well 10 – We already decided on the name for one of the sexes.

Names are hard.
Other people should suggest some.

dungfungus 4:28 pm 04 Jan 17

bruce_lord said :

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

No, it simply means that Muslims in Australia are having more children than non-Muslims in Australia.

chewy14 3:54 pm 04 Jan 17

Acton said :

Could it be that Canberra is not so pro-republic as believed? In 2016 the most popular names for Canberra babies were William and Charlotte. You would hardly pick those names if you were pro-republican, anti-royal family. Is there growing admiration for the royals amongst young mums and dads? Are Gen Xs and Ys rejecting the tired rantings of the anti-monarchist pro-republican baby-boomers?

The ANU Australian Election Study indicates that the percentage of the population in favour of a republic has been consistently declining since 1997. The graph at page 80 of the report (The Queen, the flag and republicanism) shows that in 2016 support for a republic is now at its lowest level since 1987.

http://www.australianelectionstudy.org/

A reputable survey (and the choice of baby names) suggests there is even less desire for a republic now than there was back in 1999 when the referendum rejected a republic. Happy New Year to all republicans!

I think the drop in support for a republic is far more relatable to the fact that it has not been a major issue raised by the media or any political party in recent years. This along with growing distrust of politicians leads people to be more conservative and support the status quo. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when the Queen falls of the perch.

And BTW it’s also interesting to note that both of those Royal baby names are in the top ten most popular in the USA. The Redcoats are making a comeback I tells ya, it’s the slow burn.

bruce_lord 2:37 pm 04 Jan 17

A correlation between baby names and a reduced desire to become a republic. I have officially heard it all now.

Considering Mohammad is the fastest growing name in Australia it must mean we are all becoming Muslim.

Maya123 12:49 pm 04 Jan 17

Acton said :

Is there growing admiration for the royals amongst young mums and dads? Are Gen Xs and Ys rejecting the tired rantings of the anti-monarchist pro-republican baby-boomers?

I would guess just following fashion and maybe celebrity names; not any indication of pro or against republican feelings. People can be ‘sheep’, especially young people.

Acton 11:42 am 04 Jan 17

Could it be that Canberra is not so pro-republic as believed? In 2016 the most popular names for Canberra babies were William and Charlotte. You would hardly pick those names if you were pro-republican, anti-royal family. Is there growing admiration for the royals amongst young mums and dads? Are Gen Xs and Ys rejecting the tired rantings of the anti-monarchist pro-republican baby-boomers?

The ANU Australian Election Study indicates that the percentage of the population in favour of a republic has been consistently declining since 1997. The graph at page 80 of the report (The Queen, the flag and republicanism) shows that in 2016 support for a republic is now at its lowest level since 1987.

http://www.australianelectionstudy.org/

A reputable survey (and the choice of baby names) suggests there is even less desire for a republic now than there was back in 1999 when the referendum rejected a republic. Happy New Year to all republicans!

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