Charlotte and Oliver: Canberra’s top baby names for 2017

Lachlan Roberts 28 December 2017

Lots of Baby Charlottes’ and Baby Olivers’ in the ACT in 2017.

The most popular baby names of the year have been released with Charlotte again taking top honours for the girls and Oliver overthrowing reigning popular pick William to take the top spot in 2017.

The ACT Minister for Regulatory Services, Gordon Ramsay said in the announcement that Charlotte had remained a very popular name over the last 14 years.

“Charlotte has made the top 10 names for girls in the ACT since 2003 and has held the title as the most popular for the last three consecutive years.”

Oliver returns to the top of the pile after a hiatus of 7 years, taking down William, which had been the favourite since 2013. Oliver, a name which was made popular by the protagonist in the popular Charles Dickens’ book ‘Oliver Twist’, has consistently been a top 10 favourite since 2008.

2017 also saw Olivia, Chloe, Sophie, Isla, Ivy, Henry, Samuel, Noah and Charlie enter the top 10, with Olivia skyrocketing to second place.

A total of 7,121 (3,465 female 3,656 Male) births were registered through Access Canberra in 2017.

The top 10 girls’ names in Canberra for 2017 were: Position
Charlotte 1
Olivia 2
Chloe 3
Sophie 3
Amelia 5
Isla 5
Ivy 5
Ava 8
Grace 8
Mia 8
The top 10 boys’ names in Canberra for 2017 were: Position
Oliver 1
William 2
Henry 3
James 3
Jack 5
Samuel 5
Noah 5
Charlie 8
Alexander 8
Lachlan 10
Leo 10
Thomas 10

For more information on how you can register your baby’s birth with Access Canberra, visit


Did your favourite baby name make the list? Let us know what name you would like to see make the top 10 in the comments section below.

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