Pick the ACT’s most popular baby names for 2020

Ian Bushnell 29 December 2020 17
Baby names

George, Harvey and Theodore all appeared in the Top 10 ACT baby names for the first time. Photo: File.

Canberrans opted for tradition when choosing the name of their babies in 2020, with the top two having royal connections and others from the past regaining favour.

Popular Charlotte, favoured by the Cambridges for their daughter, and Henry, long the name of kings and the official moniker of Prince Harry, have topped the Access Canberra list for the most popular girl and boy baby names in the ACT for 2020.

After making several appearances in the Top 10 since 2014, Henry has been crowned the top boy baby name in the ACT for the first time since digital records started being kept in 1991.

And in a year of firsts for the boys’ list, George, another kingly name, Harvey and Theodore all appeared in the Top 10 for the first time.

Noah, from the Biblical story of the ark, was again the second most popular boy’s name.

Charlotte has been a mainstay in the Top 10 girls’ names list each year for the last decade, including taking the number one spot in 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Amelia, Matilda, Grace, Zoe, Olivia and Isla also return after making the 2019 list.

As of 7 December 2020, 2431 individual baby names have been registered across 5865 registrations. This compares with 2553 individual baby names across 6325 baby birth registrations in 2019.

If you are looking for ideas on what to call (or not to call) your baby, see ACT’s 2020 most popular baby names below. You can also check out the top 10 baby names for each year since 1991 at www.act.gov.au/topbabynames.

2020 Top 10 Girls’ Names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Amelia
  3. Matilda
  4. Isla
  5. Emily
  6. Chloe and Evelyn
  7. Zoe
  8. Eleanor, Grace and Olivia

2020 Top Ten Boys Names

  1. Henry
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Leo
  5. Charlie and Oliver
  6. Theodore
  7. George and Jack
  8. Alexander, Harvey, James and Thomas

Registering your child’s birth ensures you will be able to obtain a birth certificate which is needed for many purposes such as enrolling your child in school, obtaining a driver’s licence, and for various employment, and Government benefits and entitlements.

You can easily register your child’s birth online at www.act.gov.au/birthregistration.

Should you require a paper-based form to register the birth, contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.


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17 Responses to Pick the ACT’s most popular baby names for 2020
Tracey Wannell Tracey Wannell 6:20 pm 03 Jan 21

Charlotte at number one in 2020 Stephanie Wannell

Geraldine Purcell Geraldine Purcell 9:48 am 03 Jan 21

Chrissy Purcell thought that might help if you haven't chosen a name.

Acton Acton 6:54 am 03 Jan 21

The popularity of names with such royal connections like George, Charlotte and Henry shows the undying affection and admiration the people of Canberra have for the monarchy. Where are the little Malcolms and Jacinta’s?

Sarah Ferlitsch Sarah Ferlitsch 7:20 pm 02 Jan 21

Andy Gruber yesss avoided it 😂

Jasmina Samanovic Jasmina Samanovic 2:07 pm 02 Jan 21

Jakob Devers good boys name

Joann Gilmour Joann Gilmour 1:46 pm 02 Jan 21

At last some decent names that kids will be able to live with!!!!!

Emma Hehir Emma Hehir 10:19 am 02 Jan 21

Beth Montgomery Henry is the most popular baby boy name in ACT for 2020

    Beth Montgomery Beth Montgomery 10:21 am 02 Jan 21

    Emma Hehir must be a good name 😂

    Beth Montgomery Beth Montgomery 10:23 am 02 Jan 21

    Emma Hehir some of our other favourites are on this list too ☺️

Natalie Udler Natalie Udler 8:12 am 02 Jan 21

Bec Richards #10 😏

Hahaha I’ll stop now

Rebecca Elizabeth Rebecca Elizabeth 4:25 am 02 Jan 21

Skye Paul Sebby is special! 🥰

Claire Townsend Claire Townsend 12:36 am 02 Jan 21

Susan - both boys in top 10! Good names 😬

Lizzy Wheeler Lizzy Wheeler 11:09 pm 01 Jan 21

Georgia ClarkeJames Patterson why are most of these on my list

Leslie Bennett Leslie Bennett 10:12 pm 01 Jan 21

Ashleigh Kate Charlie and Thomas are in the top 10

Ellie Duckett Ellie Duckett 8:01 pm 01 Jan 21

Jimmy Smith one of our considered boy names made top 10. Lucky!! 😂

Kellee Bond Kellee Bond 7:32 pm 01 Jan 21

Reece Bender Greg didn’t make the cut for either girl or boys. 🤷🏽‍♀️

Daniel Barrow Daniel Barrow 1:49 pm 01 Jan 21

Jaimi Barrow quite a few names we considered for Charlie including Charlie on this list

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