Most popular baby names 2016

Published: 18 Apr 2017

New top 20 entrants for boys are old-school classics Leo, Henry and Max, while Harper cracked the top 20 girls’ names for the first time in 2016.

The NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) has released the Top 100 baby names list for 2016.

There are some interesting changes in baby name trends:

  • Olivia and Oliver have taken out the number one spots for the second time in three years.
  • Classic names are making a comeback, such as Leo, Henry and Max for boys. Evelyn was the 18th most popular baby name.
  • Scarlett and Matilda for girls, and Charlie and Cooper for boys, have dropped out of the Top 20 baby names in the state.
  • Harper ranked 19th as the most popular name for newborn girls, although it was regarded as a boy’s name in the 1800s.

Top 20 baby names of 2016

  Boys Girls
1 Oliver Olivia
2 William Charlotte
3 Jack Amelia
4 Noah Ava
5 Lucas Mia
6 James Chloe
7 Ethan Emily
8 Thomas Grace
9 Alexander Isla
10 Leo Ruby
11 Lachlan Isabella
12 Liam Zoe
13 Jacob Sophia
14 Isaac Evie
15 Samuel Sophie
16 Harrison Ivy
17 Benjamin Ella
18 Henry Evelyn
19 Joshua Harper
20 Max Sienna


See the full list of popular baby names

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