Naming the Fishes

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Name Statistics For Australians

Vintage pram with baby 2I’m always intrigued about the popularity of names, from the less common Louisa (#525 in NSW) to the super popular Charlotte (#1 nationwide). It must be crazy but sometimes I feel that names like Charlotte lose their mint charm when they become that popular. And I’m sure others feel the same. Lovely names like Jack and Ruby might get dismissed by parents because they are too popular, and the ranks clearly show that they are in the top 10 nationwide. But these names might not be as common as you think, lets look at the statistics:

Note: If I have made any mistakes with my calculations, feel free to correct me!

Over the last two decades, the number of babies born each year has averaged around a quarter of a million. However these last few years we’ve seen a baby boom where the number is closer to 300, 000.

In 2011 there was 154 996 male births and 146 621 female.

Speed up to 2012 (nationwide statistics haven’t been released) and the total number of babies born in these states were:

NSW 96,853
Victoria 78,748
Queensland 64,121
Western Australia 33,920

Now lets look at the top babies names in Australia:

Top 50 Girl Names-41 112
Top 50 Boy Names-47 597

Overall the top 50 names in Australia consists of 88 709 births. I would guess from those statistics that the top 100 baby names in Australia covers around 100 000 births. I’m guessing about 100 000 because the number of births for #50 (both sexes) is between 300-450 and it is most likely that the number is much smaller for #100.

Top 50 Names = 35.5 % of the average birth rate
Top 100 Names = 40% of the average birth rate

That is less than half of the average birth rate each year. It may seem like a lot, but lets break this down some more…

The #1 names are Jack and Charlotte as of 2012:

Jack-1974 births | 0.78%  of 250, 000 births
Charlotte-1853 births | 0.74% of 250, 000 births

That is a lot of babies, but not as many when compared to how many babies are born on average each year. Though considering that the number of births is closer to 300, 000 now… The percentage would be smaller.

See it isn’t as bad as we thought it was! I really doubt that there will be 5 Charlottes per classroom, you know…that old myth.

However there is a larger chance that a Charlotte will meet others her age, than say a Louisa. But think on this, the birth rate in Australia is increasing. The name pool too, with new names from all sorts of cultures appearing on our radars. I doubt we will ever have big whopper names (in terms of popularity) like Jennifer, Mary and John ever again.

Popularity isn’t the end of the world, and if you love the names Olivia and William for example–you can use them! There is nothing wrong with that. At the end of the day choose the name you love whether it is Eclarmonde, Harriet or Chloe.


*Birth, Death & Marriages (NSW, Victoria, Queensland, WA)


3 comments on “Name Statistics For Australians

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  2. It’s interesting too that Emma, at #18, numbers less than half the births of the #1 name Charlotte. It seems that once you leave the Top 20, you have already undergone a big drop in popularity.

    I think, even though popular names today aren’t the Michelles and Marys of the past, it is possible to get a cluster effect, so that your child could be one of several in their class or year at school. Certain names get very popular in certain localities.

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