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According to data released NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages, the most popular baby names in New South Wales, Australia, in 2018 were (again) Charlotte and Oliver.
Here are NSW’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Charlotte, 530 baby girls
- Amelia, 488
- Olivia, 474
- Mia, 471
- Ava, 430
- Isla, 372
- Grace, 361
- Chloe, 358
- Harper, 325
- Emily, 317
- Oliver, 616 baby boys
- William, 567
- Noah, 539
- Jack, 517
- Henry, 405
- Thomas, 404
- Lucas, 394
- Liam, 383
- Leo, 375
- Alexander, 370
In the girls’ top 10, Harper and Emily replace Zoe (now ranked 14th) and Ella (17th).
In the boys’ top 10, Liam and Leo replace James (now ranked 11th) and Ethan (12th).
Source: NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages – Popular Baby Names – 2018 (PDF)
According to Western Australia’s Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, the most popular baby names in Western Australia in 2017 were Ava and Charlotte (tied!) and Oliver.
Here are WA’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Ava and Charlotte, 186 baby girls each (tie)
- Mia, 171
- Olivia, 166
- Amelia, 151
- Isla, 149
- Harper, 142
- Grace, 135
- Chloe 125
- Willow, 124
- Zoe, 123
- Oliver, 244 baby boys
- Jack, 223
- Noah, 200
- William, 176
- Leo, 155
- James, 147
- Thomas, 145
- Ethan, 143
- Logan & Charlie, 126 each (tie)
- Lucas, 125
In the girls’ top 10, Willow and Zoe replace Ella (now ranked 12th).
In the boys’ top 10, Leo replaces Liam (now ranked 20th).
The girls’ top 50 includes Imogen (36th), Freya (41st), and Billie (44th).
The boys’ top 50 includes Archer (28th), Arlo (31st), and Bodhi (46th).
In 2017, the top names were Isla and Oliver.
Source: Popular Baby Names – DOJ – Govt of Western Australia
According to eHealth Saskatchewan, the most popular baby names in the province in 2018 were Olivia and Liam.
Here are Saskatchewan’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2018:
- Olivia, 69 baby girls
- Emma, 62
- Harper, 55
- Ava, 48
- Sophia, 47
- Ella, 45
- Charlotte, 43
- Emily, 40 (3-way tie)
- Lily, 40 (3-way tie)
- Scarlett, 40 (3-way tie)
- Liam, 84 baby boys
- Oliver, 61
- Benjamin, 59
- Noah, 58
- Jacob, 55
- Lincoln, 54
- Jack, 50 (2-way tie)
- Logan, 50 (2-way tie)
- James, 47
- Hudson, 46 (2-way tie)
- Levi, 46 (2-way tie)
In the girls’ top 10, Ella, Charlotte, Lily and Scarlett replace Hannah (now 11th), Amelia (now 19th), Aria, and Chloe.
In the boys’ top 10, Logan, Hudson and Levi replace William (now 12th) and Owen.
In 2017, the top two names were the same.
Source: Most Popular Baby Names for 2018
We know what the top names in the country were last year, but what about the top names in each state? Here’s the list, released just yesterday by the SSA. I’ve also included each state’s most popular unique names (i.e., names that only appeared in the data for that particular state).
|State||Top Names (f & m)||Top Unique Names (f & m)|
|Alabama||Ava & William||Crimson & Kendarius, Walton (tie)|
|Alaska||Aurora & Oliver||(none) & Paxson|
|Arizona||Emma & Liam||Sedona & Yadier|
|Arkansas||Ava & Noah||(none) & Timber|
|California||Emma & Noah||Ani & Aram|
|Colorado||Olivia & Liam||Vail & Redding|
|Connecticut||Olivia & Noah||(none) & (none)|
|Delaware||Ava & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|D.C.||Ava & William||(none) & (none)|
|Florida||Isabella & Liam||Abigaelle & Miron|
|Georgia||Ava & William||Kaylei & Taylin|
|Hawaii||Emma & Liam||Mahina & Kaimana|
|Idaho||Olivia & Liam||Quincey & Roczen|
|Illinois||Olivia & Noah||Jamaya & Laron|
|Indiana||Emma & Oliver||Dawt, Elma (tie) & Jamin|
|Iowa||Harper & Oliver||Huxley & Kinnick|
|Kansas||Olivia & Liam||Macklyn & Creighton, Whit (tie)|
|Kentucky||Emma & William||Annlee, Terri (tie) & Jansen|
|Louisiana||Ava & Noah||Jaicee, Jersi (tie) & Colston|
|Maine||Oliver & Charlotte||(none) & (none)|
|Maryland||Ava & Liam||Anjolaoluwa & Adon, Murtaza (tie)|
|Massachusetts||Emma & Benjamin||Vittoria & Henrique|
|Michigan||Olivia & Noah||Layal & Eldon|
|Minnesota||Evelyn & Henry||Maida & Muhsin|
|Mississippi||Ava & John||Swayze & Jadarius|
|Missouri||Olivia & Liam||Charlea & Daxten, Zebulun (tie)|
|Montana||Harper & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|Nebraska||Olivia & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|Nevada||Emma & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|New Hampshire||Olivia & Oliver ||(none) & (none)|
|New Jersey||Emma & Liam||Tzipora & Binyomin|
|New Mexico||Isabella & Noah||(none) & (none)|
|New York||Emma & Liam||Gitty & Mendel|
|North Carolina||Ava & Noah||Holden & Nahmir|
|North Dakota||Olivia & Oliver||(none) & (none)|
|Ohio||Ava & Liam||Wilma & Grayden|
|Oklahoma||Emma & Liam||Dim, Jadyn (tie) & Thang|
|Oregon||Emma & Oliver||Runa & (none)|
|Pennsylvania||Emma & Liam||Barbie, Surah (tie) & Joniel|
|Rhode Island||Amelia, Olivia (tie) & Liam||(none) & (none)|
|South Carolina||Ava & William||Emmagrace, Mills (tie) & Drayton, Mills (tie)|
|South Dakota||Harper & Grayson, Henry, Liam (3-way tie)||(none) & Ryken|
|Tennessee||Emma & William||Annaclaire, Caylen, Eulalia, Jakyra, Kamri, Parthenia, Tamari, Tylee (8-way tie) & Neyland|
|Texas||Emma & Liam||Jessi & Eliud|
|Utah||Olivia & Oliver||Mable & Ammon|
|Vermont||Harper & Oliver||(none) & (none)|
|Virginia||Ava & William||Tyasia & Alexi, Javonte, Mckinley (3-way tie)|
|Washington||Olivia & Liam||Callista & Ruvim|
|West Virginia||Emma & Mason||(none) & Bransen|
|Wisconsin||Evelyn & Oliver||(none) & Broxton, Kelby (tie)|
|Wyoming||Amelia, Emma (tie) & Oliver||(none) & (none)|
A few final thoughts…
- I love that Aurora is now #1 in Alaska. :)
- What’s up with Wilma in Ohio? Nine baby girls is nearly a quarter (23%) of the total national usage. Interesting.
- One of the other unique Utah boy names was Kaladin, which comes from a character in the Stormlight Archive book series by Utah-based fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson.
How about you — what are your thoughts/observations?
According to the Social Security Administration, Emma and Liam were (again!) the most popular baby names in the United States in 2018.
Here are the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names:
- Emma, 18,688 baby girls
- Olivia, 17,921
- Ava, 14,924
- Isabella, 14,464
- Sophia, 13,928
- Charlotte, 12,940
- Mia, 12,642
- Amelia, 12,301
- Harper, 10,582
- Evelyn, 10,376
- Liam, 19,837 baby boys
- Noah, 18,267
- William, 14,516
- James, 13,525
- Oliver, 13,389
- Benjamin, 13,381
- Elijah, 12,886
- Lucas, 12,585
- Mason, 12,435
- Logan, 12,352
In the girls’ top 10, Harper replaces Abigail.
In the boys’ top 10, Lucas replaces Jacob.
Here’s more from the SSA’s press release:
Meghan was the fastest rising girls’ name, moving 701 spots to number 703 from number 1,404 in 2017. This jump speaks to the popularity of Meghan Markle, an American who joined the royal family when she married Prince Harry in 2018. Tune in next year to see how newborn Archie influences Moms and Dads in 2019. The name Archie actually reappears in the top 1,000 in 2018 for the first time since 1988, and he will likely continue climbing up the list after the latest royal news.
Winter is coming for “Game of Thrones” fans. The name Yara voyaged 314 spots from number 986 in 2017 to number 672 in 2018 on the girls’ side. Followers of the hit HBO show know this probably is due to Yara Greyjoy, a character on the popular series.
For the boys, Genesis is the fastest rising name for 2018, shuffling his way 608 spots to number 984 from number 1,592 in 2017. There has been a resurgence of classic names in the top 10 baby names in recent years, so perhaps Genesis is a harkening back to the classic English rock band led by Phil Collins. Speaking of Genesis, award winning Grammy singer and coach on “The Voice,” Alicia Keys named her son Genesis after his birth.
More posts on the new names coming soon!
Source: Emma and Liam Repeat as Social Security’s Top Baby Names for 2018