Popular Baby Names in ACT (Canberra), 2020

According to Access Canberra, the most popular baby names in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2020 were Charlotte and Henry.

Here are the ACT’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Amelia
  3. Matilda
  4. Isla
  5. Emily
  6. Chloe [tie]
  7. Evelyn [tie]
  8. Zoe
  9. Eleanor [3-way tie]
  10. Grace [3-way tie]
  11. Olivia [3-way tie]

Boy Names

  1. Henry
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Leo
  5. Charlie [tie]
  6. Oliver [tie]
  7. Theodore
  8. George [tie]
  9. Jack [tie]
  10. Alexander [4-way tie]
  11. Harvey [4-way tie]
  12. James [4-way tie]
  13. Thomas [4-way tie]

These 2020 rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 7th; by that time, the ACT had 5,865 registered births.

In 2019, the top two names were Amelia and Oliver. (I didn’t blog about the 2019 rankings, but I did post the 2018 rankings.)

Sources: ACT’s most popular baby names 2020, Pick the ACT’s most popular baby names for 2020, Most popular baby names by year

Popular Baby Names in Italy, 2019

According to Italy’s ISTAT (Istituto Nazionale di Statistica), the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were (again) Sofia and Leonardo.

Here are Italy’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Sofia, 5,851 baby girls (2.87%)
  2. Aurora, 5,467
  3. Giulia, 5,356
  4. Ginevra, 3,721
  5. Alice, 3,658
  6. Emma, 3,245
  7. Giorgia, 3,056
  8. Beatrice, 3,046
  9. Greta, 2,725
  10. Vittoria, 2,713

Boy Names

  1. Leonardo, 7,786 baby boys (3.64%)
  2. Francesco, 5,946
  3. Lorenzo, 5,264
  4. Alessandro, 5,229
  5. Andrea, 4,715
  6. Mattia, 4,714
  7. Gabriele, 4,412
  8. Tommaso, 4,269
  9. Riccardo, 4,176
  10. Edoardo, 3,651

In the girls’ top 10, Vittoria replaces Anna (now ranked 11th).

(One girl name with top-10 potential is the intriguing Ludovica, which — unlike cousins Luisa, Louisa, and Louise — has seen very little usage in the United States. Ludovica was Italy’s 30th most popular girl name — give or take a few spots — from 2008 to 2015, but in the last few years it has reached 15th twice.)

The boys’ top 10 includes the same 10 names, but in a slightly different order.

Source: How Many Babies Are Named…?

Popular Baby Names in New Brunswick, 2020

According to the Vital Statistics Office at Service New Brunswick, the most popular baby names in the province last year were Olivia and Liam.

Here are New Brunswick’s top 10+ girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia
  2. Amelia
  3. Emma
  4. Charlotte
  5. Violet
  6. Ella
  7. Scarlet
  8. Ellie
  9. Ava
  10. Sophie
  11. Mia

Boy Names

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jack
  4. Jackson
  5. Benjamin
  6. Lincoln
  7. William
  8. Oliver
  9. Thomas
  10. Jacob

These preliminary rankings were published on the last day of 2020. I’m not sure how much of the year they cover, but the press release mentioned that they account for “1,026 different names given to boys and 1,174 different names given to girls.”

In 2019, the top two names were Olivia and William. (I didn’t blog about the 2019 rankings, but I did post the 2018 rankings.)

Source: New Brunswick’s birth numbers and top baby names for 2020

Popular Baby Names in South Africa, 2019

According to Statistics South Africa, the most popular baby names in the country in 2019 were Melokuhle and Enzokuhle.

Here are South Africa’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:

Girl Names

  1. Melokuhle, 3,418 baby girls
  2. Enzokuhle, 3,273
  3. Amahle, 2,534
  4. Lethabo, 2,420
  5. Omphile, 2,350
  6. Okuhle, 2,313
  7. Lesedi, 2,154
  8. Lethokuhle, 2,079
  9. Lisakhanya, 2,077
  10. Rethabile, 1,951

Boy Names

  1. Enzokuhle, 3,851 baby boys
  2. Lethabo, 3,138
  3. Lubanzi, 3,110
  4. Melokuhle, 2,907
  5. Junior, 2,471
  6. Lethokuhle, 2,169
  7. Siyabonga, 1,979
  8. Omphile, 1,292
  9. Thato, 1,887
  10. Bokamoso, 1,883

In general, the popular baby forenames for males and females reflect positive hopes for the child, express beliefs and are inspired by positive connotations of both love and acceptance.

In 2018, the top name for both girls and boys was Enzokuhle.

In the girls’ top 10, Lethokuhle and Lisakhanya replace Amogelang and Onthatile.

In the boys’ top 10, Lethokuhle replaces Amogelang.

Finally, the top five middle names per gender in 2019 were…

  • Girls: Precious, Princess, Angel, Blessing, Hope
  • Boys: Junior, Blessing, Gift, Prince, Lubanzi

Source: P0305 – Recorded live births, 2019 – Stats SA

Popular Baby Names in Nova Scotia, 2020

According to Nova Scotia’s Registry of Vital Statistics, the most popular baby names in the province in 2020 were Olivia and Oliver.

Here are Nova Scotia’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2020:

Girl Names

  1. Olivia, 54 baby girls
  2. Charlotte, 41
  3. Ivy, 37
  4. Ava, 36
  5. Nora, 33
  6. Amelia, 30
  7. Sophie, 28
  8. Evelyn, 27 [3-way tie]
  9. Isla, 27 [3-way tie]
  10. Sophia, 27 [3-way tie]

Boy Names

  1. Oliver, 56 baby boys
  2. Benjamin, 48 [tie]
  3. William, 48 [tie]
  4. Jack, 47
  5. Levi, 41 [tie]
  6. Noah, 41 [tie]
  7. Henry, 35
  8. Liam, 33 [tie]
  9. Owen, 33 [tie]
  10. Luke, 32

These 2020 rankings are based on provisional data covering the year up to December 29th; by that time, Nova Scotia had 6,856 registered births.

In 2019, the top two names were Charlotte and Jack. (I didn’t blog about the 2019 rankings, but I did post the 2018 rankings.)

Finally, here’s an interesting fact: “The province began formally registering births in 1864.” That year, the top names were (predictably) Mary and John.

Source: O baby! Here are Nova Scotia’s top names for 2020