According to the latest study by McCrindle Research, there were twice as many baby girls names that exited than boys.
The names Remi, Harlow, Hallie, Maeve, Adeline, Molly, Maggie, Delilah, Eliza and Isabel have all entered the Top 100 girls’ list – while Riley, Alexis, Victoria, Madison, Lilly, Chelsea, Indiana and Thea have dropped out.
“Heidi was ranked 78 in 2020 and to see it drop out completely was really interesting,” Ashley Fell, social researcher of Australia’s Top Baby Names 2021 report, told news.com.au.
She said other names like Victoria, Madeline, Lilly and Chelsea were already hovering in the 90s, whereas Heidi had a big leap before getting booted.
“Heidi has been a consistent name ranked in the 90s over the last decade but has since left in 2021. It shows Aussies are over it,” she told news.com.au.
“Victoria is a bit more of a traditional royal name, but we’ve seen the next generation of royals influence Gen Y parents today (Charlotte, being the top name) and other names like George, Harry and Louis pretty popular in the boys’ list, showing the impact of the next generation of royals.”
Ms Fell said for girls you’re also seeing more of a trend in botanical names like Willow, Ivy, Violet and Daisy, and even colours such as Ruby and Scarlett.
She said names like Heidi and Madeline that were once popular in previous generations for Millennials, are now being replaced for those more creative names.
“Parents don’t want their child to be among 10 Heidis in a class and that’s one of the reasons we’re seeing such greater variety with new names entering the list.”
For the boys, Leonardo, River, Luka, Lewis and Lennox entered the Top 100 at the expense of Tyler, Jake, Christian, Nate and Aaron.
“While only five new boys’ names were added to the Top 100 list, twice as many girls’ names were added (10), and when we look at the most popular names that have emerged in the Top 100 over the last decade, there are three times as many girls’ names that have entered, than boys’ names,” she said.
Ms Fell said, however, there are still a lot of Aussie parents who love traditional names, particularly with a royal connection, such as Charlotte which has been crowned the number one name for eight out of the last 10 years.
While Charlotte maintains her reign, Amelia has now eclipsed the name Olivia for the second most popular girls’ name.
Although it’s in a slightly different order, the top 10 girls’ names have remained mostly unchanged in the past year, except for Matilda replacing the name Harper.
Oliver, the name given to over 2000 Generation Alpha baby boys, has also been consistently popular over the last decade, having enjoyed an uninterrupted eight years at the top spot since overtaking Jack in 2013.
In the last year, Elijah has made an entrance to the top 10 boys’ names, at the expense of the name James (which dropped from 10th to 15th).
Ms Fell, co-author of Generation Alpha, said another interesting part of her analysis was discovering the ‘ie’ trend among girls’ names such as Millie, Billie and Sadie and names ending in ‘o’ for the boys such as Arlo and Hugo.