Monikers that stand out from the crowd
Local families are showing plenty of creativity when it comes to naming their children, like these students at Shalvey Public School.
MT DRUITT and St Marys are going against the grain when it comes to naming their children, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.
The ABS data shows traditional names such as William, Oliver and Charlotte were the most popular in the state for babies born in 2015.
But in Plumpton you are more likely to see a Harleen, Lyla or Ayaan, and in Rooty Hill, Zion and Peyton were common for newborns.
Mt Druitt also shied away from traditionally popular names, with more baby girls called Destiny than Jessica and more baby boys called Kyran than Matthew.
The students at Shalvey Public School are also bucking the trend.
Mother of Moroni, 11, Hunter, 10, and Shire, 8, Maurangi Thocolich, said the names came from several places.
“Moroni and Hunter are both named after prophets, taken from ancient Aztec tradition and are both religious names,” Mrs Thocolich said.
“Shire’s name I came up with as I am a big Lord of the Rings fan and got it from the area where the hobbits live.
“With Shire and Moroni we usually have to correct people two or three times, but the kids love their names and they are happy they are different.
“I have two other children, Irelove, which is a Jamaican name, and Whitireia, which is a Maori name. People often can’t pronounce their names, so they get called by nicknames.”
Siblings Moroni, Hunter and Shire Thocolich with fellow Shalvey Public School student Emeren Leafi.