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 - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

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.”

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

Pic­ture: PHIL ROGERS

Sib­lings Moroni, Hunter and Shire Tho­col­ich with fel­low Shalvey Pub­lic School stu­dent Emeren Leafi.

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