Wide Bay’s top baby names

New data re­veals what we’re naming our ba­bies

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Felicity Ripper Felicity.Ripper@cnbtimes.com.au

THE TOP 10 male and fe­male baby names of the Wide Bay re­gion have been re­vealed and they don’t stray too far from the state trends.

Softer-sound­ing names for girls are an on­go­ing trend with nine out of 10 to make the list end­ing in a vowel.

On the con­trary, firmer sound­ing names stand their ground on the boys list with only one out of 10 to make the list end­ing in a vowel.

The top boy’s name in the Wide Bay, Oliver, is also the top name in the state with 510 ba­bies named Oliver last year.

Oliver has had a firm grip on the na­tion’s first place for the past few years with 2063 Aus­tralian ba­bies given the name Oliver in 2017.

Ava, the Wide Bay’s most pop­u­lar fe­male name, sits se­cond in the state with 350 Queens­land ba­bies given the name in 2018.

Even though Chris­tian­ity is still the dom­i­nant Aus­tralian re­li­gion, McCrindle’s 2018 Baby Names Re­port states its cul­tural in­flu­ence has waned, and its ev­i­dent in the way Aus­tralians are naming their chil­dren.

“Two decades ago, all five of the top five boys’ names were Bi­ble char­ac­ters (Joshua, Daniel, Matthew, James and Thomas), and 12 of the top 20 were from the Bi­ble (which in­cluded Ben­jamin, Luke, Nathan, An­drew, Alexan­der, Ja­cob and Sa­muel),” it states.

“To­day, just six of the top 20 boys’ names can be found in the Bi­ble (Noah, James, Thomas, Ethan, Alexan­der and Sa­muel).

“Over this same pe­riod of time, the pro­por­tion of the top 20 girls’ names that come from the Bi­ble has sim­i­larly de­clined from three (Sarah, Re­becca and Han­nah) 20 years ago to just one to­day (Chloe).”

The fifth name down the girls’ list is Wil­low, which aligns with a grow­ing na­tion­wide trend of a botanic theme.

In re­cent years Ivy, Lily, Wil­low, Violet, Poppy, Jas­mine, Rose and Daisy

have all made Aus­tralia’s top 100 names.

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