Wide Bay’s top baby names
New data reveals what we’re naming our babies
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.