WHILE Prince Harry’s name might be on everyone’s lips in the lead up to tonight’s big wedding, it’s his brother, William who appears to have resonated more strongly with parents in NSW last year.
The Top 100 Baby Names List, released by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages (BDM) on Thursday, shows the Royal siblings and their family continue to have a strong influence on parents when it comes to naming their bubs.
BDM Registrar Amanda Ianna said William was the second most popular boy’s name for the fourth year in a row, beaten narrowly by Oliver.
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“Mums and Dads are also wild about Harry with his name jumping from 27 to 21. While his real name, Henry, was the biggest mover on the list finishing seventh last year up from 18th in 2016,” she said.
“Looking at the next generation of Royals – Charlotte soared up the girl’s charts beating Olivia to the top spot. Her siblings made less of an impact with George coming in at number 28 and Louis in last position at 70.
“We are seeing little change in the most popular names, but there definitely seems to be a Royal flavour in the air, which means Louis is likely to leap up the rankings in 2018!”
Interestingly, Elizabeth still makes the grade at number 46, but Catherine and Meg(h)an haven’t been in the top 100 since the early 2000s.
Aside from Henry, other newcomers in the top 10 were Leo for boys and Ella and Zoe for girls, replacing Emily and Ruby.
“Whether it’s significant to your heritage, trendy or unique, it’s important to choose wisely as your child will carry their name for life,” Ms Ianna said.
To view the full list of the Top 100 Baby Names for 2017, click here.