26 September 2023

Amelia back favoured but Oliver dominates

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The Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has declared Amelia and Oliver as the State’s most popular baby names for 2022.

Attorney-General, Shannon Fentiman said the Registry’s data had identified the community’s trends in naming conventions for the past 167 years.

“Since 1856, when Queensland was still formally part of NSW, birth registration data has been gathered and released annually by the Registry,” Ms Fentiman said.

“It is fascinating to see the various names which have changed in popularity and the unpredictability of the results, most notably for girls’ names, over the past few years,” she said.

She said that of the 62,740 births registered throughout Queensland in 2022, there were more than 12,000 different first names recorded.

“Amelia has taken the top girls’ name in 2022, making a comeback after 2021 when it came in at eighth,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Charlotte, Isla and Olivia continue to see popularity in the top four for names for girls, having not budged for much of the last decade.”

She said Oliver was still holding onto the top boys’ spot — now for the 10 th year in a row — with another commanding lead since overtaking Jack in 2013.

“Boys names have been remarkably stable in recent years,” Ms Fentiman said.

“There was only one new entry into the top 10 boys’ names, with Luca rising from 18th to 10th in 2022, to replace Elijah who tumbled to 12th,” she said.

She said new additions to the girls’ top 100 in 2022 included Arabella, Skylar, Margot, and Sage while, for the boys, Leon, Alfie, Oakley and Remy were notable new additions in the 2022 top 100.

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