Most popular baby names of 2019

Statistics released by the Department of Internal Affairs’ Smart Start website show that in 2019, 18,816 different names were chosen for the 61,018 newborn babies in New Zealand.

There’s no doubt that parents are increasingly choosing more unique names, but popular names still rule the roost. Here’s the most popular monikers for 2019 babies.

Move over Charlotte, there’s a new girl taking your top spot!

Amelia just pipped last year’s most popular girl’s name, Charlotte, for the top spot. However, for the boys, it’s a case of same again as Oliver remains New Zealand’s most popular baby name for boys since 2013.

Nikau and Mia are once again the most popular Māori names for boys and girls respectively. Taika and Rawiri enter the top 10 Māori boys’ names, and Tui and Ataahua make it into the top 10 Māori girls’ names for the first time.

Most popular names in 2019

Rounding out the top five for the girls are Charlotte, Isla, Olivia, and Ruby. And for the boys – Noah, Leo, Jack, and Lucas. Willow and Mila are new entries in the girls’ top 10. The full top 100 names are shown below.

Want to know what the most popular names were in the year your baby was born (or even yourself)? Pop over to the SmartStart website to go right back to 1954.

New Zealand’s declined baby names

A roundup of popular baby names wouldn’t be complete without a list of those names that were not allowed. No names are specifically banned in New Zealand, but names can be declined by the Registrar-General if there is a chance they will cause offence, are an unreasonable length, or “unjustifiably resemble an official title or rank”. The list of declined baby names in 2019 included:

  • Crown
  • Empress
  • Ford-Royal
  • Gunner
  • Justice and Justyce
  • King and Kyng
  • Lady and Lord
  • Majesti
  • Major
  • Pope
  • Prince and Princess
  • Queenie and Queeny
  • Queenmerry
  • Rogue
  • Royal, Royale and Royall
  • Saint
  • Sur
  • Syre

New Zealand’s 100 most popular baby names in 2019

RANK GIRLS NUMBER   BOYS NUMBER
1 Amelia 255 Oliver 335
2 Charlotte 248 Noah 297
3 Isla 232 Leo 257
4 Olivia 225 Jack 251
5 Ruby 206 Lucas 247
6 Sophie 190 George 232
7 Harper 188 William 210
8 Mila 187 James 210
9 Willow 186 Thomas 202
10 Ava 185 Charlie 192
11 Grace 181 Arlo 180
12 Ella 179 Hunter 178
13 Emily 174 Liam 175
14 Isabella 171 Mason 175
15 Mia 167 Theodore 169
16 Zoe 161 Oscar 164
17 Chloe 151 Ethan 162
18 Hazel 151 Elijah 157
19 Lily 148 Lachlan 154
20 Lucy 147 Henry 149
21 Sophia 145 Max 145
22 Evelyn 132 Hudson 144
23 Aria 130 Cooper 143
24 Ivy 123 Alexander 140
25 Georgia 120 Luca 136
26 Matilda 111 Jackson 134
27 Emma 110 Jacob 131
28 Evie 105 Carter 129
29 Scarlett 102 Benjamin 127
30 Abigail 101 Levi 125
31 Thea 100 Archie 123
32 Freya 100 Finn 121
33 Riley 92 Harrison 121
34 Layla 92 Joshua 119
35 Sienna 89 Arthur 118
36 Maia 89 Isaac 117
37 Poppy 88 Samuel 116
38 Mackenzie 88 Harry 115
39 Millie 87 Beau 110
40 Zara 86 Hugo 110
41 Ellie 85 Lincoln 104
42 Indie 85 Ryan 104
43 Maddison 84 Caleb 101
44 Olive 84 Theo 101
45 Eva 84 Eli 100
46 Frankie 83 Asher 99
47 Ayla 82 Felix 99
48 Piper 81 Daniel 96
49 Alice 81 Luke 96
50 Violet 77 Logan 95
51 Luna 77 Archer 93
52 Bella 76 Ezra 92
53 Hannah 75 Riley 90
54 Isabelle 75 Joseph 90
55 Florence 72 Blake 87
56 Sadie 69 Harvey 86
57 Emilia 68 Jaxon 85
58 Elizabeth 68 Grayson 85
59 Sofia 68 Xavier 81
60 Stella 67 John 78
61 Eden 67 Louie 78
62 Aurora 67 Jayden 78
63 Phoebe 66 Jasper 77
64 Eleanor 64 Austin 75
65 Amber 62 Braxton 74
66 Penelope 61 Toby 73
67 Quinn 60 Connor 73
68 Jasmine 55 Ryder 73
69 Madison 55 Matthew 73
70 Aaliyah 53 Nathan 72
71 Summer 52 Roman 72
72 Harriet 52 Sebastian 72
73 Holly 51 Angus 70
74 Imogen 51 Jordan 70
75 Kiara 51 Louis 69
76 Cora 50 Edward 65
77 Elsie 50 Tyler 64
78 Billie 49 Adam 63
79 Amaia 49 Ashton 63
80 Nina 49 Luka 62
81 Addison 48 Zion 61
82 Leah 48 Wyatt 61
83 Maisie 48 Charles 60
84 Lilly 47 Bodhi 59
85 Jessica 46 Isaiah 59
86 Harlow 44 Ezekiel 59
87 Heidi 44 Dylan 59
88 Lola 44 Aiden 57
89 Rose 44 Michael 56
90 Annabelle 44 Zachary 53
91 Anna 44 Micah 51
92 Peyton 44 Harley 51
93 Charlie 43 Flynn 51
94 Daisy 43 Phoenix 50
95 Esther 43 Reuben 50
96 Victoria 42 Gabriel 49
97 Ada 42 Elliot 49
98 Marley 42 Nikau 48
99 Zoey 41 Leon 48
100 Sarah 41 David 48

Source: Department of Internal Affairs 

her world julieWritten by Julie Scanlon

Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire. 

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2 Comments

  1. Mands1980 20/02/2020 at 6:33 pm

    They don’t seem to change much over the years for my children I have one at number 13 the other is 9 and the last at number 38 this is the one which is slowly dropping back. But it’s good to see the names people are using.

  2. Bevik1971 14/02/2020 at 9:56 am

    It seems the most popular names for girls hasn’t really changed much since my daughter was born in 2012. The names that were popular when I was born are pretty plain haha although mine isn’t there 🙂

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