The SmartStart website from the Department of Internal Affairs has revealed the most popular Māori names chosen for babies born in New Zealand for 2021.
Most popular Māori baby names
In 2021, Mia was the number one choice for girls. The most popular choice for boys was Nikau.
The list of Mâori baby names is based on criteria from the Te Taura Whiri Mâori Language Commission.
The use of Māori names serve as an important way to link with whakapapa (genealogy) and family history. They are also an acknowledgement of te reo Māori as an official language of New Zealand.
The name chosen may represent an elder or family member or a place that is special to the whanau. Some names, like Hahona and Rāhera , are Māori versions of English names (Jason and Rachel).
Top 10 Māori baby names for 2021