For every year since 2013, Oliver has been the most popular name chosen for newborn baby boys in New Zealand – and last year was no different. In 2018, 293 Kiwi families chose the name. Last year’s new leader for the girls, Charlotte, keeps the top spot with 233 more taking on the name last year.
The most astonishing statistic released by the Department of Internal Affairs’ Smart Start website shows that in 2018, over 18,000 different names were chosen for newborn babies in New Zealand. That’s an increase of 5,000 from 2017 (or around 38% more!).
Most popular names in 2018
While parents are choosing a wider range of names for their children than in the past, a lot of names still remain popular, year after year. The most popular boys’ names in 2018 were Oliver, Jack, Noah, Leo, Hunter, George, William, Lucas, James, and Mason. Leo was the only newcomer to the top 10.
For girls, the most popular were Charlotte, Isla, Olivia, Amelia, Harper, Ella, Isabella, Emily, Mia, and Ava. Ella and Isabella were new to the top 10.
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.
The name trends for 2019
So what will be the on-trend names for 2019? Good question. I misplaced my crystal ball so unfortunately I can’t tell you. But I can take a few guesses at what may be moving up in popularity.
For girls, I think nature names like Hazel, Willow, Lily, Olive, Violet, and Ivy, will grow in popularity as society makes a more determined effort to conserve our natural environment. For the boys, I’m picking that somewhat old-school names with plenty of character will make a comeback, ie, Hudson, Quinn, Sebastian, Tyler, Jasper, and Gabriel.
If you’re planning on having a baby, what are you considering when choosing a name? For instance, are you thinking about family names? Do you prefer traditional or quirky? Where is your inspiration coming from?
New Zealand’s 100 most popular baby names in 2018
Written 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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