If your name is Molly, Sarah or Lewis, you are officially 'unpopular', according to the annual Australian Baby Name Report for 2022.

Australia’s Top 100 Baby Names: McCrindle Reveals the Best and Worst Names

If your name is Molly, Sarah or Lewis, you are officially ‘unpopular’, according to the annual Australian Baby Name Report for 2022.

The three names, along with Annabelle, Maddison, Isabel, Clara, Dylan, and Marcus, have all fallen out of the top 100 this year as Gen Y parents choose new and different names for their edgy Gen Alpha children.

The McCrindle report on baby names is released each May after Australian states and territories publish the top names given to babies the previous year.

If your name is Molly, Sarah or Lewis, you are officially ‘unpopular’, according to the annual Australian Baby Name Report for 2022.

The six girls’ names FROM the top 100

1. Molly

2. Sarah

3. Annabelle

4. Maddison

5. Isabel

6. Clara

The six NEW girl names in the top 100

1. Riley

2. Lyla

3. Indiana

4. Nora

5. Heidi

6. Zoey

The three boy names FROM the top 100

1. Lewis

2. Dylan

3. Marcus

The three NEW boy names in the top 100

1. Miles

2. Nicholas

3. Elias

While nine names left the list, there were nine who entered the top 100 for the first time in their place.

For the girls it was Riley, Lyla, Indiana, Nora, Heidi and Zoey and for the boys Miles, Nicholas and Elias.

In more recent years, Mila, Sadie, Remi, Maeve, and Delilah are some of the newer ‘Generation Alpha’ girl names that have made their debut.

Boy names that have made their debut in recent years include Arthur, Ari, Ezra, River, Theo, Billy and Luka.

The top 10 boy names in Australia in 2022

1. Oliver

2. Noah

3. Jack

4. Henry

5. Willem

6. Leo

7. Charlie

8. Theodore

9. Luke

10. Thomas

The top 10 girls names in Australia in 2022

1. Isla

2. Charlotte

3. Olivia

4. Amelia

5. Ava

6. Mia

7. Grace

8. Willow

9. Mathilde

10. Ella

In 2022, the most popular name for girls is Isla and for boys Oliver; it is the first time since 2015 that Australia has a new girl name.

Given to 1,539 Australian baby girls in 2021, Isla dethroned Charlotte of her long-standing number one maiden name title.

Since Generation Alpha was born, Isla has risen in popularity from 34th in 2010 to 4th in 2020 and is now the most popular name for baby girls born in 2021.

Charlotte was followed by Olivia and Amelia. While the top 10 girls’ names have remained largely unchanged, it was Chloe who came out of the top 10 and now finished 12th only to be eclipsed by Ella who came in at number 10.

Baby names of 2022 – the trends to watch

NAMES AS FIRST NAMES

In recent years we have seen a trend of Australian parents opting for shorter names as first names. For example, Jack (3rd) beats Jackson (59th) (down 17 points from last year), Leo (6th) beats Leonardo (93rd) (down 13 points from last year), Archie (13th) beats Archer (28th) and Eli (52nd) surpass Elias (99th). Even for girls, Ella (10th) currently outranks Isabella (15th) and Isabelle (40th).

PLACE AND COLOR NAMES

When it comes to baby girl names, parents also take inspiration from colors. Among the baby names inspired by color are Ruby (21st), Hazel (24th), Violet (28th), Scarlett (30th), Olive (64th), Jasmine (78th), and Rose (81st).

New parents today also use places as inspiration for their children’s names. Names like Charlotte (2nd), Sienna (23rd), Georgia (32nd), Florence (33rd), Sofia (39th), Savannah (68th), Eden (77th), Indiana (93rd) for girls and Hudson (12th), Jordan (53rd), Austin (55th), Logan (56th) and Jackson (59th) for boys.

ONE NAME, PERFORMED IN MANY WAYS

In recent years, creativity has expanded with the emergence of similar names formulated in different ways. This can be seen in Zoe (18th) and Zoey (100th), Sophia (20th) and Sofia (39th) and Amelia (4th) and Emilia (54th), suggesting that girls’ names vary creatively.

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl name Maeve who was featured on the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)

Popular pop culture names in the list include the girl name Maeve who was featured on the Netflix hit show Sex Education (pictured)

In more recent years, some of the newer 'Generation Alpha' girl names that have made their debut include Mila, Sadie, Remi, Maeve, and Delilah

In more recent years, some of the newer ‘Generation Alpha’ girl names that have made their debut include Mila, Sadie, Remi, Maeve, and Delilah

Oliver has been in first place for nine years since he overtook Jack in 2013.

Henry gained popularity and placed 4th while Theodore came in first and placed at number eight.

According to McCrindle, there has been consistency in the most popular baby names for the past ten years, but “parents are less likely to name their child one of the top names these days because they choose from a wider range of names.”

“While parents are using more original and traditional names for boys, there is more variety in the names parents choose for their daughters,” she added.

Not Popular: The Girl Names With The Biggest Decline From 2010-2021

1. Jasmine

2. Lara

3. Summer

4. Emma

5. Claire

Not Popular: The Boy Names With The Biggest Decline From 2010-2021

1. Connor

2. Luke

3. Nicholas

4. Matthew

5. Jayden

Popular: the girls’ names with the biggest increase from 2010-2021

1. Willow

2. Florence

3. Violet

4. ivy

5. Audrey

6. Sofia

7. Elsie

8. Harper

Popular: the boy names with the biggest increase from 2010-2021

1. Theodore

2. Leo

3. Hudson

4. Hugo

5. Arlo

6. Sagittarius

7. Harvey

8. Beautiful

The top boys’ name Oliver is 32 percent more common (2,263) than the top girls’ name, Isla (1,539). Moreover, 15 boy names appear more than 1000 times, compared to only ten girl names.’

Other noted trends include botanical names like Willow, Lily, and Ivy, colors like Ruby, Hazel, and Jasmine, and places like Hudson, Jordan, Georgia, and Austin.

Mood-inspired names are also an emerging trend, with names like Luna, Stella, and Aurora all making the top 100 for girls.

In contrast, no top 100 boy names have botanical or color influences.

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