Top baby names of 2015

During 2015, parents chose more than 13,900 unique first names for the 62,500+ babies born and registered in New Zealand. The statistics released by the Department of Internal Affairs show that the most popular boys’ names were Oliver, Jack and William. Hunter and Charlie were new to the top 10 in 2015. For girls, the most popular were Olivia, Charlotte and Harper. Olivia claimed the top spot from Charlotte and Harper climbed from eighth position in the 2014 statistics. Mia and Isabella are new to the top 10.

348 babies were named Oliver in 2015. According to Kidspot NZ’s Baby Name Finder, the meaning of Oliver is related to the olive tree and can mean a symbol of peace.

268 babies were named Olivia in 2015 – a feminine form of the name Oliver, according to Kidspot NZ’s Baby Name Finder.

A century ago

It seems that the popular names for boys have gone full circle in the last century. One hundred years ago, the most popular male names were John, William and James – two of which appear in the current top five. For girls it is much different. A century ago the popular choices were Mary, Margaret and Dorothy.

In 1965, half a century ago, the most popular names were Karen, Susan and Sandra for girls and David, Michael and Paul for boys.

 

Century of baby names

New Zealand’s most popular baby names in 2015

Ranking Boy’s names Girl’s names
1 Oliver Olivia
2 Jack Charlotte
3 William Harper
4 James Sophie
5 Benjamin Emily
6 Mason Ella
7 Hunter Isla
8 Charlie Mia
9 Liam Amelia
10 Jacob Isabella
11 Noah Ruby
12 Thomas Grace
13 Max Emma
14 Lucas Chloe
15 George Ava
16 Samuel Lucy
17 Ryan Zoe
18 Alexander Mila
19 Ethan Sophia
20 Cooper Lily
21 Carter Georgia
22 Jackson Aria
23 Elijah Scarlett
24 Leo Eva
25 Lachlan Evelyn
26 Joshua Willow
27 Blake Isabelle
28 Daniel Hazel
29 Henry Hannah
30 Isaac Jessica
31 Eli Ivy
32 Oscar Evie
33 Joseph Abigail
34 Braxton Maia
35 Luca Madison
36 Luke Elizabeth
37 Finn Maddison
38 Riley Sienna
39 Jayden Indie
40 Beau Ellie
41 Harry Matilda
42 Harrison Paige
43 Levi Stella
44 Lincoln Olive
45 Connor Poppy
46 Archie Millie
47 Jaxon Zara
48 Tyler Alice
49 Toby Ayla
50 Dylan Mackenzie
51 Caleb Layla
52 Nathan Piper
53 Flynn Holly
54 Ryder Summer
55 Logan Peyton
56 Hugo Rose
57 Matthew Victoria
58 Michael Violet
59 Arlo Quinn
60 Aiden Eden
61 Ezra Riley
62 Theodore Anna
63 Xavier Sofia
64 Zachary Phoebe
65 Ashton Thea
66 Theo Zoey
67 Sebastian Leah
68 Patrick Florence
69 Archer Charlie
70 Jake Lilly
71 Fletcher Bella
72 Angus Annabelle
73 Felix Madeleine
74 Asher Frankie
75 Grayson Jasmine
76 Austin Alexis
77 Hudson Addison
78 John Nina
79 Charles Penelope
80 Aaron Harriet
81 Adam Aaliyah
82 Roman Skyla
83 David Jade
84 Louis Sadie
85 Edward Samantha
86 Phoenix Sarah
87 Nixon Keira
88 Kayden

 

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