Popular baby names

Top 100 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’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'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 100 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

Elsie

89

Cameron

Emilia

90

Alex

Eleanor

91

Harley

Ariana

92

Kingston

Molly

93

Isaiah

Daisy

94

Gabriel

Amber

95

Jordan

Nevaeh

96

Arthur

Freya

97

Nikau

Aurora

98

Jesse

Imogen

99

Quinn

Lydia

100

Harvey

Lola

 

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This article was created for Kidspot – New Zealand's parenting resource for during your pregnancy.  Sources include The Department of Internal Affairs.



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