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It's official. These are the top baby names for 2020

By Melody Tan 1 min read

And no, it's not Rona or Covid. Yet.

Market research company McCrindle has crunched the numbers and uncovered the hottest names for 2020. Using data from the top names given to babies last year in every Australian state and territory, they discovered that around one in 10 babies born last year were given a top 10 baby name.

"There are many trends and considerations for today’s parents when it comes to choosing a name for their baby, with names for this generation considered digital real estate in an increasingly global era," McCrindle's report, Baby Names Australia 2020, states.

The top girl's name this year, with its royal connection, is no stranger to the top spot, having been crowned number one for seven of the past 10 years. The top boy's name has enjoyed similar preferred status, consistently ranking number one since 2013. And while there's no change to second position in the girls' category, there's a new name in the second spot in the boys' category.

The top 10 girls' names haven't changed in the past year but there's been some movement in the boys' names, with Charlie sneaking in at #9, displacing Liam, which is no longer on the charts, having dropped to #11.

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Top 10 girls' names

  1. Charlotte
  2. Olivia
  3. Amelia
  4. Isla
  5. Mia
  6. Ava
  7. Grace
  8. Willow
  9. Harper
  10. Chloe

Top 10 boys' names

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Jack
  4. William
  5. Leo
  6. Lucas
  7. Thomas
  8. Henry
  9. Charlie
  10. James

New names enter the Top 100

Seven boys' and six' girls names made a debut in the Top 100 this year.

The new names for boys are:

  • Ezra
  • Felix
  • Marcus
  • Fletcher
  • Ari
  • Aaron
  • Billy

They replace: 

  • Toby
  • Nathan
  • Maxwell
  • Nicholas
  • Blake
  • Phoenix
  • Leonardo

Over in the girls' camp, new names this year are:

  • Sadie
  • Madeline
  • Riley
  • Peyton
  • Lilly
  • Rosie

They replace:

  • Adeline
  • Eliza
  • Alyssa
  • Harlow
  • Hayley
  • Madeleine

Other trending names of 2020

While the names Rona and Covid have not officially made any lists . . . yet, other less traditional names are making their way up the top 100 most popular names list. These include Beau and Bodhi (for boys) and Millie and Luna (for girls).

In fact, Luna receives an honourable mention for being the hottest trending name in the past three years. Luna's debut in the Top 100 was in 2017, when it came in at #83. It jumped 21 spots in 2018 to #62 and a further 30 spots to be ranked #49 in 2019.

And if you've decided not to find out the gender of your baby, there are some options for you too. Charlie and Riley appear on both the girls' and boys' Top 100 list with exactly the same spelling. (Charlie is at #75 for girls and #9 for boys and Riley is at #81 for girls and #43 for boys.)

Read McCrindle's Baby Names Australia 2020 report.

Melody Tan is project manager of the Mums At The Table multimedia initiative. She lives in Sydney with her husband and their preschooler son.