Amber & Arlo New Zealand’s hottest baby names, also joining us are Beauden, Micah and Billie (female).

So the 2016 top 100 baby names for New Zealand have been released

Oliver and Olivia remain the King and Queen!

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Oliver has been king for the past four consecutive years.

Oliver, Jack and William like 2015 retain the trifecta.

There are four new entries to the top 10;

Leo up 15 to #9, Lucas up 8 to #8, Noah up four to #7 and

Max up three to take last spot.

The fastest rising boys name is Arlo up 36 places, closely followed by Austin up 35,

also re-enering is Jasper at #69 last seen in 2014.

Up 21 is Felix and Quinn moves up 20.

Jordan, Connor and Roman up 17, 16 and 15 respectively.

Braxton hicks down (sorry!) 36!

Flynn falls 18 and Brother Dylan plummets 15.

The j’s start to fall with Jayden losing 16, Jacob 15 and Joseph 14.

Also on the down is Zachary with 14 rungs.

The boys are typically more stable than the girls this year only seeing five new entries to the top 100.

 Beauden and Micah who have never featured before,

Leon and Zion last seen in 2012 and Jasper back from 2014.

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Olivia and Charlotte remain in prime positions 1 & 2.

This is Olivia’ second year as ruler, she was also Queen in 2012.

Isla is up four places to take 3rd, Sophie is down five to #9 and Ava is up four and takes spot number 10 (last seen in 2013 at #8).

Isabella slips to 13th.

There is a lot of movement outside the top 20 names going up and names coming down…

Amber is the fastest rising girls name of 2016, up 33 spots, she is chased by Freya who gains a mighty 31.

Lola is not far behind moving up 26 places, Aaliyah 25, Alexis 23, Lilly and Maria (re-enters) and Aurora 20.

Lucia, Pippa and Taylor also re-enter the bottom of the top 100.

Sarah and Layla groove up 18, Matilda 17, Thea jumps 16, while Alice, Mackenzie, Nina and Violet all go up 14 a piece and not to be outdone are Harriet and Penelope up a inch over a dozen 13.

The biggest drops were the royalists Queen Victoria (-40) and Elizabeth (-35)

Followed by leaving Annabelle falling 28,  Unisex Charlie losing 26, Madeleine 25 and Rose 24.

Other blooms wilting include; Holly and Poppy 17.

Welcome back to Brooklyn, Hayley, Isabel and  Maria (2014), Esther,  Faith, Pippa and Taylor (2013), Blast from the past Heidi (last seen in 1986!) and to newbie Billie.

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Biggest girls names NZ since 1954- LISA!

Since NZ baby name data has recently been released back to 1954 I got a wondering what have been the biggest names ever. By this I mean the name that has been given to the most girls or boys in one year.

So here are the girls

1. Lisa 934 , in 1969

2. Susan 915, in 1958

3. Karen 862, in 1957

4. Sarah 791, in 1986

5. Christine 779, in 1954

6. Michelle 674, in 1969

7. Jessica 602, in 1990

8. Rachel 584, in 1971

9. Sandra 573, in 1963

10. Margaret 562, in 1954

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The following have over 500+

Deborah 543, in 1961

Judith 531, in 1954

Rebecca 513, in 1977

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400+

Emma 495, in 1988

Joanne 494, in 1961

Nicola 492, 1975

Samantha 489, in 1990

Julie 480, in 1961

Angela 475, in 1975

Kelly 466, in 1977

Jennifer 460, in 1954

Tracey 457, in 1971

Tania 456, in 1968

Sharon 445, in 1963

Donna 440, in 1961

Kim 435, in 1968

Mary 423, in 1954

Linda 423, in 1959

Patricia 421, in 1955

Elizabeth 419, in 1954

Ella 418, in 2007

Wendy 411, in 1961

Robyn 407, in 1957

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As the years have passed the diversity of names given has grown 2007 is the last recent year where more than 400 babies have been given one name- Ella 418. This means even if your child has a popular name for the year they were born in 2015- they will be one of 268 Olivia’s New Zealand wide compared to one of 934 Lisa’s born in 1969.

The next question naturally is to ask which is the most popular girls name in NZ since 1954 this is a equation that scares me a little!

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Christchurch, New Zealand, baby names from The Press 2015

Top names boys and girls as follows

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Sophie (7)

Charlotte & Isla (5)

Emma & Isabelle (4)

and

James (7)

Angus, Charlie,

Jack & William (5)

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One of a kind

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Adele, Annika,

Bridget

Camilla, Claudia & Clover

Elsie & Evelyn

Flora, Florence & Francesca

Georgie, Goldie & Greta

Harriet, Hebe & Henrietta

Isobel

Jane, Juliette

Kate & Kezia

Lydia

Madeline, Margot, Marie & Meadow

Pippa, Polly

Ruby

Sophia &  Sylvia

Willa

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Archie, Arlen & Arthur

Barnaby, Benjamin & Boston

Casey, Clark & Connor

Darcy

Edmund, Emerson, Enzo & Eoin

Felix, Fintan & Freddy

Gus

Harrison

Jed & Joe

Kipp

Louis

Marco

Nate

Phillip

Quinn

Rhodes, Roscoe & Rupert

Sam

Theo & Toby

Wilson

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New Zealand top 100 baby names 2015

Girls

top ten 

Olivia is crowned as New Zealander’s favourite girls name she wrangled her crown back after Charlotte’s two year reign, she was last top in 2012.  Charlotte steps into her shadow. Harper jumps from 8th to narrowly missing runner up by one baby!

1.Olivia (+1)

2. Charlotte (-1)

3.Harper (+5)

4. Sophie (+1)

5. Emily (-1)

6. Ella (+1)

7. Isla (-4)

8. Mia (+6)

9. Amelia (-3)

10. Isabella (+1)

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top 100

Biggest risers

Victoria re-enters #57 (last placed at #73 in 2013)

Quinn NEW #59

Riley re-enters #61 (last placed #91 in 2013)

Matilda up 36 places to #41

Zoey NEW #66

Frankie NEW #74

Penelope re-enters at #79 (last featured in 1978!)

Annabelle, Skyla (enters at #82, last seen 2012) and Ellie up 18 spots

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Falling fast

Bella (-44) Amber (-37) and  Alexis + Pippa (-36).

Followed by

Aaliyah (-31), Imogen + Brooklyn (-27) and Molly (-25)

tagging along

Eden (-22) and Aurora (-19)

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Victoria #57, Quinn #59 (NEW), Riley #61, Charlie #69 + Zoey #66 (NEW)

Frankie #74 (NEW), Penelope #79, Skyla #82, Jade #83, Elsie #88 (NEW)

Emilia #89 (NEW), Eleanor #90 (NEW), Daisy #93, Lydia #99 + Lola #100

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Goodbye

Hayley, Naomi, Maria, Caitlin + Katie

 Isabel, Kayla, Isobel, Natalie + Alexandra

Brooke, Kate, Savannah, Brooklyn + Pippa.

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Unisex

Three names feature in both the boys and girls top 100

Charlie, Quinn + Riley.

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Boys

Top ten

Oliver retains #1 for 3rd year running. Jack remains in runner up spot. William moves up three places to #3.

1.Oliver (=)

2. Jack (=)

3. William (+3)

4. James (-1)

5. Benjamin (+4)

6. Mason (-2)

7. Hunter (+5)

8. Charlie (+7)

9. Liam (-4)

10. Jacob (=)

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Top 100

Biggest risers

Beau up 33 places to #40

Ezra up 27 taking # 61

Theo #66 (+23)

Finn jumps 21 to #37

Hugo + Asher up 18 spots

Lincoln + 16

Carter moves 13, Angus 12 and Phoenix 11.

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Falling down

Jordan plunges 38

Louis down 22, Levi 21 and Matthew 20.

Also Ryder 18,

David & Edward 15,

Xavier & Alex 14

and Cameron 12.

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Kayden re-enters at #88 (last placed in 2012 @ 77)

Kingston back #92 (2013 was #86)

Isaiah takes #93 same as when he was last placed  in 2013

Gabriel #94 (last seen late 90’s in 2013)

Nikau NEW at 97

Jesse last seen in 2013 returns #98

Harvey NEW and lucky last!

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Ka kite

Jasper, Marcus, Nathaniel & Vincent

Cohen, Aidan + Lewis.

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Will Oliver reign in 2015

With the Top 100 baby names for New Zealand in 2015 set to be released any day its interesting to wonder who will take out the top spots.

I suspect that Oliver will retain #1 and that Charlotte will remain his Queen especially with the birth of the royal Princess but its hard to say with Olivia hot on her heels.

I predict small movements within the top 10 of either gender but no big movers and shakers. Especially with the boys I suspect Oliver, Jack and James will stay in their trifecta of classic cool.

According to the 100 year rule new entries from 2014 old fashioned gems such as Theo and sister Thea, Arthur, Lewis, Harriet and Evie (also Evelyn) will continue to rise.

Set to continue to head up will be Millie, Evelyn, Alice, Matilda, Theodore, Alexander and Jasper.

New entry possibilities include; Elsie, Greta, Polly, Willa  and brothers Alfred, Frederic (k), Hugh and Jude.

Will it be the fall of Madison, Summer, Brooklyn, Savannah and Kayla or perhaps Jayden, Tyler, Jordan and Ashton.

Say goodbye to Caitlin and farewell Jake?

What do you think? what are you predictions for New Zealand or your home country? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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British gems

These are names given to three children in England & Wales in 2015

 

Boys

Albin, Archimedes & Aurelius

Bart, Bastien & Beaumont

Colm, Conlan & Cove

Dash, Daxton & Diggory

Edric, Elmer & Enver

Ferris

Gonzalo

Harrington & Hendrik

Madoc, Mitch & Moss

Nicodemus

Rune

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Girls

Amabel, Arlette & Audra

Bette

Domino

Elvira

Finola, Florentine & Franka

Golda, Gracia & Gwyneth

Heloise

Isabeau

Jessamy

Lenora, Lettice, Lucienne

Myrtle

Quincy

Rowena

Seraphine

Tora

Winona

Zelie

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Christchurch (NZ) Press baby names first half of the year

Boys

William (5)

Jack (4)

Angus (3)

Charlie (3)

Oliver (3)

Samuel (3)

Christopher, Cooper, Fergus, Harry,

James, Max, Oscar, Ryan & Theodore (2)

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Girls

Isla (4)

Annabelle (3)

Charlotte (3)

Sophie (3)

Chloe, Emma, Eva, Georgia, Hannah, Isabelle,

Mackenzie, Maia, Natalie, Rosa, Scarlett & Stella (2)

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Its hard to know as many people don’t place birth announcements now if this is a good indication of popularity of names in Christchurch. But the following did feature in last years top 10 for boys and girls;

Charlotte, Isla and Sophie + Oliver, Jack, James and William.

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