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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