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Neve Te Aroha Adern Gayford

This morning we learnt the name of Jacinda Adern and Clarke Gayford’s beautiful daughter.

Neve is an anglicised version of the Irish Gaelic Niamh, meaning bright or radiant, in mythology she is the daughter of the Ocean god and one of the Queens of eternal youth. The anglicised versions are spelt Neave and Nieve. Jacinda said that she and Clarke chose this spelling as they both understood that it was hard having a name that was spelt differently. Neve is also a variant of Neva (Latin) and the meaning is snow, it also has the same meaning in Spanish and Portuguese.

Te Aroha means” The Love” in Te Reo Maori, to love, to feel concern or be compassionate and to empathise.It links Neve to her whakapapa as Jacinda grew up in the small rural Waikato town Te Aroha, it sits at the foot of the 952m mountain with the same name, which is the highest point in the Kaimai range. This was decided on quite early as a reflection of all the love the baby was shown before it arrived and the generosity of the names several iwi had gifted.

Famous Neve’s include Neve Campbell, Canadian Actress who most recently starred in Netflix series “House of Cards,” Neve McIntosh Scottish actress appeared in “Doctor Who” and Neve Glacier in Washington State.

Niamh has only featured in the top 100 once since 1954, it placed at #94 in 2000 with 49 girls bestowed.

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Irish names placed in the top 100 in 2017 were

Girls; Riley #49, Quinn #59 and Keira #78.

Boys; Liam #12, Finn #29, Ryan #40, Riley #41, Aiden #52, Connor #54, Flynn #68 and Angus #89.

Other Irish names ripe for picking; Aoife, Breda, Caoimhe, Fenella, Fia, Nola, Orla & Tully.

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Other Ev names in the top 100 2017

Evelyn #24

Eva #26

Evie #36

Other Ev names ripe for picking; Evangeline, Everly, Genevieve, Maeve, Neva.

Also similar sounding; Hebe and Sylvie.

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Jacinda & Clarke’s baby daughters name

Welcome to the world 🙂

So she’s here and the question a lot of us are pondering on is what will she be named?

Will the happy new parents choose a popular moniker, a family name, a kiwi inspired number or perhaps something a little more unusual and less common like their own?

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Popular choices #1-10 in the NZ top ten 2017

Charlotte, Harper, Isla, Olivia, Ava,

                                                    Amelia, Mia, Mila, Sophie or Emily.

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Less Common #90-100 in the NZ top 100 2017

Maya, Lola, Brooklyn, Sarah, Arabella (niece is Isabella so may be unlikely),

Skylar, Madeline, Faith, Holly or Clara.

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Kiwi inspired 

Amaia

Anakiwa

  Huia

Kahurangi

Kea

Kimihia

Kowhai

Mariua

Ngaio

Opaea

Rangimarie

Rata

Tahaia

Te Hana

Tui

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My choices

Audra

Athena

Caoimhe

Cora

Dulcie

Edith/Edie

Freida

Imogen

Josephine/Josie

Lotta

Maisie

Neva

Orla

Phaedra

Polly

Ramona

Tess

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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NZ top 100 continued

Biggest losers.

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Boys

Jake -28

John -26

Charles -23

Alex -21

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Girls

Caitlin -35

Annabelle -27

Samantha -24

Pippa & Poppy -20

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New to top 100

Boys

Grayson #75

Nixon #83

Jasper #85

Hudson #87

Ezra #88

Theo #89

Nathaniel #91

Asher #92

Quinn #93

Harley #94

Cohen #97

Arthur #98

Lewis #100

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Girls

Evie #47

Ariana #75

Thea #79

Savannah #80

Sadie #86

Isobel #88

Harriet #93

Katie #94

Maria #97

Naomi #98

Freya #99

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Goodbye

Boys

Dominic, Tyson, Gabriel, Christian, Isaiah,

Jonathan, Kingston, Declan, Sam, Maxwell,

Joel, Jesse & Andrew.

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Girls

Indi, Mikayla, Faith, Claire,

Esther, Taylor, Jade, Lola,

Charlie, Alyssa & Victoria.

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New Zealand’s top 100 baby names 2014

Top ten

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Girls

1.Charlotte (still)

2.Olivia (+3)

3.Isla (+3)

4.Emily (-2)

5.Sophie (-1)

6.Amelia (+1)

7.Ella (+3)

8.Harper (+11)

9.Sophia (+9)

10. Ruby (-7)

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Boys

1. Oliver (still)

2. Jack (still)

3.James (still)

4. Mason (+1)

5. Liam (+1)

6. William (-2)

7.Noah (+2)

8. Lucas (still)

9. Benjamin (+5)

6. Jacob (+3)

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Biggest leaps

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Girls

Evie enters at #47

Millie +42

Evelyn +40

Ariana enters at #75

also risen: Rose, Alice, Ayla, Ellie, Madeleine, Matilda and Aurora

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Boys

Arlo & Roman + 30

Theodore + 24

Grayson enters #75

Also up: Alexander, Matthew, Ryder, Jordan, Nixon and Jasper.

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Birth Announcements NZ July-Nov

BOYS

Anaru Whitu Harrison-Matai

Frederik Nicholas August Charles

Gus Alexander- Grace & Isla

Gus Franklin- Jimmy

Arlo Benjamin- William & Austin

Jasper Jax

Charlie Finnerty- Max& Ruby

Ryott

Jonah Liam

Fox Leo- Ruby

Taewhao Te Ranehu

Monty David

Torin Henry Lloyd

Tobias Caspar James- Anouk

Jupiter Logan- Louie

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GIRLS
Penny Margot- Lyla & Toby

Poet Victoria Jane

Coco Amber- Toby

SofiaValentina- Bruno

Claudia Ruby Jean

Elin Josephine- Frida

Thea Fae

Gussie Lucy- Liv & Milly

Willa Rose

Ebbe Jean- Lennox & Harlem

Greta Rose- Archie& Maisy

Trixie Toumairangi- Orlando, Miley & Hope

Zosia Alice

Elessia Poppy- Arabelle& Lucan

Greta Colette-Toby &Elsie
India Marlow

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DOUBLES

Summer Chilli & Indie Storm-Ethan, Zoe, Uziah, Bianca & Xavier

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My fav birth announcements from Telegraph- September

Atticus Edward Peregrine- Caspar & Tilly

Aurelia Autumn Ottilie Velvet- Sienna

Cecily Isla Mary- Henry & Thomas

What are yours? 🙂

Link here: http://announcements.telegraph.co.uk/births

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