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Make way for the new son- Grayson

This post is a revamp in part of a post from Dec 2014 called “Revamped- the new sons.”

With Grayson being the highest rising name within the New Zealand top 100 2019 rising 40 places I thought it would be timely to examine to “son’s” in top 100 baby names.

Jason– was the first big “son” in New Zealand, he was #1 between 1970-1972 (inclusive), was inside the top 10 until 1983 and was in the top 100 before leaving in 2004.

Jackson was the second “son,” he entered in 1993 at #92 and rose steadily through the 90’s before reaching #43 in 2010. In 2019 it takes #26. Never as popular as Jason, perhaps owing to the popularity of Jack.

Harrison the third “son,” following five years later at #43 in 1998, he has never broken the top 30, the highest placing was #31 in 2003. Today it sits at #33.

Mason was the fourth son and second to break into the top 10, in 2014 & 2016 he was #4, 2015 #6, 2017 #8 and 2018 #10. Mason takes #14 in 2019, perhaps beginning to drop?

Hudson followed Mason 11 years later entering in 2014 #87, 2015 #77, 2016 #73, 2017 #60 before leaping to #3 in 2018. Its the highest its ever placed last year at #22, will it break the top 20 for 2020? I suspect so.

Grayson is the lastest “son” a huge leap from #98 in 2018 to #58 in 2019 showing perhaps it will be the latest son to rival Hudson.

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Australia (2018) #10 Mason, #13 Harrison, #19 Hudson & Jackson #41. (The first three more popular than in NZ currently)

United States of America (2018) #9 Mason, #17 Jackson, #32 Grayson, #54 Hudson, #70 Carson, #77 Greyson, #91 Jameson, #93 Bryson & #100 Jason. (Only Mason & Jackson higher placing +Italics not in NZ)

England & Wales (2018) #34 Harrison, #40 Mason, #70 Jenson, #80 Jackson & #83 Grayson. (None placing higher than NZ, Jenson not in NZ)

Scotland (2019) #28 Mason, #30 Harrison, #79 Jackson, #84 Carson & #87 Grayson.   (Harrison higher placed & Carson not in NZ)

RIPE FOR TAKING INTERNATIONALLY-

Carson,

Greyson (alt spelling),

Jameson,

 Jenson. 

Feels too old Bryson.

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Others to consider 

Brayson,

Cayson/Cason, Colson,

Dayson,

Edison,  Emerson,

Hayson,

Jedson, Jempson, Jemson, Jepson, Jetson, Judson,

Kason, Keeson, Kelson, Kenson, Kierson,

Larson,

Madson, Mackson/Macson, Morrison, Myson,

Nicson/Nickson

Orson,

Payson, Preston,

Tennyson,

Watson.

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Scottish gems 2019- Ellis & Ailsa (enter top 100)

New names to the Scotland top 100 (* are not in the NZ top 100 2019)

Carson (*)            Ailsa (*)

Cody (*)               Aoife (*)

Ellis (*)                  Elizabeth

Louie                    Eve (*)

Roman                  Evelyn

Sonny (*)               Harley (*)

Theodore              Lottie (*)

                              Lucie (*)

                              Mirren (*)

                              Myla (*)

                              Nova (*)

                               Scarlett

 

Boys top 100 (and beyond) 

#5 Harris

#9 Alfie

#10 Rory

#18 Brodie

#51 Jude

#69 Ruaridh

#79 Fraser

#83 Carson

#83 Innes

#85 Murray

#95 Ellis

 

***** Beyond****

#101 Frankie

#107 Struan

#108 Evan

#116 Calvin

#119 Teddy

#121 Marcus & Parker

#140 Cillian

#145 Albie

#161 Miller

#163 Milo & Oran

#189 Colton & Jenson

#204 Kerr, Keir, Rudi & Rio

#219 Kacper, Otis, Miles & Travis

#233 Jonah, Murdo & Mac

#244 Enzo, Asher, Lennox & Niall

#250 Odin

#258 Oakley & Rex

#264 Rocco & Rohan

#289 Dexter

#296 Bruno, Ivor, Kit, River & Tom

#320 Mateo& Rudy

#334 Tobias

#355 Bear, Beau, Bodhi, Chester, Fletcher, Joe, Marshall,Micah, Torin & Will

#394 Ari, Frank, Gary, Glen, Hector, Mitchell, Nolan, Saul & Tate

#431 Otto, Remy,Romeo & Wyatt

#464 Rupert, Roan, Simon, Walter & Wren

 

***Beyond top 500***

#516 August, Calder, Casper, Cormac, Dante, Ford,

Fox, Franklin, Jonas, Keanu, Knox, Orion, Raphael,

Solomon, Tadhg & Tierney.

#606 Baxter, Bertie, Bowie, Emmett, Heath, Lorcan,

Murphy, Sawyer, Sullivan & Wilfred

#701 Atlas, Barnaby, Edwin, Fintan, Huxley,

Monty, Rafferty, Roscoe, Sorley & Viggo

 

****Given to one child****

Aldo, Alric, Ambrose, Arnold,

Bartholomew, Becker, Bryn,

Cassian, Conrad,

Darcy,

Edison, Emery, Evander, Everett,

Ferdinand, Floyd,

Griffin,

Holden, Humphrey,

Ignatius,

Jarvis, Jem, Jethro, Jock,

Kelso, Kester, Kip,

Linus, Lionel, Lucian,

Marlon, Miro, Monte,,

Ned, Nye,

Osiris,

Pablo, Pascal, Percy,

Quentin,

Reed, Rhett,

Sergio, Stellan, Sylvan,

Thiago,

Valentino,

Winter, Wolf,

Zebedee, Zeke, Zephyr, Zeppelin, Zeus & Ziggy.

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Girls top 100 (and beyond) 

#19 Rosie

#22 Eilidh

#29 Orla

#37 Robyn

#40 Gracie

#42 Skye

#45 Erin

#46 Hallie, #47 Molly, #59 Hollie, #67 Callie

#68 Hope

#70 Iona

#76 Myla

#85 Mirren

#92 Lucie (#12 Lucy)

#97 Nova

#100 Abbie, Aila, Ailsa, Aoife

Lottie, Lyla & Maria

 

*****Beyond******

#107 Aba, Arya, Eden, Lucia, Penny & Remi

#113 Flora & Heidi

#117 Arabella, Eleanor & Harriet

#129 Iris

#144 Rosa

#152 Edith

#158 Blake, Caitlin & Martha

#164 Isobel, Orlagh & Skylar

#168 Francesca, Frankie & Macie

#175 Ellis, Lois, Megan & Stella

#182 Nora & Olive

#185 Eloise, Keira, Marnie & Tilly

#191 Annabelle, Hazel, Libby & Lydia

#199 Rhea, Zofia & Zuzanna

#206 Billie & Charlie (also Nola)

#224 Anastasia, Bailey, Brooklyn, Helena, Laura & Romi

#237 Leia & Lyra

#248 Astrid, Caoimhe, Cerys, Eliana, Elodie.

#258 Fern, Margaret & Seren

#267 Faye, Felicity & Fiadh

#286 Wren

#304 Beatrice, Heather, Josie, Kate & Winter

#322 Margot, Madeleine & Mabel

#343 Delilah, Edie, Josephine, Katherine, Lillian, Minnie & Valentina

Nela, Nia & Noa

Remy & Romy

#376 Claudia, Elara, Elspeth, Nyla, Pixie & Polly

#406 Juliet, Lila, Nellie, Nuala, Pearl & Tara

#447 Cassidy, Celeste, Etta, India, Nancy, Nell, Sylvie & Verity

#493 Adeline, Arwen, Elsa, Genevieve, Greta, Juno, Kitty & Tabitha

 

 

******Beyond top 500********

#560 Athena, Aurelia, Beatrix, Blossom, Blythe, Clementine,

Emme, Ingrid, Marcella, Meadow, Noelle, Ramona & Winnie

#630 Anais, Audrey, Calla, Helen, Rosemary,

Tessa, Theodora, Vera, Willa & Zelda

#765 Cassandra, Clover, Coco, Enid, Evangeline,

Fiona, Greer, Honor, Jemima, Ophelia,

Saffron, Tallulah & Zunaira

#990 Agatha, Anouk, Ariadne, Astra,

Birdie, Bridget, Briony, Eleni, Evelina,

Fianna, Florrie, Gianna, Honey, Ines,

Joan, Joyce, Juniper, Maple, Marlowe,

Mirabelle, Nella, Octavia, Paloma, Primrose,

Romilly, Runa, Simona, Theadora, Thora

& Ziva.

 

***** Given to one child******

Allegra, Anne, Anoushka, Apple, Aroha, Aspen, Asta,

Atla, Atlantis, August, Aura, Avalon, Awa,

Bellatrix, Berry, Bibiana, Bliss, Blue, Bowie, Bramble,

Calliope, Clemence, Clementina, Clio, Coralie,

Coraline, Cordelia, Cressida,

Daphne, Delphi, Dora, Dorothy, Dottie, Dulcie

Elka, Euthymia,

Fionnuala, Fleur, Flossie, Frances, Freda,

Gigi, Gwendoline,

Heba, Hera, Hero, Hettie,

Idette, Inez, Iola, Irene, Isa, Isadora

Jacinda, Jean, Julie, June, Jura,

Keala, Keiko, Kemi, Kiki, Kiva, Koala,

Lark, Lettie, Lilou, London, Lotta, Lotus,

Luciana, Lucille, Lucinda, Lula, Lulu, Lumi,

Maidie, Mariella, Mavis, Meg, Mimi,

Minerva, Minna, Monroe, Myrtle,

Natasha, Nikita, November, Nula,

Odette, Orly,

Parla, Pepper, Pia, Posy,

Raven, Rebel, Rosamund, Roxana, Rumer, Rumi,

Sage, Sailor, Sanne, Scout, Senna, Soleil, Sorrel, Sparrow,

Tamsin, Thistle, Tovi, True, Truly, Tula,

Vida, Virginia,

Winona,

Xanthe,

Yarra, Yasmine,

Zinnia & Zosia

 

 

 

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NZ and Australian baby names a comparison

Top 10

Charlotte is Queen for both NZ and AUS

Share; Isla, Olivia, Amelia, Harper, Mia & Ava

NZ; Grace, Chloe & Willow

AUS; Ella, Isabella & Emily

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Oliver & Jack share #1 and #2

Share; Noah, Leo, William, Lucas & James

NZ; Hunter, George & Mason

AUS; Henry, Thomas & Liam

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Top 100 

More likely to meet in NZ

Girls

Freya #27 vs #60

Thea #37 vs #77

Bella #39 vs #83

Millie #45 vs #99

Eden #47 vs #81

Olive #50 vs #79

Addison #59 vs #88

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Boys

Blake #40 vs #90

Luke #45 vs #68

Theo #46 vs #99

Asher #54 vs #82

Ryder #55 vs #94

Bodhi #75 vs #100

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Top 100

More likely to meet in AUS

Girls

Sienna #28 vs #52

Emilia #43 vs #71

Sofia #46 vs #79

Daisy #47 vs #91

Elsie #48 vs #94

Eleanor #50 vs #92

Maya #58 vs #98

Jasmine #63 vs #84

Annabelle #67 vs #95

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Boys

Henry #5 vs #21

Levi #20 vs #41

Logan #31 vs #51

Xavier #30 vs #56

Harvey #37 vs #68

Patrick #46 vs #100

Ashton #58 vs #89

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Who’s missing

GIRLS

Share the top 34 names

Exact same placing, Charlotte #1, Sophia #21, Aurora #49, Luna #62.

17 names differ in top 100

NZ only;

Maia, Indie, Riley, Sadie, Lilly, Zoey,

Kiara, Peyton, Leah, Cora, Paige,

Nina, Brooklyn, Jessica, Athena, Kaia

and Amber.

AUS only;

Audrey, Savannah, Lola, Indiana, Eloise,

Claire, Elena, Adeline, Bonnie, Lara,

Chelsea, Alyssa, Harlow, Hayley,

Madeleine, Pippa and Clara.

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BOYS

Share the top 52 names

Exact same placing; Oliver #1, Jack #2, Ethan #11, Jaxon #47.

18 names differ in top 100

NZ only;

Braxton, Ezra, Felix, John, Quinn,

Nixon, Beauden, Wyatt, Louie,

Roman, Luka, Kingston, Harley,

Fletcher, Alex, Kayden, Grayson

and David.

AUS only;

Kai, Darcy, Nate, Owen, Muhammad,

Spencer, Hamish, Sonny, Maxwell,

Jake, Ali, Nicholas, Leon, Christian,

Jude, Leonardo, Vincent and Parker.

 

 

 

 

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L names for boys, most popular initial in New Zealand.

Typically in the NZ top 100 the most popular initial for both boys and girls is A. In 1954 when records began there was four L name’s in the top 100- Leslie #52, Lindsay #62, Lawrence #78 and Lance #94. 1964 there was two and in 1974 there was only Lance #85. In 1984 and 1994 there was four, consecutively Luke, Lance, Logan, and Leon and Luke, Logan, Levi and Lewis. In 2004 it had doubled to eight and in 2014 in NZ there were 11 boys names beginning with L in the top 100. Liam was number one in 2010 and 2011. And in 2018 there is 12 starting with L (equal to A).

In 2018 eight L names feature in the top fifty; Leo #4, Lucas #8, Lachlan #13, Liam #15, Luca #34, Lincoln #35,         Levi #41 and Luke #45. Others in the NZ top 100 include; Logan #51, Louis #58 & Louie #86 and Luka #88. Across the ditch in Australia (2017) there were 11 L names in top 100 including 8 in the top fifty only one missing was Luka. A hop skip and a jump to England and Wales there were 10 in the top 100, no Lachlan or again Luka. And in the USA there were 9 featured L names with Liam #1, Lucas #8 and Logan #10, including Landon and Leonardo but excluding Luca & Luka, Louis & Louie and Lachlan.

Alternatives to consider;

(Luc) Lucas, Luca & Luka, Luke- Lucan,/Luken, Lucien/Lucian, Luciano, Luben, Ludde, Lugh, Loukios and Loukianos, 

(Lu) Louis & Louie- Luis, Luiz, Luigi, Lugos, Lewis and Lewin.

(n) Lachlan, Lincoln & Logan- Landon/en/yn, Langston, Larkin, Lawton/Lawson, Lennon, Levon, Levin, Linden, Linton, Llewellyn, London, Lorcan and Lowden.

(Short/Punchy) Leo, Liam, Luca, Levi and Luke- Lake, Laird, Lando, Lavi, Lazlo, Leif, Lev, Lex, Loki, Ludo, Lynx, Lyon and Lyr.

(Also!) Lawyer, Laxmi, Lebron, Ledger, Leifr, Leland, Lemuel, Lennox, Leolin, Leonty,  Linus,  Lorenzo and Lysander.

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Hot baby names 2019- New Zealand

Names to help your choose 🙂

Notable New Zealanders 2018

Boys

Kristine Bartlett : Fought for pay equity for aged care workers and won!

Marlon Williams: Best solo artist and album of the year

Luke Willis Thompson: Won 30,000 photography prize

Girls

Thomasin Harcourt: Actress in “leave no trace.”

Pip Adam: NZ top literary prize for “The new animals.”

Zoi Sadowski- Synnott- Bronze medal snowboarding winter Olympics.

(credit: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/379291/the-kiwis-who-made-a-big-impression-in-2018)

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Honor lives lost in 2018

Boys

Stephen Hawking: Greatest mysteries of the cosmos

Milos Forman: director “one flew over the cuckoos nest.”

Otis Rush: Chicago blues gutarist

Stan Lee or Stanlee: Comic book dynamo

William Goldman: Screen writer, adapted fantasy novel “the princess bride.”

Girls

Goldie (see above)

Margot Kidder: Supermans Lois Lane

Aretha Franklin: Queen of soul

Audrey Geisel: Dr Seuss widow

Kofi Annan: Former UN Secretary general

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Celebrity inspiration 2018

Boys

Ennis Howard

Santiago Enrique

Beckett Richard

Francisco

Miles Theodore

Sebastian Piers

Ariel

Forrest Bradley

Girls

Geo Grace

Vida Amber Betty

Monroe Sky

Minnie Theodora

Greta Lilia

Story Annabelle

Marvel Jane

Lulu Gray

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Looking at NZ top 100, 2017

Boys

Theodore (fastest rising boy name)

Everett, Roosevelt, Hawthorne, Benedict/Bennett

Heathcliff, Edwin, Alvin & Floyd

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Harvey 

Grady, Emery, Wesley, Remy, Dewey,

Darcy, Rudy, Huxley, Rhodri & Wiley.

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Bodhi (NEW #77)

Daijo, Indra, Jihi, Jivan, Koan,

Loka, Zenji, Kiran, Ved & Akash.

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Oscar

Roscoe, Dexter, Tucker, Baxter, Samson,

Monty, Alfie, Murphy, Rufus & Gus.

Girls 

Addison (re-enters #57)

Avery, Arden, Devon, Emerson,

Emery, Easton, Monroe & Murphy.

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Sadie (+36)

Edie, Maidie, Bridie or Birdie,

Heidi & Zadie.

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Luna

Vesper, Venus, Elara, Lyra,

Leda, Astra & Alya.

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Phoebe & Frankie

Xanthe, Penelope, Seraphina,

Ramona, Romilly, Polly

& Phaedra.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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