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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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Theodore- the rising stars of New Zealand Top 100 baby names 2017 (Boys)

Boys

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Oliver and Jack hold steady in first and second for the fifth year in a row!

George moves up five paces from #12 to enter the top 10, #7.

Arlo sneaks in at #10, with his first entry to the top 10, (+13)

William, Hunter, James and Lucas move up/down one place each.

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Theodore makes the biggest gain up 27 places to #32.

Harvey up 23 along with new entry Bodhi who sits at #77.

Beauden continues up after entering last year at #95, now sits at #75.

Oscar is close behind gaining 19 spots.

Other notable movers all over ten places; Jordan, Caleb, Hudson, Beau, Zachary, Theo & Arthur.

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Falling far is Matthew down 37, also down 30 spots is Tyler.

Roman (-27), Connor (-25), Ryan (-23) and Jasper (-23) plummet.

Down wards go; Quinn, Nathan, Jaxon, Angus, Blake and Brother Jake.

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New to the top 100

Bodhi #77, Wyatt #93 and Spencer #98.

Returning are;

Reuben #87, First seen in 1982 and last seen in 2010

Owen #91, debuted in 1954 and #91 in 1960

Jesse #99, entered in 1988 #38, highest spot #18 in 1990 and in 2015 was #98

Cohen squeezes in at #100 its  second entry to top 100, previously #97 in 2014.

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Ka kite;

Aaron, Alex, Fletcher, Harley, Micah, Quinn & Zion.

 

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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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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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One of a kind- names from the The Press-Births- Christchurch- New Zealand 2014.

BOYS
Albert

Alexandros

Archer

Asher

Balin

Barnaby

Beckett

Bede

Brennan

Bruno

Calder

Carson

Dashiell

Denzel

Dexter

Everett

Frank

Geordie

Grayson

Gus

Hank

Ihaka

Jett

Kit

Leif

Levi

Monte

Ned

Oswin

Reve

Rory

Rupert

Sanzou

Ted

Tom

Zeke

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GIRLS

Agnes

Anneke

Arizona

Bethany

Bianca

Bridie

Cartier

Cassandra

Daisy

Devon

Elena

Elsa

Emmaline

Fern

Flossie

Gisele

Greta

Heidi

Honor

Imogen

Jeanie

Julia

Laura

Libby

Lillian

Loretta

Lydia

Madeleine

Margot

Meg

Molly

Olympia

Quinn

Rosana

Saskia

Tilly

Una

Willa

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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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