Australia’s top baby names: Is your grandchild’s on the list? 6



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Choosing a name for your child was either a long process of back and forth with your partner, or it was easy – they were named after someone or one name really stood out. But when you’re a grandparent, often you don’t have a say in the name, so every now and then it’s nice to know that your grandchild’s name is well-loved by others too.

A new list of 2014’s top baby names have been released and it looks like some classics have made the grade!

According to Essential Baby, the top baby names in Australia last year both started with an ‘O’: Oliver and Olivia. Other popular names included William, Jack and George for boys, and Ruby, Grace and Emily for girls.

All the names on the list are beautiful in their own way, and it looks like more popular names such as James and Emma have taken a back seat to let other names soar to the top.

Happily, some more classic names are making a comeback, such as Evelyn (now number 32 on the list), Eleanor, Penelope, Marjorie, Rosie, Dorothy, June and Rosemary; and Harvey, Cassius, Theo, Otto, Walter and Franklin.

These are the top 10 baby names by gender – is your beautiful grandchild’s name on the list? Why was their name chosen? Tell us the lovely story below.


  1. Oliver
  2. William
  3. Jack
  4. Noah
  5. Thomas
  6. Lucas
  7. James
  8. Ethan
  9. Alexander
  10. Liam


  1. Olivia
  2. Charlotte
  3. Mia
  4. Ava
  5. Amelia
  6. Emily
  7. Sophie
  8. Chloe
  9. Ruby
  10. Grace

Starts at 60 Writers

The Starts at 60 writers team seek out interesting topics and write them especially for you.

  1. On the 4th (May the 4th be with you) my youngest, Oliver, turns 22. This is well before Oliver became so popular.

  2. We have a Harry, and a
    And William
    Seven under 5
    And two on their way.

  3. Most of those names are horrible.My great granddaughter is named Kiala.Horrid name also.

    1 REPLY
    • That’s not nice these are all nice names

  4. They r ancient recycled names from colonial days. Next thing they’ll be wearing bone corsettes n bussles n long black dresses omg. N hair in buns standing solomoly next to their seated husband

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