My wife and I are expecting our first child in February, so we’ve begun scoping out names. Naturally, you wantÂ a euphonious name. It also helps the child’s nameÂ works with your last name – which in our case rules out:
- Sara, Vivien, Brett, Bruce, David, Peggy, Sophie, Spike, Tommy and Jennifer Jason.
Another issue is how popular your chosen name will be. In 1972, “Andrew” was one of the most common names in Australia. My 6th grade class, withÂ three Andrews, was the worst. ButÂ a quick skim through my address book reveals 18 other Andrews.
So I’m more conscious than most people about choosing a name, while at the same time trying not to choose the most popular baby name in 2007.Â One handy site is the Victorian government’s list of popular names, which can tell you the most popular boys’ and girls’ names in 2005.
- Jack, Joshua, Thomas, William, James, Lachlan, Ethan, Daniel, Benjamin, Ryan
- Olivia, Chloe, Ella, Emily, Charlotte, Jessica, Isabella, Mia, Sophie, Sienna
Trouble is, some names are going up and down in popularity. So the most popular names in 2005 won’t necessarily be those in 2007. Plotting trends in name popularity over the last five years, here are the names that are shooting up fastest (along with their rank from 2001 to 2005).
- Amelia (40th to 20th)
- Ava (98th to 21st)
- Charlie (65th to 29th)
- Charlotte (15th to 5th)
- Ella (12th to 3rd)
- Lily (28th to 11th)
- Mia (24th to 8th)
- Noah (30th to 13th)
- Oliver (47th to 18th)
- Ryan (22nd to 10th)
- Sienna (87th to 10th)
- Xavier (94th to 34th)
So if you’re worried about your child having the most popular name in 2007, you may want to avoid these.
On the other hand, if you want to be pretty sure that your chosen name won’t be in the a top ten, here’s a list of names that have been declining in popularity:
- Hannah, Jeremy, Kyle, Matthew, Michael, Mitchell, Nathan, Sarah, Stephanie.