Popularity of names in New Zealand, 2016

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Olivia and Oliver remain the top choices in New Zealand last year. Olivia has been the top girl choice for 2 years now, while for Oliver, it’s his 4th year as the top boy choice.

Here are the top 10 names in 2016:

GIRLS

Rank Name Number Rank change N° change
1 Olivia 266 0 -2
2 Charlotte 262 0 2
3 Isla 239 4 9
4 Harper 236 -1 -23
5 Ella 220 1 -13
6 Amelia 211 3 2
7 Emily 203 -2 -44
8 Mia 196 0 -21
9 Sophie 189 -5 -66
10 Ava 188 5 4

BOYS

1 Oliver 332 0 -16
2 Jack 286 0 -22
3 William 263 0 -9
4 Mason 254 2 16
5 James 253 -1 2
6 Hunter 244 1 8
7 Noah 229 4 10
8 Lucas 228 6 16
9 Leo 220 15 47
10 Max 217 3 2

In the top 10, Ava replaces Isabella while Noah, Lucas and Leo replace Charlie, Liam and Jacob (who fell the same number of places as Leo).

The top 5 jumpers and droppers in the top 100 (excluding new entrants) include:

Names marked in italics are those who made a big jump by numbers and ranking.
Jumpers (by numbers) Droppers (by numbers)
Matilda Arlo Sophie Benjamin
Lily Leo Emma Jacob
Evelyn Austin Emily Braxton
Amber Connor Isabelle Charlie
Aria Jordan Grace Alexander
Layla
Jumpers (by ranking) Droppers (by ranking)
Amber Arlo Victoria Braxton
Freya Austin Elizabeth Patrick
Lola Jordan Charlie Fletcher
Aaliyah Felix Madeleine Flynn
Alexis Quinn Rose Jayden

Arlo was the biggest jumper by both numbers and ranking for boys, thanks, in no small part, to the success of the Disney movie The Good Dinosaur (2015) in which the main character, a dinosaur, goes by the name of Arlo.

In the top 100, new entrants include Maria, Pippa, Isabel, Taylor, Lucia, Heidi, Brooklyn, Faith, Billie, Esther and Hayley & Jasper, Leon, Beauden*, Zion and Micah. They replace Annabelle, Addison, Skyla, Jade, Keira, Sadie, Samantha, Daisy, Nevaeh, Imogen and Lydia & Cameron, Kayden, Isaiah, Jesse and Nikau.

* – Beauden may have entered the top 100 thanks to rugby union player Beauden “Beaudy” Barrett, who had a stellar overall performance in 2016.

That’s how the baby name scene in New Zealand shapes up. If you have any thoughts on this, leave them in the comments section below the source.

Source:
New Zealand Government’s SmartStart – https://smartstart.services.govt.nz/news/baby-names/

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