ACT’s most popular baby names 2021

A little baby is lying on a blanket in a park and looks very happy.

Baby Matilda was thrilled to hear that she had made the 10 most popular baby names for 2021.

Thirty years ago, Jessica and Matthew Canberra were the most popular baby names. Going all the way back to 1950, it was babies named Margaret and Robert who dominated Canberra’s parks and playground. Today, Oliver, Henry and Charlotte are the most popular baby names in Canberra for 2021.

Charlotte is a recurring winner as she has also topped the list of most popular baby names in 2020, 2017, 2015, 2012, 2006 and 2005. In fact, since 2003, Charlotte has made it to the top 10 every year.

Matilda came in as the second most popular name for girls in 2021.

A mother is standing in a park holding her baby. New mother Stephanie and nearly four-month-old baby Tilly (Matilda).

Parents Stephanie and Sam Oliver (two names that were strong on the most popular baby name lists in the early 1990s) were excited to welcome baby Matilda Louise in late August.

After compiling a shortlist of names but not landing on a favorite, Steph and Sam decided to wait until they met their baby, to pick a name.

When they arrived at the hospital, the expectant parents had narrowed it down to Matilda or Molly.

“Our midwife wrote the two names on a blackboard in our room to help us decide. I was sure we were going to have a Molly, but it did not quite fit when we met our bub, ”Steph explained.

“When she was born, we both agreed that Matilda was the name that suited her best. It fits our little girl perfectly. ”

Steph and Sam were surprised to hear that Matilda was the second most popular baby name in Canberra in 2021.

“We did not know any Matilda when we looked at baby names, but since we got Tilly, we now know a few other Matilda born within a few weeks in a row!”

After being in the top 10 for the previous three years, it looks like there will be plenty of other Matilda’s that baby Tilly can befriend.

For boys who pushed William away from the top spot in 2021, Oliver and Henry have come in as the equally most popular name for 2021. Both Oliver and Henry have jumped around the top 10 list for the past four years.

Oliver was the most popular name in 2019, 2017 and 2010, meaning schools will soon have classrooms filled with Olivers.

As for Henry, it has been in the top 10 six times in the last decade, but 2021 is the first year it has entered (equal) number 1.

By 2021, more than 6,330 babies were registered in the ACT.

Top 10 most popular girl names for 2021:

1. Charlotte

2. Matilda

3. Grace

4. (straight) Ivy and Olivia

6. Amelia

7. (straight) Hazel and Sophia

9. (straight) Ella and Mia

Top 10 most popular boy names for 2021:

1. (straight) Henry and Oliver

3. William

4. Theodor

5. Thomas

6. The lion

7. Noah

8. Jack

9. Archery

10. Charlie

Are you looking for inspiration for your child’s name? Check out ACT’s top 10 baby names every year since 1991.

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