SA’s most popular baby names for 2023 have been unveiled

This year traditional names remain popular among South Australian parents.

It’s that time of year again! South Australia’s top baby names have been released and tradition is holding strong.

In South Australia, the names Oliver and Isla continue to charm new parents, marking their enduring popularity in 2023. For the third consecutive year, these names have topped the list of the most chosen baby names in the state.

According to the latest data, Isla remains the preferred name for baby girls in South Australia, with 102 newborns bearing the name in 2023. This marks the third year in a row that Isla has maintained its position at the top.

The name Oliver has had an even longer run, being the number one choice for boys for an astonishing eleven years. This year, 147 baby boys were named Oliver, underscoring its unwavering appeal among South Australian parents.

Charlotte, a name steeped in classic charm, has retained its second-place position for the third year running. Additionally, names such as Olivia and Ava have seen a significant rise in popularity, ascending to the third and fourth spots, respectively, up from sixth and twelfth in 2022.

The top 10 list for girls’ names in South Australia this year are

  1. Isla (102)
  2. Charlotte (88)
  3. Olivia (72)
  4. Ava (68)
  5. Ivy (68)
  6. Grace (60)
  7. Amelia (59)
  8. Harper (59)
  9. Hazel (59)
  10. Mia (58)

For boys, the most popular names were:

  1. Oliver (147)
  2. Leo (101)
  3. Henry (94)
  4. Noah (85)
  5. Luca (80)
  6. Theodore (75)
  7. Elijah (71)
  8. Charlie (69)
  9. William (67)
  10. Archie (63).

South Australians have a period of 60 days to register the names of their newborns. The final list of the top 100 names, which will be tallied and published online early next year, is highly anticipated.

Andrea Michaels, reflecting on the trends, noted, “Classic names rarely go out of style, and this year, we’ve seen traditional names like Isla, Oliver, Charlotte, Ava, and Henry remain popular among South Australian parents.”

Michaels, who named her own son Charlie, expressed delight in seeing this name continue to be a top choice. “My own son is a Charlie, so it’s nice to see it remains in the top 10,” she said.

The question on everyone’s mind is whether Isla and Oliver will retain their top spots in 2024. “I look forward to seeing if Isla and Oliver can once again reign supreme in 2024 for the fourth year, or if there’s a dark horse that might knock them off the top spot.”

The steadfast popularity of these names underscores a broader trend in South Australia: a preference for traditional, timeless names. As parents continue to gravitate towards these classic choices, it remains to be seen whether any new names will rise to challenge the reigning favourites in the coming year.

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