Parents in New South Wales are bucking the trend to give their tots unique baby names, with the same popular monikers making yet another appearance in the state’s top 100 baby names.

For the seventh consecutive year, Oliver has taken top billing for the boys, while the ever-popular Olivia topped the girls’ list.

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages has just released its list of the 100 most popular boys and girls names given to babies in 2021. Oliver has topped the boys’ list since 2014, and Olivia has made an appearance in the top five girls’ names since 2014. According to the list, 695 boys were named Oliver in NSW in 2021, and 493 girls were given the name Olivia.

Most popular baby names NSW

Making an appearance in the top 10 last year were Theodore, Levi and Matilda. While new names to the list including the adorable Pippa and Valentina for the girls and River, Roman and Zayne for the boys.

Other names that skyrocketed up the list included Nora and Maxwell. Other popular trends included botanical names for girls, with Willow, Lily, Violet, Daisy, Poppy, Olive, Rose and Jasmine still uber popular.

140 Most Beautiful Baby Names

Using traditional surnames as first names for boys is also increasing in popularity, with Hudson, Harrison, Cooper, Hunter, Archer, Logan, Jackson, Carter, Lincoln, Spencer and Tyler making an appearance.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald there were 90,059 babies born in NSW in 2020.

Most Popular Baby Names NSW 2021

Popular baby names NSW

Did you have a baby in 2021? Was their name on the list? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • None of my children’s names are on the list and neither is mine. Going to school no-one else had the same name, so none of us had to be given our full name to differentiate from other people.


  • The top 10 girls names have been popular for a while now.


  • Olive and Olivia. So funny that the top names are so similar.


  • 2 of. my 4 kids names are on the list.


  • Whilst I’m not in NSW, not one of my children’s names made the list. Not even the potential names of the one on the way


  • 2 of my boys made the list but not my 3rd.


  • Number 32 is Benjamin which is what I named my son who was born at 32 weeks hahahaha wow


  • I have a great-grandson due in 8 weeks but no name as yet. As long as they are happy with the name, that is all that matters. I’m pretty sure they’re like me and don’t care if his name makes the list or not.


  • None of my girls made the list! My son, just scraped into the top 50 but I’m pretty happy with that. I do love some of the names on this list but didn’t want to name my kids anything too popular ( not too out there either haha)


  • Some lovely old names making a comeback.


  • I’ve a Khloe (I know slightly different spelling), but didn’t name her myself


  • I do like that there are so many classic names on the list!


  • It’s lovely to see so many lovely old names and less with unusual spelling.


  • Both my boys names are on the list but neither of my girls names! Some gorgeous names on there


  • Not so keen on Henry or Isla but love the others.


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