Naming a baby is a big decision to make, after all it’s a decision that will stay with your child for life. The top baby names in Australia for 2021 have been released, and you might be surprised by some on the list.

Expecting a baby comes with lots of decision making; Which pram is best? Which car seat should you buy? How many teeny tiny baby singlets does one newborn baby need? Perhaps the biggest decision of all, and the most headache-inducing of all, is naming the baby. Is it best to name a baby something unique that no one else will have or something more popular that everyone will love?

There are no rules, of course, but we all want to name our babies something that they’re not going to come after us twenty years later with name-rage, blaming us for naming them something that’s ruined their lives. Oh, the pressure. Their name is something they’ll hear in roll call day after day at school, and as you yell at them to come home from playing with the neighbours.

If you’re wondering what names other parents with babies born in 2021 will be calling out in years to come, we’ve got the list. The Top Baby Names in Australia are right here, and it looks like we’re preferring more classical names, as well as names that are more on the short side.


1. Charlotte
2. Olivia
3. Amelia
4. Isla
5. Mia
6. Ava
7. Grace
8. Willow
9. Harper
10. Chloe


1. Oliver
2. Noah
3. Jack
4. William
5. Leo
6. Lucas
7. Thomas
8. Henry
9. Charlie
10. James

Around the world though, the list looks a little different. Each month Nameberry releases the current top names around the world, and right now the hottest names for girls are (in order) Aurelia, Maeve, Luna, Eloise, and Isla. For boys the top names are (in order) Arlo, Soren, Milo, Atticus and Kai.

It’s important to remember, that although you can feel a lot of pressure to decide on the perfect name, there’s no rules to naming your baby. All that matters is that you choose a name that you love.

Is your child’s name on the list? Do you prefer popular or unique names?

  • Neither of my kids’ names are on there and I’m happy.
    I don’t like names that are too common as when you call them out, five others allay turn around!

    • I definitely agree. I have a very common first name and am always referred to my first name and last initial because there is always somebody else with the same name as me!


  • I actually hate naming babies haha! My youngest was nameless for 2 weeks!


  • some good names there. :-)


  • I am glad mine are not on the list


  • Both of my kids aren’t on the list


  • I dont like following the trends, i dont want my child to have 5 other kids in the class with the same name! I love a bit of originality


  • I didn’t go for anything in particular. Just noted names in my everyday life, wrote down ones I liked, and chose from there


  • I never really followed a trend in regards to names; actually the more a name is a trend, the less I like it.


  • All of these names are beautiful :)


  • A few of the names we were considering is on that list, however we preferred to go with a less common name.


  • Ava, Charlotte, Willow and Harper have been popular for a few years now. I like the name Maeve


  • The only name I recognise on the list is William. That was my late husband’s name and our Grandson was named after him. Our sons names aren’t on the list and I’ve never seen my name anywhere. If I want to buy anything with a name on it mine is never there unless I want it spelled the boy’s way.


  • none of ours are on the list, first or middle names. I prefer unique, but not crazy ;) I love all those on the list, some beautiful timeless names.


  • My daughter is number 5. We didn’t choose the name due to popularity, just growing up I’ve always wanted my daughters name to be Mia.


  • Both my daughters names are not on the list I named them after there grandfathers took boy names and made them girls Frank became Frankie and George became Georgia

    • My kids are names after their Grandparents too… you don’t meet many people that do that anymore. One of my kids is George too. I really like that name.

      • True, not many kids are named after their grandparents anymore. It’s kind of sweet though.


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