Baby girl names
Are you still looking for the right name to fit your little princess? Are you still deciding what to choose among the best baby girl names? Finding the right name for your baby may come as a daunting task but in the end, you’d actually realise how fun it is! Don’t worry, Cherub Baby did a little research to give you some idea on the most popular names for girls. We hope this helps!
The names Sienna, Isabella and Ella were quite popular in 2011 but they’ve left the Australian top 10 by 2013, with Emily, Amelia and Ava taking their place. Meanwhile, Charlotte retained its place at no.1 with 1,854 baby girls having been given this name in 2012. According to McCrindle Research, this is by far the most popular name for girls across Australia.
This year, softer sounding names are more favoured for girls while baby boy names are usually short, sharp and firm. A few years back, unisex names triumphed over the gendered ones but this year, going traditional is the norm. Based on the numbers, celebrity baby names are also climbing up the ranks. Harper, the name of Victoria and David Beckham’s daughter is rising up the top 100 this year.
The birth of the little Prince George also inspired many Australian parents to name their sons George. This made the solid, traditional name one of the most popular baby boy names for 2013. Celebrities are a tough act to follow though when it comes to baby names but you can still give your bundle of joy a unique name. Unique baby names like Mackenzie, Adelisa, and Maven are good examples of some unique names in 2013. They are not in the top 10 of course but they are good choices. Many parents still love to name their daughter after famous stars, hoping they could be one someday.
As for unique baby names, there’s another trend you can follow – getting inspiration from nature. Summer, Meadow and Lilly are just a few examples.
Statistics also show that many parents are now choosing to name child with geographic names like Savannah, Sydney, and Canberra. Charlotte, the no. 1 baby girl name for this year is also an international place name. In Australia, many girls have been named Victoria but interestingly enough, New South Wales has more Victoria’s this year as compared to the Victoria’s in the State of Victoria. Chelsea, a Melbourne suburb, is also rather popular and is in the top 100 of baby girl names. Isabella in NSW also got a lot of attention with 1,441 baby girls being named Isabella in 2012.
Further research led us to the current top 10 baby girl names in Australia for 2013. Here they are:
Charlotte – Charlotte is a name of a place and many notable figures in history are named Charlotte. This includes the first African-American woman to become a lawyer – Charlotte E. Ray, writer Charlotte Bronte, and poet Charlotte Mew.
Ruby – Early rock classic Ruby i.e. Ruby Tuesday is a name popularised by the Rolling Stones when they released the song in 1967.
Lilly/Lily – Many famous people bore this name including actresses, Lily Loveless and Lily Cole, and Victoria’s Secret model, Lily Aldridge. It’s also quite prevalent in popular culture as Harry Potter’s mom is named Lily. It is also regarded as the most popular flower name.
Olivia – Olivia means “symbol of peace” and the ancient Greek name has been used throughout history. Olivia Newton-John from Grease, and Olivia de Havilland from the classic film Gone with the Wind, are two examples of famous people who bear the name.
Chloe – While Chloe is deeply associated with its French equivalent, the Greek name has been used across cultures. In popular culture, there’s Aunt Chloe in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Chloe in the opera called Princess Ida and Chloe Cammeniti in the TV show Neighbours.
Sophia – meaning “wisdom” in Greek, many Sophia’s have graced the field of education with Sofia Kovalevskaya, a mathematician from Russia, and Sophia Stoddard, an educator. A number of royals also bear the name. This includes Infanta Sofia of Spain, born in the year 2007, and Queen Sofia, her grandmother, among others.
Emily – Thanks to poet Emily Dickinson, the name Emily is often associated with literary works. The name which means “rival” in Latin is famous in the English speaking world. It has gained popularity with the success of movie star Emily Blunt in recent years.
Mia – The short form of the name Miriam, Mia is also related to Mary and Maria. One of the most famous Mia’s is Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. And also gained popularity when Lleyton and Bec Hewitt called one of their daughters Mia.
Amelia – Amelia Earhart, a famous aviatrix is only one of the many Amelia’s who made it to history books. In popular culture, the Harry Potter series has an Amelia in the character of Amelia Bones.
Ava – This biblical name is popular across cultures. It is said that it is a variant of Even or Eva.
With so many baby girl names to choose from, parents can worry if they have not come up with a name come mum’s due. But the best and easiest way to choose a name is to think of its relevance you, the parents, and your family connections. You may have a family name that means something to you, or your marriage may have been inspired by a movie, place or song that you can take inspirations from; or perhaps your great grandmother may have made a difference in your lives. Whatever it is, there may be a reason for choosing a name for your baby girl. Don’t be surprise though if the name only comes to you when you see her sweet face following delivery.