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New Zealand’s most popular baby names for 2019

There’s a new name at the top of New Zealand’s most popular baby names list.

Amelia has overtaken Charlotte as the most popular name given to girls; Oliver remains New Zealand’s most popular baby name for boys.

Nikau and Mia are the most popular Māori names, followed by Mikaere and Aria.

The full list of top baby names is available on SmartStart, an online tool for new parents.

Jeff Montgomery, Registrar-General Births, Deaths and Marriages, says registering your baby is an important step. It ensures your child has an official identity and can access their legal rights as they grow up. Doing so is now even easier as SmartStart centralises those services in one easy to use site.
“The last thing new parents want to be doing is filling out a raft of forms - SmartStart is a free, fast, and efficient way to register your child, receive the $60 a week BestStart payment, obtain an IRD number, and even adjust a Ministry of Social Development benefit. You can complete those tasks anytime, on any device,” says Mr Montgomery.
A total of 18,816 different first names were given to 61,018 babies in 2019. In 2018 there were 13,668 different first names for 59,302 babies.

This is the seventh year Oliver has made the top of the list for boy’s names. While Amelia has been in the top 10 since 2011, Charlotte and Olivia have swapped first and second place many times over that period.

Charlotte topped the list in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018, and was ranked second most popular this year. Isla came in third. Noah is the second most popular name for boys and Leo the third.

Willow and Mila are new entries in the girls’ top 10, while Sophie and Ruby make a re-appearance, as do Thomas and Charlie in the boys’ top 10 list.

Nikau remains number one for the most popular Māori boy’s name, having topped the list for the past few years. It’s the second year Mia has topped the list for girls’ names. Taika and Rawiri enter the top 10 Māori boys’ names, and Tui and Ataahua make it into the top 10 Māori girls’ names for the first time since records began.

Mr Montgomery says that the increased popularity of Māori names worldwide was exciting to see.


“Our names are an important part of our identity, our culture, and often, our heritage. People of all different beliefs and cultures recognise that the naming of a child is powerful and significant. It’s great to see more Māori names being registered,” he says.

2019 top 10 girls’ and boys’ names

Girls2019
Count
Boys2019 Count
1Amelia255 1Oliver335
2Charlotte248 2Noah297
3Isla232 3Leo257
4Olivia225 4Jack251
5Ruby206 5Lucas247
6Sophie190 6George232
7Harper188 7=James210
8Mila187 7=William210
9Willow186 8Thomas202
10Ava185 9Charlie192
2019 top 10 Māori girls’ and boys’ names

Kōtiro - Girls2019 Count Tama - Boys2019 Count
1Mia167 1Nikau48
2Aria130 2Mikaere46
3Maia89 3Ari45
4=Amaia49 4Manaia34
4=Nina49 5Mateo32
5Manaia37 6Te Ariki24
6Kaia32 7Taika22
7Aroha24 8Ariki21
8Tui20 9=Kauri 19
9Ataahua16 9=Rawiri19


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