New Zealand's Top Baby Names For 2015 Revealed

Publish Date
Wednesday, 6 January 2016, 3:00PM

New Zealand parents opted for the traditional Oliver and Olivia as the most popular names for their newborns last year.

The Department of Internal Affairs today released its list of top 10 baby names for 2015.

For the third straight year, Oliver claimed top spot for boys while a resurgent Olivia claimed the top girls position, pipping the royal Charlotte to the post.

Olivia was previously the most popular girls name in 2012.

But not all the 62,500 babies born last year had similar names.

The Department of Internal Affairs said there were more than 13,900 unique first names registered with the department reflecting the importance of family heritage, personal choice or the influence of popular culture.

The top 10 girls names of 2015 were:

  1. Olivia
  2. Charlotte
  3. Harper
  4. Sophie
  5. Emily
  6. Ella
  7. Esla
  8. Mia
  9. Amelia
  10. Isabella

The top 10 boys names of 2015 were:

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Benjamin
  6. Mason
  7. Hunter
  8. Charlie
  9. Liam
  10. Jacob

 

NZ Herald