​Top baby names & towns from 2018

[Issued: 4 June 2019]

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    B is for Blacktown baby boom!

    Blacktown is the number one baby hotspot in NSW for the sixth year in a row, as Sydney's west continues to turbo charge the state's population growth.

    Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello released the Registry of Birth Deaths & Marriages' top 100 suburbs and towns for newborn residents.

    Blacktown mums gave birth to 863 babies in 2018, an eight per cent increase on the previous year.

    "Many couples have decided 'west is best' for raising a family, lured by affordable housing, job opportunities and state-of-the-art medical facilities, such as Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals which are undergoing a $700 million redevelopment," Mr Speakman said.

    The five locations with the highest number of babies in NSW are all in western Sydney (Blacktown, Auburn, Bankstown, Parramatta and Merrylands), while Orange and Dubbo are the most popular regional locations, claiming sixth and seventh spot respectively.

    "Orange and Dubbo have been in the top 10 every year this decade and it's no surprise the cities are continuing to be popular with NSW parents," Mr Dominello said.

    "Both are major hubs for regional services and have excellent schools, health facilities and plenty of parks and ovals for little ones to run around."

    Other regional locations in the top 50 include Port Macquarie (21st), Armidale (42nd), Coffs Harbour (44th) and Griffith (49th).

    The biggest movers on the list include Ryde (14th up from 23rd), Mt Druitt (28th up from 37th), Mascot (35th up from 60th) and Oran Park (36th up from 111th).

    NSW's population is growing towards eight million and Sydney's is nearing 5.5 million.  There were almost 97,000 births in NSW in 2018.

    Parents have 60 days to register their newborn. Registration is free in NSW and helps establish a child's legal identity. NSW Government reforms rolled out in April 2018 allow all birth registrations to be completed online. 

    Oliver and Charlotte top the list of names

    Oliver has been number one for boys every year since 2014, while Charlotte has topped the list for girls in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

    Newcomers to the top 10 include Liam (eighth) and Leo (ninth) for boys and Harper (ninth) and Emily (10th) for girls.

    Royal inspired names continue to be popular with William the second most popular boys’ name and Harry jumping from 22 to 15. George, Edward, Louis and Charles also feature on the list. Aside from Charlotte, popular royal names for girls include Mia, Isla, Sophie, Zara, Elizabeth and Savannah.

    Attorney General Mark Speakman said when it comes to baby names many parents are playing it safe and sticking with centuries-old favourites.

    Parents have 60 days to register their newborn. Registration is free in NSW and helps establish a child’s legal identity.

    All birth registrations can be completed online.

    Facts and statistics

    The list of top baby suburbs and towns, and popular baby names since 1952 are published here:

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