Baby names ending in “ie” and “o” are becoming increasingly popular in 2022.
McCrindle Research has compiled a list of the top 100 baby names for boys and girls after analyzing the nicknames and trends of all children born in Australia in the last 12 months.
In true Australian fashion, parents of gen-alpha babies – born since 2010 – are shortening names and adding “ie” at the end.
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Names with the biggest increases include Rose to Rosie, Savannah to Sadie, Amelia to Millie, Isabella to Billie, Charlotte to Charlie, Elizabeth to Ellie, and William to Billy.
In fact, there are 16 girl names ending in “ie” or “i,” and the trend has been increasing in recent years.
They are Evie, Sophie, Frankie, Ellie, Elsie, Billie, Mackenzie, Sadie, Bonnie, Remi, Millie, Charlie, Hallie, Maggie, Heidi and Rosie.
Only eight boy names end in “ie” or “i” – Charlie, Archie, Levi, Kai, Eli, Ari, Bodhi and Ali.
There is also a trend among boys for names ending in an “o”.
Names like Leo, Arlo, Hugo, Theo and Leonardo have enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years.
The report comes just a week after Australia’s top baby names for 2022 were announced – with Isla taking first place among girls and Oliver proving the most popular among boys.
In a surprising twist, Isla has ousted leader Charlotte from the top spot for the first time in seven years, while Oliver holds the title of longest-standing number one boy name since 2013.
Isla has seen a surge in popularity after rising in the chart from 34th in 2010 to 4th in 2020, while Oliver has led the boys since he passed Jack nine years ago.
Olivia ended up in third place, followed by Amelia, Ava, Mia, Grace, Willow, Matilda and Ella.
The top picks for boys are Noah, Jack, and Henry, followed by William, Leo, Charlie, Theodore, Lucas, and Thomas.
The research found that parents of gene alpha babies are still looking for unique names for girls while relying on more traditional nicknames for boys.
And it seems parents are inspired by colour, place, nature and the royal family when choosing a name for their baby.
Some of the most popular names to debut for girls in the last decade are Hazel, Florence, Daisy, Frankie, Luna, Ayla, Sadie, Billie, Millie, Aurora and Mila.
For boys, Theodore, Hudson, Arlo, Archer, Harvey, Carter, Arthur, Sonny and Asher have crept up the list of popular names over the last 10 years.
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