If you’ve got a baby named Oliver or Ava, guess what — so do a lot of other Australians.
Oliver and Ava — both of which, oddly enough, contain the letter ‘v’ — have been revealed as the most popular boy’s and girl’s baby names in Australia, according to this year’s edition of the popular babycenter.com.au poll.
Oliver has been the most popular name for boys every year since 2011, ensuring that plenty of boys will be going by their last names (or random nicknames) when they finally get to school. Meanwhile, Ava has knocked Charlotte off the top spot of popular names for girls (two years ago, Ava was just the 20th most popular girl’s name, before a meteoric rise to second place last year).
The boys’ top 10 features four new names — Thomas, Mason, Henry and Liam. Babycenter speculates that the names Mason and Henry owe their sudden popularity to Kourtney Kardashian’s son and Khloe Kardashian’s toy giraffe, respectively, but we’re not even going to entertain that idea for a second.
Making room for the new additions, Ethan, Charlie, Lachlan and Cooper dropped out of the top 10 baby names for boys — which seems hard to believe, because you still see a lot of little Coopers running around, right?
Mia and Ella are the new additions to the top 10 baby names for girls, with Zoe and Sophia dropping out.
Newcomers to the boys’ top 50 include Logan, Hudson, Eli, Dylan, Jake, Luke, Jordan, Finn and Matthew.
Newcomers to the girls’ top 50 include Matilda, Aria (possibly because of Arya Stark, a popular character in Game of Thrones), Charlie, Alexis, Addison, Willow, Elizabeth, Violet, Summer and Ellie.
Names featuring the letter ‘v’ were popular across the board — not only did Oliver and Ava top their respective lists, but Olivia, Evie, Ivy, Evelyn, Violet, Xavier and Levi also featured.
For boys, names beginning with a ‘H’ are on the upswing — Henry, Hunter, Harrison, Hudson and Harry all made the top 50.
The five most popular names for boys
The five most popular names for girls
Did your baby’s name make the list? Does the popularity of names like Oliver and Ava put you off using them? Let us know in the comments below!