Nora, Maxwell rise up in the list of most common baby names


Nora and Maxwell surged up the baby name popularity charts in 2021 in a rollercoaster year marked by vaccines, variants and lockdowns.

Attorney General Mark Speakman and Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello have revealed the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages top 100 baby names in 2021.

 “NSW welcomed 90,059 babies last year up just 14 on 2020,” Mr Speakman said.

 “Choosing a name is an absolute joy but remains a tough decision for parents.

 “Congratulations to each and every family on their new arrival.”

Dominello said the NSW Government is committed to developing technology to reduce paperwork for registering a newborn, so parents can get back to being parents.

 “We know parents are keen to go digital, with 99 per cent of births in NSW being registered online from the comfort of the home, “ Mr Dominello said.

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 “With the digital birth certificate launching later this year, families will also benefit from having secure access to their child’s identity documents anywhere, at any time.”

Parents have 60 days to register their newborn which can be done for free online. This establishes the child’s legal identity and is important in accessing government services such as education and Medicare.

In 2021, Olivia and Oliver shared the number one spot in the top 100, followed by Amelia and Charlotte for the girls and Noah and Jack for the boys. William was bumped out of third place after holding the spot since 2019, with Jack taking third place by a single count.

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Nora had the largest leap for girls, moving from 153 in 2020 up to 89 in 2021, while Maxwell rose through the ranks from 146 to 97.

Other new entrants for the top 100 in 2021 included Pippa, Valentina and Quinn for girls and River, Roman and Zayn for boys.

The top 100 names account for 38 and 42 per cent of all names given to girls and boys respectively in 2021, compared with the 2020 figures of 37 and 41 per cent, this suggests a slight increase in parents choosing more popular names.


However, approximately two-thirds of all names given to babies born in NSW for each of the past five years are a unique name, not shared with anyone else in that year.