Australia’s most searched-for baby names suggest mums and dads are looking to Celtic mythology, Disney and Hollywood for inspiration in 2021.
The most searched-for girls name on baby name website Nameberry is Luna, which is inspired by celebrity couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s five-year-old daughter, Luna Simone.
The top choice for boys is Arlo, which has risen in popularity thanks to the comeback of old-fashioned American names.
According to data compiled by McCrindle Research, Arlo has come from nowhere in recent years to reach number 35 on Australia’s list of top 100 baby names.
Celtic mythology, Disney princesses and real-life royalty had the greatest influence on Australian parents naming newborns this year (stock image)
Top five Australian girls names
Top five Australian boys names
Isla – one of Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughters – is the second most searched girls name, ahead of Aurora, which is the real name of the Disney princess, Sleeping Beauty.
Mia, another of the Queen’s great-granddaughters, is fourth, followed by Maeve – the name of an ancient Celtic queen.
For boys, the second choice is Hugo, followed by Oscar, Leo and Theodore.
Luna has been steadily growing in popularity since first appearing on global name charts back in 2003, with a surge seen after the birth of John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s daughter, Luna Simone, in 2016.
Isla climbed three places after appearing in fifth last year, while Aurora – the protagonist of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty – is a first-time entrant in the top five.
Mia, another of the Queen’s great-granddaughters, is fourth, with Maeve – a legendary warrior queen in pre-Christian Ireland – rounding out the list in fifth.
The most searched-for girls name on baby name website Nameberry is Luna, which is inspired by Hollywood couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen’s five-year-old daughter, Luna Simone (stock image)
Short male names ending in ‘O’ have been growing in popularity across Australia in recent years, so it’s little surprise that Arlo is the country’s most searched-for pick for baby boys.
Following in second is Hugo, a German name meaning ‘mind’, while Oscar – another moniker from Anglo-Irish and Nordic mythology – is third.
Continuing the theme of short ‘O’ names is Leo in fourth and Theodore – Theo for short – in fifth.