Oliver continues to be the most popular boy’s name in Victoria, topping the list since 2014.
Oliver and Charlotte were the most popular baby names in Victoria last year, according to figures released by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
Charlotte has had a good run, vying with Olivia consistently for the number one and two spots since 2014.
William was the second most popular boy name in 2017, while Jack (third), Thomas (fifth) and James (sixth) retained places in the top 10, where they have sat since 1994.
Lucas (seventh), Henry (eighth) and Charlie (ninth) were all new entrants in the boys’ top 10.
In contrast, the 10 most popular girls’ names for 2017 remained almost unchanged from the previous year, the exception was Ella, which edged out Chloe, to claim 10th.
The most popular girls’ names were different 20 years ago, with none of today’s top 10 appearing on 1997’s list.
Jessica, the most popular name in 1997, has fallen to 100th place today.
James was the most popular name for boys in 1997, followed by Joshua.
While James remains popular today, Joshua has slipped to 26th place.
There were more than 68000 births in Victoria last year, with the most babies born on April 13, with 279 births.
New Year’s Day 2017 saw 145 babies born, while 148 babies arrived on grand final day, September 30.
On average, some 136 babies are born on Christmas Day, beaten by the Boxing Day average of 157.
Boys made up 52 per cent of all births registered in 2017, with the number of births peaking in March, following the arrival of just more than 6600 babies, nine months after Victoria’s chilly winter.
To register a birth or to see the full list of popular baby names since 1929, visit the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages at www.bdm.vic.gov.au