NSW most popular baby names of 2016
NOT so long ago, Harper was a baby name for parents keen to show off their literary smarts. Now it's mainstream, shooting up the charts to our 19th most popular baby name, from being outside the top 100 just seven years ago.
Muhammed, Felix and Madeline are the other big movers on the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages' 2016 list, which also reveals Baulkham Hills is our next baby boom town.
"Names sit around the trend of what is happening with celebrities at the time," Births, Deaths and Marriages' registrar Amanda Ianna said.
"Harper is a good example: Victoria and David Beckham, Dave Grohl and Lisa Marie Presley all named their child Harper."
Ms Ianna said Harper became popular as a girl's name in honour of the 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by American author Harper Lee.
Oliver and Olivia again took out the No.1 spot, just as in 2014. A return to tradition has also seen Leo, Max and Evelyn move into the top 20, while Amelia and Lucas have also become more popular.
Muhammed, after the seventh century Islamic prophet, went from 99th spot in 2012 to 58th in 2016, and at this rate will be in the top 20 by 2020.
The top four suburbs for babies have been taken out by Blacktown, Auburn, Bankstown and Merrylands, which have all been in the top four since 2007.
Orange and Dubbo are the only spots outside of western Sydney in the top 10.
The biggest mover has been Baulkham Hills, which has gone from 17th place in 2013 to ninth last year.
Hills Shire council Mayor Yvonne Keane said the area has had an unprecedented demand for more kids' facilities.
"Mums and dads constantly tell me they need more family friendly events and activities," she said. Meanwhile Randwick has dropped down the list, going from 8th to 11th.
Absent from the list is the name Barry, whose namesakes include ex-Swans player Barry Hall and performers Barry Humphries and Barry Crocker.
Between one and six NSW parents called their child Barry in 2016, according to BDM, compared to 740 during the 1940s.
TOP 20 MOST POPULAR BABY NAMES
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Originally published as Our most popular baby names