The most popular baby names of 2019 have been revealed, with parents’ choices heavily influenced by the royal picks of the past - and present.
And as Harry and Meghan opted for a rather modern choice for their baby boy Archie this week, it seems parents in Australia are doing the same, with some iconic old-fashioned names becoming near-extinct as a result.
Bruce is one of those names, with only eight Aussie babies given the name in 2018. Sheryl, Gary and Wayne are also on the list of endangered monikers.
But it’s the name Beryl that’s on the verge of dying out, as no-one has taken it since 2005.
Atop the list for girls this year was Charlotte, for the fourth year running, while Oliver continued its six-year run at number one for baby boys.
Rounding out the top five girls’ names were Olivia, Amelia, Ava, Mia and Isla while Jack, William, Noah and Henry also proved to be top choices.
Other top ten appearances included Thomas, Leo, Lucas, James, Liam and Isla, Grace, Harper, Chloe and Willow.
The results, released by research body McCrindle, also broke down how the trends were affected by famous faces also choosing the monikers, particularly royalty.
In 2015, following the birth of Princess Charlotte, the name jumped into the top spot, where it has stayed ever since.
Meghan and Harry were also bang on trend as Archie is the 29th most popular boys’ name - a choice which is likely to now skyrocket.
Similarly, the appearances on the list of William and Henry (which is Prince Harry’s real name) along with Isla and Mia - Princess Anne’s young granddaughters - proved the influence of the regal clan.
The trends seemed to stay largely consistent between states with the top five interchanging ranks across Australia.
Charlie was the only name to appear in both lists’ top 100, ranking at 85th for girls and 14th for boys.
For parents after an unusual moniker, Thea, Adeline, Alyssa, Hayley, Pippa and Clara all reentered the top 100.
Emerging popular boys names this year include Maxwell, Christian, Nathan, Phoenix, Leonardo and Theo.
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