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TOP 10 Name Surprises 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (5)

Some names were surprises because they ranked so high, others were surprises because they ranked so low. And it’s only been a few years since I last searched for a name for my child!

I was personally surprised to find some of the names on the top list. I have never come across anyone with some of the top names. Others, I would have thought that they were too old school. Apparently, these traditional names are making a comeback! That’s pretty cool.

Here are the Top 10 Surprised To Find Ranking So High Names, from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank Top 10 Surprised To Find So High Names
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Matilda
Ruby
Isla
Archie
Lincoln
Willow
Ivy
Hamish
Eloise
Chelsea

 

On the other hand, I was surprised to see some names so low on the list. I thought some names were classic, perennial favourites (David, anyone?). Others, I have met so many in the last few years, I was so sure they would be in the Top 10. Maybe some of these names have become popular in just the last few years. Given that our count usually includes kids up to 10 years old, it is possible that the names that have become popular in just the last few years rank low (Ava, for example).

Here are the Top 10 Surprised To Find Ranking So Low Names, from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank Top 10 Surprised To Find So Low
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Matthew
Nicholas
Daniel
Ava
George
Sophia
Joseph
Andrew
Anna
David

 

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TOP 10 Editor’s Picks (Destination Names) 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (8)

We are adventure people. As such, we adore the names that evoke a destination. It makes us dream of travelling to faraway lands, making new friends, and seeing wonderful sights. We were happy to see so many different places appear on our list.

Here are the Top 10 Destination Names from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank TOP 10 EDITOR’S PICKS (DESTINATION NAMES)
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Eden
Savanaah
Adelaide
Orlando
Sierra
Florence
Boston
India
Indianna
Roman

                                                         + Bonus: Jett

TOP 10 Musician Names 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (6)

Who does not love Billie Holiday or Bob Marley? The musical icons continue to rock on in our children’s names. With rock star names like these, kids are almost expected to have a lot of creativity and talent. I can’t imagine a Hendrix growing up boring!

Here are the Top 10 Musician Names from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank TOP 10 MUSICIAN NAMES
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Dylan
Marley
Axel
Billie
Miles
Lennox
Hendrix
Jagger
Miley
Ziggy

 

TOP 10 Colour Names 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (7)

I call this list name poetry. The sound and the imagery just work so well together. They are classy and modern, bold and beautiful.

Here are the TOP 10 Colour Names from the Hippo Blue National Name Day event (April – May 2016).

 

Rank TOP 10 COLOUR NAMES
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Ruby
Sienna
Scarlett
Violet
Ash
Jade
Amber
Indigo
Hazel
Rosie

 

 

TOP 10 Girls & Boys Names That Begin With Letter A 2016

Posted in Hippo Blue
on May 23, 2016
TOP Australian Kids & Baby Names 2016 (10)

If you followed our Name Day event, you probably know that “Letter A Broke the Internet.”On the day that we announced Letter A, we received so many orders that it basically ran our server down to the ground by 9am… And sent us scrambling! We ended up extending Letter A till the next day. The result? Letter A had more than twice as many participants as the next popular letter, which was Letter E.

So why is the Letter A so popular? In 2006, American economists looked at the link between surnames and academic prominence, finding that those with initials early in the alphabet were markedly more likely to work in prestigious university departments and win a Nobel Prize. This ‘alphabetical discrimination’ was probably due to the fact that the authors of academic papers are often listed in alphabetical order. Simply put, we’re used to associating things at the top of a list as winners.*

Another theory we have internally (and thus based on no economic research) is the ‘wedding dress discrimination.’ A lot of parents start from the Letter A when picking their baby names. And like the wedding dress, you end up falling in love with one of the first ones that you set your eyes on. All the other ones that come after don’t quite measure up to THE one.

Another interesting fact about the A names was that only one of the names for Girls and one for Boys made the Top 20. Meaning, there are many different names that led to the Internet breakdown, but very few that are immensely popular.

Rank Top 10 Girls Names that begin with A Top 10 Boys Names that begin with A
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Amelia
Ava
Abigail
Annabelle
Audrey
Addison
Aria
Alexis
Alice
Alyssa
Archie
Archer
Alexander
Aiden
Austin
Angus
Ashton
Asher
Aidan
Andrew

 

*http://www.sciencefocus.com/feature/psychology/names