Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

    A little ditty ‘bout Jack and Charlotte

    1/02/2017 6:05 AM
    • Jack and Charlotte were WA's most popular baby names for 2016
    • New statistics show births and deaths up but marriages continue to decrease 

    The State's annual list of the top 50 most popular boys' and girls' names for 2016 has been published, with Jack and Charlotte number one among Western Australian parents.


    Attorney General Michael Mischin said records from the WA Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages showed little change in trends for baby names, with annual favourites maintaining their position in the top 10.


    "Charlotte has hovered at second and third place for the past few years, and this year edged out Ava, Mia, Isla and Amelia for the top spot," Mr Mischin said.


    "The battle between Jack and Oliver for the top spot has raged on for the past few years, but Jack managed to beat his rival this year by just one baby, 159 to 158.


    "Some of the new additions in the top 50 for girls were Quinn, Peyton, Marley, Marlee, Indi, Faith, Hope, Aaliyah, Daisy, Bonnie, Poppy, Aurora, Ariana, Ayla and Neveah - 'heaven' spelt backwards.


    "For the boys, there was Ryder, Ollie, Parker, Jude, Jett, Toby, Felix, Muhammad, Theodore, Arlo, Spencer, Sonny and Taj.


    "In terms of regional baby names, Charlotte and David were popular, as were Ava, Eli, Olivia and Oliver."


    On the statistical front, birth numbers overall increased by 317 in 2016 to 35,652 and deaths were up 366 to 15,071, but marriages continued their declining trend, falling by 446 on 2015 figures to 12,320.


    Fact File

    • The full list of the most popular names for 2016, as well as the total number of births, deaths and marriages registered in the State, are available at http://www.bdm.dotag.wa.gov.au 

    Attorney General's office - 6552 5600


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