BABY names on the South Coast have proved unique in 2014, with the most popular names shying away from the NSW trend.
The NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages released last year’s top 10 list of baby names with Oliver and Olivia taking out top spot.
In the Shoalhaven, however, a scan of the South Coast Register’s New Arrivals pages revealed the most popular names appeared to be Georgia, Summer, Mia, Isaac and Flynn.
Mia ranked fourth on the most popular list, but none of the other popular names made the list.
The top 10 list of names for boys in NSW in 2014 were Oliver, William, Jack, Noah, James, Lucas, Thomas, Alexander, Liam and Ethan.
The most popular names for girls were Olivia, Charlotte, Amelia, Mia, Ava, Chloe, Emily, Isabella, Ruby and Sophie.
NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages registrar Amanda Ianna said it was the first time the top boy and girl names have started with the letter O and have been so similar.
“Oliver is a name with a long history, but it wasn’t until the 1960s the name Olivia was noticed in NSW,” she said.
“The golden years of Hollywood had Olivia de Havilland and Sir Laurence Olivier. Celebrities like Olivia Newton John continue to influence baby name trends.”
In NSW parents are required to register their child’s birth within 60 days.
To find out more about NSW birth registration call 137 788 or visit www.bdm.nsw.au.