Dunedin 3-month-old Charlotte Garchow, held by her mother
Kate Lilley, shares her first name with 10 other girls born
in 2012 for whom birth notices were published in the Otago
Daily Times. Photo by Steven Jaquiery.
Dunedin couple Kate Lilley and Tony Garchow named their
daughter Charlotte, thinking it was relatively unusual, and
were surprised to learn this week it was the most popular
girl's name for Otago in 2012.
Birth notices for 714 babies were published in the Otago
Daily Times during the past year.
The most popular first name for girls was Charlotte (11),
followed by Isla (9), Emily (9), Eva (8), Ruby (8) and Sophie
Charlotte Garchow was born on September 22. Her name was
chosen simply because both parents liked it.
''We didn't actually think it was that common, as we don't
know many people with daughters named Charlotte. It was a bit
of a mission finding something we both liked and we just
liked Charlotte,'' Ms Lilley said.
Their daughter's middle name was Lilley and she was the
younger sister of Isaac (3).
Of all birth notices published in the ODT in the past
year, 375 were for boys and 339 for girls.
There were 11 babies named Charlie or Charli, two of which
were girls, and various spellings of Isabelle and Isabella
were given to seven girls.
The most popular boy's first name was Jack (11), followed by
Jake and Charlie (both 9), Lachlan (7) and Cooper (7).
The names Alexander, Luka/Luca, Daniel, Oliver, George,
Samuel, William, Thomas, Emma, Lucy, Mila and Paige were each
given to six babies.
Of the 714 notices, 228 were for babies who did not share
their first name with any others in the notices.
Some of the more traditional names given to only one baby
were Adam, Amy, Andrew, Anna, Ben, Catherine, Charles, David,
Eve, Harvey, Jonathan, Kate, Meg, Michael Robert and Stephen.
More unusual names included Abrielle, Aisha, Ameerah,
Augustus, Bentley, Brando, Braya, Caja, Cayden, Effie,
Elvira, Graciana, Jett, Kensi, Koa, Marni, Mazdyn, Meeka,
Moss, Paget, Pryde, Rain, Rana, Riker, Skyela, Teniva, Willa
Names starting with the letter M were the most popular
overall (67), followed by those starting with the letters A
(64), C (63) and J (60).
More than 50 first names also started with each of the
letters E and L. No first names started with U or Y, and just
two started with the letter X (Xander).
Five names began with each of the letters V and Z, and four
names started with the letter Q.
Just 4% of all first names (29) started with the same letter
as the corresponding surnames.
Such alliteration included Amy Andrews, Baxter Blair, Brando
Bell, Cruise Cathcart, Deklin Dunbar, Fergus Finch, George
Goodsir, Harriet Halligan, Jacob Johnson, Maisy McBride,
Marion McMullin, Meeka Mills, Meelah Maddox, Sasha Sloper,
Scarlett Scoullar, Stanley Smith and Teniva Tautua.
In 2011 the most popular girl's name in ODT birth
notices was Sophia or Sophie (16), followed by Charlotte (13)
and Ruby (12).
There were 15 boys named Liam, 12 named Thomas, 12 named
Samuel and nine named William.
The most popular names in 2010's ODT birth notices
were Liam (17), James (16), Sophie (15) and Charlotte (11).
Otago's top baby
names for 2012
Girls: Charlotte (11), Isla (9), Emily (9), Eva (8),
Ruby (8), Sophie (8), Isabelle/Isabella (7), Emma (6), Lucy
(6), Mila (6), Paige (6).
Boys: Jack (11), Jake (9), Charlie (9), Lachlan (7),
Cooper (7), Alexander (6), Luka/Luca (6), Daniel (6), Oliver
(6), George (6), Samuel (6), William (6), Thomas (6).