NZ's Most Popular Baby Names

NZ's Most Popular Baby Names

Posted by Renata Lardelli on

There were 56,013 birth registered in Aotearoa for 2021 [wow] with a total of 16,790 different first names. I know how much thought is put into naming your sweet new babe so, if you're after some inspiration [or perhaps you're after something more original] here are New Zealand's most popular baby names for 2021 released by Te Tara Taiwhenua, The Department of Internal Affairs


  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Jack
  4. Leo
  5. George
  6. Charlie
  7. Lucas
  8. Theodore
  9. William
  10. Luca


  1. Charlotte
  2. Isla
  3. Amelia
  4. Olivia
  5. Ava
  6. Willow
  7. Lila
  8. Isabella
  9. Mila
  10. Ella

Māori Boy

  1. Nikau
  2. Ari
  3. Niko
  4. Koa
  5. Mateo
  6. Keanu
  7. Mikaere
  8. Manaia
  9. Kairo
  10. Kiwa

Māori Girl

  1. Mia
  2. Aria
  3. Maia
  4. Aurora
  5. Amaia
  6. Kiara
  7. Kaia
  8. Amara
  9. Kora
  10. Maria

It's so exciting dreaming up baby names in pregnancy, some will decide on a name quickly, others will have a short list they'll choose from and some will receive a wee reminder letter because they haven't decided - here in New Zealand babies must be registered within 2 months of being born. I'd like to offer you a few more suggestions when considering baby names;

  • Check your family trees
  • Write it down, look for unfortunately initials and say it out loud
  • Don't worry too much about popularity, if you love it then use it

 Image by Elizabeth Jackson @_elizajackson 


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