Anatoliy Samara

And the most popular baby names for 2017 are...

IT'S official. Olivia is the most popular name for baby girls this year.

And the jury is out on whether the name Harrison has surged to the top spot for boys because of Star Wars actor Harrison Ford or Prince Harry, who also likely inspires the popularity of Henry.

Greenslopes Private Hospital, where an average of 1200 babies enter the world each year, has for the first time released a list of its most popular names.

Olivia, Zara, Zoe, Addison and Ava were the top five for girls and there was a four-way tie for first place between Harrison, Henry, Oliver and William.

Greenslopes maternity services manager Raechel Frost said there had been an increase in the number of parents choosing not to know the sex of the baby before birth.

"We're seeing an increasing trend now of people who are unsure what they're going to have," she said. "It's one of the last surprises we can have really."

Ms Frost said there had also been a trend to putting a modern twist on traditional names, such as spelling Adeline as Adalyn.

"People get their influences from everywhere, and Star Wars is a huge phenomenon so it could well be an influencer," she said.

The name Arlo has been popular this year, likely inspired by the main character in popular Disney movie The Good Dinosaur.

Mother-of-two Rhiannon Koppe named her newborn Olivia because she said she liked that it suited both a child and a woman.

"We picked Olivia because we thought it sounded very feminine," she said. "And we like the abbreviations as well, like Livvy and Liv."

Ms Koppe said parents could be naming their sons Harrison because they wanted to call them Harry, but not Harold.

 

GIRLS

Olivia

Zara

Zoe

Addison

Ava

Emilia / Amelia

Charlotte

Matilda

Chloe

Emily

 

BOYS

Harrison

Henry

Oliver

William

Liam

Charlie

Jacob

Thomas

Archer

Ethan

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