08 Oct

Most Popular Boy & Girl Names NZ

The most popular, top 100 baby boy and girl names in New Zealand, for every year since 1954, makes for interesting reading.

Compiled and recorded by the Department of Internal Affairs, it’s fascinating to see how popular names have changed over the decades.

Top 10 boys names

The top 10 boys names over the last 120 years in New Zealand are: John, David, William, James, Michael, Robert, Peter, Thomas, Andrew and Paul.

Top 10 girls names

The top 10 girls names over this same time period are: Margaret, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Patricia, Susan, Helen, Jennifer, Christine and Karen.

Top names from 1955 – 1975

If you were born in the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s see if you can find your name, or no doubt a few of your friends or classmates from school.

It’s interesting to see how much the names have changed if you then check out the top baby names for 2020. None of the most popular names above even feature. But there are some wonderful new, but actually old fashioned additions.

Girls names

1955

  1. Susan
  2. Christine
  3. Margaret
  4. Judith
  5. Jennifer
  6. Karen
  7. Patricia
  8. Mary
  9. Linda
  10. Barbara
  11. Elizabeth
  12. Robyn
  13. Wendy
  14. Helen
  15. Heather
  16. Lynette
  17. Anne
  18. Sandra
  19. Diane
  20. Carol

1960

  1. Susan
  2. Karen
  3. Christine
  4. Julie
  5. Deborah
  6. Sandra
  7. Donna
  8. Jennifer
  9. Elizabeth
  10. Wendy
  11. Sharon
  12. Joanne
  13. Linda
  14. Robyn
  15. Judith
  16. Mary
  17. Helen
  18. Margaret
  19. Patrica
  20. Debra

1965

  1. Karen
  2. Susan
  3. Sandra
  4. Michelle
  5. Joanne
  6. Donna
  7. Deborah
  8. Sharon
  9. Tania
  10. Julie
  11. Christine
  12. Jacqueline
  13. Tracey
  14. Linda
  15. Wendy
  16. Helen
  17. Elizabeth
  18. Angela
  19. Nicola
  20. Kim

1970

  1. Lisa
  2. Michelle
  3. Karen
  4. Rachel
  5. Joanne
  6. Nicola
  7. Tracey
  8. Angela
  9. Tania
  10. Deborah
  11. Tracy
  12. Kim
  13. Sarah
  14. Sharon
  15. Paula
  16. Donna
  17. Julie
  18. Fiona
  19. Susan
  20. Andrea

1975

  1. Sarah
  2. Nicola
  3. Angela
  4. Lisa
  5. Michelle
  6. Rebecca
  7. Rachel
  8. Melanie
  9. Natasha
  10. Amanda
  11. Joanne
  12. Kylie
  13. Tania
  14. Karen
  15. Andrea
  16. Katrina
  17. Vanessa
  18. Kim
  19. Megan
  20. Kelly

2020

  1. Isla
  2. Charlotte
  3. Amelia
  4. Olivia
  5. Willow
  6. Harper
  7. Ava
  8. Lily
  9. Sophie
  10. Ella
  11. Mia
  12. Isabella
  13. Mila
  14. Chloe
  15. Emily
  16. Lucy
  17. Grace
  18. Ruby
  19. Aria
  20. Hazel

Boys names

1955

  1. John
  2. Peter
  3. David
  4. Michael
  5. Robert
  6. Paul
  7. Stephen
  8. Keven
  9. Christopher
  10. Ian
  11. Mark
  12. Richard
  13. William
  14. Brian
  15. Bruce
  16. Murray
  17. Alan
  18. Anthony
  19. Wayne
  20. James

1960

  1. David
  2. Peter
  3. Michael
  4. John
  5. Stephen
  6. Mark
  7. Paul
  8. Robert
  9. Christopher
  10. Kevin
  11. Anthony
  12. Richard
  13. Ian
  14. Craig
  15. William
  16. Gregory
  17. Wayne
  18. Andrew
  19. Grant
  20. James

1965

  1. David
  2. Michael
  3. Paul
  4. Peter
  5. John
  6. Andrew
  7. Mark
  8. Stephen
  9. Richard
  10. Robert
  11. Christopher
  12. Craig
  13. Darren
  14. James
  15. Anthony
  16. Grant
  17. Wayne
  18. Shane
  19. Steven
  20. Gregory

1970

  1. Jason
  2. Michael
  3. David
  4. Andrew
  5. Paul
  6. Mark
  7. Stephen
  8. Craig
  9. Christopher
  10. Richard
  11. John
  12. Peter
  13. Shane
  14. Robert
  15. James
  16. Steven
  17. Matthew
  18. Simon
  19. Anthony
  20. Grant

1975

  1. Michael
  2. Andrew
  3. David
  4. Mark
  5. Jason
  6. Daniel
  7. Matthew
  8. Paul
  9. Richard
  10. James
  11. Christopher
  12. Craig
  13. Robert
  14. Aaron
  15. John
  16. Nicholas
  17. Steven
  18. Stephen
  19. Scott
  20. Shane

2020

  1. Oliver
  2. Jack
  3. Noah
  4. Leo
  5. Lucas
  6. George
  7. Charlie
  8. Thomas
  9. William
  10. Hunter
  11. Elijah
  12. Cooper
  13. James
  14. Lachlan
  15. Theodore
  16. Arlo
  17. Mason
  18. Liam
  19. Oscar
  20. Hudson

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