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Baby Names

Looking for ideas on popular baby names in NZ? Check our list of baby names to inspire you! Read our helpful articles to guide you in naming your baby!

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Top 1,000 Baby boys names

Pick from the top 1,000 baby boys names below or if they don't inspire a decision rest assured we have some great tips and …

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Names inspired by cooler weather for winter babies

When the cooler months roll around we seek inspiration from the elements. These names have meanings that conjure up winter and snow. GIRLS NAMES BOYS NAMES     Bianca Aspen Blanche Aster Crystal Blaze Demitria …

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Baby names inspired by Easter

Hop through our list of Easter-inspired baby names for some really egg-ceptional choices! Easter is in the Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, so we've also included a few names that are relevant to the season that brings new life.   GIRLS …

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Top Māori baby names in 2020

Check out the top 20 Māori names in New Zealand in 2020 for both kōtiro (girls) and Tama (boys) below. If you want to pay homage to your homeland or just after something a little unique. Such beautiful names from a beautiful language. Be …

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Top 100 girl names in New Zealand in 2020

A total of 17,749 different first names were given to 58,676 babies born in New Zealand in 2020. Isla first made it onto the top 100 girls’ names in 2004, and in 2020 it holds the number one position. Charlotte keeps the second spot while Amelia is …

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Top 100 boy names in New Zealand in 2020

Choosing your baby's name is something all parents look forward to. You may have a favourite name in mind during or even before the pregnancy, or you may prefer to wait until after the birth to see what will suit your baby. Will you choose a very …

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Tips for choosing a baby name

Choosing a name for your baby is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make - he or she will have to live with it for the rest of his or her life! We asked our OHbaby! members how they decided which name was right for their baby, and here's …

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Top baby girl names in NZ in 2019

Girls names are more prone to trends and fashion than boy names. This makes them harder to choose; do you pick a classic name from your grandparents, a funky gender-neutral name, or something else altogether? Apple? Blue Ivy? Gertrude? Nancy? Do …

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Top baby boy names in NZ for 2019

Naming your son is possibly the single most important thing you’ll do that will affect his entire life. Do you name him after your beloved grandfather? Do you follow the royal family trends? Or, do you choose something unique, different, but still …

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30 baby names that mean happy!

Welcoming a new baby into your family is a happy and joyous occasion, so what better way to continue this celebration of love and laughter than to bestow a cheerful name on your little one. Here's a selection of 30 names with happy …

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Baby names inspired by love

Let love be your inspiration! GIRLS NAMES Aimee 'beloved' in French  Amanda Latin name meaning "deserving to be loved," "worthy of love," or "loved very much by everyone." Amoris the Latin word for ‘love’ Aroha the Maori word for ‘love’ Belle  …

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Hip names for boys

Hip names for boys - or if you're really hip, for girls too!   Arlo Phoenix Ash Pilot Bruno Reed Colton Reeve Dash Rocco Finn Theo Hunter Van Jude Zion                   …

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Baby names inspired by jobs

These baby names are inspired by jobs and occupations from days gone by. Archer  archer/bowman Bailey  bailiff Baxter  baker Carter  cart driver /cart maker Chandler  candle maker Cooper  barrel maker Deacon  church officer Fletcher  maker …

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Unusual celebrity baby names

Animals, directions, feelings, superheroes  ... just some of the inspiration celebrities have drawn on when naming their children. Here are some of the more interesting and unusual names celebrity parents have chosen for their little ones.  Elsie …

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Baby names inspired by colours.

Beautiful baby names inspired by colours of the rainbow and nature. The full spectrum: Girls Amber   Azure   Bianca   Blanche   Blue   Cerise   Coral   Cyan   Ebony   Emerald   Fuschia Goldie   Garnet   Hazel   Indigo   Jade   Magenta   Olive   …

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Food-inspired baby names

Ever since actress Gwyneth Paltrow and singer Chris Martin named their first child Apple, parents have been inspired by food when naming their offspring. Here are some foodie names to inspire you! Anjou - after the Anjou pear Apple …

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Symmetrical baby names

Do you like symmetry? These cute baby names are palindromes, meaning they're spelled the same backwards and forwards. Ada Aja Ana Anna Ava Eve Elle Emme Hannah Lil Sas Viv Iggi Izzi Otto Pip         …

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These baby names are so out that they're back in again!

If you're on the hunt for a really unique name for your baby, you might want to forego today’s oh-so-hip names (Apple, Blu, Zooma anyone?) and look to your parents and grandparents, because right now, their names are proving to be the most unique. …

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Kiwi baby naming trends

Christine Stride tracks New Zealand’s baby naming trends and finds some very Kiwi quirks. New Zealand’s list of banned baby names hit world headlines in 2013. Reactions to what some Kiwi parents wanted to call their offspring ranged from angry …

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Hawaiian baby names

Beyond the literal translation of a Hawaiian name is its kaona, or deeper, hidden meaning, writes Lehia Apana for mauimagazine.net. “In Hawaiian, we don’t ask, ‘What is your name?’ We ask, ‘Who is your name?’” explains Ekela Kaniaupio-Crozier in the …

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Kiwi inspired names for baby

Think local and choose a name with a distinct Kiwi flavour! For girls: Aroha ("love" in Maori) Anahera ("angel" in Maori) Daisy (as in Aunt) Katherine (as in Mansfield) Kate (as in Sheppard) Hariata (Charlotte) Hine ("girl" in Maori) Hilary (as in …

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Biblical baby names

BOYS NAMES  Elijah  Tobiah  Gabriel  Abraham  Noah Joseph  Batholomew  Amos Caleb  Joshua  Saul  Isaac  Luke Mark Matthew  Silas  Thomas  Zacharias  Reuben  John   GIRLS …

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Shakespeare Inspired Names

Be inspired by the Bard with these names from Shakespeare's plays! GIRLS NAMES Adriana Comedy of Errors Ariel The Tempest Bianca The Taming of the Shrew Cordelia King Lear Emilia The Comedy of Errors, The Winter's …

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Art Inspired Names

Girls' Names Inspired By Angelica Angelica Kauffmann Agnes Agnes Martin Claudia Claudia Pond Eyley  Frida Frida Kahlo Gretchen Gretchen Albrecht Rita Rita Angus Kahlo Frida Kahlo Tamara Tamara …

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Old English Boys' Names

Boys' Names Meaning Addison Adam's son Alfred Elf counsel Arlo From the protected town Arthur Bear Ashley Ash tree Barclay Birch meadow Bede Prayer Bentley From the …

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Baby names inspired by famous musicians

Boys' Names Musician Axl Axl Rose Billie Billie Idol Bowie David Bowie Bruno Bruno Mars Cole Cole Porter Drake Drake Dre Dr. Dre Dylan Bob Dylan Floyd Pink Floyd Mick Mick …

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Literary Names

Boys' Names Author Blake Blake Crouch Cooper Cooper Davis Tennyson Alfred Tennyson Hugo Victor Hugo Dante Dante Alighieri   Girls' Names Author Jane Jane Austen Maya Maya …

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Virtuous names for girls

Amity Faith Hope Charity Chastity Destiny Grace Patience Mercy Constance Verina Verity Trinity Clemency Prudence Honor Aroha                           …

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Unisex Names

Flynn Charlie Reese Casey Jordan Taylor Alex Skyler Phoenix Cameron Dylan Sam Ashley Bailey Blair Brett Riley Daryl Corey Hayden Jamie Jessie/Jesse Morgan Stevie Frankie           …

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Boys names for girls

Mattie Charlie Frankie Stevie Billy Rave Kylo Luca Alex Jamie Johnnie Bennie Tommie Dylyn Cooper Baylie Camryn Harper Harley Blake Morgan Parker Payton Quincy Andy Ainsley Ashley Au …

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Italian baby names

BOYS' NAMES Enzo Paolo Matteo Rafaele Massimo Flavio Marco Alessandro Giuseppe Luca Giovanni Roberto Andrea Stefano Angelo Francesco Mario Luigi             GIRLS' …

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All over the world names

Boys' Names London (England) Denver (Colorado, USA) Boston (Masachussets, USA) Reno (Nevada, USA) Kyro (Cairo - Egypt) Austin (Texas, USA) Brooklyn (New York City, USA) Israel Sydney (Australia) Hudson (New York state, USA) Jordan (Middle …

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Floral Names for Girls

Floral Names for Girls Daisy Poppy Posey Bryony Briar Jacinta - the Spanish word for 'hyacinth' Kalina - the Polish word for 'viburnum' Rose/ Rosa Lily Magnolia Heather Ivy Violet Jasmine Zahara - a Swahili word for  'flower', it's …

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Short baby names

If baby's last name will be long, or you just believe in keeping it simple, a short and sweet name could be just what you're looking for.   Boys' …

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Sweet girls' names

Sweet Girls' Names Louisa Rose Lucy Laura/Lauren Faith Violet Grace Chloe Christina Juliette Daisy Lily Polly Celine Helena Amy/Aimee Suzie/Susannah Ella/Eleanor/Ellen   …

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Celebrity Inspired Baby Names

Boys' Name Celebrity Parent     Psalm Kim Kardashian Winter Mercy Alanis Morrissette Mason Kourtney Kardashian Levi Matthew McConaughey Maverick Michael Phelps Bingham Kate Hudson Beau Emma …

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Naming rights

It's a parent's choice by Liz Breslin Twins. What an opportunity to have fun with names! We sent the grandparents- to-be a photo of my bump with arrows pointing to either side. The names read "Benson" and "Hedges". We were joking (although I've …

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Traditional Names

Traditional Girls' Names Meaning     Elizabeth oath of God Alice nobility Charlotte little woman, born to lead Emily eager Katherine pure Mary beloved Olivia symbol of peace Emma universal …

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Strong baby names

 Whether it’s strong in will, in virtue or physical strength, these names all wield some power!   Girls Adira – Strong Briana -  Strong, virtuous, honorable Bridget – Strength or exalted one Gabriella – God is my strength Imala – Strong …

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Baby Names - Tips, Inspiration & Advice

Choosing a name for your newborn is one of the biggest decisions you'll make. We've got all the inspiration and advice you'll need - from Alice to Zachary.  If you're tempted to Google "baby names" for inspiration, stop right there! You'll only be …

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Feminine names with tomboy nicknames

  Love the super feminine names, but not sure how they'll suit your little girls personality? Here are 30 girls names with uni-sex nicknames.     Alexandra - Alex/Lexi Andrea - Andi Arabella - Ari Augustine - Gus/Gussie Aurora - …

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The top 20 Maori baby names for boys and girls.

Beautiful Māori names for your pēpi! The top 20 names for girls were: The top 20 names for boys were: 1. Maia 1. Nikau 2. Manaia 2. Ari 3. Anahera 3. Manaia 4. Ana 4. Wiremu 5. Aroha 5. Kauri 6. Kaia 6. …

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Top baby names for 2017

Atticus tops the list of 2017's most-popular names for boys, while Olivia reigns supreme as the most popular girls’ name for the second year running. Nameberry’s list of popular baby names is updated monthly, and measures in real time which names …

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Olympic Inspired Names

Be inspired by the courage and determination of these sportsmen and women who, at the peak of their physical performance, were Olympic medalists. Girls' Names: Eliza - Eliza McCartney, a New Zealand track and field athlete who competes in the pole …

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Royalty Inspired Names

BOYS' NAMES🤴 MEANING Charles Free man. From the Germanic name Karl, which was derived from a Germanic word meaning 'man'. Its popularity in continental Europe was due to the fame of Charles the Great (742-814), William Derived …

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Perfect for pairs: anagram baby names

If you're a word-nerd, then these anagram baby names will likely appeal to you! We've put them in pairs - perfect for siblings. Anagrams are words made up of the same letters. We've listed the shorter …

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Long names for baby

A long baby name might just be the perfect choice for your baby girl or boy, but you may worry about saddling your little one with a moniker that they find unpronounceable until they're four or five years old! What’s great about these longer, …

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10 weirdest celebrity baby names

Here are the top ten celebrity baby names that gave us a giggle: Jamie Oliver tops the list with Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear and River Rocket.  Busy Philipps (pictured above but not with her own child), who named …

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Grandparents' Names

It's always nice to name your child after a beloved grandparent or other relative. Here are some of the old-fashioned names that we think are worth revisiting. Boys' Names: Ted Fred/Freddie Gus Frank Sidney Albert Percy Ernie Harry   Girls' …

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Naming rights - Admire But Don't Imitate Names

Lisa Glass on why you can admire, but not imitate, her babies' names  I have two girls aged four and two. I'll refer to them as "E" and "Lo" just in case you decide to steal their names. Yes, I know names are not intellectual property, unless you …

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New Zealand's most popular baby names in 2017

Kiwi parents' love affair with two of the more traditional names continued in 2017. According to the Department of Internal Affairs, Charlotte and Oliver were the most popular baby names chosen for girls and boys last year. Charlotte has been in the …

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Beautiful Irish names

Be inspired by these beautiful names from the Emerald Isle! GIRLS NAMES    Pronounced Meaning Aideen 'ay + deen' Formed like Aidan from aed “fire.” Ailis 'ay + lish' Irish version of the Alice or Alicia Branna 'bran + …

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Christmas-inspired baby names

🎄Baby names inspired by the festive season! Girls 🌟 Mary 🌟 Noelle 🌟 Virginia 🌟 Ivy 🌟 Angela 🌟 Carol 🌟 Charity 🌟 Joy 🌟 Holly 🌟 Gabriella Boys 🌟 Joseph 🌟 Balthazar (one of the three Wise Men) 🌟 Caspar (another of the …

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Baby names that are almost extinct

Spare a thought for the Gertrudes and Cecils of this world – their names will soon be a thing of the past. The truth is no one is calling their children Gertrude, Bertha, Willie, Cecil or Rowland any more, reports The Independent, which checked …

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Musical baby names that are off the scale!

Soothing, melodious, rousing...and just plain different! These baby names are inspired by the world of music. Girls Allegra meaning ‘joyous’ in Italian, Allegra is the female counterpart to Allegro Aria a solo in an opera Arietta a short …

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"Cultural shift" in trending baby names

International names are the hottest baby name trend in 2017, reports baby name website Nameberry. The most popular baby names show a major cultural shift toward names from around the world, perhaps because people are more likely to look up …

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Summer baby names

Beautiful baby names inspired by Summer! Brooke Cherry Coral Daisy Idalia - Greek for 'behold the sun' January- in the southern hemisphere, it's summer in January Liberty Meadow Nikko - a Japanese term for 'resplendant light', or the sun, …

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Top baby names for 2016

One of he most popular baby names of 2016 is raising eyebrows. According to naming site Nameberry, the name Aryan has risen dramatically in popularity, jumping 49 places in the most-viewed rankings, to sit at number 697. While Aryan is reportedly …

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Top baby names for 2015

The most popular baby names of 2015 were Emma and Noah - for the second year running. The two names topped the annual list of most popular baby names in the US, according to the Social Security Administration. That's the third year on top for Noah, …

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The top baby names for 2014

  The more traditional names of Charlotte and Oliver were the the most popular names for newborns in 2014. Olivia, Isla, Jack and James appeared high on the list, but names such as Braxton, Jaxon and Aaliyah also made it into the top 100, according …

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Unique baby names from the US

Zealand and Lorde were among the most unique baby names chosen by parents this year in America. While we love to read about the most popular names, those that were only chosen for five or six babies are worth a look too. And while we definitely …

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Sophia the First

Sophia tops the list of most popular baby names for 2014. A new study by naming expert Laura Wattenberg shows that Sophia, and variations on that name, is the most popular baby name in the world. Wattenberg says the name, which means "wisdom", wins …

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How popular will your baby's name be?

As you contemplate whether to name your little one Henry or Horatio, Hermione or Helena, you might like to try this out for a bit of fun.  It's a clever graph we found on Time Magazine's website that predicts how popular your chosen baby's name …

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Baby names banned in New Zealand

The list of name below includes punctuation marks such as a period and asterisk and the use of slashes or brackets.  Since 1995, legislation has provided a set of rules for acceptable names for New Zealanders where a name, or combination of names, …

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Downton Abbey Inspired Names

If you've been inspired by the fashion and the interiors of the TV phenomenon Downton Abbey, then consider going a step further with your admiration for the Crawley family and their servants with a baby name that harks back to the beginning of …

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Top 100 Names Since OHbaby! Started

Boys Jack Joshua Riley Noah Oliver Max Liam Luke Samuel Benjamin Charlie Lucas Alex James Daniel Jayden Sam Jacob Ethan Cooper Tyler Lachlan Connor Dylan Caleb Harrison …

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