Years and years and years ago, almost back in the dark ages, a bunch of British chaps calling themselves Monty Python had a comedy sketch show on the BBC.
In one such sketch the setting was Australia and, in particular, the University of Woolloomooloo. Woolloomooloo really does exist; it’s a suburb of Sydney in New South Wales. But the University of Woolloomooloo, which apparently specialised in philosophy, is fictitious.
In this sketch, all Australian blokes were called Bruce and the women were called Sheila. As soon as I arrived here in Australia, I noticed the major highway in Queensland, which goes all the way from Brisbane up to Cairns, that’s 1,652 kilometres, is called the Bruce Highway.
“Wow!” I thought. “Maybe Bruce and even perhaps Sheila really are popular names here.”
Five years on and I’ve not met a single Sheila, but I have met one guy called Bruce. Ironically, he was from England.
Popular Australian Baby Names
Australians love babies and I remember when we first came here on holiday with Elizabeth, she was just 4 months old. Elizabeth was in her pram and this kind faced old fella wandered up and bent over to take a peek.
“Crikey, she’s a porker!” he said.
I had to hold Mrs BobinOz back. We are over it now.
Porker isn’t a name, but what are popular Australian names?
Recently News Ltd analysed Australian baby names going back to 1790, and since then, according to government figures, 112,689 different names have been chosen and out of these, a massive 82,335 names were unique.
Well, unique or cruel, depending on which way you look at it, and we’ll look at it in a minute.
First though, let’s deal with Australia’s most popular names of all time.
Far and away the most popular name for boys over the last 220 years has been John. The most popular girls name over the same period time has been Margaret.
So, Monty Python and Co, as funny as you were, you got it wrong.
Here’s the top 10 list for boys…
And for the girls…
Still wrong Monty P.
But obviously the popularity of names changes over time and what may have been chosen with great regularity many years ago, isn’t so hot today.
So, what were the most popular names last year?
Those top tens were according to Essential Baby and you can click the following link to see their full list of the top 100 baby names in Australia.
And, if you were to pop over there to look at both top 100’s, you could stare at the lists for hours and hours, but you won’t find the names Bruce, Sheila, John or Margaret among any of them.
Anyway, what about those “unique” names?
If you click on this link to the Courier Mail, at the very foot of the article about Aussie baby names, you will see the top 10 worst and most unusual names of all for both boys and girls.
Seriously, who on earth would call their son, Aeneas, TreyVon, Baileyjayden, Adaquix-Jeramiah or, worst of all, B/O? And what kind of parents would call their baby girl Bardót-Dior, Chawnlahnee, Lotus-Moon, Dare or Bacardee?
Anyone care to own up?
Anyway, that’s not a porker, this is a porker…