The Top Baby Boy Names in Australia in 2021

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As soon as you welcome your child into this world, the next big task is to look for a name. New parents are usually quite excited about naming their children. After all, your child will be referred to by the name their whole life and it depends on your pick. While some parents fix on a name way early and are ready, some find themselves in a fix. They start feeling the pressure of naming their baby quickly and fast. However, it would be better not to hurry and put some time and effort into naming your baby.

From unique ones to ones with a Biblical meaning attached to them, we’ve chosen some of the best baby names Australians are loving in 2021! Read on to find out which one works best for your little boy:

Unique Names You Can’t Ignore:

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More often than not, we look for names that are special and unique. We want something special for our child that isn’t common and popular! If you’re one among those who want something rare and unique, here you go:

1. Hunter

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Loved by most Australians, Hunter has a very boyish touch to it. It is derived from the old English word, Hunta, which was the surname of a bunch of people who went hunting. In addition to this, it could also mean “someone who provides”.

2. Lachlan

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We love how unique this one is! It has Gaelic and Irish origins, and it translates to “a man who is from the land of lakes”. Not a lot of people have this name, making it unique and special.

3. Liam

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The name Liam is stylish, classy, and sophisticated. It means “strong-willed warrior” or “someone who can protect”. You’ll be happy to know that Liam is actually derived from the name William. If you go by its Irish roots, it is derived from Uilliam or Willahelm, which essentially means “helmet of will”.

4. Otis

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Although the name has German origins, it is one of the few Australian names that people are slowly growing to recognize. In addition to its German roots, the name Otis also has its origins in Old English. The meaning of the name Otis is believed to be “a man who is wealthy”. Another belief is that Otis is derived from the word “Ode”.

5. Zander

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Sounds familiar but unique at the same time? This one is actually derived from Alexander but is the shorter, cooler version of the same! The name Zander, just like Alexander, would mean something along the lines of “defender of men”. A short history lesson for those who don’t know about Alexander: we’re talking about Alexander the Great, who was a legendary warrior from the fourth century BC. He was the protector of the Macedonian Empire.

6. Oliver


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Oliver is a sweet name that reminds us of olives. The name is said to have its origins in the Norse cultures of Scandinavia. It can also roughly translate to mean “heir” or “descendent”. Oliver happens to be the most popular name preferred by Australians, ranking at the first position for male children registered in 2020 (1).

Biblical Names That You’ll Love

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Biblical names provide a good many choices for naming children. Bearing a Biblical name is almost like being associated with the holy culture. The characters mentioned in the holy text have played important roles in shaping humanity. Parents who admire a particular Biblical character might want to name their children after him/her. Even if someone is not too religious or from some other religion, Biblical names offer plenty of popular name options. Let’s look at some that you might take a fancy to:

1. Jacob

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The name Jacob isn’t just limited to Australians and is a popular name all over the world. The name has its origins in the old Jewish cultures. In Jewish traditions as well Old Testament of the Bible, Jacob roughly translates to mean “supplanter”. This can refer to seizing what rightfully belongs to the person. Some other variants of the name are Jacobi and Jacobian.

2. Elijah

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Elijah is a name that tries to capture the love for the creator and God. The name literally means “my Lord Yahweh”. In Biblical narratives, Elijah is considered a prophet who saved the beloved of God. The name has been ranked as the 10th most registered name for babies in Australia in 2020 ( 1). Another popular variant of this name is Elias.

3. James

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This is another Biblical name that is quite popular among Australians as well as people across the world — James. It is another important name in the New Testament in the Bible. Interestingly, the name James is believed to be derived from the name Jacob, which, as we mentioned, means supplanter. However, another belief is that it has Latin origins and is derived from the word “Jacomus”, which means “God will protect”.

4. Ezra

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Ezra is another favorite from the Old Testament in the Bible. It is a Hebrew name, which basically means helper or aid. The name Ezra is believed to be the shorter version of Azaryahu, which also has a similar meaning and is translated to “God helps”.

5. Noah

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Noah is an important figure in the Bible who is attributed to have saved humanity from the great floods. As with other Biblical names, the name Noah too has its origins in Hebrew cultures of old. It is derived from the Hebrew name “Noach” meaning “rest” or “peace”. The popularity of the name can be gauged from the fact that it was the third most popular name registered for males in Australia in the year 2020 (1).

A name is something that becomes part of us forever. Our whole identity revolves around our names. Doing a little research to find a name that means something to you and your family, would be a nice way to name your child. We hope our list of the top names in Australia resonated with you. Which one of these names did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below!


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