Royal names prove popular with CQ parents

CENTRAL Queensland parents are all about paying tribute to the past, with Amelia and Jack topping the most popular lists for newborn girls' and boys' names.

But as the Amelias and Jacks have turned one already, Sabrina Rogers-Anderson is already looking to what's hot and what's not in names for any potential brothers and sisters in 2015.

The writer's tongue-in-cheek column about the best bogan baby names on website Kidspot sparked ire and amusement among parents across Australia earlier this year.

A mother herself, she told APN she was particularly unpopular with Queensland parents, with many supposedly bogan names coming from the Sunshine State.

Ms Rogers-Anderson, who consults a demographer about naming trends, expects to see a spike in royal names as a result of Prince George's birth and visit to Australia.

She said that although many people found inspiration from the names celebrities and royals gave their children, it often took years before those names were accepted and evolved into trends.

Ms Rogers-Anderson also predicted vintage names such as Charlotte and Ruby to remain popular, along with surnames used as given names, such as Parker and Harper.

With Queensland's births, deaths and marriages registry unable to collate 2014's top 10 names yet, we can only go by 2013's - where Amelia and Jack both feature.

- APN NEWSDESK

Top 10 boys' names: Jack, Cooper, William, Oliver, Ethan, Alexander, Logan, Riley, Noah, Thomas, Mason.

Top 10 girls' names: Amelia, Charlotte, Sophie, Mia, Ava, Grace, Ruby, Emily, Olivia, Harper.



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