Baby Names for Boys and Girls

naming baby is an awesome responsibility

What name is right for your baby?

The litmus test of a good baby name is whether you can answer these two questions with a YES:

1) Do you feel comfortable and pleased with your choice?

2) Do you believe it is a good choice for your child's lifetime?  

Naming your baby early, before birth, is recommended as a way of helping to bond with baby and for baby to be accepted as part of your family.

If you do not know until after the birth if baby is a girl or boy - then have two names selected and call baby by both alternate names until baby is born.

 

Things not to forget about when choosing a name for your baby

choosing baby names

While making your choice, consider the following: 

  • Can the name be altered or shortened to form a nasty or hurtful word?  Think about name calling and bullying for when your child is school-aged.
  • Can the name be easily pronounced and recognised in the community and country you live in? 
  • Will the name conjure up negative feelings every time you say it?  Avoid the names of people you don't like, even if you like the name.  And don't name baby with the same name as a family member or friend who may be at risk of falling out with you sometime.  Why?  Well children pick up on their parents emotions and will notice that the name has negative associations for you. 


The 10 Most Popular Girls' Names based on Births Registered by Year in NZ

  2000 2009 2010    2011   2012  2013 2014  2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1.   Jessica Sophie Sophie Ruby  Olivia  Charlotte Charlotte Olivia Olivia Charlotte Charlotte Amelia  Isla  
2. Olivia Ruby Olivia Olivia  Sophie  Emily Olivia Charlotte Charlotte Harper Isla Charlotte  Charlotte  
3. Hannah Olivia Ruby Sophie  Emily  Ruby Isla Harper Isla Isla Olivia Isla  Amelia  
4. Georgia Isabella Charlotte Isabella  Charlotte  Sophie  Emily Sophie Harper Olivia Amelia Olivia  Olivia  
5. Grace Ella Isabella Charlotte  Ruby  Olivia Sophie  Emily Ella Ava Harper Ruby  Willow  
6. Sophie Emily Lily Grace  Isabella  Isla Amelia Ella Amelia Amelia Ella Sophie  Harper  
7. Emma Charlotte Ella Ella  Ella  Amelia Ella Isla Emily Mia Isabella Harper  Ava  
8. Emily Lily Chloe Lily  Amelia  Ava Harper  Mia Mia Mila Emily Mila  Lily  
9. Sarah Emma Emily Emily  Sophia  Isabella Sophia Amelia Sophie Sophie Mia Willow  Sophie  
10. Samantha Amelia Emma Amelia  Ava  Ella Ruby Isabella Ava Emily Ava Ava  Ella  

 

The 10 Most Popular Boys' Names based on Births Registered by Year in NZ

  2000 2010  2011    2012    2013   2014   2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
1. Joshua Liam  Liam  Jack Oliver  Oliver  Oliver Oliver Oliver Oliver Oliver  Oliver  
2. Jack James Joshua  Oliver Jack  Jack Jack Jack Jack Jack Noah  Jack  
3. Samuel Oliver Oliver  William  James  James William  William Noah Noah Leo  Noah  
4. James Jack Lucas  Liam William  Mason  James Mason William Leo Jack  Leo  
5. Matthew William William  Mason Mason  Liam Benjamin  James Hunter Hunter Lucas  Lucas  
6.   Liam Joshua Noah  Samuel Liam  William  Mason Hunter James George George  George  
7. Daniel Benjamin  Samuel  Jacob Samuel  Noah Hunter Noah George William William  Charlie  
8. Thomas Jacob James  Lucas Lucas  Lucas Charlie Lucas Mason Lucas James  Thomas  
9. Jacob Samuel Benjamin    Ethan Noah  Benjamin   Liam Leo Lucas James Thomas  William  
10. Benjamin   Lucas Jack  Noah Thomas   Jacob Jacob Max Arlo Mason Charlie  Hunter  

 

Girl Maori Names, Popular Names, and Unique  

Maori girls’ names

Popular girls’ names

Unique girls’ names

Akumatua

Alex

Belinda

Amiria

Anna

Bridie

Anahera

Ashley

Carla

Ani

Brianna

Crystal

Aperira

Bella

Darlene

Aroha

Brittany

Dulcie

Atamarie

Brooke

Ethne

Emere

Caitlin

Eloise

Eriki

Courtney

Evelyn

Erina

Carly

Felicity

Heeni

Daniella

Freya

Hine

Devon

Genevieve

Huhana

Emily/Emma

Giselle

Ihanga

Evie/Eve

Gloria

Iria

Ella

Harmony

Irihapeti

Francesca

Heidi

Kiri

Gabrielle

Hope

Kura

Georgia

Hermoine

Lani

Grace

Ila

Maa Rei

Hannah

Ingrid

Mahuika

Holly

Iris

Makareta

Isabel

Janna

Makuku

Imogen

Juliet

Mamae

Jamie

Lilia

Marama

Jenna

Lola

Mihirangi

Jasmine

Maisie

Mirama

Julia

Mabel

Moana

Jessica

Monica

Manaia

Kaitlin

Nadine

Neina

Kelly

Neva

Neni

Kate/Katie

Nyssa

Newea

Laura

Opal

Ngaio

Lauren

Oralia

Nga Mimi

Lily

Ocean

Okitu

Lisa

Princess

Marika

Maddie

Pandora

Mere

Meg

Pearl

Omaka

Molly

Quinta

Pania

Natalie

Querida

Pouriwa

Nicole

Rhoda

Puhi

Natasha

Rosina

Ramarie

Olivia

Ruby

Rangi

Paige

Serenity

Rea

Penelope/Penny

Stella

Reka

Phoebe

Samara

Rere

Rachel

Scarlett

Riana

Rebecca

Tabitha

Roha

Rhiannon

Tallulah

Ruihi

Rose/Rosie

Thea

Raumati

Samantha

Talia

Rangimarie

Sophie

Varina

Te Kahurangi

Tamara

Valda

Te Pura

Tania

Valisa

Tui

Taylor

Willow

Urangi

Tiana

Xylia

Uru Manau

Victoria

Yvonne

Waauru

Yasmine

Zenia

Whina

Zoe

Zaira


NZ Maori Names, Popular Names, and Unique Baby Boy Names 

Maori boys’ names   

Popular boys’ names    

Unique boys’ names  

Apera

Andrew

Addison

Arakanara

Aden

Alfred

Arapeta

Blake

Barnaby

Arama

Brian

Barret

Ariki

Ben

Brannon

Atama

Callum

Carson

Atua

Caleb

Clark

Ekara

Daniel

Davis

Hohepa

David

Drew

Erorangi

Dylan

Dugald

Eru

Dominic

Dwight

Eruera

Ethan

Edmund

Hakara

Eric

Eldwin

Hamonga

Evan

Ewart

Hangakore

Finn

Forbes

Hani

Freddie

Fyfe

Hanu

Gus

Gilbert

Hemi

Hamish

Hadley

Hirini

Harry

Harold

Huatare 

Henry

Heath

Ianga

Isaac

Hugh

Ikei

Ian

Ivan

Kiki

Jacob

Jamel

Kingi

Jayden

Jed

Kiri

Joshua

Jonas

Koro

James

Julias

Mahora

Jack

Keane

Maipi

Jason

Keeley

Mairo

Keegan

Kirwin

Maka

Lachlan

Lawrence

Manu

Liam

Lawton

Matewa

Lucas

Leighton

Mirama

Luke

Leonard

Mokihi

Levi

Lloyd

Morehu

Michael

Malcolm

Natana

Mason

Marsden

Niwa

Matthew

Mathias

Nikau

Max

Merrick

Ngakau

Noah

Morris

Okiara

Nathan

Ned

Otikoro

Nicholas

Noel

Paipau

Oliver

Orson

Paiwai

Parker

Pearce

Pakanga

Patrick

Preston

Pita

Paul

Quigley

Rana

Reece

Quinn

Rangi 

Regan

Randal

Raru

Richard

Reg

Rawiri

Robert

Renny

Rongo  

Ryan

Roderick

Ruru

Samuel

Roydon

Taaura

Stuart

Saul

Tahiwai

Stephen

Sherwin

Taipo

Thomas

Sinclair

Tama

Tim

Sterling

Tamati

Toby

Terence

Tane

Troy

Thaddeus

Te Koha (the gift)

Tyler

Thornley

Te Wakaiti

Vince

Tristram

Tangaroa

Wayne

Venn

Tawera

Warren

Warwick

Tipene

William

Webster

Tua

Xavier

Willard

Uamutu

Zach

Wyatt

Wiremu

Zane

Xylon

Witi

Zeke

Yates

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