Bev Lacey

Oliver and Charlotte are 2013's most popular baby names

OLIVER and Charlotte have topped the list of most popular baby names registered for 2013.

Oliver has risen through the ranks of boys' names in recent years, beating the ever-popular Jack and Cooper to take out first place in last year's list.

For girls, Charlotte has moved from second place in 2012 to first in 2013, after Ruby and Sophie alternated in past years.

Acting Minister for Justice and Attorney-General David Crisafulli said with 63,412 babies born in Queensland last year, naming a child was an exciting challenge for new parents.

"It's something you don't want to get wrong," Mr Crisafulli said. "You don't want your child to regret your choice."

Mr Crisafulli said the popularity of names changed depending on where you lived in Queensland.

"Up north, Lachlan stole the show in Townsville, and tied with Jack for first in the Cairns and Fitzroy regions," he said.

"Cooper proved the most popular boys' name in Ipswich, while Hunter topped the list in the Wide Bay region.

"Mia was the most popular name on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, while Olivia claimed first spot in Ipswich and Ruby reigned in Cairns.

"While George didn't make the top 10 in 2013, it will be interesting to see if the recent birth of Prince George leads to an increase in boys named George this coming year.

"To commemorate his birth, all parents of children born in 2013 can still order the historic limited edition commemorative certificate until 31 January."

To order the limited edition commemorative certificates go to www.qld.gov.au/law



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