IT IS the unique names that are becoming the norm in Ipswich with Chloe and Cooper among some of the most popular ones for newborns.

But as the Chloes and Coopers of Ipswich begin to crawl and bawl, Sabrina Rogers-Anderson is looking to what's hot and what's not in names for their 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 would remain popular, along with surnames used as given names, such as Parker and Harper.

None of her top 10 bogan names for boys and girls, which included Holden, Cruz, Cheyenne, Mercedes and Skylah, made an appearance in Ipswich's most popular list.

With Queensland's births, deaths and marriages registry unable to collate the top 10 names for 2014 just yet, those for 2013 show that while Ipswich parents had a tendency towards traditionalism they also liked unusual names.

An avid baby-name watcher, Ms Rogers-Anderson said trends tended to last for a couple of years.

Vintage feminine names such as Isabella, Grace and Olivia were popular, along with classic boys' names such as William, Oliver and Jack. Xavier and Alexander fell just short of the top 10 boys' list.


TOP 10 girls' names:

  • Olivia
  • Isabella
  • Ruby
  • Charlotte
  • Mia
  • Grace
  • Sophie
  • Emily
  • Chloe
  • Ava 

TOP 10 boys' names:

  • Cooper
  • Oliver
  • Jack
  • William
  • Liam
  • Lachlan
  • Eli
  • Riley
  • Ethan
  • Noah


It's your job to name them well

WHEN it comes to naming your child, the opinion of one particular group of people should always be considered.

That is Sabrina Rogers-Anderson's advice to parents naming their newborns.

While researching names and naming trends, she said many employers had admitted they could not help but judge a person by their name.

Ipswich's MAX Employment senior placement consultant Chandell Watcho agreed that people with unique names or difficult names to pronounce found it harder to gain employment.

The mother of two said if employers did not understand how to pronounce a name on a resume they would dismiss it rather than risk making a fool of themselves.

When she named her children she purposely gave them names that were unique and professional.

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