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Most popular baby birth dates & names in New Zealand

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If everyone you know seems to have a birthday this month, or is about to have a baby very soon, there is a good reason!

September is the top month for babies to be born in New Zealand with the most common date being September 29, which just so happens to be 40 weeks and one day after Christmas! 

We know that babies only arrive on their due date approximately 5% of the time, but the most common birth dates range from September 24 and October 4, which proves that Christmas really is a popular time to conceive!

This baby birth month trend has been consistent for many years and is also widespread, with most western countries that celebrate Christmas, including Australia, the UK, the USA, experiencing the same statistical trend.

So, when you’re making your festive plans this year, you better consider whether the pitter patter of tiny little feet is something you want to make happen … or not!

Baby names
Names come and go and our current most popular names among our girls and boys have all been around before but have come back into vogue.

Isla, Charlotte and Amelia were the most popular girl’s names when they were last recorded and Oliver is the most popular name given to boys for the past eight years. Jack and Noah follow as the next most popular boy’s names.

most popular baby names in New Zealand
Source: Smart Start Services (NZ govt)
most popular baby names in New Zealand
Source: Smart Start Services (NZ govt)

Nikau, Mia, Manaia and Aria were the most popular Māori names in this period.

Most popular baby names New Zealand
Source: Smart Start Services (NZ govt)

Top 10 names in New Zealand history

We have kept records on names in this country since 1848, with the most popular being:

Girls

  1. Mary
  2. Margaret
  3. Elizabeth
  4. Sarah
  5. Patricia
  6. Catherine
  7. Susan
  8. Helen
  9. Emma
  10. Alice

Boys

  1. John
  2. William
  3. James
  4. David
  5. Robert 
  6. Michael
  7. Peter
  8. Thomas
  9. George
  10. Richard

What name did you give your babies? Or, if you’re about to welcome a new little one into the world, what names are on your favourites list? Let know by visiting us on Facebook or Instagram (queenbeepure).







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