This post first appeared in the Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard and has been reproduced here with permission. By Jillian McKee.
Mount Druitt and St Marys are going against the grain when it comes to naming their children, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.
The ABS data shows traditional names such as William, Oliver, and Charlotte were the most popular in the state for babies born in 2015.
However in Plumpton you are more likely to see a Harleen, Lyla or Ayaan and in Rooty Hill Zion and Peyton were common for newborns.
Mt Druitt also shied away from traditionally popular names with more baby girls called Destiny than Jessica and more baby boys called Kyran than Matthew.
A sample of some of the unique names for babies in western Sydney this year
The students at Shalvey Public School were also bucking the trend, with students Moroni, Shire and Emeren leading the way.
Maurangi Thocolich — mum to Moroni, 11, Hunter, 10, and Shire, 8, — said the children’s names came from a variety of places.
“Moroni and Hunter are both named after prophets, taken from ancient Aztec tradition and are both religious names,” Mrs Thocolich said.
“Shire’s name I came up with as I am a big Lord of the Rings fan and got it from the area where the hobbits live.”
“With Shire and Moroni we usually have to correct people two or three times, but the kids love their names and they are happy they are different.”
“I have two other children, Irelove which is a Jamaican name and Whitireia, which is a Maori name — people often can’t pronounce their names so they get called by nicknames,” she said.
The students at Shalvey Public School celebrate their unique names
The favourite name for 2015 by postcode
2759 (St Clair)
Total — 163 boys, 155 girls
MOST POPULAR — William
FOLLOWED BY — Aiden, Lincoln, James, Elijah
MOST POPULAR — Jessica, Mia, Mackenzie, Amelia, Isabella, Evie
2760 (St Marys)
Total — 266 boys, 245 girls
MOST POPULAR — Jacob
FOLLOWED BY — James, Isaac, Joshua, Braxton
MOST POPULAR — Charlotte, Sophie
FOLLOWED BY — Isla, Ava, Olivia, Cassandra, Zoe
Total — 198 boys, 176 girls
MOST POPULAR — Noah
FOLLOWED BY — Ethan, Lucas, Riley, Blake
MOST POPULAR — Charlotte, Olivia, Mia
FOLLOWED BY — Harleen, Lyla
2766 (Rooty Hill)
Total — 98 boys, 93 girls
MOST POPULAR — Joshua, Noah
FOLLOWED BY — Muhammad, Hunter, Zion, Jackson, Jaxon, Liam
MOST POPULAR — Sienna, Peyton, Tahlia, Aliza
2770 (Mt Druitt)
Total — 426 boys, 432 girls
MOST POPULAR — Jacob
FOLLOWED BY — Logan, Alexander, Mason, Muhammad
MOST POPULAR — Amelia
FOLLOWED BY — Sophie, Isabella, Olivia, Ruby, Charlotte, Aaliyah