23 Apr 2015

From Edna to Emily

8:34 pm on 23 April 2015

New information shows New Zealanders are giving their babies very different names than they did a hundred years ago.

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It comes in information released by the Department of Internal Affairs which co-incides with the hundred years since the Gallipoli landings.

The list shows that names like Dorothy, Jean, Edna and Phyllis were popular for baby girls in 1915, while Thomas, Arthur, Albert and Ronald were top picks for baby boys.

There was little trace of today's Olivias and Sophies in 1915, nor of the Liams and the Lucases.

None of the top ten girls' names from 1915 feature in today's top ten.

Regarding boys' names, only William and James figured in both lists.

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The two top names in 1915 were Mary and Margaret for girls, and John and William for boys, while in 2015 the favourites were Charlotte and Olivia for girls, and Oliver and Jack for boys.

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