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Most Popular Boys Baby Names in Australia

Jack, Joshua, Lachlan and Thomas remain the popular names given to Australian boys this year. Biblical names are strong in Australia, with top names like Joshua, James and Luke. Approximately 30% of the Australian population is of Irish descent, also many are from Scottish descent so Celtic and Gaelic names are popular; with Riley, Liam and Lachlan high in the lists.

One Lachlan Macquarie, a Scottish soldier, was the first military governor of New South Wales (previous holders had all been navy men) and was sworn in as governor on New Year's Day, 1810. Historians assess his influence on the transition of New South Wales from a penal colony to a free settlement as being crucial to the shaping of Australian society. His grave in Mull (Scotland) is maintained at the expense of the National Trust of Australia and is inscribed "The Father of Australia."

New South Wales 2000 to 2005  |  Australian Capital Territory 1999 to 2005
South Australia 2000 to 2005  |  Victoria 1950 to 2005
Northern Territory 1980 to 2005  |  Queensland 2004 - 2005

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10 most popular boys names in New South Wales, 2000 to 2005

Rank 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1 Joshua Joshua Joshua Joshua Jack Jack
2 Jack Jack Lachlan Jack Joshua Joshua
3 Thomas Lachlan Jack Lachlan Lachlan Lachlan
4 Lachlan Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas Thomas
5 Matthew James Ethan William William Ethan
6 James Daniel Daniel Daniel James Benjamin
7 Daniel Nicholas James Benjamin Ethan James
8 Nicholas Matthew Nicholas Nicholas Daniel Riley
9 Benjamin Benjamin William Matthew Samuel Liam
10 William William Benjamin Samuel Ryan Luke

10 most popular names in Australian Capital Territory, 1999 to 2005

Rank 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1 James James Thomas Thomas Joshua Jack Jack
2 Joshua Jack James Lachlan Thomas James Joshua
3 Matthew Lachlan Jack Jack Lachlan William Thomas
4 Thomas Benjamin Samuel William Samuel Thomas Lachlan
5 Nicholas Joshua William Ethan Nicholas Lachlan William
6 Lachlan Samuel Joshua Joshua Jack Joshua Benjamin
7 James Matthew Benjamin James James Ryan James
8 Benjamin Thomas Matthew Liam William Benjamin Nicholas
9 Samuel Daniel Daniel Matthew Liam Samuel Ryan
10 Daniel Nicholas Liam Benjamin Benjamin Oliver Samuel

10 most popular boys names in South Australia, 2000 to 2005

Rank 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1 Joshua Joshua Joshua Joshua Jack Jack
2 Jack Jack Jack Lachlan Joshua Joshua
3 Lachlan Lachlan Lachlan Jack Lachlan Thomas
4 Thomas Thomas Thomas Ethan Ethan Lachlan
5 Matthew James Ethan Thomas Thomas Ethan
6 James Matthew James Samuel James William
7 Liam William Liam James William Ryan
8 Daniel Dylan Samuel Liam Samuel James
9 Samuel Daniel Daniel Matthew Matthew Liam
10 Nicholas Liam William William Luke Cooper

10 most popular boys names in Victoria AUS, 1950 to 2005

Rank 1950 - 1959 1960 - 1969 1970 - 1979 1980 - 1989 1990 - 1999 2000 - 2005
1 Peter David David Daniel Matthew Jack
2 John Peter Michael Matthew James Lachlan
3 Robert Michael Andrew Michael Daniel Thomas
4 David Mark Jason Christopher Joshua Joshua
5 Michael Andrew Paul Andrew Thomas James
6 Stephen Paul Matthew David Michael William
7 Ian John Mark James Nicholas Matthew
8 Gregory Robert Christopher Benjamin Jack Daniel
9 Paul Stephen Daniel Luke Benjamin Benjamin
10 Gary Anthony Adam Adam Luke Nicholas

10 most popular boys names Northern Territory, 1980 to 2005

Rank 1980 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
1 Daniel Joshua Joshua Jack Joshua Jack
2 Andrew Jack Jack Thomas Liam James
3 David Lachlan
Thomas Joshua Thomas Lachlan
4 Michael Thomas Ethan William Matthew Benjamin
5 Matthew James Liam Mitchell Daniel Joshua
6 Jason Daniel Jacob John Jack Ryan
7 Adam Nicholas Matthew Matthew William John
8 Mark Matthew Mitchell Michael Samuel Patrick
9 James Benjamin Lachlan Dylan Dylan Samuel
10 Robert William Daniel Ethan Luke William

10 most popular boys names in Queensland, 2004 - 2005

Rank 2004 2005
1 Jack Jack
2 Lachlan Lachlan
3 Joshua Thomas
4 Ethan Ethan
5 Thomas William
6 William Joshua
7 Ryan Ryan
8 Samuel Samuel
9 Matthew Matthew
10 Benjamin Benjamin

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