Baby names are such an important decision for new and soon to be parents. This is one gift that you will give to your child that will remain with them forever. There are many things to consider when choosing a babies name; the meaning of the name, the names origin, will school kids poke fun it the name? Well if you are looking for a unique name for your child don’t choose one of the names below. These are the top 20 names given to babies born in Australia in 2008, listed by popularity. We have also provided the name meanings for you.
Top 20 Boys Names
1. William: A strong and resolute protector.
2. Jack: From the name John, but also used as an independent name. God is gracious.
3. Joshua: God is salvation. The biblical figure who led the Israelites to the promised land. Also see Hosea and Jesus.
4. Lachlan: From the land of the lochs.
5. Thomas: A twin.
6. Cooper: Barrel maker.
7. James: The supplanter. English form of the Latin Jacomus which was derived from Iakobos, the New Testament Greek form of Jacob. In the New Testament James is an important apostle, the brother of the apostle John. According to the Book of Acts the Romans beheaded him.
8. Oliver: An Olive tree or branch. A symbol of peace.
9. Riley: Irish Gaelic: Valiant. Old English: A Rye meadow.
10. Ethan: Firm, strong.
11. Benjamin: A son of the south, or the son of the right hand. The brother of Joseph in the Bible.
12. Noah: Rest, peace.
13. Daniel: God is my judge. An Old Testament prophet.
14. Samuel: Asked of God. A name from the Bible. Also see Saul.
15. Liam: Determined guardian.
16. Alexander: Protector of men.
17. Ryan: A little king. Derived from a surname which was originally derived from an Irish first name which meant ‘little king’ (from Irish rí ‘king’ combined with a diminutive suffix).
18. Max: From the stream of Magnus.
19. Lucas: Variation of Lucius. Daybreak.
20. Mathew: A gift of God. One of the twelve apostles and the author of the first book of the New Testament. Also see Macey and Madison.
Top 20 Girls Names
1. Mia: Italian: Mine. Scandinavian: Bitter, as in a bitterly wanted child.
2. Chloe: Green shoot. This was an epithet of the Greek goddess Demeter. Paul in one of his epistles in the New Testament also mentions the name.
3. Olivia: An Olive tree or branch. A symbol of peace.
4. Isabella: Variation of Elizabeth, 'Consecrated to God'.
5. Emily: Industrious. Also see Amelia.
6. Charlotte: Womanly, full grown. Also see Carla, Carol and Caroline.
7. Ella: Elfin, a fairy maiden. Also a diminutive of Eleanor, Elizabeth, Ellen and Helen.
8. Sienna: The girls name Sienna is a variant of Siena, and the meaning of Sienna is "from Siena".
9. Ava: An eagle.
10. Sophie: Wisdom.
11. Ruby: Ruby (precious stone).
12. Lily: Lily flower. The flower lily is a symbol of innocence; purity and beauty.
13. Matilda: Battle maiden.
14. Grace: Good will.
15. Amelia: From the Old German Amalburga, meaning labour, work and strain.
16. Hannah: Grace; favour.
17. Zoe: Life.
18. Jessica: Woman of wealth.
19. Emma: Whole. Complete. Universal.
20. Lucy: Variant of Lucia: Light.