• Oliver, Ava our most popular in 2017

    PHOTO: Emma Hillier
    POPULAR: Baby Oliver Waite, born to Jess and Ben Waite of Wangaratta in January last year, has the most popular boy’s name in Wangaratta. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

    TRADITIONAL names are making a comeback for girls, while tried and true names dominated the list of boys born at Northeast Health Wangaratta last year.

    Some 681 babies were born at the hospital, including seven sets of twins, throughout 2017.

    Taking out the top spot is Oliver for boys, with six babies given the name, and Ava for girls, with three children bearing the name.

    Oliver ranked eighth nationwide according to essential baby, down from number one in 2016, after being knocked down by this year’s most popular name, Asher.

    Ava also fell in the Australian list, placing sixth, three spots down from its spot in the previous year.

    Many parents at Northeast Health Wangaratta selected individual names for their children, with only 13 girls names and 11 boys names given to more than one baby.

    Other popular female names were Audrey, Grace, Alice, Sienna, Harper, Dakota, Frankie, Freya, Ruby, Matilda and Rose, each being given to two girls

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