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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Jack is back as Queensland’s top name

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Sunday, January 06, 2013

    Jack is back as Queensland’s top name

    Jack has toppled Cooper after a three-year reign as the most popular boy’s name registered for 2012 in Queensland.*

    For girls, Ruby has once again returned as the state’s number one name after Sophie overtook her in 2011. Charlotte was pipped at the post for the second time since 2007.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said while names helped distinguish us from each other, they were also important in establishing our identity.

    “Naming a child is one of the most important things a parent has to do,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “The names we choose for our children can define them for the rest of their lives, through all the highs and lows.

    “It can at times be challenging to find the right name for a child – a dilemma the young royals will no doubt be going through over the next few months.

    “With these results maybe a Princess Ruby or Prince Jack could be joining the Royal Family soon.”

    Other names that made the 2012 top 10 list included traditional names such as Chloe, Amelia and Emily along with William, Thomas and James – a trend highlighting that generational names are often carried on through the decades.

    Girls Names
    1. Ruby - 254
    2. Charlotte - 249
    3. Sophie - 241
    4. Chloe - 224
    5. Isabella - 205
    6. Amelia - 200
    7. Mia - 197
    8. Emily - 193
    9. Ava - 191
    10. Olivia - 189

    Boys Names
    1. Jack - 289
    2. Cooper - 281
    3. William - 258
    4. Noah - 240
    5. Oliver - 227
    6. Ethan - 212
    7. Lachlan - 207
    8. Thomas - 200
    9. Liam - 187
    10. James - 171

    *As at 19 December 2012 provided by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General

    [ENDS] 6 January 2013

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