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Baby names

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Picking your baby's name might appear to be a daunting task, but there are plenty of places you can look for inspiration. And if you are waiting for your baby to be born before deciding on a name, don't take too long, because in most Australian states and territories you have 60 days to register your baby's name.

You may already have a list of potential names ready to go or maybe you hadn't thought about baby names yet. Either way, here are a few things to think about before you make the final decision.

If you are just starting out or are undecided, start a list so you don't forget any potential options.


Many people think about their relatives or close friends when looking for a baby name or there may be a particular tradition that is followed in your family. You can also consider using a middle name if perhaps the name is not your preferred choice for a first name.


You might like to consider the meaning of a name before you make your decision. There are many sites on the internet that can help you find the meaning of particular names.

Think ahead

It's helpful to anticipate any potential nicknames, initials or first/last name combinations that may arise from your choice. Remember that your child will have this name for life, so consider any issues this may cause in the future. You should also keep this in mind if you are considering choosing a name that is unusual or has an unusual spelling.

Registering your baby's name

Once your baby is born and you have decided on a name, you need to register the name with the relevant agency in your state or territory. You should be given the necessary paperwork from the hospital where you give birth or you can access the forms online.

The hospital does not register the birth for you, you need to register your baby.

Most states and territories in Australia require a birth to be registered within 60 days of the day of birth (except the ACT, which allow 6 months). Links to the various births, deaths and marriages departments are below:

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Last reviewed: December 2020

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