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Royal influence on parents' choice
Four-month-old William Klefisch, of Higgins, with his mother, Katherine
Photo: Graham Tidy
Katie Burgess and Clare Sibthorpe
With a royal pair of monikers topping
Canberra's most popular baby names,
you could be forgiven for thinking
Canberra is a city of monarchists.
William and Charlotte were ruled
the most popular baby names in the
ACT in 2015, according to a list
released by Access Canberra last
Of the 5586 babies registered in the
ACT in 2015, 58 were named William
and 42 named Charlotte.
Last year's suite of traditional
names could reflect our renewed
affection for the royal family thanks to
the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,
an Access Canberra spokesman said.
Perhaps as a result of a rise in the
popularity of the young royals, parents
of baby boys appear to have a
preference for names of English
royalty, with William, James, George
and Henry, and at a stretch Charlie, all
in the top 10,'' he said.
For Higgins parents Katherine and
Chris Klefisch, the decision to name
their four-month-old baby William
I named him after my grandfather,
who passed away four years ago,'' Mrs
I like unique names as well as
simple ones, but I always think that it
is important to choose a name that
suits an adult as well as a baby.''
The enduring popularity of the
classic name, meaning strong-willed
warrior'' began after the Norman
conquest of England in 1066, whereas
Charlotte is of French origin and
means free man'' or petite''.
For girls, Olivia and Zoe came equal
second in terms of popularity, with
Ava rounding out the top four.
Ava is more of a newcomer in
Canberra baby names. It has also been
rising in popularity around the globe,
with stars Reese Witherspoon, Hugh
Jackman and Lleyton Hewitt choosing
it for their daughters. However,
Rachael Stuart, from Ngunnawal, was
not aware of many other Canberrans
opting for the name when she picked it
for their little one, born in March last
I randomly woke up and decided
that my baby was an Ava. I liked it and
it stuck,'' she said.
I don't know anyone older with the
name Ava . . . not many babies either.
But I like simple names, and when I
think of an Ava I picture a very calm,
pretty, happy girl.''
It is the second year Olivia has come
in second, and Zoe has reappeared in
the top 10 after almost a decade.
Oliver was the second most popular
name for boys, followed by Jack and
James in equal third.
These three names made the top five
last year as well, but Alexander has
Max and Oscar made the boys top
10 for the first time in 2015.
It's the 14th year in a row William
has made the boys top 10 and the
second year running it has topped the
list. William was also the eighth-most
popular boys name in 1950.
Charlotte entered the top 10 in 2003
and has undulated in popularity before
settling at top spot this year.
Canberra is fairly on par with
Australia's most popular baby names.
Researchers McCrindle found the top
five female baby names for 2014 (in
order) were Olivia, Charlotte, Mia,
Ava and Amelia. For boys they were
Oliver, William, Jack, Noah and
Canberra results 2015
Girls: 1st Charlotte; equal 2nd Olivia
and Zoe; 4th Ava; 5th Sophie; 6th Mia;
equal 7th Amelia, Chloe and Grace;
Boys: 1st William; 2nd Oliver; equal
3rd Jack and James; 5th Alexander;
6th Thomas; equal 7th Henry and
Lachlan; 9th Charlie; equal 10th
Ethan, George, Max and Oscar.
A group of young vandals are expected
to be charged over late-night property
damage in Wanniassa last Tuesday.
Police caught a group of six outside
Wanniassa Hills Primary School
shortly before midnight after receiving
reports from members of the public.
Police say the group smashed
windows at the school on Langdon
Avenue and damaged mailboxes and
streetlights along Sainsbury Street.
The group was taken into custody but
later released into the care of their
parents or guardians.
A police spokeswoman said police
would charge group members with
offences including possession of a
knife in a public place, property
damage and trespassing.
Wanniassa residents who found
damage on their property on
Wednesday morning are urged to
contact ACT Policing on 131 444.
Anyone who saw any suspicious
activity in Wanniassa should contact
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or at
reference number 5905800.
Asphalt resurfacing work will start this
week on Hibberson Street, Gungahlin,
that will partially close the road from
Gozzard Street to Gungahlin Place
West. Work will commence from 6am
to 6pm for two days until Wednesday
January 13. ACTION buses and taxi
services will not be affected. For
information call Access Canberra on
13 22 81 or visit tams.act.gov.au.
EXPLORER SURGEON HONOURED
Throsby street names celebrate native animals
will be the
North Canberra's new suburb,
Throsby, has been named after
ship's surgeon Charles Throsby
who explored the land in the 1820s.
ACT Planning Minister Mick
Gentleman said Throsby explored
the country around Lake Bathurst,
Lake George and the
He said the Gungahlin suburb's
streets reflect Australian native
fauna, which would have been
familiar to Throsby.
A quick look at the newly
gazetted roads of the new suburb is
a great way to be reminded of how
diverse, colourful and peculiar our
native animals are,'' he said.
Who wouldn't want to live in
Koala Close, Glider Crescent or
Yabby Way? But there are other
streets in Throsby that celebrate
Australia's less well known but
equally fascinating animals.''
The suburb's major
thoroughfare, Bettong Avenue, is
named after a small brown-grey
The eastern bettong became
extinct on mainland Australia but
in 2012 was introduced to
Mulligans Flat Woodland
Sanctuary where it is protected
from foxes, cats and dogs.
It is because so many of our
local animals are susceptible to
introduced predators that Throsby
is a designated cat containment
suburb,'' Mr Gentleman said.
By not permitting cats to roam
and hunt at night the new residents
of Throsby will contribute to the
protection of our native fauna
which is appropriate given the
nomenclature of the streets.''
Throsby is next to Kenny and
Harrison and bounded by the
Federal Highway, the ACT/NSW
border, Horse Park Drive and the
Goorooyarroo nature reserve.
Work is continuing on its roads
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