This morning we were delighted to welcome the Victorian Attorney-General, Martin Pakula MP to Monash Women’s. Each year Mr Pakula announces the most popular Victorian baby names from the previous year.

It was a fantastic opportunity for Monash Health to host this year’s event. The most popular baby names for 2016 were ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Oliver’. Five mothers who gave birth to a Charlotte or Oliver last year attended the event.

“Victorian parents have again shown an affinity with the name Oliver, while more traditional names such as Harry and Samuel made a resurgence in 2016,” said Mr Pakula.

“Charlotte moved into the top place for girls, no doubt inspired by the royal arrival of the daughter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

Oliver, a common medieval name, is of French origin and ostensibly means ‘olive tree’. The name Charlotte is the French feminine form of ‘Charles’.

Marlene Laun (pictured bottom left), who gave birth at Monash Medical Centre in September 2016, moved to Melbourne from Germany in 2015.

“My husband and I wanted a traditional name, so we chose Charlotte,” said Mrs Laun.

“As we are new to Australia we wanted to honour our new country, so Charlotte’s middle name is Victoria”.

For the full list of popular names, visit

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