WHEN Maria and Kurt Jansen welcomed their son in June, they had no idea they would pick the most popular name of 2019.
Oliver John Jansen is now a social and adorable eight-month-old baby, who his father described as happy and easy to care for.
"He has his own jokes - he pulls on your leg because he thinks it's funny," he said.
The NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages recently revealed the most popular names in Orange and last year, the most favoured names were Oliver for a boy and Olivia for a girl.
"We didn't know it was popular at all," Mr Jansen said.
"We didn't name him straight away but it just seemed to suit him - we took the time to look at him before we named him."
Mr Jansen expected his son, who is a younger brother to Isaac and Aria, would not be the only Oliver in his cohort when he began school but he had a nickname ready to go.
"We've already named him OJ at home because his last name is Jansen," he said.
We didn't name him straight away but it just seemed to suit him - we took the time to look at him before we named him.Kurt Jansen
There was no variation in name preferences between Orange and Bathurst, with the same two names proving a hit in the shadow of Mount Panorama.
Heading west, the most fashionable names in Dubbo were Jack for a boy and Sophie for a girl.
Births, Deaths and Marriagesalso released the top 10 boys and girls names for the three regional cities combined.
The top names for boys from one to 10 were Oliver, Jack, William, Henry, Charlie, Hudson, Archie, George, Levi and Cooper.
Meanwhile, the top names for girls from one to 10 were Olivia, Charlotte, Sophie, Harper, Isla, Amelia, Ivy, Ava, Evie and Ella.
There was also some variation to the most popular names across the state, according to Australian Associated Press.
The statewide list was as follows:
- Charlotte / Oliver
- Olivia / Noah
- Mia / William
- Amelia / Jack
- Isla / Leo
- Ava / Lucas
- Chloe / Henry
- Grace / Thomas
- Sophia / James
- Ella / Ethan
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