Lucifer out, William in

Given the most popular boys' name in NSW, William Marshall, of Goonellabah, was born September 25.
Given the most popular boys' name in NSW, William Marshall, of Goonellabah, was born September 25. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

NAMING your baby is one of life's special moments but sometimes it's the kids who live to regret it.

While names like Lucifer, Judge, Messiah and Megatron are being effectively banned across the ditch by the New Zealand Registrar of Births, it seems tradition rules here in Australia.

William and Ruby have taken out the title of most popular names in NSW, according to the annual list compiled by the NSW Attorney-General's department.

While all the popular boys' names for 2010 remain on the list, Ava and Sophie have pipped Lily and Ella in 2011.

And while James has been vying for top spot with William for two years, this year it dropped to sixth place.

First-time dad Goonellabah concreter Jay Marshall couldn't be happier with his little fellow.

He and his partner, Kashmir Alcock, had their William in September and have since settled into parenting with ease.

"It's all going fantastic, he's everything we could ask for," he said yesterday.

"This was our first child and we chose the name William because that was my pop's name. He died in 1993 when I was 10 years old."

Was he surprised William topped the list?

"No, not at all - it's a good solid Australian name," he said.

Kerry Thompson and Dan Cliff of Lennox Head didn't realise Ruby would be so popular when their baby girl was born last October.

"I had no idea - I'd never heard of that many Rubys but obviously it's just kind of stuck in people's minds," Kerry said yesterday.

"I wanted to call her Lily or Evie but then when she came out she didn't look like any of those - she looked like a Ruby.

"She's just awesome. She's 11 weeks and just coming up to three months and is our first baby.

"She's been sleeping for about eight hours a night since about five weeks old.

"So I've been sleeping big-time too - I thought that was normal until I started talking to a few other mums and found out it's not. She's pretty good but we did get a feisty Scorpio."

Back across the ditch, Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii last year applied to legally change her name, as did Megatron, who bemoaned his inability to fly under the radar after being arrested on methamphetamine charges.



Ruby; Chloe; Olivia; Isabella; Mia; Sophie; Charlotte; Ava; Amelia; Emily


William; Lachlan; Lucas; Ethan; Oliver; Jack; Noah; Joshua; Thomas; Cooper

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