020,00040,00060,00080,000100,000JohnWilliamJamesDavidRobertMichaelPeterThomasGeorgeRichardAndrewPaulCharlesChristopherDanielMarkMatthewStephenArthurSamuelIanJosephEdwardHenryBrianAlexanderAnthonyJoshuaBenjaminKevinRaymondFrederickJackRonaldJasonKennethAlanDonaldColinAlbertBruceNicholasCraigFrancisPatrickAlfredAllanTimothyLeslieDouglasBirths registered with the most popular male namesin New Zealand1848–2018, number of registered birthsProvider: Department of Internal Affairs020,00040,00060,00080,000100,000

Births registered with the most popular male names in New Zealand

1848–2018, number of registered births

Limitations of the data

This dataset does not include names of people born overseas whose birth was not registered in New Zealand.
As first and middle names are recorded in the system together, the first name has been split off from middle names by looking for the first space in the name. This means there may be names not correctly listed.


Records with no first name details have been excluded from this dataset.
Registrations with a sex other than Male or Female (e.g. indeterminate or not recorded) are excluded.

Data provided by

Department of Internal Affairs

Dataset name

Most Popular Baby First Names of All time 2019



How to find the data

Select "Top 350 names for Male and Female birth registration since 1848".xlsx file
Figure.NZ reorganised the data structure to allow for better data visualisation.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Most Popular Baby First Names of All time 2019

From the dataset Most Popular Baby First Names of All time 2019, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Top Names
  • Range: D2:D701
  • Provided: 700 data points

This data forms the table Births - Top 350 baby names by sex 1848–2018.

Dataset originally released on:

February 2019

About this dataset

This dataset represents the top 350 male and female first names based on births registered in New Zealand since official records began in 1848