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Oh Delta! Popular baby names change with times

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Oh Delta! Popular baby names change with times


Sami Muirhead examines popular baby names and how they change with the times

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Oh Delta! I refer to the divine Delta Goodrem and not the new COVID strain that seems more slippery than an NRL player hosting a secret barbecue gathering.

Delta Goodrem surely must want to change her name, given current health updates.

Let us talk baby names! The current generation of babies being born is known as Generation Alpha, and their parents are mostly Generation Y.

The year 2010 marked the new generation — the most digital, global and visual young kids on the planet. Good luck to the Gen Ys (Millennials) raising the Alphas, as Ys are famous for being self-centred, narcissistic, lazy, delusional and disloyal to a fault. And hello to you if any Gen Ys are reading this.

Famous Gen Ys include Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. Feeling old?

I am a Generation X gal, as I was born between the mid-1960s and the 1980s. I am in good company. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, Jennifer Aniston, Liam Gallagher, Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock are all Gen X.  Our mums and dads are Baby Boomers. We work hard and play hard and we are famous for sort of raising ourselves.

My favourite memory of Dad is him lathering himself in coconut tanning oil at the beach and smoking half a pack of ciggies while we were swimming out near the shark nets. For real! And yet, we didn’t die. In fact, we thrived.

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The Alphas are now in the spotlight and a new list of the most popular baby names in Australia shows they love sunny, botanic names such as Willow, Ivy, Lily, Violet and Rose.

But Heidi is no longer a name in the top 100. This makes me sad, as I never met a Heidi I did not like. Charlotte, Amelia and Olivia are the three most popular girl names in the country. And for boys Oliver, William and Noah are the top trio.

Growing up, all I wanted was to be called Jane. Every Jane at school was cool and beautiful and I thought it was the most exotic name a girl could ever have, except for Hannah. Every Hannah at high school seemed to have a charmed life. How times change, as now I love unusual names.

But back to Delta. Well, I guess she will be just fine with her supermodel looks, her majestic voice and her killer attitude.