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Top baby names in Australia

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Ever wonder how baby names in America differ from those down under? Take a look at 2014's most popular names for boys and girls in Australia (and how those names rank in the U.S.).

Top 10 baby names for boys in Australia

1. Oliver: The U.S. is following Australia's lead with this name. It has been steadily climbing the charts since the turn of the century and peaked last year at No. 52.

2. Noah: Noah is the current No. 1 on our turf. The name ousted the long-running (14 years!) Jacob to top the charts in 2013.

3. Jack: Jack was a favorite in the early 1900s but fell somewhat out of favor in the '80s. It has since bounded back and currently ranks No. 40 in the U.S.

4. Jackson: Aussie parents prefer Jack over Jackson, but the reverse is true for American moms and dads. Jackson entered the top 100 baby names list in 1998 and continues to gain supporters. It now sits at a prominent No. 16.

5. William: This perennial powerhouse has been among the top 20 baby boy names since the Social Security Administration has been reporting the data in 1880. It currently enjoys a solid No. 5 rank.

6. Thomas: While this classic enjoys a high rating down under, it is at one of its lowest ranks ever (No. 61) in the U.S.

7. Mason: Here, Mason peaked at No. 2 in 2011 and 2012 and is currently ranked No. 4. One reason for the drop is that parents are taking more liberties with the spelling, diluting the name's overall rating.

8. Lucas: Lucas has never entered the top 20 in the U.S. but, at No. 23, it's getting close.

9. Henry: Not since the early 1900s has this royal moniker enjoyed such popularity in the U.S. With a 2013 rank of 37, expect to see it among the top 20 within the next few years.

10. Liam: This Irish name entered the U.S. charts at No. 940 in 1967 and has slowly gained momentum. It is the second-most popular name in America right now, but does it have the power to dethrone Noah?

Top 10 baby names for girls in Australia

1. Ava: Ava is hot in America, too. While it's been on the charts for decades, Ava has only been in the top 10 (No. 5 currently) since 2005.

2. Amelia: Like Ava, Amelia is a traditional name that is newly trendy in the 2000s. The name is now at its highest rank ever, No. 17, but will have to work hard to hit the same levels of popularity it enjoys in Australia.

3. Charlotte: This is one of those names that rides the peaks and valleys of popularity. But now that Chelsea Clinton has bestowed the name on her daughter, expect it to rise even higher than its current rank of No. 11.

4. Olivia: Olivia is just slightly more popular (No. 3) in the U.S.

5. Chloe: From 1944 to 1981, Chloe was not among even the top 1,000 baby names. It returned with a vengeance, peaked at No. 9 in 2009 and 2010, and currently sits at No. 14.

6. Ella: Ella was No. 13 in 1880 and 1881 and No. 12 in 2011 and 2012 and is not expected to go any higher.

7. Sophia: Sophia is No. 1 in the U.S. and has been since 2011.

8. Mia: Mia is much more contemporary than the other names on this list. It entered the Social Security charts in 1964 and climbed steadily ever since. It now enjoys its best rank ever at No. 6.

9. Emily: Emily was the most popular name in the U.S. for 12 straight years (1996 through 2007). It is now at No. 7, its lowest rank since 1992.

10. Lily: This name has spent all of the 2000s in the top 100, but it is not likely to rise any higher in popularity than its 2011 rank of No. 15.

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