Naming your newborn child is an exciting time. When you choose a name, you're making the important first steps in shaping their identity.

Parents can usually choose any name for their child. However, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria (BDM) can refuse to register a name if it's prohibited.

Popular baby names

You are able to view the most Popular Victorian baby names per calendar year from 2008.

Naming restrictions

Names are very significant. That's why some names are prohibited under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996, such as names that are:

  • Obscene or offensive
  • Impractical (for example, a name that is too long or contains symbols)
  • Misleading.

Read more about naming restrictions.

Names in dispute

BDM can only register a child's birth when both parents agree on the child's name.

In cases where the parents can't agree on a name, both parents need to:

  • Complete and sign the Birth Registration Statement (BRS)
  • Tick Section 40 of the BRS
  • Send it to the Registrar at BDM with a letter explaining why they can't agree on the name.

Legislation states that either parent may apply to the County Court for a resolution.

If the parents still can't agree, BDM may assign a name so that the child's birth can be legally registered.

For more information, see our Name dispute policy.