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The top Māori baby names from the last 12 months have been revealed
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The top Māori baby names from the last 12 months have been revealed

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2 July 2024 7:44AM

With Matariki marking the start of the Māori New Year, the most popular Māori baby names for the past year have now been revealed by the Department of Internal Affairs.

The most popular name for kōtiro (girls) was Aroha/Te Aroha, while Ariki/Te Ariki was the most popular for tama (boys). 164 girls were named Aroha/Te Aroha and 111 boys were named Ariki/Te Ariki.  According to SmartStart, it is the second year running that both Aroha/Te Aroha and Ariki/Te Ariki have been revealed as the most popular Māori baby names.

Top ten most popular Māori baby names in 2023/2024.

Kōtiro (Girls)
1. Aroha/Te Aroha
2. Amaia
3. Maia
4. Anahera
5. Moana
6. Manaia
7. Ataahua
8. Marama
9. Atarangi
10. Tui

Tama (Boys)
1. Ariki/Te Ariki
2. Wiremu
3. Rāwiri
4. Mikaere
5. Nikau
6. Koa
7. Manaia
8. Manaaki
9. Kiwa
10. Kaitoa

The list has been created based on names registered with the Department of Internal Affairs between July, 10th 2023 to June 30th, 2024.

The top names were selected after a "thorough review of each name's origins and a comprehensive evaluation by internal advisors and Te Atamira Taiwhenua, our kaumātua group. The chosen names are then sent to Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, the Māori Language Commission, for a final review."

SmartStart is a website that provides new and expectant parents with step-by-step knowledge and support to help them access the right services for themselves and their babies.