100 Popular Australian Names for Boys

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Sort through classic Australian boy names with local and international appeal!

Have you looked through a sea of boy names for your baby-to-be and still haven’t found the right one? We’ve already reeled in a ton of popular and classic Australian boy names to help you on your quest!

Australian male names range from local favorites that speak to specific Aboriginal communities to names that have skipped across the pond and are used everywhere. Check out their history and some alternate spelling options so you can fall in love with an Australian name for your baby boy!


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100 Cool Australian Names for Boys

Let’s not waste another minute – here’s a list of popular Australian boy names!

Aaron

Aaron was the big brother of Moses in the Bible. Aaron means “exalted” or “enlightened.” Aaron might affectionately express that your baby boy has shown you a new meaning to life.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Exalted, enlightened
  • Variations: Aron
  • Namesakes: Aaron Hall is an R&B singer from the group Guy.
  • Popularity: At 63rd in America, Aaron was known as a popular boy name in 2020.
Spiritual

Adam

Adam means “son of the red Earth.” Biblically speaking, Adam was formed of the Earth and could symbolize him being your creation should you use it for your son.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Son of the red Earth
  • Variations: Adem
  • Namesakes: Adam Sandler is a comedic actor and filmmaker recognized for some of his films like The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates.
  • Popularity: At 96th in the USA, Adam was a top choice for 2020. In Australia, Adam was also popular at 50th place.
Spiritual, Nature, Short

Aiden

Aiden is overrated, yet it still landed in the top 100 in both Australia and America in 2020. Aiden means “little fire,” which might make a passionate name to give your baby-to-be. Though it’s used often, Aiden has a ton of variants to offer some individualism.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little fire
  • Variations: Aidan, Aden, Adin, Ayden, Aydin
  • Popularity: At 55th place, Aiden was a very popular name in Australia for 2020. Aiden was 24th in the United States.
Cool, Wild

Allan

Allan might make a great middle name since it sometimes serves as a last name. Allan means “handsome” or “cheerful.” Allan could be a loving option to let your sweet boy know just how much of a joy he is. If you need a pet name, Al is common for Allan.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Handsome, cheerful
  • Variations: Alan, Allen
  • Popularity: Allan placed 823rd in The States for 2020, which is pretty common. Allan didn’t make the cut for the top 100 boy’s names in Australia.
Affectionate

Alexander

Alexander is often attached to ancient Greek emperors like “Alexander the Great,” which might explain the modern-day appeal. Alexander means “defender of men.” Alexander could make a mighty pick for a boy who comes from a long line of veterans. Alex is the traditional pet name for Alexander.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Defender of men
  • Variations: Alexandris, Alexis, Alejandro, Alessandro
  • Popularity: At the 12th spot in Australia, Alexander was a well-liked boy name. Similarly, in America, Alexander placed 10th for 2020, which is a popular name.
Strong

Angus

Angus means “one choice” or “the chosen one.” Celtic mythology says that Angus Og was the god of poetry and love. Angus could be a warm choice to say how much love you have for your baby. Fun fact, Angus beef is a superior cut of cattle.

  • Origin: Celtic
  • Meaning: One choice, the chosen one
  • Variations: Gus
  • Popularity: At the 83rd spot, Angus is popular in Australia, but in the United States, Angus is an uncommon name as of 2020.
Affectionate

Archer

Archer has a kind of rugged feel that comes with names derived from jobs. Archer stands for “bowman,” which is also a surname. Archer could encapsulate the desire for your son to be a master of his craft. Archer can be shortened to Archie.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Bowman (occupational)
  • Variations: Archibald, Archie
  • Popularity: At 35th in Australia and 160th in America, Archer was a pretty common boy name for 2020.
Strong

Arlo

Arlo is a nature-related choice that’s defined as “rock hill.” Arlo could be a name of strength and represent your baby helping you to finally stand on solid ground if you’ve had some hardships. Fun fact, Arlo is the name of a security system company.

  • Origin: English, German, Irish
  • Meaning: Rock hill
  • Namesakes: Arlo Guthrie is a retired folk singer whose songs brought light to social injustices.
  • Popularity: Arlo ranked 37th in Australia, while in America, it placed 220th, which is considered common.
Nature, Short

Arthur

King Arthur may come to mind when you see Arthur as an option, partly because he put the name on everyone’s radar. Arthur is defined as “bear” or “Thor the eagle.” Bears and eagles are both strong and well-respected creatures. You might like Arthur for your baby boy to symbolize your hopes for him to be a force to reckon with in life. Art is a swell pet name.

  • Origin: Celtic, German
  • Meaning: Bear, Thor the eagle
  • Variations: Arturo
  • Namesakes: Arthur is a PBS kids animated series about a loveable aardvark and his family and friends.
  • Popularity: Arthur was 162nd in the U.S. in 2020 and 44th in Australia, making it a common boy name.
Strong

Asher

Asher stands for “happy” or “blessed.” It may be stereotypical to pick a name based on emotions alone, but if that’s what feels best, Asher could make a superb choice. Ash is an adorable pet name for Asher.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Happy, blessed
  • Variations: Ash
  • Popularity: Asher was 88th in Australia and 32nd in The States for 2020, making it truly popular.
Comforting, Spiritual
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Ashton

Ashton is a modern name that isn’t overused, though it ranks high for popularity. Ashton means “ash trees town.” Ashton could represent peace and be a comforting name for a kid.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Ash trees town
  • Variations: Ashten, Ashtyn
  • Namesakes: Ashton Kutcher was a lead actor in That 70’s Show and Dude Where’s My Car.
  • Popularity: Ashton was 136th in the USA and 71st in Australia, making it a well-liked name for little boys.
Comforting

Austin

Austin means “great” or “magnificent.” Austin is a whimsical city in Texas whose slogan is “keep Austin weird.” Austin could make a spirited pick if you want your baby to march to the beat of his own drum.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Great, magnificent
  • Variations: Austyn
  • Namesakes: Austin Powers is a fictional spy from an action film franchise.
  • Popularity: Austin was 57th in the U.S. for 2020, which is considered very popular.
Affectionate

Beau

Beau’s French origin gives it a certain “je ne sais quoi” that makes it a favorite in Australia and the U.S.A. Beau is affectionate as it means “handsome.” Beau might be the perfect name to dote on your gorgeous baby boy.

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: Handsome
  • Variations: Bowe, Beaux
  • Namesakes: Beau Bennett is an American hockey player for the Tucson Roadrunners.
  • Popularity: Beau was 109th in America and 59th in Australia and considered common in 2020.
Short, Affectionate

Benjamin

Benjamin is an Old Testament name, which means “right hand” or “youngest son.” If you’re religious, you may prefer Benjamin for your darling child. Benji, Ben, and Benny are all adorable nicknames for Benjamin.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Right hand, youngest son
  • Variations: Benji, Ben
  • Namesakes: Benjamin Banneker was an African-American, self-taught astronomer and naturalist who correctly predicted a solar eclipse, published his own almanac, and documented cicadas in the 18th century.
  • Popularity: In the USA, Benjamin was a popular choice, coming in the 7th spot for 2020. Australians liked it a lot, too, as it was the 29th most frequently used boy name.
Spiritual

Birrani

Birrani sounds quite similar to Biryani, a classic Indian meal, but the two are unrelated. Birrani is an Australian name that simply means “boy.” If you are proud to be expecting a son and want to celebrate his masculinity, you may find Birrani is a great name for him.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Boy
  • Pronunciation: bir-RAH-nee
  • Popularity: Birrani is a common Australian Aboriginal name for boys, but it hasn’t crossed over to the U.S.
Charming

Carter

Carter is such a popular boy name that it landed in the top 50. Carter is the surname of some well-known people, like former president Jimmy Carter and ex-basketball star Vince Carter. Carter might be better suited as a middle name for your little one. Fun fact, Carter’s is the name of a popular children’s clothing store where you may end up shopping for your gorgeous boy.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Cart user
  • Variations: Karter
  • Namesakes: Nick Carter from The Backstreet Boys, a popular boy band from the 90s.
  • Popularity: At the 33rd spot, Carter was a common baby boy name in 2020 in the U.S.
Masculine

Caleb

Caleb means “devoted to God.” Caleb is one of two Israelites that fled Egypt and successfully made it to the promised land. Caleb may be a beautiful name for your baby boy that signifies your journey to parenthood.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Devoted to God, whole-hearted
  • Pronunciation: KAY-leb
  • Variations: Kaleb
  • Popularity: Caleb was a popular name in the USA, landing in the 56th spot for 2020.
Spiritual, Comforting

Callagun

Callagun is a nature-related name that means “blue fig.” Callagun could represent your little boy being the perfect addition to the family. Cal is a neat abbreviation for Callagun.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Blue fig
  • Popularity: Callagun is a rare name in Australia and America.
Nature

Charlie

Charlie is the shortened version of Charles, which we recognize as a classic choice. Charlie stands for “free man.” Charlie could be the right name for your little one if you hope he has a charming life. Chaz is a super cute nickname adopted for Charlie in Australia.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Free man
  • Variations: Charles, Charleigh, Charlee
  • Namesakes: Charlie Brown is a beloved fictional character from the comic series, Peanuts.
  • Popularity: In the USA, Charlie was a common boy name at 204th place for 2020. Charlie was used more by the Aussies as it came in the 13th spot.
Traditional

Clancy

Clancy is more recognized as a last name, but as we know, surnames are taking the lead as the given name for boys. Clancy stands for “red-haired warrior.” Clancy might be an awesome choice if your baby is a natural-born redhead. Here’s a cool fact, the Fancy Nancy cartoon stars a little girl whose family’s last name is Clancy and she has red hair too.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Red-haired warrior
  • Variations: Clancey
  • Popularity: In 2020, Clancy was a rarely used name in Australia and the U.S.
Cool
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Coen

Coen is a trendy boy name that has won over American hearts. Coen means “thunder” or “bold advisor,” both definitions are strong. Coen might be a gentle reminder for your baby boy that he is powerful.

  • Origin: Australian, German, Hebrew, Dutch
  • Meaning: Thunder, bold advisor, brave
  • Variations: Koen, Cohen, Conrad
  • Popularity: Coen is considered a popular choice in America as it placed 939th for 2020.
Cool, Strong, Short

Connor

Connor has an unusual meaning, but that doesn’t stop it from being a popular choice for boys. Connor stands for “hound-lover.” If you love dogs, you might choose Connor to show your son how to be compassionate towards animals. Con is a typical nickname for Connor.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Hound-lover
  • Variations: Conner
  • Popularity: In Australia, Connor was the 66th most frequently used boy name of 2020. For America, Connor ranked 78th, which is just as common.
Affectionate

Cooper

Cooper began as a surname but has since taken off as a favorite first name for boys. Cooper means “barrel maker,” which is a dated profession. Cooper might be a great name for your son if you take pride in hard work and want to convey that. Coop could be a funky nickname choice.

  • Origin: Australian, English
  • Meaning: Barrel maker
  • Variations: Kooper
  • Namesakes: Cooper Carlisle is a former NFL player for Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders.
  • Popularity: In 74th place, Cooper was a popular boy name in the USA for 2020.
Charming

Daniel

Daniel is a biblical figure who is known for surviving being thrown in the lion’s den. Daniel means, “God is my judge.” Daniel could symbolize your son being the result of you powering through a difficult situation.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is my judge
  • Variations: Danny
  • Popularity: In 2020, Daniel was 14th in the USA names list, making it extremely popular. Daniel took the 58th spot in Australia.
Spiritual

Darwin

Darwin is old-fashioned but has a loving meaning that likely tugs at parents’ heartstrings. Darwin is defined as a “dear friend,” which might suit a younger brother of the clan. Darwin could make an affectionate choice for your baby-to-be.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Dear friend
  • Namesakes: Darwin was the pet chimpanzee on the 90s cartoon, The Wild Thornberrys.
  • Popularity: Shockingly, Darwin is still fairly common in America as it placed 901st for 2020.
Affectionate

David

David stands for “beloved.” David is a religious name with a profound history as told in the Old Testament. David took down Goliath with his slingshot, so if you’re looking for a name that could symbolize bravery, David might be the one.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Beloved
  • Variations: Davide
  • Namesakes: David Schwimmer is an actor best known for his role as Ross on the hit TV series Friends.
  • Popularity: In the USA, David ranked 28th for 2020 and is a very popular name.
Affectionate, Spiritual

Djalu

Djalu will likely be a name stranger will need help pronouncing, but its meaning will make up for the extra effort. Djalu is an authentic Australian name that means “lighting.” Djalu might be an endearing choice to describe a baby who is born on a stormy day.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Lightning
  • Pronunciation: JAH-loo
Strong, Nature

Dylan

Dylan makes a splash as it stands for “born from the ocean.” If your son is expected to be a water sign, Dylan may be well-suited for him. Dyl could be a good moniker for baby Dylan.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Born from the ocean, son of the sea
  • Pronunciation: DILL-en
  • Variations: Dillon
  • Namesakes: Dylan Sprouse and his twin Cole were Disney channel stars of the show, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
  • Popularity: Aussies enjoyed Dylan in 2020, as it placed 93rd for boy name popularity. Dylan was 43rd in America, so it’s quite popular in both countries.
Cool

Edward

Edward is defined as a “wealthy guard.” Edward might be a smart name to exemplify your hopes for a successful life for your baby. You may abbreviate Edward to Ed as a pet name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Wealthy guard
  • Variations: Eduard, Eduardo
  • Popularity: In 2020, Edward was 43rd in Australia and 195th in America, making it a common boy name.
Strong

Eli

Eli has a spiritual connection, but not so much that non-religious folks won’t appreciate it. Eli stands for “high” or “elevated.” Eli may symbolize how elated you feel about the impending arrival of your new baby.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: High, elevated
  • Variations: Elias, Elijah
  • Popularity: In 2020, Eli placed 60th in America and 53rd in Australia, which was considered popular.
Spiritual, Short
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Elijah

Elijah is what religious folks would call an anointed name, as it means “Yahweh is God.” Elijah is recognized as an Israelite prophet in the Bible and could symbolize a positive choice for a baby boy. Eli is an abbreviated form of Elijah and a common nickname.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Yahweh is God
  • Variations: Eli
  • Popularity: In 2020, Elijah came in 4th place in America and 9th place in Australia, which is considered very popular.
Spiritual

Ethan

Ethan is a biblical boy name with a solid meaning of “firm” or “strong.” Ethan could be a spunky option for a baby boy whose parents wish for him to have an authoritative presence in his adult life.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Firm, strong
  • Namesakes: Ethan Hawk is an actor from the films Training Day and Hamlet.
  • Popularity: Americans made Ethan number 13 for most popular boy names of 2020, while Aussies shared the same love and got Ethan to 19th place.
Charming, Spiritual

Ezra

Ezra is a brave, spiritual name that means “help” or “protect.” Ezra helped slaves escape to freedom in the Bible. If you hope your son is kind and helpful later in life, choosing Ezra may convey that.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Help, protect
  • Namesakes: Ezra Jack Keats was a children’s author known for his collage style illustrated books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Snowy Day.
  • Popularity: Ezra was 44th in The States, making it a common one for boys in 2020.
Short, Spiritual

Finn

Finn means “fair” or “white.” Finn could represent a baby that has pale skin but it doesn’t have to be so. You can simply like the name. If you love the ocean, the name Finn could also be a nod to that. Finn is a great choice as well if you’re looking for something of Irish origin.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: White, fair
  • Variations: Fynn, Phinneas
  • Popularity: Finn was 40th in Australia, which is common for baby boys in 2020. America trailed behind, with Finn coming in at 178th.
Short

Fletcher

Though Fletcher may have been a last name long ago, it has risen to first name status as of 2020. Fletcher means “arrow-maker.” Fletcher could make a lovely name if you desire for your son to be handy in his adulthood. Fletch is a catchy nickname for Fletcher.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Arrow-maker
  • Popularity: At 654th place, Fletcher was pretty popular for American boys born in 2020.
Strong, Cool

Flynn

Flynn is of Irish origin, so if you’re feeling a bit lucky to be on the journey to parenthood, give Flynn a thought. Flynn stands for “red-haired.” Flynn could be a vibrant name for a boy, even if he isn’t a redhead.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Red-haired
  • Popularity: Flynn was 62nd in Australia and 659th in America for 2020, making it popular for boys.
Charming

George

George can feel dated and maybe an ideal middle name as those tend to be traditional. By definition, George stands for “farmer.” George could represent a little one born out in the country.

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Farmer
  • Variations: Jorge
  • Namesakes: George Lopez is a comedian and actor who starred in a sitcom named after himself portraying Mexican American family life.
  • Popularity: In 2020, George ranked 133rd in the U.S., making it popular.
Nature

Hamish

Hamish is a diminutive of James and shares the same meaning, “supplanter” or “to replace.” Hamish might work if this baby is the second one of the family to symbolize replacing the only child title.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Supplanter, to replace
  • Pronunciation: HAY-mish
  • Variations: James, Seamus
  • Popularity: Hamish is a rarely occurring name in America and Australia.
Spiritual

Harrison

Harrison is the long form of Harris, which is derived from Harry, hence its meaning, “son of Harry.” Harrison is commonly used as a surname in The States, though famous actor, Harrison Ford, put it on the map as a swanky forename. Harrison could be a cool pick for your son if you dig the last name as a first name trend.

  • Origin: Australian, English
  • Meaning: Son of Harry
  • Variations: Harris, Harry
  • Popularity: Harrison is a popular name in Australia, coming in at the 20th spot for 2020. Over in the USA, Harrison placed 114th for the same year.
Cool

Harry

Harry is quite old but is still in heavy rotation. Harry stands for “estate ruler.” Harry has a lot of royal ties between its meaning and the famous Duke of Sussex, Harry, which might explain its continued popularity. Harry could be an excellent name to bestow upon your own prince-to-be.

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: Estate ruler
  • Variations: Harold
  • Popularity: Harry was way more common in Australia at the 30th spot than America, where it ranked 719th for 2020.
Charming
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Harvey

Harvey has been trending negatively in the news recently, but that won’t last, and its definition might be worth a second look. Harvey means “battle worthy.” Harvey could be a winning choice to celebrate a baby born to tough parents. You may want to call him Harv for short.

  • Origin: French, English
  • Meaning: Battle worthy
  • Popularity: Harvey was in the 413th spot in the U.S. for 2020, which was common. Harvey ranked 31st in Australia.
Strong

Heath

Heath is an abbreviated version of Heathcliff. Heath stands for “heathland dweller,” which represents an open field of grass. If you enjoy nature, Heath could be a unique bond between you and your baby.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Heathland dweller
  • Variations: Heathcliff
  • Namesakes: Heath Ledger was an Australian actor who acted in Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight as Joker.
  • Popularity: Heath ranked 982nd in America, which was pretty popular for boys in 2020.
Nature

Henry

Henry is defined as “home ruler.” Henry may be sure to have things going according to his plan and not yours with a meaning like that. Henry could make a strong choice for the first baby of the family and set the tone for leading his future siblings.

  • Origin: German, French, English
  • Meaning: Home ruler
  • Variations: Henri, Enrique, Hank, Harry, Hal
  • Popularity: Henry was 8th in Australia and the United States followed in popularity at the 9th spot in 2020, making it an extremely popular name.
Strong

Hudson

Hudson is a sleek name that may instantly remind you of New York as the Hudson river flows right through. Hudson means “son of Hudde,” a moniker for Richard and Hugh. If dad’s name is either of those, Hudson could be a nod to his father.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Hudde
  • Variations: Hugh, Richard
  • Popularity: Hudson ranked 42nd in the United States and 16th in Australia, a common name for 2020 indeed.
Cool

Hugo

Hugo is a multicultural name that has a rich meaning. Hugo is defined as “intellectual.” Hugo may be a vibrant pick to express how important one’s mind is and to take care of it.

  • Origin: German, Spanish, Portuguese, French
  • Meaning: Intellectual
  • Pronunciation: HUE-go
  • Variations: Hugh
  • Popularity: As of 2020, Hugo was 424th in the United States, but Australia really loved Hugo, so it placed 33rd.
Strong, Short

Hunter

Hunter has been getting a lot of action as a first name for boys and girls, but like a few other names, it was originally a surname. Hunter stands for “one who hunts.”

  • Origin: English, Scottish
  • Meaning: One who hunts
  • Popularity: At 69th place in the United States, Hunter was a well-loved boy name for 2020. Aussies loved Hunter too, as it placed 22nd there.
Charming, Cool

Iluka

Iluka is a place name for a town located in Australia. Iluka is water-related as it means “by the sea.” Iluka might be a charming option for a baby boy whose parents love the ocean.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: By the sea
  • Pronunciation: ee-LOO-kah, eye-LOO-kah
  • Popularity: In the United States, Iluka is an uncommon name.
Nature

Isaac

Issac is a joyous name that may be at the top of your list for its meaning. Isaac is defined as “one who laughs.” If you hope to have a happy baby, Isaac could symbolize that wish.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: One who laughs
  • Pronunciation: EYE-zick
  • Variations: Isaak
  • Popularity: Issac was a popular name in 2020, ranking 23rd in Australia and 39th in America.
Spiritual

Jack

Jack is a humble name and may be well received by a family who worships. Jack means “God is gracious.” Jack could exemplify God’s presence in your family’s life.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations: John, James, Jackson
  • Namesakes: Jack Black is a famous actor and comedian.
  • Popularity: Jack came in at 21st place in the United States in 2020, which is quite popular. Jack did even better in Australia, as it placed 7th.
Spiritual, Short

James

James has been used for both genders, but it’s mostly recognized as a male name. James is a top choice in Australia, just as it is in The States. James has a spiritual connection as it is the name of several men in the Bible. If you want a name that won’t steer your baby boy wrong, maybe give James a chance. You may even call him Jim for short.

  • Origin: Hebrew, English
  • Meaning: Supplanter, to replace
  • Variations: Jaymes, Semaj, Jim, Jimmy
  • Namesakes: James M. Barrie was a Scottish playwright and novelist known for Peter Pan.
  • Popularity: At 6th place, James is a wildly common name for boys in America for 2020. James was the 11th most popular boy name in Australia.
Traditional, Spiritual
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Jasper

Jasper is an oddly common name in both America and Australia. Jasper means “treasurer. Jasper has a gypsy vibe, so if you like quirky names, this could be a great fit. Jasper may exemplify how much you value your little guy.

  • Origin: Greek, Persian
  • Meaning: Treasurer
  • Namesakes: Jasper Harvey is a former NFL player for the Washington Redskins.
  • Popularity: Jasper was 56th in Australia for 2020, which is considered popular. In The States, Jasper placed 138th, which isn’t too shabby either.
Cool

Jaxon

Jaxon is a modernized version of the classic Jackson. Jaxon may be a nice choice for a baby whose dad or grandfather’s name is Jack. Jax could make a fun moniker and a nod to the childhood game of the same name.

  • Origin: English, American
  • Meaning: Son of Jack
  • Variations: Jackson, Jack
  • Popularity: In Australia, Jaxon was 69th, while in America, Jaxon placed 48th, both doing very well for popularity in 2020.
Charming

Jayden

Jayden has soared the charts for a few decades, likely due to Will and Jada Pinkett Smith naming their son, Jaden. By definition, Jayden means “thankful.” Jayden might be the ultimate way to express gratitude for your new baby’s life.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Thankful
  • Variations: Jaiden, Jaden, Jadin, Jadyn, Jadon
  • Namesakes: Jayden Scrubb is a professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • Popularity: Jayden placed 37th in America and 45th in Australia, making it a common name.
Spiritual

Jordan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: To flow down, descend
  • Variations: Jordin, Jorden, Jordyn
  • Namesakes: Jordan Knight is an American singer from the group New Kids on the Block (NKOTB).
  • Popularity: In 2020, Jordan came in the 51st spot for Australia and 82nd place for America, which is a common option.
  • Description: Jordan is a holy name that means “to flow down.” In the Bible, the Jordan River was the sacred water that Jesus was baptized in, as well as the river Israelites crossed to get to the promised land. If you are a religious family, Jordan may be a comforting name for your little one. Jordan is likely one of the most popular names still because of the famous basketball player Michael Jordan and his Jordan brand of sneakers.
Spiritual

Joshua

If you are a devout Christian, Joshua could be a fine name for your son. Joshua means “the Lord is my salvation.” Joshua is often nicknamed Josh.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Lord is my salvation
  • Variations: Josh
  • Popularity: Joshua was 47th in Australia and 53rd in America, making it a well-loved name for male children of 2020.
Spiritual

Jude

Jude feels luxurious for how simple and aesthetically pleasing the name appears. Jude has a spiritual connection as it means “praised.” Jude could be a fitting and sentimental choice for your baby boy.

  • Origin: Hebrew, Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Praised
  • Variations: Judas, Judah
  • Namesakes: Jude Law is an actor best known for his movies, The Talented Mr. Ripley and The Holiday.
  • Popularity: In 2020, Jude was the 154th most loved boy name in The States. Australians thought it was pretty great as well, as it ranked 72nd there.
Spiritual, Short

Kai

Kai is a multicultural name that gets a lot of love all over the world. Kai means “sea” in Hawaiian, but it also is defined as “Earth” and “keeper of keys.” It’s safe to say that Kai is a nature-related name that speaks to an innate power. You might use Kai as an uplifting name for your baby boy.

  • Origin: Hawaiian, Scandinavian, Greek, Welsh
  • Meaning: Sea, keeper of keys, Earth
  • Variations: Ky, Cai, Kaiser
  • Popularity: Kai was 93rd in America and 51st in Australia, making it popular for 2020.
Nature, Short

Kuparr

Kuparr sounds like Cooper, but with a lot more flair. Kuparr is defined as “red Earth.” Kuparr might make a wonderful name for a who appreciates the land they come from.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Red Earth
  • Pronunciation: KOO-par
Nature

Lachlan

Lachlan may be new to you, but it’s in the top 1000 names for boys in America. Lachlan means “from the land of lakes.” Lachlan could make a charming choice for your baby on the way if you like nature-related names. Aussies call Lachlan, Lachie for short.

  • Origin: Australian, Gaelic
  • Meaning: From the land of lakes
  • Pronunciation: LOCK-lan
  • Variations: Lochlan
  • Namesakes: Lachlan McLean is a Kentucky newscaster.
  • Popularity: In 2020, Lachlan placed 701st, which is considered popular in The States.
Nature

Lawson

Lawson is delightfully affectionate as it means “son of Lawrence.” Lawson could be a swell middle name option to honor your maiden name if it was Lawrence. Lawson may also work to memorialize an ancestor who was named Larry or Lawrence.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son of Lawrence
  • Variations: Lawrence
  • Popularity: Lawson ranked 357th in the U.S. for 2020, which was common.
Affectionate
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Levi

Biblical names can be a little boring, but Levi has a lot of personalities. Levi means “united” or “joined.” Levi could be an option for a baby who is a multiple or to symbolize your connection as parent and child.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: United, joined
  • Variations: Levy
  • Namesakes: Levi Strauss invented the first ever pair of blue jeans in 1853, which we know today as Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Popularity: In 2020, Levi was 14th in Australia and 18th in America, making it a popular name.
Spiritual, Short

Leo

Leo is a diminutive of ancient names like Leopold or Leonardo. Leo is defined as “lion.” Leo may be a charming choice for a boy who is born under this star sign or whose parents hope he possesses a fearless spirit.

  • Origin: German, Latin
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Variations: Leon, Leopold, Leonardo
  • Popularity: Leo is the 4th common name for boys in Australia and the 36th popular choice in America for 2020.
Strong, Short

Leon

Leon is a variant of Leo. Leon also means “lion.” Leon may be a fine alternative for your little babe if you are over Leo. You could even call him Lee as a nickname to further distance yourself from Leon.

  • Origin: Greek, French, German
  • Meaning: Lion
  • Variations: Leo, Leonardo
  • Popularity: Leon placed 86th in Australia for 2020. At 196th in America, Leon was used a lot both locally and internationally.
Strong, Short

Liam

Liam is derived from William, so they both share the meaning “resolute protector.” Liam could be a strong choice for your gorgeous baby as it represents a powerful role.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Resolute protector
  • Pronunciation: LEE-am
  • Variations: Liem, William
  • Namesakes: Liam Neeson is an actor known for his action flicks such as the Taken trilogy.
  • Popularity: Liam is the top pick for boys in America as of 2020, as it ranked 1st, while it landed 6th in Australia, which is still a common name.
Strong, Short

Lincoln

Lincoln has high-ranking appeal, both with its popularity and its presidential relation. Lincoln means “town by the pool.” Lincoln might be a noteworthy choice for your tiny tot if you’re someone who loves politics.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Town by the pool
  • Variations: Linc
  • Popularity: Lincoln was in 61st place in Australia and the 40th most used boy name in the USA for 2020, which are both popular rankings.
Cool

Logan

Logan stands for “small hollow,” which means a tiny opening, like the one you would find in a tree. Logan might be a cool, quirky option to give your little chipmunk. Fun fact, Logan is a suburb of Queensland’s biggest city, Brisbane.

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: Small hollow
  • Variations: Logen
  • Popularity: In the United States, Logan was in the 16th spot for common boy names in 2020. Logan ranked 38th in Australia.
Nature, Cool

Louis

Louis means “famous warrior,” which makes sense since 14 French royals bore this name in the middle ages. Louis may be a Louis is sometimes called Louie or Lou for short.

  • Origin: French, German
  • Meaning: Famous warrior
  • Variations: Lewis, Ludwig
  • Namesakes: Louis Armstrong was a trumpeter and singer whose most famous song is “What a Wonderful World.”
  • Popularity: As of 2020, Louis was a popular choice, ranking 54th in Australia and 260th in America.
Charming, Strong

Lucas

Lucas has a heart-warming feel, as it means “bringer of light.” Lucas may signify the birth of your new baby as a moment of clarity or a beacon of light.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Bringer of light
  • Variations: Lukas, Luke, Luca, Luka
  • Popularity: At 8th place in the USA, Lucas was considered very popular in 2020. Lucas ranked 5th in Australia.
Charming

Marcus

Marcus is thought to be derived from Mars, the Roman god of war. Marcus means “dedicated to Mars” or “warlike” because of the deity’s love for drama and violence. Fun fact, the month of March was named for Mars. So, if you welcome your baby boy in March, Marcus may be a superb pick.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Dedicated to Mars, warlike
  • Variations: Markus, Mark, Marc, Marcos
  • Namesakes: Marcus Samuelsson is a well-known chef and restaurateur that is a frequent host on the Food Network show, Chopped.
  • Popularity: Marcus came in at 227th in the USA for 2020, which is popular. In Australia, Marcus ranked 83rd.
Cool

Mason

Mason has a masculine appeal as it’s defined as a “stone worker.” Mason could be perfect for your little guy if someone in your family is in construction. Maz is a nickname Aussies use for Mason.

  • Origin: English, French
  • Meaning: Stone worker
  • Variations: Mase
  • Namesakes: Mason “Mase” Betha is a rapper turned minister who had a successful music career in the 90s with music mogul, Diddy.
  • Popularity: Mason was the 11th most popular baby boy name in America for 2020. Over in Australia, Mason placed 21st.
Strong
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Miles

Miles is a stunning name with a powerful meaning. Miles stands for “soldier.” Miles might exemplify the skill set and bravery you hope your son will one day embody.

  • Origin: English, Latin
  • Meaning: Soldier
  • Variations: Myles
  • Namesakes: Myles Mitchell was the fictional kid brother on the 90s sitcom Moesha.
  • Popularity: Miles came in the 58th spot in the USA for 2020, making it popular. Miles is considered unique in Australia with it not landing in the top 100 rankings.
Strong

Minjarra

Minjarra stands for “plum tree,” which can be found in Western Australia. Minjarra may be lovely for a little boy whose family wants a nature-related name for him.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Plum tree
  • Popularity: Minjarra is a unique name choice in both Australia and America.
Nature

Monaro

Monaro is a nature-related name that stands for “plateau” or “high plain. Monaro could symbolize your baby boy being the pinnacle of your life. Fun fact, Holden Monaro is a Pontiac GTO. Monaro may make a stylish name for a kid whose parents are into cars or want to pay tribute to their culture.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Plateau, high plain
  • Popularity: Shockingly, Monaro isn’t found in the United States, but that may change soon enough.
Nature

Nate

Nate a diminutive form of Nathaniel or Nathan. Nate is usually a pet name and not so common as a given one (but still pretty popular). Nate means “God has given.” Nate may sweetly express your thoughts of your baby being heaven-sent.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God has given
  • Variations: Nathaniel, Nathanial, Nathan
  • Popularity: Nate is somewhat popular and ranked 1869th in 2020 in the U.S., while its traditional variants were higher up in the rankings.
Spiritual, Short

Ngarra

Ngarra is a charming Australian Aboriginal name. Ngarra is not as challenging to say as it may appear, so don’t write it off. Ngarra stands for “together with you.” Ngarra is quite affectionate of a name and may be an adorably sweet pick for your baby-to-be.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Together with you
  • Pronunciation: en-GAR-ah
  • Popularity: Ngarra is a rare name.
Affectionate

Noah

Noah has become pretty trendy, but that’s no reason to cross it off your list. Noah means “rest.” Noah is easy to say and spell and it’s easy to see why this ancient name is so popular.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Rest
  • Variations: Noa
  • Popularity: Noah was the 2nd most popular name in The States and Australia, undeniably loved in 2020.
Comforting, Short

Nullah

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Hunting stick
  • Popularity: Nullah is a rare name.
  • Description: If you want a name that feels fierce, Nullah may be the perfect one for your little guy. Nullah means “hunting stick” and is an Australian Aboriginal name. Nullah may be a wonderful nod to a dad who loves to hunt and may one day share this experience with his little boy.
Strong

Oliver

Oliver means “olive tree.” Oliver might be a lovely choice for your son to represent an appreciation for nature. A common nickname for Oliver is Oli.

  • Origin: French, Latin
  • Meaning: Olive tree
  • Variations: Olive, Olivier
  • Namesakes: Oliver Twist is a famous novel by Charles Dickens about an orphaned boy.
  • Popularity: Oliver ranked 3rd in the USA and 1st in Australia for 2020, which is extremely common.
Nature

Oscar

Despite Oscar belonging to a grouchy, green puppet living in a trash can, it is a name that can be worn proudly. Oscar stands for “spear of Gods” or “champion warrior.” Oscar might be a reminder to your baby boy of his strength and fighter spirit.

  • Origin: English, Irish
  • Meaning: Spear of the Gods, champion warrior
  • Variations: Oskar
  • Namesakes: Oscar Wilde was a well-known playwright and novelist famous for his books, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Being Earnest.
  • Popularity: In Australia, Oscar ranked 24th and 215th in America in 2020, which is considered popular.
Strong, Spiritual

Owen

Owen is defined as “young warrior” or “youth.” Owen might make an obvious choice for the baby brother of the family with its meaning emphasizing an early stage of life.

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: Young warrior, youth
  • Namesakes: Owen Wilson is an American actor who starred in Wedding Crashers and Marley & Me.
  • Popularity: Owen placed 22nd in the U.S. and 76th in Aus, making it a really common name for male children.
Short
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Parker

Parker is a preppy, unisex option that was originally a last name. Parker is defined as “park keeper.” Parker might be an awesome choice for your son if you enjoy neutral names.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Park keeper
  • Popularity: Parker ranked 95th in the United States in 2020. That’s quite a popular choice.
Strong

Patrick

Patrick is a diminutive of the Celtic boy’s name, Padraig. Patrick stands for “noble” or “patrician.” Patrick may suit your child if you hope for an honorable life for him. Patrick produces quite a few nicknames like Paddy, Pat, or Patty.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Noble, patrician
  • Namesakes: Patrick Dempsey played Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka “McDreamy,” on the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Popularity: Patrick placed 205th in America for 2020, which is considered popular. At 73rd in Australia, Patrick was slightly more common.
Charming

Pengana

Pengana is a true Australian name that has a strong meaning. Pengana stands for “hawk,” and they are known for their intelligence and being spiritually in tune. Pengana might work for your little one if you appreciate that symbolism. Penn is a good nickname for Pengana.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Hawk
  • Popularity: Pengana is a unique find that has not been recorded by the SSA for popularity in America.
Strong, Nature, Spiritual

Ryan

Ryan is a gender-neutral choice, so you’ve likely heard it on boys and girls. It is more common for boys. Ryan stands for “little king.” Ryan may be a powerful way to show your stunning boy he can be anything he wants to be.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: Little king
  • Variations: Ryann, Rian
  • Popularity: In Australia, Ryan ranked 42nd for most popular boy names. For 2020, the USA considered Ryan a common choice as well as it was number 57.
Charming, Short

Ryder

Ryder is the trendy spelling for Rider. Ryder sounds like a kid you might need to wrangle, but it simply means “cavalrymen,” who are soldiers who battled on a horse. Ryder could capture the essence of most boys’ strong and protective nature.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Cavalrymen, messenger
  • Variations: Rider
  • Popularity: Aussies made Ryder the 92nd most used boy name for 2020 and Americans got Ryder to the 108th spot. It’s pretty popular.
Masculine, Wild

Samuel

Samuel could be a solid choice for a baby boy born into a religious family. Samuel was a well-loved prophet and judge in the Bible. Sam or Sammy are cute nicknames for Samuel.

  • Origin: Australian, Hebrew
  • Meaning: Told by God
  • Variations: Sammuel, Sammie
  • Namesakes: Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens was a famous writer best known for his books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
  • Popularity: Samuel was the 25th most common name for boys in the USA for 2020.
Spiritual

Sebastian

Sebastian means “revered” or “honorable.” Sebastian could make a noble choice for your baby boy to make him feel valued. Aussies refer to Sebastian as Seb, which is a unique pet name compared to the typically used Bash.

  • Origin: Greek, Latin
  • Meaning: Revered, honorable
  • Popularity: At 19th place, Americans enjoyed Sebastian a great deal for their little boys in 2020. In Australia, Sebastian placed 36th, which is just as common.
Affectionate

Shane

Shane is a sweet, spiritual name that has Irish roots. Shane is defined as “God is gracious.” You may consider naming your baby Shane if you believe you’re blessed to have him in your life.

  • Origin: Irish
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Variations: Shayne
  • Namesakes: Shane McMahon is a famous wrestler and WWE executive.
  • Popularity: In 2020, Shane was the 507th most frequently used boy name in America and fairly popular.
Spiritual

Sonny

Sonny has an English origin but has been recognized as a common Italian boy name through movies and reality TV stars. Sonny is defined as “son,” which is charming and represents a sense of pride. Sonny may be the best choice to celebrate your baby being a boy.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Son
  • Variations: Sunny
  • Namesakes: Dominick “Sonny” Carisi Jr. is a fictional Assistant District Attorney on Law & Order: SVU.
  • Popularity: Sonny was 67th in Australia, which was way more popular than the 536th place ranking Sonny received in America for 2020.
Masculine, Affectionate

Spencer

You may know Spencer as both a first and last name, which might be part of its likability. Spencer means “house steward” or “administrator.” If you’re very orderly and have a take charge personality, Spencer might be a winner for your child. Spence is the typical nickname for Spencer.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: House steward, administrator
  • Variations: Spenser
  • Namesakes: Spencer Patton is a professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
  • Popularity: Spencer came in 316th place in America, while it ranked 68th in Australia. Spencer was popular for boys near and far in 2020.
Masculine
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Thomas

Thomas has a boyish charm as it’s the name of a lovable cartoon character from the show Thomas the Train. Thomas stands for “twin.” If you’re expecting more than one baby, you may consider Thomas as an ideal choice. Tom might make the perfect moniker for your boy.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Twin
  • Variations: Tom, Tommy
  • Popularity: In Australia, Thomas ranked in the 10th spot, while overseas, Thomas placed 45th in America for 2020, a well-loved pick in both countries.
Cool

Theodore

Theodore means “gift of God.” Theo might make a cute option for a baby that shares the same birthday as mom or dad. Theo is a sweet nickname for Theodore that can also be used as a first name.

  • Origin: Latin, Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • Variations: Theodor, Teddy
  • Namesakes: Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was the 26th American president. Teddy Pendergrass was a popular R&B singer during the 70s and 80s.
  • Popularity: Theodore was 15th for 2020 in Australia, which is seriously common. The USA ranked Theodore in the 23rd spot for popularity that year.
Spiritual

Tjandamurra

Tjandamurra may need a nickname to go alongside it, but for now, let’s learn what there is to love about it. Tjandamurra is defined as “young warrior” and perfect for a little one ready for battle (even if that’s learning to walk). Tjandamurra could be an ideal name for a baby whose family stands up for what they believe in.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Young warrior
  • Pronunciation: jan-dah-MOO-rah
  • Variations: Jandamarra
  • Popularity: Tjandamurra is a unique boy name that seems exclusive to Australia.
Strong

Tyler

Tyler stands for “tile or brick maker.” Tyler could make a strong masculine name for your son with its laborious meaning. Tyler is commonly called Ty as a pet name.

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Tile or brick maker
  • Variations: Tylar, Tylor
  • Namesakes: Tyler Perry is well-respected in the film and television industry for his plays turned movies about a funny elderly woman named Madea.
  • Popularity: Tyler is an attractive choice to many Americans as it ranked 129th for 2020, making it popular.
Masculine

Vincent

Vincent is a well-known name, mostly for its association with artist Vincent Van Gogh. Vincent means “soldier.” Vincent may be a powerful name for your little guy to remind him to conquer his fears. Vince makes a nice pet name for Vincent.

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Conquering, victorious
  • Variations: Vinny, Vinnie, Vin, Vince
  • Popularity: In Australia, Vincent was 28th for commonly used boy names. The United States liked Vincent as well and it placed 121st in 2020.
Strong, Masculine

Waru

Waru is an Aboriginal name that feels out of this world. Waru means “milky way” or “fire.” Waru could symbolize your wish for your little boy to shoot for the stars and blaze a trail along the way.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Fire, milky way
  • Pronunciation: WAH-roo
  • Popularity: Waru is a commonly used Australian name that hasn’t made it internationally.
Nature, Short

William

William is an old-fashioned boy name that just keeps making waves as a top choice for boys. William stands for “resolute protector.” William is often referred to as Will for short.

  • Origin: German, English
  • Meaning: Resolute protector
  • Variations: Will, Willie, Billy
  • Popularity: America loved William so much in 2020 that it placed 5th. William was an even bigger deal in Australia, coming in at 3rd most popular boy name.
Strong

Xavier

Xavier feels fancy, which makes it a head turner. Xavier means “new house” or “bright.” Xavier could be a bold pick to indicate a new being in your space.

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: New house, bright
  • Pronunciation: ex-ZAY-vee-er, ZAY-vee-er
  • Namesakes: Xavier Rhodes is a football player for the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Popularity: In 2020, Xavier came in at number 41 for the most used boy name in Australia. Xavier was 92nd in America, making it popular in both places.
Cool

Yarran

Yarran is a male name that comes from Yarrany wood, which also means the Acacia tree. Yarran can be used to make common tools. Yarran could be a brilliant name to represent your son being resilient and adaptable.

  • Origin: Australian
  • Meaning: Acacia tree
  • Variations: Yarrany
  • Popularity: As of 2020, there have not been any babies given Yarran as a name in the USA.
Nature

Zachary

Zachary is a form of Zacharias from the New Testament. Zachary means “the Lord has remembered.” If there was a time you thought things wouldn’t work out and suddenly it did, Zachary may symbolize this revelation. Zachary might prefer to be called Zach from time to time.

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Lord has remembered
  • Variations: Zack, Zach, Zak, Zac
  • Namesakes: Zac Efron is a famous actor best known for playing Troy Bolton in High School Musical.
  • Popularity: In 2020, Zachary was 70th in Australia and 135th in America, making it popular for boys.
Spiritual
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Australian Names FAQs

What is the Most Common Boy Name In Australia?

The boy names in Australia aren’t any of the native names, which may come as a shock.

For 2020, the top name in Australia for boys was — Oliver (1).

Oliver means “olive tree.” Oliver is of Latin and French origin but has found its way to Australia and many other places like America, where it’s number one also.

Here are a few more Australian names for boys that were in the top 100 that year:

  • Noah — “Rest”
  • William — “Resolute protector.”
  • Leo — “Lion.”
  • Lucas — “Bringer of light.”

What are Some Unique Australian Male Names?

Authentic Australian male names have a great deal of culture in their meanings. They depict the history of the people and the land.

Below are our three favorite unique Australian names for boys:

  • Djalu – “Lightning.”
  • Iluka – “By the sea.”
  • Ngarra – “Together with you.”
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Myesha Alleyne is a freelance writer, author, and formally trained elementary educator. During her time teaching, she found herself longing to fulfill a childhood dream of writing. She’s a dedicated mother and wife who loves to read and watch the Food Network in her spare time.
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