These are the top 20 most popular Maori baby names for boys and girls

Publish Date
Friday, 15 September 2017, 12:04PM

Aotearoa is such a special place that we all hold dear to our hearts, so why not look to our indigenous language for some baby name inspiration.

In celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori Maori Language Week 2017, the Department of Internal Affairs has released the top 20 Maori names for babies born both in New Zealand and overseas.

Te Taura Whiri I te reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission, carefully researched each name to confirm it was a Maori name.

Ngahiwi Apanui, chief executive of the Māori Language Commission, said as awareness and value for te reo Māori grew, more children were given Māori names.

"There are a number of reasons parents may give a child a Māori name. For some it may be about carrying on whānau and ancestral names and for others it may be about connecting a child with the land of its birth, Aotearoa.

"This is a positive thing and we look forward to the time when Māori names for all New Zealanders becomes commonplace."

Girls born in Aotearoa:

  1. Maia
  2. Ariana
  3. Manaia
  4. Anahera
  5. Hana
  6. Amaia
  7. Aroha
  8. Ataahua
  9. Tia
  10. Ria
  11. Tui
  12. Kaea
  13. Kara
  14. Tiare
  15. Marekiura
  16. Miru
  17. Kahurangi
  18. Marama
  19. Moana
  20. Huia

Girls born overseas:

  1. Maia
  2. Ariana
  3. Hei
  4. Manaia
  5. Aroha
  6. Anahera
  7. Hana
  8. Kaea
  9. Noa
  10. Tia
  11. Tiare
  12. Koa
  13. Makaia
  14. Moana
  15. Ahurei
  16. Atawhai
  17. Kahukura
  18. Kai
  19. Kara
  20. Kataraina

Boys born in Aotearoa:

  1. Nikau
  2. Ari
  3. Kauri
  4. Manaia
  5. Te Ariki
  6. Mikaere
  7. Ihaia
  8. Rawiri
  9. Hemi
  10. Tai
  11. Kahurangi
  12. Kai
  13. Nikora
  14. Tangaroa
  15. Wiremu
  16. Anaru
  17. Ariki
  18. Paora
  19. Tama
  20. Tane

Boys born overseas:

  1. Kai
  2. Manaia
  3. Ari
  4. Nikau
  5. Tamati
  6. Tane
  7. Ariki
  8. Kauri
  9. Tai
  10. Tama
  11. Hemi
  12. Kaea
  13. Matiu
  14. Rawiri
  15. Mana
  16. Manu
  17. Teina
  18. Wiremu
  19. Anaru
  20. Hawaiki