ANZACm & fEnglish (Australian) An acronym, given in honour of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps; originally those who served at Gallipoli during World War I, but now all who have served and died for Australia and New Zealand during military operations.
ARALUENfEnglish (Australian, Rare) From the name of the Araluen Creek valley in southeastern Australia, which is said to mean "water lily" in a local Aboriginal language. It was borne by a short-lived daughter of the Australian poet Henry Kendall (1839-1882).
BANKSIAfEnglish (Australian) Banksia is an uncommon name deriving from the Native Australian plant that produces honeysuckle like flowers. The plant species were originally named after Sir Joseph Banks, who first collected its samples in 1770.
BORONIAfEnglish (Australian, Rare) An Australian shrub with pink or red flowers which are famed for their exquisite scent. The plant is named after Francesco Borone, a talented botanical field assistant who came to a tragic end.
CHILLIfEnglish (Australian, Modern, Rare) Named for the spicy fruit from Central and South America used in cooking. The word is from the Nahuatl language. Has gained some interest in Australia since restaurateur Pete Evans chose this name for his eldest daughter around 2005.
CORREAfEnglish (Australian) A small Australian shrub whose leaves give off a fruity smell when crushed. Named in honour of the Portuguese botanist José Correia da Serra; Correia is a common Portuguese surname meaning “leather strap”, originally given to those who worked in the leather trade.
DIGGERmEnglish (Australian) Slang term for an Australian soldier, with strong patriotic overtones, and links to the ANZAC legend. Most often used as a nickname or a middle name.
DIMITYfEnglish (Australian, Rare) The name given to a type of lightweight sheer cotton fabric used for bed upholstery and curtains, used as a female given name mainly in the United Kingdom and Australia.
DISCOmEnglish (Australian) From the French word discothèque (French for "library of phonograph records", but it was subsequently used as a term for nightclubs in Paris), on the pattern of bibliothèque ‘library... [more]
DIVANmEnglish (Australian) Possibly a variation of DEVAN or DEVIN. Alternatively it may have come from the word 'Divine' or the word 'Divan' referring to a historical legislative body/ council in the Middle East.
FURNLEYmEnglish (Australian, Rare) Transferred use of the surname. Frank Leslie Thomson Wilmot (1881-1942), who published his work under the pseudonym Furnley Maurice, was a noted Australian poet.
GALLIPOLIf & mEnglish (Australian) Named for the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, whose name comes from the Greek meaning "beautiful city". The site of the infamous Gallipoli Campaign during World War I.
HARISUmEnglish (Australian) This name was made for a baby (1 year old) in Australia with a talent to solve most math questions without being taught. its said that babies with this name will be blessed with cleverness. Can also mean "Smart kid" or "Intelligent" The name came from the name Harrison.
KIRRAfIndigenous Australian, English (Australian) Kirra is a beach-side suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland which has been popular with holidaymakers since the early 20th century. The name of the suburb is believed to be an Indigenous name, however the specific language and meaning are unknown... [more]
LOCKYERmEnglish (Australian) Occupational surname used as a first name, referring to someone who was a locksmith by trade, or a lock-keeper on a river or canal. Can be given in honour of retired Australian rugby league star DARREN Lockyer, or after the Lockyer Valley in Queensland, Australia named after the explorer EDMUND Lockyer.
LOWANNAfEnglish (Australian), Indigenous Australian, Literature Means "girl" in the Gumbaynggir language from mid-north New South Wales amd the name of a village near Coffs Harbour where the language originates. The word is also thought to mean ‘woman’ or refer to ‘women’s business’ in other Indigenous languages too... [more]
NEROLIfEnglish (Australian) From the name of an essential oil distilled from orange blossom, which was derived from the Italian place name Nerola, itself probably meaning "strong" or "brave" from Sabine nero. Neroli oil was named after the princess of Nerola, Anne Marie Orsini, who popularized the essence of bitter orange tree as a perfume, making it fashionable by the end of the 17th century.
OCCYmEnglish (Australian) Given in honour of surfer MARK Occhilupo, whose nickname is "Occy", short for his Italian surname, which means "eyes of the wolf". At the same time it is a play on the word "occy straps", short for "octopus straps" - used by surfers to tie their surfboards to a car roof.
PANDOREAfEnglish (Australian) A genus of climbing vines native to Australasia. Named after PANDORA from Greek mythology, because the plant's tightly packed seed pod recalls the myth of "Pandora's box".
RARMIANmEnglish (Australian, Rare) Meaning unknown. The best (and only) known bearer of this name is the Australian actor Rarmian Newton (b. 1993), who at the moment is best known for playing the young Danny Warren in the short-lived 2016 American drama series "The Family".
SABREfEnglish (Australian) Borrowing from French sabre, where the sabre is an alteration of sable, which was in turn loaned from German Säbel, Sabel in the 1630s. The German word is on record from the 15th century, loaned from Polish szabla, which was itself adopted from Hungarian szabla (14th century, later szablya)... [more]
SHAZZAfEnglish (Australian) Diminutive of SHARON. Famous bearers include Australian wrestler Shazza Mckenzie (whose real name is actually CHANTELLE), as well as a character from the video game series 'Ty the Tasmanian Tiger'.... [more]
TANJILf & mEnglish (Australian, Rare) A clan name of the historic indigenous inhabitants of the area (Gippsland, Victoria, Australia), subsequently given to several natural features (rivers, mountains) and towns in the region.
TASMAfEnglish (Australian) Originated as the pen name of distinguished Australian novelist, journalist and feminist Jessie Couvreur (1848-1897), who was raised and educated in Tasmania, and took her pen name from the name of the island state... [more]
TASMANmEnglish (Australian) Used in honour of the 17th century Dutch explorer ABEL Tasman, who claimed the island now known as Tasmania in 1642. Many places in Australia and New Zealand are named after him, most notably the Tasman Sea which lies between the two countries... [more]
VALMAIfEnglish (Rare), English (Australian, Rare), Welsh (Rare) From the Welsh 'fel Mai' = like May. It was invented by best-selling Welsh author Allen Raine for her popular romance novel 'By Berwen Banks', (1899) in which Valmai is a main character: the meaning of her name is footnoted at the end of Chapter One... [more]