The name 'Jack' has, for the thirteenth year in a row, once again topped the list of names given to boys born in Victoria in 2012.By Ivy Wise
Little Jack Bateson may have the most common name in Victoria, but he is anything but.
At nearly eight months, Jack has a one-in-a-million smile, which, according to mum Sarah Dixon, is a frequent occurrence.
‘‘He is always happy and smiling,’’ she said.
Born on June 7 at Echuca hospital, Jack was one of 503 babies born in Victoria last year with the same name.
Jack has not only been announced as the most popular name of 2012, but the top name since 2000, with the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages revealing 8221 boys have been named Jack in the past 13 years.
Sarah and Steve Bateson live in Moama with Jack, who is named after his maternal great-grandfather and paternal great-great-grandfather.
‘‘It’s a strong name,’’ Sarah said.
‘‘We originally had Jack as a middle name and Noah for his first name. When he was born, we didn’t think he looked like a Noah, so 24-hours later, we decided to call him Jack.’’
Olivia was the most popular girl’s name of 2012, with 452 born last year, as well as being the most common female baby name since 2000, with 6192.
Charlotte came in second, followed by Ruby, Chloe and Mia, while William, Oliver, Ethan and Thomas made it into the boys’ top five.
Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to following an incident at SPC Ardmona in Shepparton, involving a package later found to be non-threatening.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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