The baby names predicted to be most popular in 2022

Whether you’re expecting or not, looking at the top predicted baby names is always such a fascinating insight into our collective psyche.

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They’re often inspired by current trends and pop culture, with new parents often drawing inspiration from celebrities’ children’s names, or characters from TV and film.

It’s always interesting to see which names are on the rise and which are falling out of fashion, so Baby Center has collated a list of the most popular baby names of 2022 so far. It’s a pretty accurate reflection of what names people are searching for right now and, while the research is US-based, we know that US and UK trends tend to be very similar.

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In the girls category, the top name so far is Emma, followed by Amelia and Olivia – which was the top girls name of 2021.

For boys, the top name for 2022 so far is Noah, with Liam (most popular boys name of 2021) and Elijah following.

After two years of the pandemic forcing people to stay inside, nature-inspired names are on the rise, with girls names such as Luna (Latin for moon), Violet and Willow making the list.

‘Old-fashioned’ names are making a comeback too: Ava, Elizabeth, Evelyn and Penelope are all popular choices for girls this year.

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Unusual girls names on the rise include Harper (inspired by the Beckham’s daughter’s name), Nova (Latin for ‘new’) and Gianna, a shortened version of Giovanna, which is the Italian equivalent of Joanna.

The gender-neutral name Maverick, meaning ‘non-conformist’, has made its way onto the boys names list, alongside Asher, a Hebrew name meaning ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’, and Mateo, the Spanish version of Matthew.

See the predicted top 25 boys and girls baby names for 2022 below.

Top predicted baby names 2022

Girls names

  1. Emma
  2. Amelia
  3. Olivia
  4. Ava
  5. Mia
  6. Luna
  7. Sophia
  8. Ella
  9. Charlotte
  10. Isabella
  11. Harper
  12. Aurora
  13. Sofia
  14. Gianna
  15. Hazel
  16. Nova
  17. Zoey
  18. Scarlett
  19. Layla
  20. Elizabeth
  21. Ellie
  22. Violet
  23. Evelyn
  24. Willow
  25. Penelope

Boys names

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Elijah
  4. Oliver
  5. Mateo
  6. James
  7. Lucas
  8. Levi
  9. Grayson
  10. Daniel
  11. Asher
  12. Sebastian
  13. Kai
  14. Wyatt
  15. Luca
  16. Aiden
  17. Alexander
  18. Maverick
  19. Mason
  20. Carter
  21. Jack
  22. Julian
  23. Logan
  24. Jackson
  25. Jace

For more inspiration, check out the full list of most popular baby names 2022 here.