A popular source for parents has identified the top baby names and changing trends after surveying hundreds of thousands of parents who will be naming a child in 2022.
BabyCenter, an online media company of Everyday Health Group – Pregnancy & Parenting (EHG P&P), has published a report on baby names based on responses from parents who welcomed “approximately 416,000 babies” from January 1st to November 1st this year have been called.
BabyCenter researchers analyzed the submitted names and narrowed down the top 100 names for newborn girls and boys.
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New trends were also identified by the 2022 Most Popular Baby Names report.
The top 10 names for girls are Olivia, Emma, Amelia, Ava, Sophia, Isabella, Luna, Mia, Charlotte and Evelyn.
“Evelyn is the only new baby girl name to crack the top 10 in 2022 — displacing Harper,” BabyCenter wrote in its report.
According to BabyCenter, the name Isabella moved up one spot compared to last year’s list, while the name Luna moved up two spots and Charlotte moved down three spots.
Top Baby Girl Names in 2022 : BabyCenter
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Naming trends BabyCenter has noticed among girls include uplifting nouns, allusions to nature or astronomy, and names that seem to fit the “coastal grandmother” trend, a fashion and style aesthetic that people associate with wealthy, middle-aged women, who live near a beach.
The “utopian” and “optimistic” noun names that are trending upwards are Dream, Alora (Latin for “dreamer”), Miracle, Legacy, Heaven, and Destiny.
Popular names related to nature or the sky include Oaklynn, Violet, Willow, Iris, Meadow, Juniper, Ivy, Nova, Aurora, and Lyla (Hebrew for “night beauty”).
Aspiring coastal grannies include Rosemary, Mae, Eloise, Mabel, Hazel, Ada, Alice and Adeline.
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According to BabyCenter, the top 10 names for boys are Liam, Noah, Oliver, Elijah, Mateo, Lucas, Levi, Asher, James and Leo.
“Two new boy names entered the top 10: Mateo jumped from 11 to 5, relegating Lucas to sixth place, while Levi jumped from 6 to 7,” BabyCenter wrote in its report.
The names Liam, Noah, Oliver and Elijah maintained their places in the top four, while the name Leo rose two places from last year’s list. Mason and Ethan fell out of the top 10, according to BabyCenter
Top Baby Names for Boys in 2022 : BabyCenter
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Naming trends BabyCenter has noticed among boys include the letter X, references to nature-based nouns, and names reminiscent of western cowboys.
Three X names that came up for boys are Maddox, Jaxton and Onyx. The increasingly popular nature names are River, Legend, Atlas and Wren.
Western cable TV show Yellowstone may have influenced parents in 2022, according to BabyCenter.
Upcoming “Wild West baby names” reportedly include Dutton, Kayce, Rip, Stetson, Waylon, Walker, Wyatt, and Maverick.
BabyCenter reports that “cowboy culture” has spread to both boys and girls, with parents choosing to name after states like Texas, Montana, Dakota, and Arizona.
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Celebrities and pop culture may have had an impact on the names parents chose for their children in 2022, according to BabyCenter’s report.
The name Elon was “this year’s fastest falling baby name” and according to BabyCenter, it may be related to Elon Musk.
A similar drop in popularity was reportedly seen for the names Will, Jada and Chris after the slap at the 94th Academy Awards.
The Amber name “dropped 176 places” and the Johnny name “up 16 places” in 2022 following the high-profile defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, BabyCenter reports.
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BabyCenter’s naming trend report found a link between baby names and tennis stars, with the significant rise of Serena (tied to Serena Williams), Venus (tied to Venus Williams), Naomi (tied to Naomi Osaka), Coco (tied to Coco Gauff) and Roger ( associated with Roger Federer).
The parenting resource also found uptrends in names from Disney’s “Encanto” — Mirabel, Alma, Julieta, and Bruno — and Marvel’s “Spider-Man” franchise — Parker, May, Mary Jane, Michelle, Ned, and Otto.
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BabyCenter’s report reiterated that baby name data was obtained from BabyCenter users. The platform went on to say that its parent company EHG P&P reaches 91% of families with first-time pregnancies and 85% of families with pregnancies in the US
For more statistics on name trends, visit babycenter.com/baby-name-trends.