THE most popular baby names change from year to year – so what will top the lists for 2022?
It’s a break from tradition as newer names have made the top lists this year, which goes against all previous fail-safe names.
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Research from Baby Centre has revealed the baby names set to define this year.
For girls, top of the list is Hazel, which was a new entry to the 2021 top 100 list and we think will continue to gain popularity.
Top of the boys names list, was Albie, a high climber that is predicted to gain even more popularity.
Second biggest girls name for 2022 is Olive, which was also a new entry to the 2021 top 100 list and we think will continue to gain popularity.
The second top boys name is Reggie, another high climber many reckon will continue to rise.
The third most popular girls name for 2022 is Iris, which was a new entry to the 2021 top 100 list and many predict will also keep rising.
Rounding out the top three boys names is Frankie which many also think will stay in the top as it is unisex.
Nellie just scrapes the top five names, coming fourth and means horn, sun ray, or shining light but could be a nickname for Helen, Ellen, Petronella, Danielle, Cornelia, Eleanor, Janelle, Chanelle, Penelope or Noelia.
For the boys, the name Edwin came in fourth and primarily means friend, something we have all missed seeing during the pandemic but it also rich and happy.
Regal name Elizabeth, came in fifth, perhaps because the Queen will celebrate her 70th year on the throne this year.
The celebration and national holiday in 2022 may even cause Royal names to return as Betty, Eliza, Elsbeth, and maybe even some Lillibet’s, just like Harry and Meghan’s daughter, will be born.
Marcus came fifth, possibly due to the positive social changes that Manchester United football player Marcus Rashford has brought to feeding children, as well as scoring goals.
The World Cup begins in November so football related names could continue to rise the ranks.
The name Connor came in sixth in the boys names list, and could refer to Conor Gallagher, the 21-year-old Chelsea midfielder.
Aaron came in seventh and continues the football trend as it may relate to Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal’s goalkeeper.
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Both Ramsdale and Gallagher are new to the England squad so perhaps new England players get a top spot as new boys names.
Mirabel came in sixth as the biggest girls name, meaning wondrous or of wondrous beauty and was used for both genders in the middle ages.
It is also the name of the main character in new Disney film, Encanto.
The name Penny is the seventh most popular girls name and it means weaver.
Penny is a short version of the name Penelope, which means duck.
Tilly, traditionally a nickname of the name Matilda, came in eighth biggest girls name and means Battle Strength.
Tilly Ramsay also appeared in last years Strictly Come Dancing, winning the hearts of the nation.
Oakley was an unusual eighth place scorer as it is a nature based name that means oak field, wood and clearing.
TOP BOYS NAMES OF 2022
Just making the top ten, the name Nova is the ninth top girls name and is waht we call it when a star shows a sudden brightness and then slowly returnd to its original state over a few months.
Felix came ninth and means happy, lucky as well as giving feline vibes, due to the cartoon character.
In the Bible, Felix was the Roman governor of Judea.
Billie rounds out the top ten girls names and could be referring to singer/songwriter Billie Eilish who is booked to headline both Glastonbury and Coachella festivals in 2022.
Evan ends the top ten boys names of 2022 and is a popular Welsh name which means ‘the Lord is gracious.’
Dear Evan Hansen is also a musical which has gained popularity recently as the film version was released in late 2021.
If you are unsure what to call your child have a look at the extinct baby names lists, for a more unusual, unique name.
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