6 baby name trends that should take hold in 2022

Unisex and nature-inspired names are among the popular choices for 2022. (Photo: Jose Luis Pelaez Inc via Getty Images)

Parents look to many things for their baby’s name inspiration, from old family records to pop culture phenomena to beloved hobbies and interests.

Each year, parenting and pregnancy resource The Bump compiles trending reports to identify names that are gaining popularity and general themes emerging among them. As we move on to 2022, the site’s experts share their latest observations and predictions for the new year.

“Year after year, we’ve seen a growing interest in gender-neutral baby names and unique baby names,” Nehal Aggarwal, associate editor of The Bump, told HuffPost. “With our baby name trends – and the many lists on our website – we’d love to help parents-to-be find the name they think is the best fit for their child.”

Below, find baby name trends and specific names that The Bump says will be popular this year. And check out the full list of the top 1,000 names of 2022 here.

Unisex names

As social conceptions of gender continue to develop and evolve, many parents have opted for more unisex names for their babies. The Bump identified increasingly popular options including Kai, Luca, Quinn, Jayden, Elliot, River, Alex, Andrea, Remi and Rowan.

Nature Inspired Names

Experts at The Bump echoed an observation from baby-naming site Nameberry: All that time locked down during the pandemic has reignited an appreciation for nature and the great outdoors — which seems to influence baby name choices. They highlighted nature-inspired names like Wren, Ivy, Jasper, Parker, Sienna, Willow, Clayton, Hazel, Ashton, and Laurel.

Era names

The Social Security Administration keeps data on baby names dating back to the late 19th century. The Bump noticed that some popular names from the 1950s are getting a bit more beloved again, including Nancy, Sharon, Kathleen, Pamela, Margaret, Dennis, Terry, Wayne, Eric and Martin.

Strong and confident names

“One thing every parent wants is to raise a confident child – so it makes sense that expectant parents look for names with noble and nurturing meanings,” Aggarwal said, adding that examples of strong and confident names include Aria, Alice, Sloane, Nora, Emmitt, Rami, Valence, Emma, ​​Xavier, and Milo.

Uplifting names

Just as the pandemic has heightened our gratitude to nature, the past two years have also given many people a yearning for joy and positivity for the future. Thus, The Bump’s trending data includes “names that inspire cheerfulness and optimism” such as Chloe, Claire, Finnley, Alvin, Elsie, Felix, Isaac, Mira, Winnifred and August.

Interstellar names

Similar to the uplifting nicknames above, space and sky-inspired names tap into that urge to look up and go beyond the constraints of our world. The Bump highlighted celestial names like Aurora, Leo, Atlas, Orion, Skye, Nova, Celeste, Luna, Apollo, and Sun.

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.

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