Baby name trends often reveal the huge influence that current pop culture, social issues, and generational differences will have on the next generation.
This year’s hottest baby name predictions are no different, with gender-neutral names remaining just as in demand as last year for boy and girl names.
According to parenting website BabyCenter, the most popular baby names of 2021 for girls were Olivia and Liam for boys, but these have now been replaced by Emma and Noah.
Last year, official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that Olivia’s name topped the list in 2020 for a fifth consecutive year for girls. But BabyCenter has seen the name fall to third place so far in 2022, with Amelia taking second place.
The name Ava comes in fourth place after Olivia, followed by Mia, Luna, Sophia, Ella, Charlotte and Isabella, rounding out the top 10 most popular baby names for girls so far in 2022.
When it comes to male names, Liam is second in popularity after Noah, which is a unisex name. The name Elijah takes third place, followed by Oliver, Mateo, James, Lucas, Levi, Grayson and Daniel.
While the more traditional names remain high in the rankings, there have been more unique additions to the lists.
For example, the name Nova appears in 16and place on the list of girl names. The futuristic name comes from the Latin word “novus”, which means “new”, and also refers to a star that shows a sudden and large increase in brightness before slowly returning to its original state.
On the boy list, gender-neutral name Maverick made its way to 18and position, meaning “non-conformist”.
BabyCenter’s name rankings are updated in real time and are therefore subject to change from day to day. The platform claims to be the world’s best parenting resource and uses data from its mobile app, Baby Names by BabyCenter, to identify trends in names used by millions of parents in the United States.
Official ONS data released last year, which is based on registered births in the UK, showed royal baby names proved popular in 2020, with the name George – chosen by the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge for their first son – climbing to second place for boys.
Meanwhile, 2020 saw the name Archie – chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their son – enter the top 10 for the first time since records began.
The names Maeve and Otis have also climbed the boys’ and girls’ lists, thanks in large part to the hit Netflix series, Sex education, which features main characters with the same names.
Sian Bradford of the ONS said the surge in popularity of the names Maeve and Otis showed how “pop culture continues to inspire baby names, whether they’re characters from our favorite show or celebrities. fashionable”.