For the new parents of the year ahead, we’ve done our research on some of the top trending baby names predicted for 2022. Experts suggest that this year’s name choices will be influenced greatly by the need for escapism and adventure as a result of the pandemic. So, you can expect to see some more unique names on the list (we personally love them!).
Many modern parents also feel the meaning behind a name is just as important when choosing for our little ones, so we’ve put together a little passage of origins and hopefully, you may just see one you fall in love with!
There has been a striking increase in the number of unisex names now trending. With many, previously seen as more gendered names, now used interchangeably - we've got a few below that have spiked in recent years.
Modern, un-gendered name, of Scottish Gaelic origin. Blair in English language translate to person of the plain, meadow or field.
Blair is an English-language name of Scottish Gaelic origin. The surname is derived from any of the numerous places in Scotland called Blair, derived from the Scottish Gaelic blàr, meaning "plain", "meadow" or "field"; perfect for a spring baby.
Un-gendered name, of British origin meaning Body of Water.
We love that nature names are becoming big with parents. What once was in keeping with a more obscure name, River has nearly tripled in popularity with both girls and boys. Derived from a Latin word, “ripa,” which translates to riverbank, River now connotes to famous stars like River Phoenix.
Traditionally a boy’s name, now more gender-neutral, Ronnie is a spelling variant of Ronald and Veronica, of Greek Origin meaning Bringer of Victory or True Image.
It is unisex and was borne by the guitar player in rock band The Rolling Stones. Despite associated with a classic name, experts have seen this name rank nearly 100 places in the UK over the last 10 years.
Traditionally a boy’s name yet now gender-neutral of French origin, meaning Friend.
Ames has multiple meanings including a derivative of Latin Amor, Ames also refers to those who lived near Elm trees. In Japan, Ames also means ‘rain’. With such a multitude of meanings, it’s no wonder why this name has gained popularity over the years.
Traditionally girls names
The name Eliza is primarily a female name of English origin that means God Is My Oath.
Eliza is a shortened form of the name Elizabeth and made famous by the fictional character Eliza Doolittle, originally from the play "Pygmalion". One explanation of increase in popularity, this year celebrates Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee that marks 70 years on the throne.
Traditionally a girl's name of English origin that means Ruler Of The Home.
Etta has become a hit girl names of recent years, thanks to the Etta James' song 'At Last'. Etta has now taken her place as a successor to Emma and Ella. In the UK, where parents love a great nickname-name, Etta was once a short form of Henrietta.
At NBS we have always taken to the name Etta, with thanks to our gorgeous collection, Etta Loves.
Honey as a girl's name is of Old English origin meaning nectar.
It may possibly be a diminutive of Honora however, is widely used as a nickname/name of a term of endearment. Honey, which is also deemed a playful name, has suspectedly gained popularity due to months of seriousness and bad news, now parents of 2022 are keen to choose more light-hearted options.
Traditional boys’ names
A boy's name, from the Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, and Celtic name Conal, meaning strong wolf.
2021 suggested many parents picked names based on the shows and films they watched (binged) over lockdown, including Connell, on BBC1’s Normal People. Nameberry predict that this year will see more and more names based off upcoming shows, so be quick to look at show’s screenplays for a good source.
Boy’s name from the Latin alba or albus, meaning "white". Could also be from the Celtic alp, meaning rock or crag.
Very popular in 2021, Albie is set to be a favourite in 2022. A shortened version of the Germanic name Albert, Albie may also be considered a friendly version of Albus, after Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore, which is pretty apt given that January 2022 is the 20th anniversary of the much-loved movies. More notably nicknames across the board have become increasing popular.
Boy’s named derived from an English surname from the English word forest, meaning woods or trees.
There are been several variations of the name, including Forrester, and even Foster. The popularity of this name last experienced a spike in 1994 after the release of film Tom Hanks' film ''Forest Gump''.