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Unique Baby Name Predictions for 2022

Last year, we brought you a blog post with the most popular baby names of 2021.

We saw classic names such as Lily, Amelia and Olivia appear at the top of the list for girls, as well as Oliver, Noah and Theo for baby boys. This year, we thought we’d get one step ahead by sharing popular predictions for 2022! This is a perfect opportunity for some baby name inspiration if you are expecting a new arrival this year.

Name experts Nameberry have predicted a rise in fun and whimsical names, as well as names that follow themes relating to popular TV culture and retro nostalgia. Baby name trends to watch for 2022 blend fun and fantasy with more serious themes of hope, strength, and spirituality.

Keep on reading to find out which names Namebery predicts we’ll be seeing more of in 2022!

Playful Names

Nameberry’s first list takes inspiration from lighthearted, playful names. After two years of turbulence, they state that new parents of 2022 will be drawn to light, bright, playful baby names with a strong element of fun, which makes Playful Names the leader among our predicted baby name trends for the year ahead.

But this wouldn’t be the first time we are hearing of such sweet monikers. Celebrity parents have already started to skip classic names entirely, opting for more whimsical terms of endearment such as BuddyHoneyLucky and even Baby.

Here are some of the most popular playful baby names we’ll be watching out for in 2022 according to Nameberry.

  • Baby
  • Bear
  • Bee
  • Birdie
  • Buddy
  • Coco
  • Cricket
  • Dovie
  • Gigi
  • Honey
  • Lucky
  • Lulu
  • Moxie
  • Ozzy
  • Pixie
  • Rocky
  • Sonny
  • Teddy
  • Trixie
  • Ziggy

Mum & You also knows a thing or two about playful names. Do you know what the colourful characters on our nappies are called? Here’s a list of our Nappychat character names!

  • Izzy
  • Huff
  • Ray
  • Silver
  • Puff
  • Baggy

Mum & You Nappychat eco nappies

Escapist Nature Names

Wishing for a tropical escape this year? Us too (ideally, an adults-only retreat somewhere far away, but we’ll settle for somewhere local with a great kids club, too).

Nameberry shares that the coolest nature-inspired options for 2022 will be all about escapism. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have put a hold on our getaway dreams, and as a result, Nameberry expects to see beachy baby names on the rise this year, to make up for our holiday blues.

Here are some of the coolest escapist names for babies in 2022.

  • Bali
  • Banyan
  • Bay
  • Capri
  • Coast
  • Dune
  • Forest
  • Horizon
  • Koa
  • Lotus
  • Meridian
  • Ocean
  • Palmer
  • Prairie
  • Reef
  • Ridge
  • Sequoia
  • Taiga
  • Woods
  • Zephyr

Bridgerton-Inspired Names

It’s no surprise that the biggest Netflix original series of all time Bridgerton has been influencing baby names this year. According to Nameberry, The Bridgerton-inspired baby name trend is sure to increase when the show returns for season 2 in 2022! Think classic, antique names such as Daphne and Hyacinth (a unisex name, by the way!).

Below are some of the most iconic Bridgerton baby names that Nameberry expects to see in 2022:

  • Albion
  • Benedict
  • Cressida
  • Edwina
  • Eloise
  • Euphemia
  • Francesca
  • Genevieve
  • Daphne
  • Hyacinth
  • Kitty
  • Marina
  • Philippa
  • Phoebe
  • Portia
  • Prudence
  • Rupert
  • Simon
  • Theo

Nonbinary Names for Boys

Nameberry has included a list of non-binary names set to see an increase in 2022. They share that with society’s increasing openness to gender fluidity as a concept and an identity, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to see it manifesting in baby name trends too with new nonbinary names.

“For years, gender-bending baby names have been on an almost exclusively one-way track. Previously male names like AveryDylan and even James have crossed gender lines to become increasingly popular for baby girls. But very few female names have gone the other way.

Now, more and more parents are willing to consider more feminine names for boys. Included in this group are goddess names like ArtemisEcho and Nyx, nature names like IndigoSunny and Wren, and unisex names that previously leaned female, like BlairLaurie and Sasha.”

Here are some of the best nonbinary names that Namberry predicts for 2022.

  • Artemis
  • Blair
  • Echo
  • Harlow
  • Holland
  • Honor
  • Indigo
  • Juniper
  • Laurie
  • Lou
  • Lux
  • Marlowe
  • Nova
  • Nyx
  • Sasha
  • Scout
  • Shiloh
  • Sunny
  • Winter
  • Wren

Retro Nostalgia Names

Despite the prediction of some very fun and quirky names set to enter the charts this year, Nameberry also predicts the rise in more traditional and retro names. Though many new parents may be looking for something more unusual, many will be looking back for more nostalgic names.

Here are some of the sweetest vintage nostalgia baby names.

  • Betty
  • Bobby
  • Constance
  • Etta
  • Frank
  • Goldie
  • Gene
  • Gus
  • Hank
  • Louie
  • Mae
  • Ned
  • Nellie
  • Polly
  • Ralph
  • Ray
  • Sally
  • Susie
  • Victor
  • Vincent

We hope this list of baby name predictions for 2022 has inspired you. There are so many options to choose from with thanks to name experts, Nameberry. Let us know what name you have chosen for your 2022 baby in the comments below, we love to hear from you!

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    Deborah Vassallo

    My Granddaughter is called Elspeth, Elsie for short. This was my Grandmother’s name.

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