New year, new names! Check out the top 100 predicted baby girl names of 2022, according to the baby-naming expert, Pamela Redmond from Nameberry.
We’ve got heaps of new contenders to choose from, including retro names, classic names, wild names and so much more. A few of our top picks of the year – Maeve (May-vee), Clara, Elodie, Iris, Cora, Lyra, Nove, Willa and Sloane.
Some of the trends we’re seeing?
Mythological names for little girls is a biggie and, as Pamela tells TODAY Parents,
It’s a way for parents to choose a feminine name with deep history and power that steps apart from the standard complement of girls’ names.”
In fact, four of the top ten baby girl names of 2022 are goddess names from various cultures including:
- Maeve — Irish warrior queen of legend and mythological queen of the fairies
- Luna — The Roman goddess of the moon
- Iris — Greek goddess of the rainbow
- Freya — Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility
In addition to these names, we also see Athena and Persephone, both Greek goddesses, top the 100.
Here are a few more trends you’ll notice in the top 100 baby girl names:
- Nature names such as Lily, Hazel, Violet, Rose, Ivy, Sage and Olive
- Shakespearean names including Ophelia (Hamlet), Cordelia (King Lear) and Imogen (Cymbeline)
- Retro names including Clara, Clementine, Mabel, Beatrice and Genevieve
- Names with strong sounds such as Thea, Luna and Nova
- Ad names including Ada, Adelaide, and Adeline
- Feminine yet heroic names such as Astrid, Aurelia, Athena and Cecilia
- French and Irish names including Eloise, Elodie, Arwin and Sairose (Ser-sha)
- Several syllable names (which happen to come with adorable nicknames) including Persephone, Seraphina, Evangeline, Josephine and Anastasia
- Four-letter names such as Esme, Nora, Cora, Wren, Lyra and Romy
- Names ending in “ie” or ‘ie’ sounds such as Maeve (May-vee), Ottilie, Maisie, Elsie and Sadie
Here’s the full list:
Top 100 predicted baby girl names of 2022
We’ve certainly come a long way in the baby girl name game since the days of Jessica and Ashley!
Even some of the most popular names last year such as Charlotte and Amelia are way down the list. It will be interesting to see just what names come out on top this year and if Nameberry’s predictions come true!
Stay tuned for the predicted most popular boy names of 2022, coming soon!