2022 is only a few short months away (crazy, we know!) and baby name experts are already counting down the baby name trends predicted to pack a big punch next year.

From playful names like Ziggy and Pixie to musical monikers like Coda and Brio, we’re not sure we’re ready for the next big things in baby names. Have a look at the baby name trends of 2022 and let us know what you think!

Playful names

According to Nameberry, parents are ditching the formality and going with more fun and cheeky names for their new additions. Cheerful names ending in Y and IE will dominate this trend.

These include:

  1. Pixie
  2. Honey
  3. Buddy
  4. Teddy
  5. Ziggy
  6. Bee
  7. Lulu
  8. Coco
  9. Dovie
  10. Lucky
  11. Gigi
  12. Moxie
  13. Ozzy
  14. Sonny
  15. Rocky
  16. Trixie

Escape names

A little bit nature, a little bit travel-inspired, these names come with beachy, breezy and foresty vibes. As international travel remains a thing of the past, fingers crossed these travel names will inspire plenty of overseas adventures in 2022.

wanderlust baby names

  1. Bali
  2. Bay
  3. Capri
  4. Coast
  5. Forest
  6. Dune
  7. Horizon
  8. Ocean
  9. Palmer
  10. Reef
  11. Koa
  12. Ridge
  13. Zephyr

Non-binary names

Gender-bending baby names are nothing new but these names are predicted to be especially popular for boys. All of them have a bit of a whimsical charm to them.

  1. Artemis
  2. Blair
  3. Echo
  4. Harlow
  5. Laurie
  6. Indigo
  7. Lou
  8. Lux
  9. Nova
  10. Winter
  11. Sasha
  12. Nyx
  13. Marlowe
  14. Wren

Soulful baby names

Spiritual baby names are also taking off, according to Nameberry. While parents often turn to the Bible for inspiration, 2022 will herald a new crop of soulful names with inspiration from all religions.

  1. Creed
  2. Irie
  3. Kali
  4. Jericho
  5. Psalm
  6. Revere
  7. Rishi
  8. Saanvi
  9. Veda
  10. True

Retro cool names

Vintage baby names are incredibly popular this year as well and this baby name trend is expected to continue in 2022. Below are a few of the new old-school cool names to watch for:

retro baby names

  1. Betty
  2. Etta
  3. Frank
  4. Goldie
  5. Gus
  6. Hank
  7. Bobby
  8. Nellie
  9. Polly
  10. Mae
  11. Louie
  12. Victor
  13. Vincent

The R factor

This year, the letter was A. Next year? It’s going to be R!  Names beginning with R are predicted to rule the roast, especially for boys. But don’t expect Robert or Ryan to make a comeback. Oh no – this next gen of R names all pack a very unique and modern punch.

  1. Reed
  2. Reeve
  3. Revel
  4. Reign
  5. Ren
  6. Riggs
  7. Rio
  8. Rogue
  9. Rome
  10. Roux
  11. Rowe
  12. Rumor
  13. Rue

Musical monikers

We’ll end our baby name trends of 2022 on a high note with musical baby names expected to ring our baby-naming bells.

  1. Drummer
  2. Solo
  3. Brio
  4. Allegra
  5. Anthem
  6. Chord
  7. Lyra
  8. Jazz
  9. Coda
  10. Solo
  11. Sonnet
  12. Strummer

And that’s a wrap on predicted baby name trends of 2022. What do you think of these names? Are they a little too out-there for you or are you glad to see names that steer clear of traditional?

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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