The Most Beautiful Baby Names, According To Science

Choosing a name that sounds pleasant to the ear is definitely something to consider when selecting your baby’s name. While everyone will have different tastes in what names they love, there are specific names thought to be the most beautiful baby names, according to science. 

Yes. There’s a science for measuring sounds. It’s called the linguistics theory of iconicity and it’s actually quite interesting if you’re a bit of a word nerd. #guilty. 

Anyhoo, the study, conducted by My 1st Years, looked at 400 of the most popular baby names of 2022 (in the UK and USA) and used the linguistics theory of iconicity as well as Adelman et al. (2018)’s study on sound symbolism. They also worked with Dr Bodo Winter, Associate Professor at the University of Birmingham, to measure which names conveyed the most positive emotion when said out loud and therefore are likely to sound most beautiful to the human ear.

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According to the study, the most beautiful baby names of 2022 are… drum roll please: 

Sophia and Zayn. 

Zayn, which means “beauty” and “grace”, is also the name of one of the One Direction boys. Sophia means “wisdom” is currently ranked at #20 among the most popular baby names for girls in Australia. It’s also considered one of the most popular (and prettiest) names in the world with plenty of variations. 

Check out the top 25 most beautiful girls’ and boys’ names according to science. 

Top 25 beautiful-sounding girls’ names*

  1. Sophia
  2. Zoe
  3. Everly
  4. Rosie
  5. Sophie
  6. Riley
  7. Ivy
  8. Phoebe
  9. Paisley
  10. Violet
  11. Willow
  12. Ellie
  13. Emily
  14. Evelyn
  15. Rose
  16. Eliza
  17. Eva
  18. Elena
  19. Chloe
  20. Nova
  21. Penelope
  22. Lucy
  23. Ruby
  24. Lily
  25. Olivia 

In terms of the most beautiful girls’ names, A LOT of them begin with an E including Everly, Ellie, Emily, Evelyn, Eva and Elena. Flowery names also ranked well with Ivy, Rose, Violet and Lily all placing in the top 25. 

Another interesting trend is the “ie” or “y” sound ending including Sophie, Rosie, Zoe, Chloe, Ellie, Ruby, Lucy and Lily. The”ly” ending is also quite popular – Everly, Riley, Paisley, and Emily, for example. 

*Based on popular names in the UK

Most beautiful-sounding boys’ names*

  1. Zayn
  2. Jesse
  3. Charlie
  4. Matthew
  5. Louie
  6. Julian
  7. William
  8. Freddie
  9. George
  10. Ali
  11. Omar
  12. Isaiah
  13. Arthur
  14. Rowan
  15. Leo
  16. Levi
  17. Joseph
  18. Theo
  19. Harry
  20. Toby
  21. Jude
  22. Isaac
  23. Teddy
  24. Samuel
  25. Miles

For the boys, a lot of the most beautiful names are short and sweet with just three or four letters including Zayn, Ali, Omar, Leo, Levi, Jude, Toby and Theo.

The “ie” ending (or “y”) is also popular among the boys – Louie, Charlie, Jesse, Freddie, Teddy, Toby and Harry. We also see a lot of “royal” names that seem to roll off the tongue nicely – Louie, William, George, Arthur and Harry all made the top 25. 

*Based on popular names in the UK

More beautiful baby names

My 1st Years has the full list of the most beautiful-sounding baby names, both in the USA and UK. Below are a few other beautiful baby names that made the top 100 list and that are also popular in Australia: 


  • Isabella
  • Maya
  • Luna
  • Bella
  • Grace
  • Stella
  • Harper
  • Charlotte
  • Savannah
  • Amelia
  • Sienna
  • Georgia
  • Elizabeth


  • Luke
  • Elijah
  • Max
  • Logan
  • Noah
  • Liam
  • Jack
  • Jacob
  • Finn
  • Mason
  • Nathan
  • Alexander
  • Hunter
  • Sebastian
  • Dylan
  • Carter
  • Lincoln
  • Asher
What do you think of the most beautiful baby names list? Did your children’s names make it at all? 

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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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