Expert Reveals the Hottest Baby Names of 2022 (So Far)


We’re officially halfway through 2022 and the baby naming experts at Nameberry have shared their hottest baby names of 2022 – so far!

You may recall our story on the 2022 baby name predictions for both boys and girls. At the top of the lists were Maeve, Luna, Aurelia, Ottilie and Eloise for girls and Arlo, Theodore, Soren, Atticus, and Felix for boys.

The experts predict these names based on the number of searches on their website – Nameberry, which is an American website but expecting parents from all over the world visit it.

hottest baby names of 2022

We’re six months into the year and the Nameberry staff have rechecked the website stats to see which names are most popular so far. While these names may not actually make it to the register come delivery day, they are certainly ones that parents are interested in.

The hottest baby girls’ names of 2022 so far

  • Luna
  • Ophelia
  • Aurelia
  • Eloise
  • Isla
  • Aurora
  • Freya
  • Elodie
  • Iris
Other names that are rising up the charts quickly include:
  • Sienna
  • Ella
  • Flora
  • Eva
  • Mia
  • Esther
  • Daisy
  • Imogen
  • Mabel
  • Lola
  • Poppy
  • Scarlett
  • Elsie
  • Anastasia
  • Clementine
  • Beatrice
  • Chloe
  • Olive
  • Cecilia
  • Audrey

A lot of these names have that old-school vintage vibe to them, which is one of the predicted trends of 2022 – names from 100 years ago are making a big return! Mabel, Audrey, Elsie, for example, plus long, lyrical names like Clementine and Anastasia.

It’s also interesting to note how many names start with a vowel – Aurelia, Aurora, Audrey, Anastasia, Eloise, Elodie, Ella, Eva, Esther, Elsie, Isla, Iris, Imogen, Ophelia, and Olive.

The flower/colour vibe is also strong on this list – Iris, Flora, Poppy, Scarlett, Olive and Daisy are all very pretty and botanical.

The hottest baby boys’ names of 2022 so far

Moving onto the boys, we’ve seen a few very interesting name choices take the top ten.

  1. Soren
  2. Theodore
  3. Atticus
  4. Felix
  5. Silas
  6. Royal
  7. Arlo
  8. Oscar
  9. Hugo
  10. Cassius

These are also the fastest rising names to watch for:

  • Aurelius
  • Evander
  • Lachlan
  • Mateo
  • Isaac
  • Simon
  • Cosmo
  • Knox
  • Roman
  • Raphael
  • Wolf
  • Dominic
  • Zachary
  • Magnus
  • Lucius
  • Tobias
  • Ronan
  • Alexander
  • Otis
  • Ethan

A lot of these names have that strong, heroic vibe to them – Aurelius, Evander, Lucius, Magnus, Cassius, and Roman, for example.

The four-letter name trend is also quite noticeable with punchy choices like Arlo, Hugo, Knox, Wolf, and Otis.

Five-letter names are also incredibly popular, from Cosmo and Mateo to Ronan and Royal.  Keep in mind that this is an American website – you can’t actually name your baby Royal in Australia. It’s one of the names on the banned baby name list. Others include Saint, King, Duke and Princess.

One final trend we see is the three or four-syllable baby names – the classic long-form names, such as Zachary, Alexander, Tobias, Dominic and Raphael.

More trends for the hottest baby names 

Check out a few of the other baby name trends and cute names emerging this year:

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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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