BABY NAME NEWS: The Most Popular Baby Names 2022 Revealed

The official Australian baby names report has been released for 2022 with the top 200 names of babies born last year revealed. And, ladies, it’s a big year for baby names with some major changes to the top 10!

Check out the most popular baby names 2022 and see where your children’s names ranked.

Most popular girls’ names 

Sound the alarms. We have a new queen bee baby names. Since 2015 Charlotte has ruled the top spot but this year, we bow down to a new name. Isla. 

Isla, the name given to 1,539 Australian baby girls in 2021, has risen from 4th position to debunk Charlotte from her long-standing position. The name Isla has soared from the 34th position in 2010 to the top spot in 2022.

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The top ten baby girl names are as follows:

  1. Isla
  2. Charlotte
  3. Olivia
  4. Amelia
  5. Ava
  6. Mia
  7. Grace
  8. Willow
  9. Matilda
  10. Ella

Most popular boys’ names

While Charlotte has been dethroned, the boy’s name counterpart, Oliver, continues to reign for the ninth year in a row. Over 2,300 parents chose this name for their son born last year.

The top ten baby boy names are as follows:

  1. Oliver
  2. Noah
  3. Jack
  4. Henry
  5. William
  6. Leo
  7. Charlie
  8. Theodore
  9. Lucas
  10. Thomas 

The most popular baby names of last year

Most popular baby girl names 2022
Source: McCrindle
Most popular baby boy names 2022 - Australia
Source: McCrindle

Names to watch

In addition to the most popular baby names, these are the biggest rising names of the year. For girls, we’ve got Willow, Florence, Violet, Ivy, Audrey, Sofia, Elsie and Harper. For boys, Theodore, Leo, Hudson, Hugo, Arlo, Archer, Harvey and Beau. 

Biggest rise baby names 2022
Source: McCrindle

Other names to watch include Remi, Maeve and Delilah on the girls’ side and Arthur, Ari, Ezra, River, Theo, Billy, and Luka for boys.

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McCrindle also notes that these are the names that have become more and more popular over the past decade:

  • Hazel
  • Florence
  • Daisy
  • Frankie
  • Luna
  • Ayla
  • Sadie
  • Billie
  • Millie
  • Aurora
  • Mila
  • Theodore
  • Hudson
  • Arlo
  • Archer
  • Harvey
  • Carter
  • Arthur
  • Sonny 
  • Asher

The names declining in popularity

In terms of the biggest name drops of last year, we see a few trendy choices leaving the mix. These include Jasmine, Lara, Summer, Emma, Claire, Connor, Luke, Nicholas, Matthew and Jayden. 

biggest fall baby names 2022
Source: McCrindle

The baby names 2022 trends

Flower names for girls: Including Lily, Ivy, Violet, Daisy, Poppy, Olive and Delilah. See more ideas here. 

Nature names for boys and girls: Examples include Luna, Aurora,  Stella, Kai, River and Bodhi. See more wild names here.

Nicknames for names: Such as Jack, Leo, Archie, Eli and Ella. See our cute picks for short and sweet baby names here. 

The Royal family: Including Prince William’s kids – Charlotte, George and Louis, Prince Harry’s children – Archie and Lily (spelt differently albeit), plus the names of other royal children, including Savannah, Isla, Mia and Sienna. Check out additional royal names here. 

Colours: Such as Ruby, Hazel, Violet, Scarlett, Olive, Jasmine and Rose. See our colour-inspired names here. 

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Cities and towns: Including Georgia, Florence, Sofia, Savannah, Eden, Indiana, Hudson, Jordan, Austin, Logan and Jackson.

‘ie” ending for girls: Including Rosie, Sadie, Millie, Billie, Charlie, Evie, Sophie, Frankie, Elsie, Mackenzie, Bonnie, Remi, Hallie, Heidi, Maggie and Ellie, all in the top 100.

“o” ending for boys: Such as Leo, Arlo, Hugo, Theo and Leonardo.

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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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