Gather around, y'all. BabyCenter just dropped its annual list of the most popular names of the year!
The results are in and, unsurprisingly, Olivia and Liam are still the most popular baby names. They reigned supreme in 2021 and so did a lot of recurring names. In fact, the top five baby girl names all remained the same with each and every name ending in the letter “a.”
But there was a big shake-up when Evelyn was announced to be the only new baby girl name to crack the top 10 in 2022 — pushing Harper out of the ranking.
Other notable girl names rising in popularity were Athena and Iris, moving up 24 spots each. Another notable riser for girls was Freya, which jumped 22 places, bringing it into the top 100 names.
There were the usual little shifts in popularity. Isabella moved up one place, from 7 to 6, and Charlotte fell three spots, from 6 to 9. Luna also moved up two spots, from 9 to 7.
The top boy name was an absolutely nail-biter, but Liam remains on top, just barely winning over Noah. Noah was in the second-place spot last year, too.
Two new boy names did enter the top 10: Mateo jumped from 11 to 5, pushing Lucas down into the sixth spot, while Levi shifted from 6 to 7. And it was Leo who then moved into the #10 spot, up from #12 last year.
And when it came to boy names, Myles was the biggest riser. Then we had Legend (up a whopping 28 spots) and Atlas (up 23 spots) climb enough to break into the top 100. Waylon also jumped 22 spots, bringing it into the top 50.
And finally, the most popular gender-neutral name was River, which rose over 31 places on both the girl and boy lists.
Those were the trends and notable stories! Now here are the top 10 lists for 2022, starting with the boys:
And here are the girls:
To see the full top 100 names of 2022, or to read more about the year's baby-naming trends, visit BabyCenter.
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