Most popular baby names 2022 in UK: These two names top list

The 100 most popular baby names revealed: Sophia and Muhammad top the list for 2022 – so does YOUR favourite moniker make the list?

  • BabyCentre has revealed their top 100 most popular girl and boy names of 2022 
  • The experts saw a rise in sports, reality TV and 90s-inspired monikers
  • After taking top spot for six years, Olivia was knocked into third place

The most popular UK baby names of 2022 have been revealed and Sophia and Muhammad have come out top.

According to BabyCentre, the name Olivia – which topped the Office of National Statistics’ list for the past six years – is no longer the UK’s favourite moniker.

Over the course of the year, tens of thousands of new parents have registered their children’s names on the website, which has allowed BabyCentre’s team of experts to compile their top 100 list.

After Noah nabbed top spot in 2021, BabyCentre’s research found that it is now the second most popular boys name in the UK in favour of Muhammad, The Mirror reports.

Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said that the organisation has noticed an increase in reality TV-inspired names growing in popularity.

The expert noted that Maya came in ninth spot in the top 100 rankings following the news that Stormzy’s ex-girlfriend Maya Jama will be taking over from Laura Whitmore and hosting Love Island next year. 

BabyCentre has shared the top 100 baby boy and girls names for 2022. Olivia was knocked off the top spot by Sophia while Muhammad overtook Noah from last year

BabyCentre has shared the top 100 baby boy and girls names for 2022. Olivia was knocked off the top spot by Sophia while Muhammad overtook Noah from last year

Meanwhile, Liam, Luca, Alex, Teddy, Zara, Millie and Rosie – names shared by contestants who have featured in recent series of the hit ITV dating show – all appeared within the Top 20 most popular names too.

While Luca took 29th place in the 2021 list, the expert highlighted how it jumped 21 places after Luca Bish finished as a runner-up in this year’s series. 

Meanwhile, Maura and Ovie – two stars who appeared in the 2019 series – also featured in BabyCentre’s Top 100 for the first time.

Sarah told the publication: ‘Love Islander names are definitely parents’ type on paper. And BabyCentre parents haven’t been putting all their eggs in the 2022 Love Island basket either. 

Top 100 Girls Baby Names for 2022 

1. Sophia

2. Lily

3. Olivia

4. Isla

5. Ava

6. Amelia

7. Freya

8. Aria

9. Maya

10. Ivy

11. Emily

12. Isabella

13. Mia

14. Grace

15. Evie

16. Zara

17. Millie

18. Ella

19. Hannah

20. Daisy

21. Rosie

22. Elsie

23. Willow

24. Luna

25. Poppy

26. Zoe

27. Isabelle

28. Sophie

29. Sienna

30. Ada

31. Nur

32. Florence

33. Charlotte

34. Evelyn

35. Emilia

36. Maryam

37. Fatima

38. Harper

39. Phoebe

40. Ayla

41. Mila

42. Maisie

43. Chloe

44. Hallie

45. Eliana

46. Layla

47. Lyla

48. Emma

49. Erin

50. Eva

51. Alice

52. Aurora

53. Aaliyah

54. Ruby

55. Matilda

56. Leah

57. Bella

58. Thea

59. Nora

60. Molly

61. Anna

62. Darcie

63. Lottie

64. Eleanor

65. Robyn

66. Violet

67. Maeve

68. Anaya

69. Maddison

70. Arabella

71. Maria

72. Holly

73. Ellie

74. Penelope

75. Imogen

76. Lucy

77. Talia

78. Rose

79. Mirha

80. Bonnie

81. Eliza

82. Iris

83. Abigail

84. Nova

85. Aisha

86. Nancy

87. Orla

88. Gabriella

89. Gracie

90. Esme

91. Jessica

92. Scarlett

93. Amira

94. Elizabeth

95. Jasmine

96. Olive

97. Lara

98. Lola

99. Mabel

100. Harriet

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Top 100 Boys Baby Names for 2022 

1. Muhammad

2. Noah

3. Theo

4. Leo

5. Oliver

6. Jack

7. George

8. Luca

9. Ethan

10. Freddie

11. Arthur

12. Ryan

13. Harry

14. Oscar

15. Henry

16. Charlie

17. Archie

18. Teddy

19. Thomas

20. Adam

21. Aiden

22. Alfie

23. Louie

24. Finley

25. Liam

26. Jacob

27. Lucas

28. Daniel

29. Caleb

30. Joshua

31. Jaxon

32. Max

33. Isaac

34. Elijah

35. Zayn

36. Theodore

37. Reuben

38. Arlo

39. Jayden

40. James

41. William

42. Jude

43. Tommy

44. Mason

45. Ali

46. Albie

47. Ezra

48. Alexander

49. Nathan

50. Dylan

51. Yusuf

52. Kai

53. Rory

54. Logan

55. Toby

56. Roman

57. Samuel

58. Michael

59. Elliot

60. Myles

61. Ayaan

62. Sebastian

63. Finn

64. Kian

65. Harrison

66. Alex

67. Jesse

68. Jason

69. David

70. Grayson

71. Levi

72. Benjamin

73. Hunter

74. Hudson

75. Gabriel

76. Ollie

77. Rowan

78. Zachary

79. Asher

80. Ibrahim

81. Riley

82. Brodie

83. Eli

84. Oakley

85. Abdul

86. Luke

87. Matthew

88. Joseph

89. Milo

90. Hugo

91. Reggie

92. Edward

93. Ronnie

94. Aaron

95. Jasper

96. Omar

97. Zion

98. Bobby

99. Abdullah

100. Syed

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‘It’s possible that the islanders’ continued fame on social media and more reality TV is causing this surge. We now want to keep a watch on the names of 2022 winners Ekin-Su and Davide to see if they become more popular as they go on to bigger things.’ 

What’s more, the expert noted that the names of Friends actors Lisa Kudrow, David Scwimmer and Matthew Perry and Matthew LeBlanc have also grown in popularity as the cult favourite 90s show continues to reach younger audiences on Netflix.

BabyCentre’s research also found that the names of female England football stars are rising in popularity following the Lionesses’ historic World Cup win this summer – with Leah (Williamson), Lucy (Bronze) and Ella (Toone) all rising through the ranks.

Although experts expected the names of the Royal Family to shoot up in popularity following The Queen’s death last month, they noted that Elizabeth still remained in the Top 100 but lingered down in 94th place.

Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said the name Maya has risen in popularity now that Stormzy's ex-girlfriend is taking over from Laura Whitmore as Love Island host. Maya Jama pictured at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 13, 2022

Maura Higgins appeared on Love Island in 2019. The star's name has appeared in BabyCentre's Top 100 list of most popular girls names for 2022

Left: Maya Jama pictured at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 13, 2022. Right: Maura Higgins’ Love Island 2019 promotional image. Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said the name Maya has risen in popularity now that Stormzy’s ex-girlfriend is taking over from Laura Whitmore as Love Island host. Maura Higgins appeared on Love Island in 2019. The star’s name has appeared in BabyCentre’s Top 100 list of most popular girls names for 2022

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