Most unpopular baby names of 2022 revealed

Most unpopular baby names of 2022 revealed: Lorraine, Suzanne and Kristen fail to impress new parents – while Gary, Chad and Nigel are out of favour for boys

  • Experts have revealed most unpopular baby names of 2022 for boys and girls
  • The girls’ list included Kristen, Suzanne, Lorraine, Ashley, Nicole and Sophia
  • Bella Baby used  statistics from Baby Name UK and Google Trends 
  • Kobe, Chad, Bill, Stuart, Graham and Nigel were all featured on the boys’ list

The most unpopular baby names so far for 2022 have been revealed, with Kristen, Suzanne, and Lorraine in the rankings. 

For the boys, Bill, Chad and Stuart were included as monikers which are failing to inspire new parents. 

The list, released by baby experts Bella Baby, used statistics from Baby Name UK and Google Trends to collate the results.

The most unpopular baby names so far for 2022 have been revealed, with Kristen, Suzanne, and Lorraine in the rankings (stock image)

The most unpopular baby names so far for 2022 have been revealed, with Kristen, Suzanne, and Lorraine in the rankings (stock image)

The most unpopular girls names included the Italian and English origin Angela, ranked at 683 out of 5493.

Kimberly – meaning ‘from the wood of the royal forest’ and ‘from the royal fortress meadow” – came in at 1,013, and Alexa – a form of the male name Alexander – was 1687.

The name Nicole – of Greek origin – also failed to impress, and placed at 279.

Elsewhere on the most unpopular list was Ashley and Sophia.

Geographical Japanese name Kobe made the boys’ list at 298 of 5493, as did Jeffrey at 1825 out of 4608.

Nigel – meaning ‘champion’ – also fell out of favour, as did Ashton, Graham and Gary.

Most unpopular baby names of 2022 

 Boy names

Kobe 

Jeffrey 

Nigel 

Ashton 

Graham

Stuart 

Chad 

Gary 

Bill 

 Girl names

Angela 

Kimberly 

Alexa 

Nicole 

Ashley 

Sophia 

Lorraine 

Kristen 

Suzanne 

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‘It is to be expected that some names begin to get out of fashion or popularity over time, whether that be an association with the name or just that it has been so overly used that it is no longer desired by new parents,’ the baby experts explained.

‘While some names will always be firm favourites and are ever-lasting, there are certain names you wouldn’t expect people to fall out of love with but that is the nature of choosing baby names.’

Bella Baby added: We imagine that this may change each year with new names being added and others increasing in popularity again.’

It comes as the most popular UK baby names so far for 2022 were released last month – with Lily knocking Olivia off the top spot for girls for the first time in seven years.

A list of the top 100 names for baby boys and girls in the UK has been released by BabyCentre which gives an insight into the on-trend names parents are turning to this year.

Although the top girls’ names have shifted, firm favourites for boys’ names have remained fairly stable, with Muhammad clinging onto number one. 

While some trends remain strong, such as members of the royal family inspiring parents, other high-profile events appear to have affected parents’ decisions too.

One such event making parents wince is the defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp following their bitter divorce in 2016.

Depp successfully sued his ex-wife Heard for defamation after she wrote an article in The Washington Post about surviving domestic violence.

She was ordered to pay Depp £8.43million ($10.35million) in damages after she was found to have defamed him.

And it seems the trial, which was televised throughout, has put prospective parents off the names Johnny and Amber.

After years of hanging around in the top 100 names for girls, Amber has dropped off the list for the first time. 

Top 100 boy names 2022 

1. Muhammad

2. Noah

3. Jack

4. Theo

5. Leo

6. Oliver

7. George

8. Ethan

9. Oscar

10. Arthur

11. Charlie

12. Freddie

13. Harry

14. Zayn

15. Alfie

16. Finley

17. Henry

18. Luca

19. Thomas

20. Aiden

21. Archie

22. Teddy

23. Lucas

24. Ryan

25. Kai

26. Liam

27. Jaxon

28. Louie

29. William

30. Jacob

31. Ali

32. Caleb

33. Isaac

34. Joshua

35. Jude

36. James

37. Jayden

38. Adam

39. Arlo

40. Daniel

41. Elijah

42. Max

43. Tommy

44. Ezra

45. Mason

46. Theodore

47. Roman

48. Dylan

49. Reuben

50. Albie

51. Alexander

52. Toby

53. Yusuf

54. Logan

55. Rory

56. Alex

57. Harrison

58. Kayden

59. Nathan

60. Ollie

61. Ayaan

62. Elliot

63. Ahmad

64. Kian

65. Samuel

66. Hudson

67. Jason

68. Myles

69. Rowan

70. Benjamin

71. Finn

72. Omar

73. Riley

74. Zachary

75. Brodie

76. Michael

77. Abdullah

78. Matthew

79. Sebastian

80. Hugo

81. Jesse

82. Junior

83. Oakley

84. Abdul

85. Eli

86. Grayson

87. Mateo

88. Reggie

89. Gabriel

90. Hunter

91. Levi

92. Ibrahim

93. Jasper

94. Syed

95. Zion

96. Luke

97. Seth

98. Aaron

99. Asher

100. Blake 

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BabyCentre also did not record any instances of parents registering their baby boys as called Johnny so far this year.

For boys’ names in particular, there was little change in the top spots, with Muhammad and Noah clinging to first and second place.

However Oliver, which had solidly occupied third place for several years, dropped down the list while Jack soared to take its place.

Freddie and Harry also fell out of the top 10 while Ethan and Oscar climbed up the ranks to occupy eighth and ninth place.

For the first time since 2015 a new name took over the top spot for girls’ names, with previous number one Olivia dropping down to third place.

Lily claimed the top spot instead, followed by Sophia in second. 

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor for BabyCentre, shed some light on why she thought new trends were appearing.

In addition to the Amber Heard and Johnny Depp trial, Redshaw explained parents were also put off names like Coleen, Rebekah and Wayne due to the infamous Wagatha Christie trial.

One trend that appears to have stuck around is parents taking inspiration from members of the royal family. 

Top 100 girl names 2022 

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1. Lily

2. Sophia

3. Olivia

4. Amelia

5. Ava

6. Isla

7. Freya

8. Aria

9. Ivy

10. Mia

11. Elsie

12. Emily

13. Ella

14. Grace

15. Isabella

16. Evie

17. Hannah

18. Luna

19. Maya

20. Daisy

21. Zoe

22. Millie

23. Rosie

24. Layla

25. Isabelle

26. Zara

27. Fatima

28. Harper

29. Nur

30. Charlotte

31. Esme

32. Florence

33. Maryam

34. Poppy

35. Sienna

36. Sophie

37. Aisha

38. Emilia

39. Willow

40. Emma

41. Evelyn

42. Eliana

43. Maisie

44. Alice

45. Chloe

46. Erin

47. Hallie

48. Mila

49. Phoebe

50. Lyla

51. Ada

52. Lottie

53. Ellie

54. Matilda

55. Molly

56. Ruby

57. Ayla

58. Sarah

59. Maddison

60. Aaliyah

61. Aurora

62. Maeve

63. Bella

64. Nova

65. Robyn

66. Arabella

67. Eva

68. Lucy

69. Eden

70. Gracie

71. Jessica

72. Amaya

73. Anna

74. Leah

75. Violet

76. Eleanor

77. Maria

78. Olive

79. Orla

80. Abigail

81. Eliza

82. Rose

83. Talia

84. Elizabeth

85. Gianna

86. Holly

87. Imogen

88. Nancy

89. Annabelle

90. Hazel

91. Margot

92. Raya

93. Bonnie

94. Nina

95. Nora

96. Penelope

97. Scarlett

98. Anaya

99. Delilah

100. Iris   

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George has remained a firm favourite in the top 10 while Louie – a cute play on Louis, held firm in the top 30.

In the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, it seems many parents have been inspired, with the name Elizabeth climbing two places in the top 100.

And it is thought the increase in popularity of the name Lily is down to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who named their daughter Lilibet in 2021. 

Princess Charlotte appears to have given lots of parents food for thought as the name climbed four places to number 30 this year – while its diminutive form Lottie also climbed the ranks to sit at 52. 

Some classic 70s names appear to be dying out altogether including Kelly, Gail, Brenda and Susie for women – while Keith, Leslie, Glenn and Terry have been shunned by parents too. 

As popular Netflix show Stranger Things returns for its fourth series, names inspired by the cult programme have also increased in popularity.

Robin, Maxine, Elle, Mike, Billy and Steve (all names of main characters in the programme) saw a rise in popularity. 

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