Naming site reveals the surprising trending monikers of 2022

Is the name Gary making a comeback? Naming site reveals the surprising trending monikers of 2022 – including David, Sarah and Thomas

  •  Gary appears on list of ‘trending’ names published by website UK Baby Names
  •  Others to make the cut include Paul, John, Peter, David, Matthew and Thomas
  •  For girls, Sarah is included in the list – with the less surprising Emma and Olivia

The name Gary appears to be making a comeback for a new generation of baby boys.

The moniker, which had fallen out of favour with millennial parents, was included on a list of ‘trending’ baby names published by website UK Baby Names.

A few other unusual names for newborns also appeared on the list: John, Ian and Paul.

Other traditional names on the trending list for boys are: James, David, Peter, Jack, Oliver, Thomas and Matthew.

For girls, Sarah makes the cut – with the less shocking Olivia and Emma. 

However, despite apparently trending with parents, Gary doesn’t make the top 100 names overall just yet. 

The name Gary appears to be making a comeback for a new generation of baby boys

The name Gary appears to be making a comeback for a new generation of baby boys

Meanwhile, UK Baby Names has also shared a short list of names most popular with its users.

Paul appears again for boys, alongside Eugene, Percy, Lars, Alan, Artie and Bernard.

The girls names Kimberly, Claire, Cassidy, Michelle and Madeline are mentioned.

Last month, the most unpopular baby names so far for 2022 were 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 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.

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 and Graham.

TOP 100 GIRLS NAMES 

Olivia

Amelia

Isla

Ava

Mia

Ivy

Lily

Isabella

Rosie

Sophia

Grace

Willow

Freya

Florence

Emily

Ella

Poppy

Evie

Elsie

Charlotte

Evelyn

Sienna

Sofia

Daisy

Phoebe

Sophie

Alice

Harper

Matilda

Ruby

Emilia

Maya

Millie

Isabelle

Eva

Luna

Jessica

Ada

Aria

Arabella

Maisie

Esme

Eliza

Penelope

Bonnie

Chloe

Mila

Violet

Hallie

Scarlett

Layla

Imogen

Eleanor

Molly

Harriet

Elizabeth

Thea

Erin

Lottie

Emma

Rose

Delilah

Bella

Aurora

Lola

Nancy

Ellie

Mabel

Lucy

Maria

Ayla

Orla

Zara

Robyn

Hannah

Gracie

Iris

Jasmine

Darcie

Margot

Holly

Amelie

Amber

Georgia

Edith

Maryam

Abigail

Myla

Anna

Clara

Lilly

Lyra

Summer

Maeve

Heidi

Elodie

Lyla

Eden

Olive

Aisha

Source: UK Baby Names

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TOP 100 BOYS NAMES 

Oliver

George

Arthur

Noah

Muhammad

Leo

Oscar

Harry

Archie

Jack

Henry

Charlie

Freddie

Theodore

Thomas

Finley

Theo

Alfie

Jacob

William

Isaac

Tommy

Joshua

James

Lucas

Alexander

Arlo

Roman

Edward

Elijah

Teddy

Mohammed

Max

Adam

Albie

Ethan

Logan

Joseph

Sebastian

Benjamin

Harrison

Mason

Rory

Reuben

Luca

Louie

Samuel

Reggie

Jaxon

Daniel

Hugo

Louis

Jude

Ronnie

Dylan

Zachary

Albert

Hunter

Ezra

David

Frankie

Toby

Frederick

Carter

Gabriel

Grayson

Riley

Jesse

Hudson

Bobby

Rowan

Jenson

Finn

Stanley

Michael

Mohammad

Felix

Jasper

Liam

Milo

Sonny

Oakley

Elliot

Chester

Caleb

Harvey

Elliott

Charles

Ellis

Jackson

Alfred

Ollie

Yusuf

Leon

Ralph

Otis

Harley

Ibrahim

Jayden

Myles

 Source: UK Baby Names 

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