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The baby names set to be huge in 2022

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Photo credit: Rawpixel - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rawpixel - Getty Images
  • Baby names inspired by the likes of Bridgerton (hello, Cressida and Benedict) and the general Regency era are set to take the world by storm in 2022

  • As are nature and tropical location-inspired names, such as Forest and Capri

  • And then there's super cute and playful names (some nodding to animals) like Bear, Moxie, Coco, Honey and Bee to consider

  • Oh! And let's not forget that non-binary and unisex names are rising in popularity too

Like most things, baby names have trends – and we're super excited that a whole host of new names have just been predicted for 2022.

Rather handily, baby naming site Nameberry has even pointed out that the potential names that parents-to-be are searching out right now can even be divided into a few key categories: from retro-themed names (get ready for an influx of Nellies, Bobbys, Betty and Ettas!) to nature, non-binary and beyond. Here's the full rundown:

Playful and unique baby names

A lot of these are animal-inspired and super adorable

  • Baby

  • Bear

  • Bee

  • Birdie

  • Buddy

  • Coco

  • Cricket

  • Dovie

  • Gigi

  • Honey

  • Lucky

  • Lulu

  • Moxie

  • Ozzy

  • Pixie

  • Rocky

  • Sonny

  • Teddy

  • Trixie

  • Ziggy

Photo credit: Plume Creative - Getty Images
Photo credit: Plume Creative - Getty Images

Nature and location-based baby names

These are just perfect for evoking happy holiday memories, those who love to travel and for future beach babies

  • Bali

  • Banyan

  • Bay

  • Capri

  • Coast

  • Dune

  • Forest

  • Horizon

  • Koa

  • Lotus

  • Meridian

  • Ocean

  • Palmer

  • Prairie

  • Reef

  • Ridge

  • Sequoia

  • Taiga

  • Woods

  • Zephyr

Bridgerton-inspired baby names

These classic names are set for a comeback, inspired by the hit Regency Netflix drama.

  • Albion

  • Benedict

  • Cressida

  • Edwina

  • Eloise

  • Euphemia

  • Francesca

  • Genevieve

  • Daphne

  • Hyacinth

  • Kitty

  • Marina

  • Philippa

  • Phoebe

  • Portia

  • Prudence

  • Regé

  • Rupert

  • Simon

  • Theo

Non-binary baby names

As society becomes more mindful of the fact that a baby's biological sex may not conflate with its gender identity, future parents are hunting for unisex names

  • Artemis

  • Blair

  • Echo

  • Harlow

  • Holland

  • Honor

  • Indigo

  • Juniper

  • Laurie

  • Lou

  • Lux

  • Marlowe

  • Nova

  • Nyx

  • Sasha

  • Scout

  • Shiloh

  • Sunny

  • Winter

  • Wren

Photo credit: Kevin Liu
Photo credit: Kevin Liu

Biblical and spiritual names

Biblical names and those nodding towards other forms of spirituality are set to take off in a big way

  • Alma

  • Brave

  • Creed

  • Dream

  • Galilee

  • Irie

  • Jericho

  • Kali

  • Praise

  • Promise

  • Revere

  • Righteous

  • Rishi

  • Saanvi

  • Shine

  • Soul

  • True

  • Veda

Names Ending in S

These lovely baby names all have one thing in common: they end in an 's'

  • Ames

  • Atlas

  • Aurelius

  • Banks

  • Collins

  • Emrys

  • Eros

  • Helios

  • Hollis

  • Idris

  • Ignatius

  • Jules

  • Lois

  • Osiris

  • Ozias

  • Rhodes

  • Rivers

  • Thaddeus

  • Townes

  • Wells

Retro baby names

Old-fashioned names, vintage names, traditional names... however you choose to describe them, some of the most adorable classics are back.

  • Betty

  • Bobby

  • Constance

  • Etta

  • Frank

  • Goldie

  • Gene

  • Gus

  • Hank

  • Louie

  • Mae

  • Ned

  • Nellie

  • Polly

  • Ralph

  • Ray

  • Sally

  • Susie

  • Victor

  • Vincent

Musical and lyrical baby names

For all the music-lovers out there, one of these could be the perfect choice

  • Allegra

  • Anthem

  • Brio

  • Calypso

  • Caprice

  • Chord

  • Coda

  • Drummer

  • Jazz

  • Lyra

  • Madrigal

  • Major

  • Minuet

  • Rhapsody

  • Rhythm

  • Solo

  • Sonnet

  • Strummer

  • Sway

  • Symphony

So, there you have it – a gorgeous cross selection of the baby names (and baby name themes) that are future parents seem to be pretty excited about at the moment.

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