The nation’s most popular baby names for 2022 so far have been revealed by BabyCentre in their annual mid-year top 100 charts, offering a sneak peek at current naming trends.
And it seems mums and dads have found a new favourite for little girls, with Olivia being knocked off the top spot and being replaced as number one for the first time since 2015.
Lily has instead taken the crown and is heading up the list, pushing Olivia down to number three while Sophia clung to number two.
Elsewhere in the girls’ top 10 Aria and Ivy were new entries at numbers eight and nine after Ella and Rosie dropped out.
While in the boys’ chart Muhammad and Noah held onto numbers one and two but Jack soared six places to take third place from Oliver, which dropped to number six.
Freddie and Harry fell out of the top 10 to make room for new entries Ethan and Oscar at numbers eight and nine.
As well as big changes in the top 10, there have been some interesting developments across the board – with parents opting to shy away from names involved in high-profile court cases – such as Wagatha Christie and the Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp trial.
After years of enjoying a top 100 spot, the name Amber spectacularly dropped out of the list altogether. And, despite a number of registrations last year for Johnny, a total of zero parents so far this year chose the name for their baby while Jonathan too saw a big fall in the number of registrations.
Wayne, Coleen and Rebekah also had zero entries so far this year while registrations dropped for alternative spelling Rebecca and the name of her husband Jamie.
Sarah Redshaw, the managing editor for BabyCentre, said: “Parents proved they are judge and jury when it comes to baby names as they threw the book at Amber, Johnny, Wayne, Coleen and Rebekah, all at the heart of expensive high-profile court cases.
“I predict the impact of Johnny and Amber’s battle and the Wagatha Christie effect will continue and we will see those names fall further in the charts.”
Zero-registration names outside of the courtroom often harked back to the 70s, with Kelly, Gail, Brenda and Susie and Keith, Leslie, Glenn and Terry all rejected by parents in 2022.
And while those names went down in popularity, others went up as jubilee fever swept the nation and the half-year names chart saw some right royal climbers.
Elizabeth went up two places in the top 100 while William climbed 12 places from 41 to 29. Lily – the shortened version of the queen’s nickname Lilibet as well as Harry and Meghan’s baby girl’s name- was crowned number one.
Charlotte moved up four places to number 30 after the young princess entertained the world with her cute jubilee celebration reactions, while the diminutive form Lottie jumped up 14 places to take a seat at number 52.
George remained a firm favourite in the top 10 while Louie, which also includes sound-a-like version Louis held steady in the top 30.
Outside the top 100 though the number of registrations for Andrew plummeted amid controversies surrounding the prince.
There are also a whole host of television-inspired monikers in the charts with some Peaky Blinders names – Arthur, Alfie, Freddie, Charlie, Finley (Finn), Luca, and Thomas were all in the top 20. Tommy was at number 43, Grace at number 14, Esme at 31 and Ada sat at number 51.
While the hotly anticipated new series of Stranger Things saw a rise outside the top 100 of fan favourites Robin, Maxine (Max), Elle, Mike, Billy, and Steve. Robyn, as an alternative to Robin, and Willliam (Will) both climbed up the top 100 while Lucas and Nancy held firm.
New entries included Zion creeping in at number 95, possibly inspired by Zion Miller from the popular Netflix show Ginny and Georgia.
Another new entry was Maddison at 59, perhaps inspired by the queen bee of TV series Euphoria, Maddy Perez, or TikTok star Madison Lewis. Raya was new at 92, and might have been inspired by the release of the Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon last year.
The top 100 names in full