Top 100 baby names of 2022 so far – and Olivia is no longer most popular for girls

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
Boys’ names

  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

Girls’ Names

  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