These Baby Names Are Expected To Be Popular In 2022 & There's A Hilariously Quirky Mix

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These Baby Names Are Expected To Be Popular In 2022 & There's A Hilariously Quirky Mix

A new prediction for the most popular baby names for 2022 has been released and there's a pretty wild mix of names.

On September 25, Nameberry released its predictions for the top 10 baby name trends for 2022 and it's definitely some food for thought for future parents.

Due to the impact of the pandemic, Nameberry predicts parents will be "seeking names with style and substance that mark a positive turning point in the turmoil of the past two years."

This means that playful names are expected to be one of the key trends, with one of the names on the list actually being "Baby." Other playful names include Bear, Rocky, Buddy, Teddy, and Ziggy.

The site is also predicting that there will be some nature-inspired picks in the new year, predicting that escapist nature names like Forest, Ocean, Prairie, Reef, and Woods will be popular.

A rise in non-binary names for boys is also expected to be on the horizon, including names such as Blair, Harlow, Laurie and Shiloh.

With many binge-watching Netflix shows during the pandemic, Nameberry also believes that Bridgerton-inspired names will be popular next year. The site has already seen a rise in names like Daphne and Hyacinth but expects others such as Albion, Benedict, Cressida and Marin to stand out too.

Retro names are also expected to trend in 2022. Nameberry says parents will be looking for some "much needed post-pandemic escapism" with a blast from the past. The names include Betty, Bobby, Constance, Goldie, and Polly.

Other major categories for names the site predicts will see a surge in popularity in 2022 include spirit and soul names, names ending in 'S,' next-wave musical names, punchy 'R' names, and "Euro chic" names.

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