Bringing a baby girl into the world is pretty exciting stuff. What’s even more exciting? Coming up with a name for your soon-to-be bundle of joy. Although we’re more than halfway through the year, there are still plenty of babies that will be born before it ends. So, if you’re searching for popular baby girl names for 2022, you’re in luck.
“Goddess names are a huge trend for baby girls, bigger even than mythological names for boys,” says Pamela Redmond, the co-creator of Nameberry, which is the world’s largest baby naming website. “Luna, the name of the Roman goddess of the moon, and Maeve, the name of the Irish fertility goddess, are two of the top names on Nameberry for 2022.”
Nature-inspired names are also popular this year, according to Redmond. “Nature names are another big trend for 2022, especially for girls,” she says. “These might be flower names like Marigold and Clover, celestial names like Andromeda, water names like Ocean, tree-related names like Oakley and Juniper, animal names like Birdie, or fruit names like Clementine.”
Redmond also notes that “Eloise,” “Ophelia,” “Elodie,” “Lyra,” “Mae,” “Cecilia,” “Sage,” and “Noa” will be popular for the rest of the year.
For most expectant moms and parents, choosing a name is fun, but it’s also a big responsibility. After all, it will forever be a part of her identity unless she decides to legally change it one day. That’s why settling on a baby girl name takes some serious thought.
“Parents should take naming their children seriously because a name symbolizes not only their hopes and dreams for their child, but the values and priorities of their family,” says Redmond. “Parents should spend time thinking about the deeper issues behind the names they like and don’t like — their connection to family, to cultural background, to issues of style and image.”
She adds, “Names say a lot about you and your family, and you need to be sure they’re saying what you want them to say.”
For baby girl names, the options are endless, which can be overwhelming for parents. In fact, some seek out professionals for assistance. Recently, Nameberry added private name consulting to their business.
“We’re name experts and see several types of parents that really benefit from consulting,” says Redmond. “One is parents who have a lot of specific requirements — say a name that bridges Spanish and English cultures, is gender neutral, and has a positive meaning — and are having trouble tracking down a name that fits. Another is parents who need creative ideas on how to adapt family names. And the third prime group are parents who can’t agree on a name and need help arriving at a happy choice.”
Don’t plan on hiring someone to help? Let these popular baby girl names of 2022 be your inspiration.
From the country’s top baby girl names to multiple-syllable monikers, this list will get your ideas flowing so you can land on something that you, and hopefully, your daughter will eventually love.
“I see parents more conscious of the meanings behind names since the beginning of the pandemic,” says Redmond. “Parents are reaching deep to find positivity and strength around the whole process of starting a family and having a child and finding a name with a positive meaning is part of that.”
The Most Popular Baby Names
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), which tracks the baby names that are used most often in the United States — these well-liked baby girl names topped the most popular list last year.
Popular Yet Unique Baby Girl Names
Nameberry, lists this sampling of monikers as popular, yet unique names. It might sound counterproductive, but if you want your baby girl to stand out and still bear a popular name, these picks are a sure bet.
Long Baby Girl Names
According to SSA, these are a few long baby girl names that have increased in popularity from 2020 to 2021. Your child may start off having a hard time learning all the letters in her name, but it will be worth it.
Short Baby Girl Names
Short and sweet is the name of the game with these adorable three and four-letter monikers.
Trendy Baby Girl Names
Nameberry notes that names that start with a vowel are becoming some of the most popular baby girl names in 2022.
Fastest-Growing Baby Girl Names
According to the SSA, these names are some of the fastest-growing names in the country.
Nature-Inspired Baby Girl Names
Nameberry notes that names that celebrate the natural environment are on the rise. We’re not sure if these names are down-to-earth or out-of-this-world, but they’re undisputedly rooted in nature.
Karla Pope is a longtime writer, editor and blogger with nearly two decades of editorial experience. She’s written for a variety of outlets including Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, People, Parade, BET.com. WebMD, and more. Her coverage includes entertainment, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, and fashion content. If she’s not exploring New York City with her two young children, you can find her curled up on the couch watching a documentary and eating gummy bears. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @BrownGirlGumbo
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