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3 hot baby name trends for 2022

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It’s hard to believe we’re speeding towards the end of the year, with 2022 just around the corner. And after two years of Covid-19 stress, the world is looking towards the future with a sense of hope, a sentiment that is inspiring some exciting new baby names.

Nameberry recently released the latest baby name trends set to dominate 2022 and it might just lift your spirits. Parents are taking a light and whimsical approach to name choosing, opting for choices that inspire fun, cheekiness and adventure. Escapism and fantasy play a huge role with names drawn from idyllic dream holiday destinations and the latest must-watch TV shows.

Here are three of our favourite top baby name trends for 2022:

1. Keeping it fun and light-hearted

Having gone through a couple of bleak years, parents are looking forward to happier times with baby names to match. Casual names are drawing attention, with terms of endearment such as Baby, Honey and Buddy becoming popular. There are cute word names like Pixie, Moxie, Cricket and Bear, and also gorgeous nicknames names that bounce off the page like Coco, Teddy, Ziggy and Bee.

Here are some upbeat post-pandemic names to keep your eye on for next year.

  1. Baby
  2. Bee
  3. Buddy
  4. Cricket
  5. Gigi
  6. Lucky
  7. Moxie
  8. Pixie
  9. Sonny
  10. Trixie
  11. Bear
  12. Coco
  13. Dovie
  14. Birdie
  15. Honey
  16. Lulu
  17. Ozzy
  18. Rocky
  19. Teddy
  20. Ziggy

2. Getting back to nature

With most travel and holiday plans thwarted over recent times, parents are moving towards nature baby names that conjure visions of the great outdoors. ‘Beachy’ names like Bali, Coast and Ocean are proving popular, inspired by the hit HBO show White Lotus, set in a stunning Hawaiian island resort. Other names like Prairie, Dune and Forest inspire adventurous dreams in open, rugged terrains.

Here are the hottest nature names to look out for in 2022.

  1. Bali
  2. Banyan
  3. Bay
  4. Capri
  5. Coast
  6. Dune
  7. Forest
  8. Horizon
  9. Koa
  10. Lotus
  11. Meridian
  12. Ocean
  13. Palmer
  14. Prairie
  15. Reef
  16. Ridge
  17. Sequoia
  18. Taiga
  19. Woods
  20. Zephyr

3. Enjoying the Bridgerton boom

When the lavish Netflix series Bridgerton hit our TV screens with a bang, antique names grew in popularity. Viewers everywhere were enchanted by Regency-era London, as well as the classic style names that came with it. And with season two waiting in the wings for 2022, the trend will no doubt continue.

Names such as Hyacinth and Daphne have already crept up the charts this year; other Regency choices such as Cressida, Marina, Albion and Benedict are predicted to take hold in 2022.

Escape to the world of London high society with this list of iconic Bridgerton-inspired names.

  1. Albion
  2. Benedict
  3. Cressida
  4. Edwina
  5. Eloise
  6. Euphemia
  7. Francesca
  8. Genevieve
  9. Daphne
  10. Hyacinth
  11. Kitty
  12. Philippa
  13. Phoebe
  14. Marina
  15. Rupert
  16. Theo
  17. Portia
  18. Prudence
  19. Simon
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