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Top Baby Names of 2022

A look at trending names nationwide and here in Texas

In coming years, you’re bound to meet lots of little kids named Liam and Olivia at the playground. Those monikers are the most popular baby names of 2022, according to BabyCenter’s annual list. The names have been going strong for years—both topping the lists in 2021 and 2020 as well.

In fact, nationwide, all of the top five baby girl names remained exactly the same as last year, with Emma, Amelia, Ava and Sophia rounding out parents’ top picks. The only new name to appear in the top 10 for 2022 is Evelyn, which inched out Harper for the No. 10 spot.

For boys, the national ranking mirrors last year’s, too. For a second year, Liam, Oliver and Elijah ranked No. 1, 2, and 3, respectively. And new to the top 10, Mateo jumped from 11th place last year to round out the top five in 2022.

But in Texas, last year’s ranking differed slightly from the national list. The Lone Star state’s top five names for boys were Liam, Noah, Elijah, Mateo and Sebastian; and for girls, Olivia, Emma, Camila, Isabella and Mia.

While the official 2022 list won’t be released until early next year by the Social Security Administration, along with a state-by-state breakdown, BabyCenter’s end-of-the-year list is usually spot-on from a national perspective. Their report analyzes the top names from data submitted by parents through Nov. 1, 2022, from about 416,000 of the babies born in 2022.

The BabyCenter report also looks at name trends. This year saw an uptick in Utopian-inspired names, such as Alora, Dream and Heaven, along with an increase in names inspired by nature or astronomy, like River, Atlas, Nova and Aurora. And pop culture-influenced parents too. Names like Mirabel, Bruno, Zendaya and Maryjane—linked to hit movies Spider-Man and Encanto—rose in 2022. Other trending names include a nod to the cowboy culture—Dutton, Stetson, and Maverick, for instance—and that pay homage to the “coastal grandmother” trend, like Rosemary, Mae and Eloise.

And Eloise was particularly trendy in the Dallas area, according to Nameberry.com. The baby-naming website took a local look, tracking which names were the most searched in 12 cities across the country. Dallas’ top baby names for 2022 so far are Luna, Eloise, and Maeve for girls, and Beckett, Jude and Atticus for boys.

2022 Top 10 Baby Names in America
According to BabyCenter

BOYS

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. Mateo
  6. Lucas
  7. Levi
  8. Asher
  9. James
  10. Leo

GIRLS

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Amelia
  4. Ava
  5. Sophia
  6. Isabella
  7. Luna
  8. Mia
  9. Charlotte
  10. Evelyn

2022 Top Searched Baby Names in Dallas
According to Nameberry

BOYS

  1. Beckett
  2. Jude
  3. Atticus
  4. Ezra
  5. Finn
  6. Austin
  7. August
  8. Emmett
  9. Hayes
  10. Jacob

GIRLS

  1. Luna
  2. Eloise
  3. Maeve
  4. Alice
  5. Hazel
  6. Josephine
  7. Nora
  8. Margot
  9. Amelia
  10. Astrid

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