This Year's Top 100 Baby Names
Released on Nov. 15, 2022, the latest popular baby name list comes from BabyCenter. It’s the most recent reference for parents wondering exactly what are the most popular baby names of the year.
This year's list was very similar to the one in 2021, which came with a serious surprise. After leading the girls' list for a whopping 11 years in a row, Sophia was officially knocked out of the top spot by Olivia, which remains No. 1 in 2022. And Liam holds onto the top boys' spot for the fourth year in a row.
With data taken from hundreds of thousands of parents, the list highlights not only the most popular names but also some trends for name picking. For instance, after a few tumultuous years, parents seem to be feeling more optimistic. Utopian names (think Heaven and Miracle) as well as celestial names (Aurora, Luna and the like) are on the rise. Spelling is also key, with every variation of a name earning a spot on the ranking.
Check out all 200 names that made both the girls' and boys' lists this year.
At No. 1 on the BabyCenter list, Olivia is the feminine form of the name Oliver, which means “olive tree.”
This name has long been popular in fiction, dating back to William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” and has made a recent comeback in the show, “Scandal,” with the lead character, Olivia Pope.
This Irish name has an origin meaning of "resolute protection."
It's a shortened version of William and has become popular thanks to famous actors like Liam Neeson and Liam Hemsworth.
Emma has always been trendy, which makes it no surprise that it’s derived from the Old German word “ermen” meaning “whole” or “universal.”
Actresses Emma Stone and Emma Watson also make it ever-so-cool.
This Hebrew name comes straight from the biblical story of Noah’s ark, used to help every animal survive the great flood.
Not surprisingly, it means “rest” and “comfort” in Hebrew.
This girls' name of German origin meaning “work” has emerged as a sort of combo of the once-popular Emily and Amanda.
While not as popular as its female, Olivia counterpart, Oliver has been on the Top 100 list since 2009.
Its olive-branch symbolic reference to peace makes it especially popular for parents looking to add a little bit of zen to their expanding clan.
Ava is a variation of the Hebrew name, Eve, and its Latin origin means “life.”
This biblical name refers to the “Old Testament” prophet who took a chariot of fire to heaven.
Who knows, it could soon become as popular as Noah.
Even though it was knocked out of the top spot, Sophia is still a decade-defining name. Greek for “wisdom,” this is a timeless name that was once used by European royalty in the Middle Ages.
Common variations of the name include Sophie and Sofia.
The name Mateo means “gift of God” in all the Latin languages.
It’s a more unique version of the traditional Matthew.
This Spanish and Italian variation of Elizabeth means “pledged to God” in Hebrew. The name was especially popular in 2009 and 2010 due to what was dubbed the “Twilight” effect, when parents were naming their daughters after the character, Isabella Swan.
Of course, some parents tend to shorten the name to Bella, Izzy or Issy.
The Latin version of the Greek name, Luke, Lucas has become popular with parents looking for something similar but a bit longer — every letter counts!
With an Italian origin meaning of “moon,” this name has a similar spiritual feel as Eliana.
Several celebrities have also named their daughters Luna, including Chrissy Teigen and John Legend as well as Penelope Cruz and Javier Barden.
Levi is another biblical name that's quite energetic — so much, in fact, that it's a variation of the trending Leviathan name from Fortnite.
Of course, Levi is the more casual version because it doesn't get much more relaxed than Levi Strauss jeans.
A shortened version of the name Maria, Mia is a name of Italian and Scandinavian origin, meaning “mine or bitter.”
Asher has been in the Top 100 list for several years now, but really wasn’t even on the baby name map until the 1990s.
“Fortunate, blessed, happy one” is this name’s Hebrew origin meaning, making it a very special name for a lucky little guy.
This royal name given to the young Princess of Cambridge is of French origin and means “free man.”
It joins other classic names like Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Isabella in the trending list.
Another classic boys’ name that gets better with age is James, especially with its long-standing biblical and royal history.
The English origin meaning of Evelyn is “wished-for child,” which is very fitting for a first child.
Having the Latin origin meaning of “lion” makes Leo a strong boys’ name.
The fame of Leonardo “Leo” DiCaprio certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Harper is the literary family’s best bet, as the “To Kill a Mockingbird” author, Harper Lee, was the first to bring the name into the public light.
While it wasn’t as popular in the 1960s, it has since jumped into the list’s top 15 baby names in recent years.
This name has only been popular since 2008 or 2009 after a long time as a last name, meaning “son of a steward.”
This name has been popular ever since “Gone with the Wind” when Scarlett O’Hara made her debut, but no doubt actress Scarlett Johansson continues to make this name ever so cool.
Ezra was quite the leader in biblical times, leading 1,500 Israelites back to Jerusalem out of slavery in Babylon.
This name that has a Hebrew origin meaning of “help” is a traditional name that can be made fresh again.
A rarer name with a Latin origin meaning of “new” makes it quite unique, especially for those who enjoy astronomy (or astrology for that matter).
In those terms, Nova refers to a star that quickly becomes bright and then fades.
This Italian version of Luke or Lucas gives the other two a run for their money.
Having a Latin origin meaning of “dawn,” Aurora was the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise whose tears were said to be turned into morning dew.
Plus, it’s a nod to the classic tale of “Sleeping Beauty.”
The Hebrew name, meaning “strong and firm,” is a classic that dates back to the “Old Testament,” when several men named Ethan were known for their wisdom.
This mystical name has an English origin meaning of “fairy maiden,” ensuring a baby girl with this name will be just as magical.
This Irish name means “little and fiery,” making it quite the feisty boys' name.
Of Russian origin, the name Mila is now one of the trendiest girls’ names starting with “m.”
Ukranian-born Mila Kunis of “That ’70s Show” fame is likely to have helped its recent growth in popularity.
This name will always have a certain cowboy feel thanks to the famous Wyatt Earp.
It also has a history in American cinema as the lead character in the 1970s classic “Easy Rider.”
Aria means “air” in Italian and has a musical meaning as a solo in an opera.
Of course, you can always spell it Arya, as in “Game of Thrones” character Arya Stark.
This ancient Greek name continues to be popular because of its reference in literature.
In “The Little Mermaid,” Sebastian is Ariel’s best friend, while the character is also referenced in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest.”
Another bright name, Ellie has an English origin meaning of “bright shining one.”
Because of its popularity, Elle or Ella provide other variations that are just as lovely.
Another biblical name, Benjamin was the 12th son of Jacob.
Famous celebrity couples John Travolta and Kelly Preston and Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen both named their sons Benjamin.
A variation of the Italian name, Giovanna, Gianna is growing in popularity.
The shorter version, Gia, was given to the daughters of Matt Damon and Mario Lopez.
Used for both boys and girls, Mason is more commonly used as a boys' name and has the English meaning of “worker in stone.”
We said that name spellings mattered this year.
While not as popular as the similar Sophia spelling, this one still landed in the top 25 and also means “wisdom."
Henry is making a major comeback after being off the Top 100 list for a long time.
Ever since getting back on the list in 2006, it has quickly climbed its way to the top 30.
Both a flower and a colorful purple, Violet is a sweet, traditional name that’s been made popular again in the last decade.
A last name turned first, Hudson is another popular one for parents looking to name their child after a popular place like, say, the Hudson River.
Eric Clapton fans everywhere can rejoice, as this name has seen a significant surge in recent years. In Arabic, Layla means “night.”
In English, Jack has long been a version of John; however, it has begun to forge its own path, increasingly being used as a formal name rather than a nickname.
This is a popular name for parents who want to be inspired by nature.
Its English origin meaning is “willow tree.”
Jackson was leading the boys' name list for six straight years until getting knocked out of the No. 1 spot in 2019.
It literally means “son of Jack,” and is the first name of many on this list that has a long history as a last name.
Flower names are making a very big come back, perhaps because of their classic elegance.
The Lily, in particular, is a symbol of purity in Christianity.
Having a Welsh origin meaning of “young warrior,” Owen has made serious strides on the baby name list, ever since making the Top 100 in 2002.
Both a color and a nut, this name is charming, especially for those parents interested in nature.
Daniel is a classic name that always sounds modern.
Famous Daniels include actors Daniel Craig and Daniel Radcliffe.
Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello seems to have left her mark on pop culture as this name continues to climb the charts.
A boys’ name with a Greek origin meaning of “defending men” makes it ideal for a strong baby.
Nicknames include Alex, Zander, Xan and Zan.
For those who love the holidays, Avery could be the perfect fit because it has an English origin meaning of “ruler of the elves.”
Another American name meaning “independent,” this name will always be popular among those who loved the movie “Top Gun.”
This name is perfect for spring babies, as its Greek meaning literally translates to “young green shoot.”
This Hawaiian name means “sea” as well as “forgiveness” in Japanese and “willow tree” in Navajo, making it a popular choice across many cultures.
Similar to the French version of Eliana, Elena means “bright, shining light” in Spanish, Italian and Greek origin.
This angelic name continues to remain in the Top 100 after almost 20 years.
Paisley is a newer name that really only began to rise in popularity in 2010.
It’s a Scottish name and is also the city in Scotland where actor Gerard Butler was born.
This name has been popular for almost two decades and tends to be especially popular in the Midwest in states like Nebraska and Iowa.
This name of French origin means “light” or “moon” — a perfect choice for parents looking for something a little mystical.
This name has long been wildly popular, especially in England, with Prince William next in line for the throne.
This name has likely made a comeback because of the ever-so-popular actress Penelope Cruz.
The shortened version of Penny can be an interesting nod to the famous Beatles’ song, “Penny Lane.”
Another name used for both boys and girls, the boys' version has been more popular as of late. Of Scottish origin, the cheerful name meaning “small hollow” is especially popular in Scotland and Wales.
Hugh Jackman’s role in the "X-Men" film of the same name also helped escalate its widespread use.
The more formal version of either Ella or Ellie — both of which are in the top 35 baby names — Eleanor has the strong backing of French and English Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
This classic name for boys is still wildly popular; however, trendy substitutes include Micah or Malachi.
For those parents looking for a nature-themed moniker, naming your daughter after the ivy plant is a good choice.
The friendly nickname of Sam makes this name a classic that will always be popular among boys.
For those looking to have a little princess or queen, Elizabeth is a classic that never goes out of style.
The founder of Islam, this Arabic name rather fittingly means “praiseworthy.”
It is the most common boys’ name in the world.
With an Irish meaning of “courageous,” Riley is an excellent name for a strong baby girl.
Other variations of it include Rylee, Ryleigh or the quite traditional Reilly (a nod to the popular Irish last name).
If you're into country music, this baby name checks all the right boxes.
Of Scottish and Spanish origin, Isla means “island.”
It’s yet another popular girls’ name that starts and ends with a vowel.
Zeke is a popular nickname for this Hebrew name that means “God strengthens;” however, it’s begun to take off on its own as well, following other unique biblical names like Asher and Ezra.
Another biblical name from the Old Testament — Abigail was the wife of David — this name has been among the top girls’ names for the past 20 years.
Popular for both boys and girls, this name means “thankful.”
With an Irish origin meaning of “light,” Nora is just the name for an easy-going baby girl.
While Lucas is in the top 10 names for baby boys, the shortened version of Luke is not far behind.
“Star Wars” fans still love giving a nod to the beloved Luke Skywalker.
A “stellar” name (pardon the pun), Stella has the Latin origin meaning of “star.”
Great presidents and cars carry this name, so why not your baby boy?
Considered a “vintage” baby name, this one is definitely making a comeback and is so popular that Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard even gave the name to their daughter.
Often used as a middle name, this girl’s name of Latin origin also stands well on its own.
You can thank Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, for that.
While Theodore also made the list, this super-popular variation is making its own name for itself in the top 100.
Greek for “life,” the name Zoey has been in the top 1,000 baby names since 1880 but is just now making a major comeback.
Jacob, the biblical patriarch who fathered 12 sons, has long influenced the popularity of this name.
Looking for a shortened version? Jake is a popular nickname.
A literary lover will love the name Emily, after the never-goes-out-of-style poet Emily Dickinson.
Josiah is an old-fashioned name that’s trending more now than the typical Joseph or Joshua as of late.
Not to be confused with Amelia (already on the list), Emilia is similar but has a different meaning.
Of Spanish, Italian and Hungarian origin, it means “rival.”
“Beloved” is the Hebrew origin meaning of David, a classic name from the "Old Testament."
Famous Davids include David Letterman, David Schwimmer and David Beckham.
This is a variation of the Hawaiian name that means “heavenly flower.”
This more unique spelling of the previously mentioned Jackson is ever-so-cool with that X.
Considered to be a trending name, Everly has become popular as a sort of fusion of the names Eva and Emily.
Plus, country music fans love paying tribute to The Everly Brothers.
Following in the footsteps of predecessors Eli and Elijah, Elias is similar but a bit more unique.
With the English origin meaning of “king’s meadow,” this name is both a cute and sophisticated name for parents who are nature lovers.
Even though this Latin name means “youthful,” it has quite the regal clout.
The last pagan Roman emperor was named Julian the Apostate, while Julian is also a derivative of Julius, as in Julius Caesar.
Put this in the "strong baby girl name" category.
After all, Athena was the Olympian goddess of wisdom and war.
Theodore is a Greek name with an origin meaning of “gift of God.”
It’s had a long history, especially as quite the prestigious name after Theodore Roosevelt became president in the early 1900s. While it has been on the decline since then, it’s ramping back up likely because of the trending nickname, Theo.
A Hebrew name with an origin meaning of “delight or flirt” is ideal for an energetic baby girl.
And the Plain White T’s “Hey There Delilah” is already ready for this future heartbreaker.
Meaning “salvation of the lord” in Hebrew, Isaiah is another biblical name that became super popular in the early 2000s, and it has stayed in the top 50 names ever since.
You might wonder why Naomi sounds so lovely, and it’s likely because the name has a Hebrew origin meaning of “pleasantness.”
Famous Naomis include Naomi Campbell, Naomi Watts and Naomi Judd.
Another name that never goes out of style, Matthew has actually been knocked down the list, with the trendy variation of Mateo on the rise instead.
For those interested in Central American history, a little Maya could pay homage to that culture.
And in Hindu philosophy, Maya means “illusion,” while in Hebrew, it means “spring” or “brook.”
This classic name never goes out of style, as Nathan is a strong, friendly name.
A historic last name with an English origin meaning of “son of Maud,” Madison continues to be popular for its ritzy feel.
The popular nickname, Maddy, also makes it a top pick.
This timeless name has a Hebrew origin meaning of “God is gracious” and is popular across a variety of cultures.
The French Jean, Spanish Juan, Scottish Ian and German Johann are all international variations.
A Latin origin meaning of “light” makes Lucy a popular name that never goes out of style.
That’s especially true in pop culture, with The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” the character Lucy in “Peanuts” and, of course, Lucille Ball from “I Love Lucy.”
A perfect name for the jokesters at heart, Isaac has an Aboriginal origin meaning of “laughter.”
Used for either a boy or girl, this name meaning “son of Adam” is now one of the most popular girl names that starts with an “a.”
The list of famous Thomases is endless, but the first recorded one was Thomas the Apostle in the "Greek New Testament."
We're surprised that the Zoey spelling was more popular this year, but this shorter variation is equally one of the coolest baby names that start with Z.
One of the most-loved saints of the Catholic church, with a Latin origin meaning of “priceless,” Anthony is popular across the globe.
Even though its been on the decline as of late, it tends to be one that ebbs and flows in popularity.
Another girl’s name meaning “beautiful” in Italian, Bella is quite similar to the uber-popular Ella, Ellie and Isabella names for girls right now.
Cooper was crazy popular in the 1980s and continues to be so today.
It’s also a surname for celebs like Anderson and Bradley Cooper who are keeping it trendy.
Quite a regal name, Victoria was one of the top baby name predictions for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child if the baby had been a girl.
In biblical terms, Adam was the first man God created, making it a name that’s been around for centuries.
While not as popular as it once was, Adam is a classic that’ll never get old. Famous Adams include Adam Sandler, Adam Levine and Adam Brody.
A regal name, with a German origin meaning of “noble,” Alice has long been used throughout popular culture, especially as the heroine of “Alice in Wonderland.”
In biblical terms, Eli is a priest and judge who raises the prophet Samuel.
Rather fittingly, it means “high” or “elevated” in Hebrew.
Of French and Greek origin meaning “wisdom,” Sophie is almost identical to a parent-favorite, Sophia.
So, which do you like better?
This name has been on the Top 100 list for almost three decades, perhaps for its Hebrew origin meaning of “devotion to God.”
For a different variation, try Kaleb.
A longer variation of the previously mentioned Everly, this one is definitely for those who have an appreciation for letters.
Popular for both girls and boys, the male version of Ryan has an Irish origin meaning of “little king.”
Hannah has roots in several cultures.
The biblical Hannah was the mother of Samuel, while Arabic, European and Asian cultures also have Hana and Hanna as other variations.
Another spelling variation of the more popular Grayson, this is a last-name-turned-first we can really get behind.
This name has quite the mighty significance, meaning “heavens, highborn, exalted” in Arabic.
This is a popular name in several cultures, with other variations including Jose, Giuseppe and Josef.
With a French origin meaning of “birthday of the Lord,” this name is especially popular for baby girls born around Christmas.
This Irish name means "son of Cadan" and can be spelled in a variety of ways starting with a K or C.
Just landing in the top 85, this variation of the more popular Aria is, of course, an ode to the “Game of Thrones” character Arya Stark.
This name follows the trend that Spanish names are growing in popularity.
After all, it means “St. James” in Spanish.
We already mentioned Layla on this list, but this one stands on its own and is especially popular among nature-loving parents.
It's a Hebrew name that means "oak tree."
Yes, this is a brand of whiskey, but it is also very trendy, following other last names turned first, such as Jackson or Hudson.
This classic name means “rainbow” in Greek and, not surprisingly, was the name of the rainbow goddess in Greek Mythology.
Adrian Grenier of “Entourage” brought this name back in a big way.
A name that describes the fall season, we prefer it over other seasonal names like Summer.
We can thank jazz musician Miles Davis for keeping this name in the Top 100 list, especially popular among musicians.
In fact, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen just named their baby boy Miles.
Only recently breaking into the top 100 list, Raelynn is of Scottish origin and means “ewe, lamb, grace” — perfect for a sweet little girl.
Considered a “cool cowboy baby name,” Colton’s English origin meaning is literally “from the coal or dark town.”
A bit rustic and a bit dark, this name is a popular choice, especially for any Indianapolis Colts fans out there.
Valentina is of Latin origin and means “strength, healthy” — a perfect moniker to welcome a new babe into the world.
“Champion” is the Irish origin meaning of this boys’ name.
A baby name inspired by spirituality, Serenity means “peaceful disposition.”
Another traditional name that’s making a comeback, Roman has several nicknames in store: Romy, Romilly and Romeo.
Of course, in France, the variation is Romaine.
For the dreamers of the world, Skylar is an excellent choice for a boy or a girl.
A perfect choice for a boy born into a hunting family; Hunter is equally radical for literary families who enjoyed the prose of journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
A more unique variation of the popular Riley, this one has similar Irish roots.
What sounds like a nickname for Jason, Jace has quickly become a popular name all on its own.
It also rhymes with Chase.
Have you ever tried to completely turn one of your favorite words around and spell it backwards?
Well, Nevaeh does just that for the word “heaven.”
Not to be confused with the once-popular Weston, Easton has a similar prestige, and follows the Kardashian trend of naming babies after cardinal directions.
Yet another girl’s name with the obviously popular double “l” sound, Lillian is a variation for those who enjoy Lily, Lila or Liliana.
This historic name — think Saint Christopher, Christopher Columbus, you get it — has been modernized with the nickname of Chris.
Of course, Topher is a more unique version of the name as well, made popular by actor Topher Grace.
Audrey Hepburn has long been a household favorite, making this a timeless name that never goes out of style.
We love this unique spelling of the popular name, Miles, which means "soldier."
While Ava ranks high on the baby girls’ list of names, the very similar Eva also makes the top 100.
For those interested in another name meaning “life,” you may want to try this as an alternative that’s a bit more unique.
Similar to the popular Brandon of the 1980s and ’90s, Landon has taken its place in growing popularity.
The French form of Magdalene, this name has quite the religious clout.
Other spellings include Madeline or Madeleine.
Micah is a version of Michael that’s much less common, but still has the biblical ties and history.
Leah’s another strong female from the “Old Testament,” as she was the first wife of Jacob.
It seems the biblical “iah” names are definitely back and here to stay.
Jeremiah joins Josiah and Isaiah already on the list.
A classic last name that pays tribute to the late president and his senator brother, Kennedy has become wildly popular for both boys and girls.
Names that start with “x” are not common, but Xavier changes that as an Arabic name meaning “new house or bright.”
The Spanish version of Javier is also trending, likely because of actor Javier Bardem.
If you like to travel, this New York borough has just the bit of edge for a trendy baby name.
It’s popular among both boys and girls, but it’s ranked in this top 50 as a girls’ name.
If only the late actor River Phoenix was still alive to see his name become so popularized.
This nature name provides a feeling of tranquility that new parents and their babe are sure to appreciate.
The Last 40 Names
The last 40 names on the top 100 list tend to fluctuate a lot each year, which is why we decided to call them out in their own individual list. Congrats to the new ones that broke into the most popular baby names list this year!
81. Sadie and Silas
82. Hailey and Christian
83. Claire and Joshua
84. Savannah and Weston
85. Ruby and Jordan
86. Emery and Legend
87. Aubrey and Jaxson
88. Gabriella and Parker
89. Melody and Cameron
90. Maria and Dylan
91. Brielle and Kingston
92. Amara and Ryder
93. Freya and Charlie
94. Ariana and Everett
95. Lyla and Andrew
96. Anna and Declan
97. Piper and Luka
98. Sarah and Zion
99. Jade and Wesley
100. Adeline and Atlas