Ah, the ever-divisive subject of baby names. Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow naming her daughter Apple was the weirdest thing we’d ever heard? Well, buckle up for 2022’s new baby name trends.
First up, a lot of people are going back to ancient mythology for their names, specifically Greek and Roman mythology. The Social Security Administration reports that the name Aurora was the 36th most-used name for girls in 2020. Aurora is the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology, and in 2000, was 488th on the list.
Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, was 108th on the list. The Irish queen Maeve, who ruled during the time of the warrior Cuchulainn, turned up 173rd, and Freya, the Norse goddess of love and war, traditionally spelled Frejya, came in 179th.
For boys, Atlas, the Titan, came 189th. Atticus, after the philosopher and Roman senator, was 300th on the list, with Orion gaining popularity as well, rising to 326th. Pamela Redmond, co-creator of the baby name website Nameberry, told the New York Post that a lot of parents are choosing the ancient names “not really knowing about the story.”
Celebrity baby names are also popular. Luna, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s daughter’s name, has shot up in the ranks since 2016. The name originated in Roman mythology, as the name for the moon.
The New York Post also reports “badass” baby names like Harley, after Harley Quinn, and Maverick, after Tom Cruise’s character in “Top Gun”. Redmond predicts names like Rowdy, Wilder, Justice, and True will break the top 1,000.
Baby Name Trends Continued: Biblical, Badass, and ‘Bridgerton’
Unusual biblical baby names are coming into play as well, with new parents shying away from your standard David or Adam. Names like Saint, such as Kim Kardashian’s son, and Abel, which is now the 181st most popular boy’s name. Redmond also anticipates popularity for biblical locations as well, such as Jericho, Nazareth, and Canaan.
In the realm of TV, “Bridgerton” was a huge hit with the lockdown crowd. There’s an expected rise for the name Daphne for girls and Benedict for boys.
There’s also been some popularity with modern parents to name their kids after demons. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy. There’s a rise in names like Lux, Jezebel, and Lucifer, according to Redmond. The Standard reported that Lucifer was more popular in the UK than Nigel and Trevor in 2020. If I come across a kid named Lucifer in 2022 I’m crossing to the other side of the street.
Just for me, I looked up the popularity of Lauren the year I was born, compared to today. The results are devastating. From number 12 in 1993 to 342 in 2021, it’s safe to say that Lauren is not as trendy as it once was. Where does your name rank this year?