For the second year in a row, Lily has been ranked as the top girl’s name, while Muhammad has been named as the most popular boy’s name in the UK.
Experts at BabyCentre, a website for new parents, have produced and released the yearly list of the most popular boy and girl names.
The team found that while boys’ names stayed largely the same from prior years, girls’ names varied little.
As in previous years, notable royal and public events have influenced parents’ decisions on their child’s name.
Sophia is the second most common name for girls, while Olivia, who had previously held the top slot, is now in third place.
Amelia and Ava come in in positions four and five, respectively.
The second most popular boy’s name among British parents is Noah, with Jack, Theo, and Leo coming in third through fifth, respectively.
Since then, Jack has moved up the list, replacing Oliver, which had held a steady third place position for several years.
Harry and Freddie have both dropped out of the top 10, but Oscar and Ethan have risen to take the eighth and ninth spots, respectively.
It’s not surprising that the increased media attention on the royal family during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has affected baby names.
The eldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s name George continues to rank in the top 10, while Lily, the top girl’s name, is a combination of the queen’s nickname Lilibet and the name of Harry and Meghan’s newborn daughter.
In the meantime, the prince’s scandals caused a sharp decline in registrations for Andrew.
Additionally, after years of being among the top 100 girl’s names, Amber has now fallen off the list, maybe as a result of the recent, well-publicized legal dispute involving Amber Heard and Johnny Depp.
The publication coincides with further evidence of Britain’s falling birth rate.
The population is expanding in England and Wales, but at a far slower rate, according to the most recent census statistics.
The rising cost of raising a kid, including some of the highest child care costs in the world in the UK, is regularly cited as a key reason why people choose not to have children.
The top 20 girls’ names in 2022
The top 20 boys’ names in 2022