Naming a baby is one of the most important jobs that a parent will ever have, and as names come in and out of fashion, it's essential that you get it right.
While names are a highly personal decision, some names are more unpopular than others, and now the most unpopular baby names of 2022 have been revealed. Check out this genius baby grow hack:
The baby experts at Bella Baby examined the popularity of traditional boy and girl names from Baby Name UK and Google Trends to ascertain their popularity in 2022.
Bella Baby told Tyla: "It is to be expected that some names begin to get out of fashion or popularity over time, whether that be an association with the name or just that it has been so overly used that it is no longer desired by new parents.
"While some names will always be firm favourites and are ever-lasting, there are certain names you wouldn't expect people to fall out of love with but that is the nature of choosing baby names. We imagine that this may change each year with new names being added and others increasing in popularity again."
So, what are the most unpopular baby names? Well, if you're looking to name a girl, there are the traditionally feminine names that you should steer clear from and their origins.
- Angela - The Italian and English form of the Greek word Angelos, which translates to 'messenger' (in the heavenly sense).
- Sophia - The Greek form of Sophie, meaning wisdom.
- Kimberly - An English name that comes from the wood of the royal forest (the more you know, eh?)
- Alexa - A Greek name that is a form of Alexander, humankind's helper and defender (but to be fair, it's also now an Amazon device so we can see why this has dropped in popularity).
- Nicole - A Greek name which is the feminine version of Nicholas meaning the people's victory.
- Ashley - This is an English name meaning ash-tree meadow.
- Lorraine - This is a French name which means 'from Lorraine'.
- Kristen - This is the Latin name for follower of Christ.
- Suzanne - This is a form of the name Susan, and it is Hebrew for Lily.
Meanwhile, these are the traditionally masculine names that have fallen out of favour.
- Kobe - Yes, it's the first name of the late Basketball player Kobe Bryant, but it's also a name originating from a place in Japan.
- Jeffrey - This is a German name which means God's peace.
- Nigel - The English name for champion.
- Ashton - The clue here is in the name – it's English for town of ash trees.
- Graham - This is an English name which means warlike.
- Chad - You'd likely never guess from the name itself, but Chad is an English name for protector and defender.
What do you think of the results? Did they surprise you at all? Let us know in the comments.