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Names and Naming

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Top Names of 2022 (So Far)

100 Top Names of 2022 (so far)

Want to know the top baby names for 2022 that are trending to date? Here is a list of the top boy, girl, and gender-neutral baby names of 2022 that are trending for the first four months of the year with commentary by BabyNames.com co-founder, Mallory Moss:

So far, the top most popular names of 2022 have yielded some shocking surprises…and some not so surprising, since we predicted them. Read More

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60 Names from Musicals

If you’re a fan of musicals, here’s the name list for you! From classics such as Singin’ in the Rain to modern hits like Hamilton, there are so many character names to be inspired by. Below are 60 names from stage musicals, a small sample of a huge number of possibilities! Read More

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100 Royal Baby Names

Different monarchies have existed all over the world for thousands of years. Royalty can include kings, queens, princes, princesses, emperors, empresses, and more! Below are 100 names that have been borne by members of royalty throughout history. From ancient fierce queens to modern young princes, this list covers a lot of ground! Read More

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40 Water Themed Baby Names

Water is a fundamental aspect of life for all living beings on Earth. Beyond necessity, it also gives us immensely beautiful sights and many different forms of entertainment. From oceans, lakes, rivers, snow, and even mythology, there are a lot of different ways for water to inspire a name choice! Read More

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30 Uncommon Germanic Baby Names

When people think of Germanic names, often what comes to mind are examples such as Wolfgang or Heinrich. While those names are great choices, in reality there are many different Germanic names that will feel fresh! German-Americans are one of the largest self-reported group in the United States when it comes to heritage. Read More

The background is a close up of Michelangelo's Creation of David, of the hands reaching out. The title says 20 Renaissance Baby Names.

20 Renaissance Baby Names

Following the European medieval period, the Renaissance era is considered to be from the 14th or 15th centuries to the 17th. It was a time of cultural, artistic, and political change and was focused on the concepts of rediscovery and progress. Read More

There is an illustration of William Shakespeare and the title is 150+ Shakespeare names

150+ Shakespeare Names

Shakespeare wrote the famous line “What is in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Old Will loved to use unique names and even created some of his own. Here is a sampling of Shakespearean names categorized by work. Read More

There is an image of a sword in a stone and the title says 25 names from Arthurian Legend

35 Names from Arthurian Legend

Arthurian Legend is made up of a myriad of stories told throughout different eras and languages. These legends have been popular in Wales since before the 11th century CE, but became more popular elsewhere with Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae written around 1135 CE. Read More

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20 Obscure Saint Names

History is one of the best sources of inspiration if you’re looking for names that are uncommon but long established. Saints, an array of people from different eras and cultures, are an especially fun group of historical figures when it comes to their names. Read More

The background is outer space and the title says 20 Space Baby Names

20 Space Baby Names

Outer space is a popular source for name inspiration. From constellations to moons, there are so many to choose from! You might have considered the more common Orion or Lyra, but there are some rare choices that are out of this world. Read More

The title says Fresh Nordic Baby Names

Fresh Nordic Baby Names

Nordic baby names are on the rise! When it comes to Scandinavian names, people in the United States may still think of Ole or Nils that were common during the era when most immigrants arrived. But there are so many undiscovered gems when it comes to these northern names! Read More

30 Coffee Inspired Baby Names

30 Coffee-Inspired Baby Names

Did you know that coffee is the second most popular drink in the world? (If you’re wondering, the first is water.) Coffee has become a natural part of many people’s lives. A daily cup of coffee provides more than just a boost of caffeine, it’s actually is packed with anti-oxidants, and various vitamins including potassium, magnesium, and riboflavin. Read More

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Spooky Names

Names guaranteed to scare the pants off of you! Spooky names for Halloween and other creepy, crawly times of the year. Although you might not want to choose a spooky name when considering names for your baby, you might want to use these names for gaming, roleplaying, or even a new pet! Read More

In the background there is a rocky large hill with no trees with a lake at the base of it. The title says Popular Welsh Baby Names.

Popular Welsh Baby Names

Using the Social Security Administration’s Top 1000 and The UK’s Office of National Statistics in England & Wales, we’ve compiled a list of popular Welsh names that are most commonly given to babies and their meanings. Which Welsh names are your favorites? Read More