Popular baby names 2022

The most popular baby names in the UK 2022

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Our top 5 baby names 2022: The most popular baby names in the UK

It’s that time of year again where we take a closer look at the most popular baby names in the UK chosen by customers who purchased our personalised baby book, “Welcome to the World”


Our hugely popular baby book introduces a child to our wonderful planet while inspiring parents to find wonder in the world around them. The books are printed locally and as with all Librio products, they’re printed on 100% recycled paper too. As well as being able to personalise the name and appearance of the child, you can also choose the parents. The parents are illustrated abstractly in the book and are not referred to by any specific gender in the text, so you can choose any combination which works best for you and make your little one feel most welcome in the world. As with all Librio books you can also personalise the dedication at the front of the book for that extra personal touch. The book’s available in a variety of languages including Albanian, Norwegian, Italian and French.

The most popular girls’ names in the UK

Interestingly, whereas in last year’s selection Amelia came in at number 1, this year, there’s a slight variation of it in second place, Emilia. The other top 4 from 2021 have been outshone by names such as Sofia, Sienna and Thea this past year, with Freya trumping them all at number 1. 

The name Emilia has topped the charts with our German speaking customers as well in 2022, which is interesting that both variations of the name still seem to be hugely popular. The nerds amongst us have been wondering if this is just a coincidence, or perhaps this has something to do with the ongoing popularity of Game of Thrones? Something which is definitely noticeable is that a lot of the most popular girls’ names still end in ‘a’.

The most popular boys’ names in the UK

This year, the name Leo has once again taken the lead in first place, however, as with the girls, the other 4 from last year’s selection have been pipped to the post by the names Rory, Arthur, Luca and Oscar in that order. Leo and Luca were equally popular with our US customers (add link to US Blog post) this past year, although they sit slightly lower in the ratings than they did in the UK with Leo coming third and Luca coming fifth. 

Looking for some baby name inspiration? Why not check out our article about baby names beginning with S or our selection of Unique baby names for girls and for boys

The most popular baby names in the UK 2022

Every parent has a different approach to finding the perfect first name. Some expectant parents know right from the day they discover they’re pregnant just what they want their little one(s) to be named, while others decide only on the day of the birth. Generally speaking, many choose a short name for their child. Our data shows that the trend of recent years towards short and sweet baby names continued throughout 2022. 

It gave us a lot of pleasure printing our picture books for all the newborns this past year to welcome them into this wonderful world of ours and we love seeing all the beautiful names coming through our doors. If you want to surprise a family with our baby book, you can order your own copy here. In addition to this, our personalised art prints are also popular gifts for a birth and are a lovely addition to any nursery or child’s room.

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Just as some names are popular in the countries where English isn’t the first language, in the UK, names such as Luca and Leo are also hugely popular and have hit the top 5. 


Curious what the top 5 were for the UK? Find out more in our blog.

Next month we’ll be introducing you once again to some of the rare and unique baby names which have passed through Printer Bear’s workshop. If you want to see the selection from last year, you can do so here. Subscribe to our newsletter and get  inspired by our list of names. Check out Librio on Instagram, discover even more magical baby names and find out, for example, what the beautiful meaning is hidden behind the name Lanea.