Top 20 Baby Names of 2022: Olivia and Noah Reign Supreme Once Again


In the quest for perfect baby name inspiration, newly released data has unveiled the top 20 baby names for 2022 revealing some intriguing trends.

As disclosed by Statistics Canada, Olivia has held the esteemed title of the most sought-after girl’s name yet again. This marks a seven-year reign for Olivia, in a constant face-off with the name Emma for the number one position since 2003.

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In the year 2022, Olivia graced the birth certificates of 1,804 newborns, whereas the runner-up name, Emma, was endowed 1,550 times around the nation.

Several unique monikers sealed their spots from third to tenth: including Charlotte, Amelia, Sophia, Chloe, Mia, Ava, Lily, and Mila. The name Sophia stepped up a notch to achieve fifth place, leapfrogging Ava, which slipped from fifth to eighth.

Adding a little surprise to the mix, Wren made heads turn with the most significant leap, catapulting from 114th to 83rd, edging into the top 100 for the first time in known history.

In the competition for boys, Noah emerged as the winner, bagging first place in 2022 for a second year running. In fact, Noah has been a part of the prestigious top 10 for almost two decades now.

Noah was selected for 2,198 newborns, while Liam settled for the second place, being picked for 1,902 infants. Other popular choices from third to tenth were the conservative yet charming names of William, Leo, Theodore, Oliver, Benjamin, Thomas, Lucas, and Jack.

Interestingly, Oliver created quite a moment, moving up four ranks to sixth, while Benjamin’s popularity slightly dwindled, dropping from fifth to seventh.

For boys, Leon was the show-stopper, clasping the 86th position, up from the distant spot of 118th. Names such as Luka, Leon, Jules, Milo, and Weston, all made their debut in the top 100.

StatCan’s analysis suggests an impressive 31 per cent spike in the diversity of baby names in the last three decades, expanding from nearly 34,000 names in 1992 to a staggering catalogue exceeding 43,000 in 2022.

Unique names, those shared by less than five children, interestingly comprised 86 per cent of the total pool of 2022 baby names. A testament to the growing creativity and individuality shaping naming traditions in the current era.