Home News From Pixie to Prairie, 2022 Baby Name Trends Celebrate Individuality By Sarah ShebekSeptember 26, 2021 Search more like this autumnbaby-namesbalibearcricketfemininegender-neutralindigoinspirationnaturenew-parentsoutdoorsprairieridge Read next News Ever Wonder What Those Colored Bread Tags Mean? Read This News The Chatter Telephone Is Back & It Makes Real Phone Calls News Sledding Gets the VIP Treatment with FUNBOY’s New Winter Collection News We’ll Gladly Work 9 to 5 to Buy This Dolly Parton Advent Calendar News Little Debbie Is Coming to Ice Cream Pints for the First Time What’s in a name? A whole lot, especially when it comes to picking one for your baby. Nameberry has been paying close attention to user data and just dropped a list of predicted name trends for 2022, with plenty of outside-the-box options to choose from!We can all agree that we need more fun and play in our lives, especially after the last two years. New parents agree and will gravitate toward “light, bright, playful baby names.” At the start of the alphabet, names like Baby, Bear, Bee and Birdie are coming in hot. Other top options? Pixie, Moxie, Cricket, Teddy and Ziggy. Nature names continue to be popular, but not necessarily the classics like Autumn or Sage. Instead, the site says that Prairie, Dune, Ridge and Sequoia are top picks for parents looking to celebrate their love of the outdoors. Other escapist choices include Bali, Meridian, Horizon and Banyan.Classic and nostalgia are making a comeback too, especially with the return of smash hit show Bridgerton. Trendy choices include Albion, Benedict, Phoebe, Regé and Rupert. Or if you’re really pining for the good old days, names like Betty, Sally, Louie and Ralph are climbing the charts. Finally, gender neutral names are big and Nameberry predicts parents will be more willing to give their sons traditionally feminine names. Think Holland, Harlow, Indigo or Laurie. You can read the full report on the company’s site and for more inspiration, check out our lists at Bump + Baby!––Sarah Shebek Featured image courtesy of Omar Lopez, Unsplash RELATED STORIES Nameberry’s Most Popular Baby Names of 2020…So Far And the Most Popular Baby Names of 2020 Were… What Were the Most Popular Baby Names 100 Years Ago?