Choosing a name for your wee one can take you to the end of the world and back. More and more parents are going to greater and greater lengths to find a name that's not too old-fashioned, contrived, overused, or plain open to potential ridicule. 

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Babies names: The most popular baby names in the UK in 2022

The UK's most popular baby names of 2022 so far were revealed last month by Babycentre, with Lily and Muhammad leading the pack. Lily replaces last year's number one, Olivia, with Muhammad remaining at the top spot for a second year running. 

Also doing well in 2022 are Sophia, Amelia and Ava for girls, and Noah, Jack and Theo for boys. Elsie is up 17 places year-on-year to 11th, and Zoe has climbed 15 places to 21st. Zayn shot up a massive 46 places year-on-year to 14th.

Baby naming: Stranger Things 

The impact of popular culture, most notably TV show Stranger Things, also looks to have influenced baby name choices in 2022. 

There's been a rise outside the top 100 of fan-favourite character names Robin, Maxine (Max), Elle, Mike, Billy, and Steve.

Robyn, as an alternative to Robin, and William (Will) both climbed up the top 100, while Lucas and Nancy held firm. 

Name baby: Most popular UK girls names in 2022 so far

1. Lily
2. Sophia
3. Olivia
4. Amelia
5. Ava
6. Isla
7. Freya
8. Aria
9. Ivy
10. Mia
11. Elsie
12. Emily
13. Ella
14. Grace
15. Isabella
16. Evie
17. Hannah
18. Luna
19. Maya
20. Daisy

Names baby: Most popular UK boys names in 2022 so far

1. Muhammad
2. Noah
3. Jack
4. Theo
5. Leo
6. Oliver
7. George
8. Ethan
9. Oscar
10. Arthur
11. Charlie
12. Freddie
13. Harry
14. Zayn
15. Alfie
16. Finley
17. Henry
18. Luca
19. Thomas
20. Aiden

Most popular names in Scotland in 2021

According to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), Olivia was the most popular name given to baby girls in Scotland last year.

Olivia was also the most popular name given to baby girls in England and Wales last year. Isla – Scotland's top 2020 name – was third in 2021, behind Emily in second.

Jack was the most popular name given to baby boys in Scotland in 2021 for the 14th consecutive year. Right behind were Leo and Noah, with traditional Scots names Finlay, Rory and Brodie also placing high on the list.

Pete Whitehouse, the NRS's Director of Statistical Services, said the results underline a long-term trend among new parents seeking out unique baby names that no one else has.

He said, "Almost 12% of baby girls were given a name that no other girl was registered with in 2021. Almost 9% of boys had unique names for births last year."

"Together with the growing range of names being used, this means it’s far less common for children to share their name with their classmates than it was for their parents or grandparents."

Most popular girls names in Scotland in 2021

1. Olivia
2. Emily
3. Isla
4. Freya
5. Ella
6. Amelia
7. Ava
8. Sophie
9. Grace
10. Millie
11. Lily
12. Sophia
13. Charlotte
14. Rosie
15. Aria
16. Evie
17. Maisie
18. Lucy
19. Mia
20. Eilidh

Most popular boys names in Scotland in 2021

1. Jack
2. Noah
3. Leo
4. Oliver
5. Harris
6. Finlay
7. Lewis
8. James
9. Rory
10. Alexander
11. Brodie
12. Alfie
13. Charlie
14. Theo
15. Archie
16. Lucas
17. Mason
18. Finn
19. Thomas
20. Freddie