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It’s actually quicker (and easier) to rule out names you don’t like when choosing a name for a new baby than it is to think about the ones you prefer.

And a list of this year’s most unpopular baby names has also been made public.

It builds on the list of the top 2022 baby names, which was released earlier this year and had Lily and Muhammad at the top of the lists for girls and boys, respectively.

Bella Baby, a company that specializes in baby names, has provided an alternate list of the names that people have rejected the most, based on data from Google Trends and Baby Name UK.

Nigel and Angela are listed last in the hierarchy. (Image courtesy of Getty Images/Stockphoto)

Angela, Kimberley, Alexa, and Nicole were some of the least common girl’s names.

Similarly, the least liked names included Ashley, Sophia, Lorraine, Kristen, and Suzanne.

While Graham, Stuart, Chad, Gary, and Bill were the next most unpopular boys, Kobe, Jeffrey, Nigel, and Ashton were at the top of the list for the boys.


Most unpopular girls names for 2022:

  • Angela 
  • Kimberly 
  • Alexa 
  • Nicole 
  • Ashley 
  • Sophia 
  • Lorraine 
  • Kristen 
  • Suzanne 

According to the baby experts, “it is to be expected that some names begin to go out of favor or popularity over time, whether it be due to an association with the name or simply because it has been overused to the point that it is no longer preferred by new parents.”

While some names will always be popular choices and are timeless, there are some names that you wouldn’t anticipate people to lose interest in, but that is the nature of choosing baby names.


Most unpopular boys names for 2022:

  • Kobe 
  • Jeffrey 
  • Nigel 
  • Ashton 
  • Graham
  • Stuart 
  • Chad 
  • Gary 
  • Bill 

These baby name lists can, of course, be influenced by specific cultural events.

Royal family names, for instance, continue to be popular as George, William, Elizabeth, and Charlotte all rated among the top 100.

However, television programs, such as Stranger Things, can also affect the rankings.

There won’t be a second list of names that are unpopular with the public next year.

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