Naming your newborn is among the first of many joyous responsibilities in parenthood. While some parents stick to traditional or family names, others love to tread off the beaten path. Last year was no exception, with parents choosing an array of unique, surprising, and downright wild names for their little ones. Each year, the Social Security Administration publishes an extended list of baby names that went to at least five babies of the same sex. That means that these weird baby names are not one-offs! The data from 2022 is the latest snapshot the SSA has released.
These names truly push the boundaries of originality. We cannot believe that multiple children received them in 2022. They are all so strange. Whether you’re expecting a baby, brainstorming for the future, or intrigued by the world of unique baby names, this list promises a captivating journey.
Bad Bad Boys
“Tough guy” baby names are rising for boys born today. New parents are not content with classics like Hunter and Gunner and instead have taken a macho aesthetic to its limits. Prepare to be surprised in a bad way!
Even More Bad Boy Baby Names
These Parents Chose Violence
Final Bad Boy Baby Names
Money-Inspired Baby Names
One of the trends to emerge in the 2020s so far is names inspired by money, luxury, and decadence. While there are some tasteful options that have rich meanings, you won’t find them here.
More Cash-Inspired Appellations
Final Money Making Baby Names
Immorality Baby Names
As with money-inspired names, there are others on the rise that specifically reference vices and even sins. You’ve heard virtue names like Grace, Felicity, and Mercy. The names listed below are their antidote.
More Immoral Names
Hopeful Goal Baby Appellations
As opposed to the immoral names we just looked at, aspirational baby names are also rising. Many of these feel more acceptable, but many are too on the nose. These appellations represent one of the largest trends today.
More Aspirational Names
Even More Hopeful Picks
More Inspiring Names
More of the Positive Name Trend
Even More Optimistic Appellations
Final Inspiring Names
Famed People and Character Baby Names
Celebrities have always influenced baby appellations. However, some people take it too far. Parents have chosen names sported by infamous mobsters, pop music’s most beloved artist, fairy tale characters, and even God. We promise your eyes will roll.
More People and Characters That Inspired Names
Even More Appellations Inspired by the Famous
Final Names Inspired by Characters and Celebrities
While certain naming trends can hold various names, other appellations are so random and out there that there’s not much rhyme or reason. The following baby names didn’t land in a specific bucket, but we wanted to share them with you so you understand that parents have no chill.
More Random Baby Names
Even More Off-the-Wall Appellations
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Final Wild Names
As we wrap up this whirlwind tour of some of the most unconventional baby names of 2022, it’s clear that creativity and individuality are at the heart of modern parenting. These unique names reflect the parents’ distinct tastes and bestow upon the child a sense of uniqueness right from the start. Whether or not you plan to name your offspring, we hope this list has sparked your curiosity and inspired you to think outside the box. After all, a name is more than just a label; it’s a gift that lasts a lifetime.
- 1 Bad Bad Boys
- 2 More Baddies
- 3 Even More Bad Boy Baby Names
- 4 These Parents Chose Violence
- 5 Final Bad Boy Baby Names
- 6 Money-Inspired Baby Names
- 7 More Cash-Inspired Appellations
- 8 Final Money Making Baby Names
- 9 Immorality Baby Names
- 10 More Immoral Names
- 11 Hopeful Goal Baby Appellations
- 12 More Aspirational Names
- 13 Even More Hopeful Picks
- 14 More Inspiring Names
- 15 More of the Positive Name Trend
- 16 Even More Optimistic Appellations
- 17 Final Inspiring Names
- 18 Famed People and Character Baby Names
- 19 More People and Characters That Inspired Names
- 20 Even More Appellations Inspired by the Famous
- 21 Final Names Inspired by Characters and Celebrities
- 22 Everything Else
- 23 More Random Baby Names
- 24 Even More Off-the-Wall Appellations
- 25 Final Wild Names
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