Most popular baby names of the year – and Gary is back with a bang

Many of us may know someone called Gary – but the name went through a phase of becoming quite unpopular.

At one point it was claimed the name was on the verge of extinction – but it seems to be making a drastic comeback.

Not only has the name made it into the top 100 baby names for boys and girls in 2022, but UK Baby Names has also revealed a list of trending names – and Gary made the cut.

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On the list of popular baby names you'll also find many traditional boys' names including James, David, John, Ian, Oliver, Jack, Andrew, Peter, William, Thomas, Matthew and Paul.

Meanwhile, for the girls, the trending names are Emma, Sarah and Olivia.

Even though the names don't feature in the top 100, it's quite surprising that Gary even makes an appearance in the popular trends, and it's said this implies a new sense of hope for the name.

It could mean that the name may not now vanish after all.

UK Baby Names' list, shared by The Echo, is below.

Top 100 names for girls

  • Olivia
  • Amelia
  • Isla
  • Ava
  • Mia
  • Ivy
  • Lily
  • Isabella
  • Rosie
  • Sophia
  • Grace
  • Willow
  • Freya
  • Florence
  • Emily
  • Ella
  • Poppy
  • Evie
  • Elsie
  • Charlotte
  • Evelyn
  • Sienna
  • Sofia
  • Daisy
  • Phoebe
  • Sophie
  • Alice
  • Harper
  • Matilda
  • Ruby
  • Emilia
  • Maya
  • Millie
  • Isabelle
  • Eva
  • Luna
  • Jessica
  • Ada
  • Aria
  • Arabella
  • Maisie
  • Esme
  • Eliza
  • Penelope
  • Bonnie
  • Chloe
  • Mila

  • Violet
  • Hallie
  • Scarlett
  • Layla
  • Imogen
  • Eleanor
  • Molly
  • Harriet
  • Elizabeth
  • Thea
  • Erin
  • Lottie
  • Emma
  • Rose
  • Delilah
  • Bella
  • Aurora
  • Lola
  • Nancy
  • Ellie
  • Mabel
  • Lucy
  • Maria
  • Ayla
  • Orla
  • Zara
  • Robyn
  • Hannah
  • Gracie
  • Iris
  • Jasmine
  • Darcie
  • Margot
  • Holly
  • Amelie
  • Amber
  • Georgia
  • Edith
  • Maryam
  • Abigail
  • Myla
  • Anna
  • Clara
  • Lilly
  • Lyra
  • Summer
  • Maeve
  • Heidi
  • Elodie
  • Lyla
  • Eden
  • Olive
  • Aisha

Top 100 names for boys

  • Oliver
  • George
  • Arthur
  • Noah
  • Muhammad
  • Leo
  • Oscar
  • Harry
  • Archie
  • Jack
  • Henry
  • Charlie
  • Freddie
  • Theodore
  • Thomas
  • Finley
  • Theo
  • Alfie
  • Jacob
  • William
  • Isaac
  • Tommy
  • Joshua
  • James
  • Lucas
  • Alexander
  • Arlo
  • Roman
  • Edward
  • Elijah
  • Teddy
  • Mohammed
  • Max
  • Adam
  • Albie
  • Ethan
  • Logan
  • Joseph
  • Sebastian
  • Benjamin
  • Harrison
  • Mason
  • Rory
  • Reuben
  • Luca
  • Louie
  • Samuel
  • Reggie
  • Jaxon
  • Daniel
  • Hugo
  • Louis
  • Jude
  • Ronnie
  • Dylan
  • Zachary
  • Albert
  • Hunter
  • Ezra
  • David
  • Frankie
  • Toby
  • Frederick
  • Carter
  • Gabriel
  • Grayson
  • Riley
  • Jesse
  • Hudson
  • Bobby
  • Rowan
  • Jenson
  • Finn
  • Stanley
  • Michael
  • Mohammad
  • Felix
  • Jasper
  • Liam
  • Milo
  • Sonny
  • Oakley
  • Elliot
  • Chester
  • Caleb
  • Harvey
  • Elliott
  • Charles
  • Ellis
  • Jackson
  • Alfred
  • Ollie
  • Yusuf
  • Leon
  • Ralph
  • Otis
  • Harley

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