Popular girls names of 2022: Saoirse — Baby Name Meaning, Origin, and Popularity

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Saoirse — Baby Name Meaning, Origin, and Popularity

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Saoirse Origin and Meaning

The name Saoirse is girl’s name of Irish origin meaning «liberty».

Saoirse originated as a baby name in 1920s Ireland as an applied use of saoirse, the Gaelic word for «freedom.» The name was first adopted during the Irish War of Independence, when the Irish Republican Army fought the British Army for the liberation of Ireland from British rule. In modern times, Saoirse, as well as a host of other Gaelic names, are being revived in Ireland, the UK, and the US.

Before the young Irish actress Saoirse Ronan made her mark in the films Ladybird and The Lovely Bones, few of us had heard this name, let alone known how to pronounce it. But now it is slowly way edging its way into the mainstream, particularly, of course, with parents who have Irish roots. It made its first appearance in the US Top 1000 in 2016, when it was the third-fastest-rising girls’ name.

Saoirse has been a patriotic and popular name in Ireland since it began to be used as a statement of freedom.

Another related name Is Sorcha, pronounced SURK-ha and meaning «radiance»: in the film Willow, the character’s name is spelled Sorsha – another way to pronounce it.



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Saoirse Rank in US Top 1000

Saoirse Popularity

  • 813US2021
  • 79Nameberry2022
  • 635Future2028
  • 312England2021
  • 24Ireland2021

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Famous People Named Saoirse

  • Saoirse Úna RonanIrish actress
  • Saoirse ScottAmerican actress
  • Saoirse Mooredaughter of singer Gary Moore of band Thin Lizzy
  • Saoirse CaseyIrish singer; daughter of singer Paddy Casey
  • Saoirse Roisin Hilldaughter of Courtney Kennedy Hill; granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy
  • Saoirse Reign Carterdaughter of singer Nick Carter

Saoirse in Pop Culture

  • Saoirseone of the main characters in «Song of the Sea,» an 2014 animated film

Popular Baby Girl Names for 2022 – NBC New York

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Stumped on the perfect name for a baby girl? Here are the top picks for the year ahead

By Kait Hanson | TODAY •

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What will be the top baby girl names of 2022? While we won’t have a definitive list for the year’s top baby names for quite some time, girl names pulled from literature and with powerful meaning are set to top the list.

Popular baby girl names

Nameberry co-founder Pamela Redmond told TODAY Parents that one trend is already pulling ahead for 2022.

«We are seeing so many mythological names for girls becoming popular, from lots of different cultures,» Redmond said. «It’s a way for parents to choose a feminine name with deep history and power that steps apart from the standard complement of girls’ names.»

Nameberry’s current top ten includes four goddess names for girls from diverse cultures:

Maeve — Irish warrior queen of legend and mythological queen of the fairies

Luna — The Roman goddess of the moon

Iris — Greek goddess of the rainbow

Freya — Norse goddess of love, beauty, and fertility

Redmond explained that parents-to-be are also choosing ancient names after centuries of disuse.

«These include Aurelia, an ancient Roman name meaning golden, and Ottilie, a German name with literary references,» Redmond said.

And speaking of literature, baby girl names from children’s books are also favorites.

«Eloise, as in the little girl at the Plaza, is a favorite, as is Alice (in Wonderland) and Ophelia (from Hamlet),» Redmond explained.

The naming expert said that parents want names that combine femininity and strength.

«That might come from an inspirational namesake, a powerful nature reference, or a strong sound as with Kaia or Nova,» Redmond said. «We do still see lots of gender neutral names for girls, but they have become more fashionable for boys while girl names tend to be more distinctly gendered.»

Top 100 Girl Names For 2022

Expecting a baby girl this year? Here are the top girl names for 2022, according to Nameberry:

  1. Maeve
  2. Luna
  3. Aurelia
  4. Ottilie
  5. Eloise
  6. Ophelia
  7. Isla
  8. Iris
  9. Freya
  10. Alice
  11. Hazel
  12. Aurora
  13. Eleanor
  14. Violet
  15. Clara
  16. Elodie
  17. Ivy
  18. Genevieve
  19. Esme
  20. Charlotte
  21. Mabel
  22. Evelyn
  23. Lucy
  24. Adelaide
  25. Amelia
  26. Josephine
  27. Ava
  28. Nora
  29. Clementine
  30. Cora
  31. Stella
  32. Rose
  33. Astrid
  34. Romy
  35. Daphne
  36. Evangeline
  37. Beatrice
  38. Wren
  39. Lyra
  40. Phoebe
  41. Elsie
  42. Maisie
  43. Imogen
  44. Penelope
  45. Juniper
  46. Ada
  47. Arabella
  48. Poppy
  49. Grace
  50. Willow
  51. Cordelia
  52. Matilda
  53. Anastasia
  54. Adeline
  55. Mae
  56. Thea
  57. Olivia
  58. Florence
  59. Eliza
  60. Nove
  61. Seraphina
  62. Sadie
  63. Willa
  64. Arwen
  65. Lily
  66. Margot
  67. Edith
  68. Daisy
  69. Chloe
  70. Lilith
  71. Ruby
  72. Lola
  73. Cecilia
  74. Celeste
  75. Jane
  76. Olive
  77. Athena
  78. Sage
  79. Emma
  80. Claire
  81. Lydia
  82. Sienna
  83. Elena
  84. Elizabeth
  85. Esther
  86. Ellie
  87. Audrey
  88. Evie
  89. Sloane
  90. Mia
  91. Millie
  92. Eva
  93. Flora
  94. Persephone
  95. Maya
  96. Harper
  97. Margaret
  98. Scarlett
  99. Saoirse
  100. Eden


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30 most popular names for boys and girls in Russia in 2022


Usually, parents come up with a name for their baby before birth. And many try to choose something original in order to distinguish their son or daughter from the crowd of their peers. Sometimes it comes to the point of absurdity, for example, in Perm a boy is growing up, whom his parents named Lucifer.

And here are the most popular names of 2022, and their meaning. The list is based on data from RIA Novosti, which refers to the press service of the Moscow Civil Registry Office.

10 most popular names for boys

10. Daniel

The tenth position in the rating is occupied by a beautiful and ancient name of Jewish origin. That was the name of the prophet Daniel. Literally translated, it means «God is my judge» or, according to another interpretation, «God is a judge.»

9. Dmitry

Like most of the most popular names in Russia in 2022, the name Dmitry has Greek roots. Means «under the auspices of Demeter», the goddess of agriculture and fertility, who taught people to cultivate the land.

8. Matvey

The etymological meaning of this name is a man given by God. The ancient forms of the name are Matthew and Matthias. In other countries, Matvei become Matthias, Matthias and Matteo.

7. Ivan

Both the majestic John and the amusing Ivasya and the habitual Russian ear Vanyusha are all derivatives of the Hebrew Ivan — «God’s mercy». It is believed that Ivans are kind, disinterested, but too heavy to lift.

6. Artem

One year (2012) this name was on the first line in the list of the most popular names for boys in Russia, but then again lost the palm to Alexander. Translated from Greek, Artem means “healthy, unharmed”. It is a colloquial form of the name Artemius, which, in turn, is associated with the name of the goddess Artemis.

5. Mark

But this popular male name «came» from ancient Rome. And it is connected, presumably, with the god of war Mars. According to another version, the ancient Roman name Marcus, from which the name Mark came, means «born in March.» Why are there multiple interpretations? The fact is that personal names in Rome were of such ancient origin that the Romans themselves had already forgotten their exact meaning.

The modern etymological meaning of the name Mark is “hammer”.

4. Leo

The Greeks gave this name to newborns so that they would acquire the power of the animal of the same name. For a long time, the name Leo was not common in Russia, only at the beginning of the 20th century it was often given to children in honor of Leo Tolstoy.

3. Maxim

Roman generic name meaning «greatest». And if this male name is among the most common in Russia, then the female version — Maxim — is almost never found in our country.

2. Michael

In Hebrew, Michael means “who is like God”. This is the name of the archangel who commands the heavenly host.

This name is very popular among Christians, but not among Muslims, as some theologians consider it unacceptable to name children after angels.

1. Alexander

The undisputed leader for many years, only in 2012 he lost the championship to Artem. The origin of this name is Greek, and consists of two parts:

  1. Protective — alex.
  2. Man, human — andros.

In Muslim countries, the name Alexander is changed as Iskander, and comes from the name of Alexander the Great. It is also included in the collection of Jewish names, and also in honor of Alexander the Great.

Although such a traditionally popular name as Sergey did not make it into the top ten, it still does not lose ground. But the names Stepan, Nikolai, Yegor, Grigory, Vladislav and Nikita, on the contrary, went out of fashion this year.

The 10 most popular names for girls

10. Varvara

The selection of the most popular names for girls in 2022 is opened by Varvara, the one who “lays softly but sleeps hard”. It is no coincidence that this name is consonant with the word «barbarian», and translated from Latin means «cruel, rude.» But in translation from Greek it means «foreigner».

9. Vasilisa

Derived from an ancient Greek word meaning «basileus’s wife», «ruler». It is believed that girls with this name have an imperious character, are distinguished by strong business acumen and good organizational skills. These characteristics make them related to the owners of another popular name — Catherine.

8. Alexandra

Feminine version of the most popular male name in Russia. The meaning is «courageous protector».

7. Polina

The feminine form of the French given name Paul is derived from the Latin paulus, «baby» or «small». In Greece, in which, as you know, everything is there, and Polina is, or rather Apollinaria, that is, “solar”, in honor of the god of sunlight, Apollo.

6. Eva

Beautiful female name of Jewish origin. Translated from Hebrew — «giving life.» But the popularity of the name Adam in Russia is much lower than that of his biblical girlfriend, but it is still higher than in 2021.

5. Victoria

In Roman mythology, Victoria is the goddess of victory. Not surprisingly, the name Victoria means «victory» or «victorious».

4. Alice

If we take the old German version, then Alice is “noble”, “generous”. And if Greek — then «truth.» There is a version that this name is an abbreviation for «Adelaide».

3. Anna

This biblical name occurs several times in the first book of Samuel. Hannah, translated from Hebrew — «grace» or «grace of God.» Anna was the name of the mother of the Virgin, the grandmother of Jesus Christ.

2. Mary

Another biblical name in the ranking. It is formed from the Hebrew word Miriam (Miriam) — «serene», «desired». There are also the following interpretations: “lady”, “sad”, “bitter”.

1. Sofia (Sofya)

This is a relatively young leader of the top 10 most popular female names. It topped the list only in 2016, but since then it has remained in first place. The name Sophia is of Greek roots and means «wisdom» in translation.

10 most unusual names

10. Nestor

Name of Greek origin meaning «one who has returned home». That was the name of one of the main participants in the Trojan War, King Pylos, as well as a monk who is considered one of the authors of The Tale of Bygone Years. And this is also the name of 6 newborn Muscovites, according to registry offices in 2022.

9. Prokhor

And again a Greek name. But his meaning is unusual — “sang” or “choir manager”. A wonderful and unusual creative name that 10 boys born in 2022 bear (data only for the capital).



Derived from the Greek word Νίκων – “conqueror”. In Russia, this name is used both as a personal and as a monastic name. Another variant of the name is Nikos. There are as many newborn Nikons in Moscow as there are Prokhorov, namely 10 people.

7. Leo

It is easy to guess the meaning of this name. And it comes from the Greek λέων. In 2022, only 16 boys from Moscow received the name Leo.

6. Teodor

He is Fedor, he is Bogdan, he is Bozhidar. The names sound different, but mean the same thing — «God’s gift.» This name was given 29boys born in Moscow in 2022.

5. Seraphim

The name — fire, literally, in Hebrew means «flaming» or «fiery». Six-winged seraphim angels descend to mortals in the form of fiery whirlwinds or lightning. Registry offices report that in 2022, not very many Seraphim were born in Moscow — 47 people.

4. Marseille

A rare French guest among the most unusual baby names. Means «pertaining to Mars». But from Arabic this name is translated as «praising God.» In 2022, the capital was replenished with 69newborn Marseilles.

3. Tikhon

Another name of Greek origin, which is used in Russia both as a personal name and as a monastic one. Translated from the Greek Τύχων — «fate», «chance». In 2022, 76 babies were named Tikhonov in Moscow.

2. Daniel

This name has the same meaning as the name Daniel, namely “Fight is my judge”. In 2022, 109 new residents of the capital were born, who were given the name Daniel.

1. Robert

Translated from the Old Germanic name (H)rod-berht means «brilliant with glory». In 2022, according to the metropolitan registry offices, 161 boys named Robert are registered.

If we take unusual female names, then in 2022 in Moscow maternity hospitals were born:

  • 156 girls named Aurora,
  • 133 Gold,
  • 83 Athens,
  • 80 Mil,
  • 78 Agnes
  • and 71 Adele.

Only a small number of parents chose such rare names as Miroslava, Miya and Yesenia. However, their popularity increased by 18% compared to the previous year. And, as the press service of the Metropolitan Civil Registry Office said, the popularity of the name Angelina increased by 27%.

Popular female names of 2022, rating type «Like»

Popular female names of 2022, type of rating «Like»

Our name is the symbol that accompanies us all our lives. It’s not for nothing that people attach special importance to the choice of a name. The name is a kind of identifier that distinguishes us from the crowd. And it’s not a secret for anyone that there is even a concept of fashion for names, and like any fashion, it is very capricious and changeable. As a rule, the name is popular for a certain period of time, then gives way to other names. This periodic change of popular names is due to the main function of the name — to be a means of distinguishing people. Therefore, the existence of some reserve of names is always necessary, from which more «fresh» names are scooped. This reserve can be traditional, inactive names or names of other peoples. To make it a little easier to choose a name, we publish our name popularity rating based on statistical data collected on the site.


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  2. Men’s
  3. Ladies

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  • Anella
    Short form of the names Anna.

  • Ardana
    1. from the Latin Arden «ardent, passionate.» 2. Feminine form of the Tibetan name Ardan «strong, mighty».

  • Helma
    German «helmet» meaning «protected».

  • four

    1. Persian (گیتا), Sanskrit (गीता) «song — sing — a kind of song». 2. Hebrew name (גיטה) «good». 3. Polish form named after Margarita.

  • 5

    Türkic name «daughter of flower (Gul)».

  • 6

    An affectionate form of the name Susanna.

  • 7

    1. Persian name, form of the name Zara «golden». 2. Ossetian «singing».

  • eight

    Czech. «shady village»

  • 9

    A short form of the name Isabella, from another Hebrew name [el-i-sheba] — God is my oath.

  • ten

    The Uzbek form of the Arabic name Kibriya «pride, greatness, glory.»

  • eleven

    (نادرة) «rare beauty, main, first, incomparable»

  • 12

    The Turkic name (ruh) is from the Persian «pure, with a bright soul, transparent in thoughts, radiant», a form of the name Ravshan.

  • 13

    Kazakh name (sandugash) «nightingale».

  • fourteen

    Georgian name, possibly a form of the name Zilla or the name Kikilia (Cecilia).

  • fifteen

    Japanese (千夏) «thousand years».

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