Best Baby Names 2020
What are the best baby names for 2020? The 100 choices that deserve a place on every parent’s list?
The real answer is, of course, that the definition of the best baby names is all subjective. But, in the absence of the 2019 name data to pore over (yep, still not over it!), now seems like the perfect time to revive an old Nameberry tradition.
Our list of the 100 best baby names for 2020 is drawn from a wide range of sources. We’ve looked at the hottest names and trends in the US, as well as our own list of Top Baby Names 2020. We’ve scoured the latest celebrity birth announcements for cool choices in the spotlight right now. And we’ve checked out the popularity charts for other countries, too.
Our picks for the 100 best names range from the Top 250 Ayla and Enzo to the barely used Xanthe and Miro. Although they do tend toward the unique end of the baby naming spectrum, in recognition of parents’ increasing desire for individuality.
And here’s the twist: we’ve left the last spot unfilled. We’re asking YOU to help us round out the list. Drop your suggestions below!
100 Best Baby Names for 2020
Abiah — Gentle Biblical choice new to the Nameberry Top 100.
Ambrose — Sweet and sophisticated saint’s name.
Banks — Preppy surname with a bonus nature connection.
Barnaby — Clunky but seriously cute Dickensian choice.
Beatrix — Vibrant vintage name with a sting in the tail.
Boaz — One of the best cool Biblical boy names right now.
Boone — Who knew cowboy chic would ever be a thing?
Caspian — This charming geographical and literary choice is climbing fast.
Daphne — A timeless traditional that has never been overexposed.
Darwin — Stylish surname meets science hero name, with a great meaning to boot!
Dexter — The ultimate high-energy geek chic choice.
Edie — Friendly British favorite starting to be heard more in the US too.
Elio — This bright and sunny choice is particularly popular with the Berries.
Evander — Boasts a strong sound and meaning to match its most famous bearer.
Fitz — Retro nickname which feels newly fresh and funky.
Florence — Top 20 in the UK, but only just makes the Top 1000 in the US.
Frida — Feisty old-fashioned name with artistic cachet.
Halston — Equally smart and stylish for either sex.
Honor — Streamlined virtue name with a shot of vintage glamour.
Huxley — This on-trend literary surname is heating up!
Imogen — Intriguing British favorite which is Top 50 on Nameberry.
Jubilee — Joyful addition to the lively -lee group of girl names.
Laurie — Soft and sensitive short form with a long literary pedigree.
Leander — Top 100 in Norway, an undiscovered gem in the US.
Mabel — Sweet, sassy vintage pick which has already staged a comeback across the pond.
Mae — Mostly heard as a middle name or nickname, but ready to stand alone.
Mercer — Unexpected occupational name with multiple musical namesakes.
Miro — An artistic alternative to Milo.
Nancy — Appealing retro nickname bouncing back ahead of its time.
Ned — Ted’s cuter and clunkier brother.
Noble — Surname, virtue name and jazz hero name all rolled into one.
Odette — One of the freshest -ette names right now.
Paloma — Pretty and peaceful Spanish pick with plenty of character.
Phineas — In the limelight again thanks to musician FINNEAS, but we prefer the more traditional Ph- spelling.
Phoebe — Sweet, stylish and familiar, but retains its offbeat charm.
Rafa — Raffish short form which is starting to stand alone.
Rainier — A European royal name with a cool and capable sound.
Rex — The ultimate rugged yet regal choice.
Rosemary — Pretty vintage pick with a double natural meaning.
Stanley — Its fashionable -ley ending and popularity across the pond makes this a strong contender for next vintage comeback kid.
Sullivan — Jaunty Irish surname with stellar nickname potential.
Sonny — Childhood pet name which has grown up to feel cool, creative and carefree.
Sunday – This soft but striking word name has been picked up by stylish celebrity parents in recent years.
Vander — Dynamic Dutch name shared by several sports stars.
Viggo — This striking Scandinavian choice manages to feel both cute and macho.
Winifred — At its peak in the 1920s, this distinguished vintage gem is ripe for revival again.
Xanthe — Who wouldn’t love that extravagant X initial?
And now it’s over to you!
What ONE name — girl, boy or unisex — would you nominate for the final spot, and why?
And just for fun: what would you name a girl and boy today, using only the names in this list?
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on May 18th, 2020 at 8:31 am
I nominate Eben as an alternative to Evan and maybe Owen. Short for Ebenezer, which probably isn’t quite ready for a comeback yet unfortunately. 😭
I would pick Phoebe for a girl and Dexter for a boy 😊
on May 18th, 2020 at 12:37 pm
The name that first popped up in my head is Juno. I am surprised it isn’t on the list in the first place.
on May 18th, 2020 at 9:37 pm
I would go with Sullivan for a boy, and Beatrix, Imogen, or Elowen for a girl. Or Lumi. Indie, or Xanthe. Girl names are my weakness!
I also like that Calix is listed here–I would also use it for a girl, only spelled Calyx.
Emma Waterhouse Said
on May 19th, 2020 at 9:59 am
Eben and Juno are both great shouts!
on May 20th, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Thrilled to see my all-time favorite name, Maxine, on the list!
I would suggest the addition of Ari for a boy; it seems fairly on-trend lately and is rising in popularity in the US.
on May 21st, 2020 at 12:50 pm
I nominate Tobias to join this list. Can you imagine little a little Toby wandering around? 😍
If I had to pick a sibling set from this list, I would go with Elowen and Wells!
Emma Waterhouse Said
on May 22nd, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Ari made the list in 2018, @enthusiast – but we’d certainly have included it this year if not! Great suggestion.
@GringaLoca Yes to Tobias/Toby! Both already Top 100 choices in the UK, definitely ones to watch.
on September 6th, 2020 at 6:25 pm
If I had to come up with a combo right now, using only this list, it would probably be: Beatrix Lyra & Viggo Ambrose.
I’m not sure which male name should take the top for 2020 but, I feel like the female one is Beatrix. IMO she particularly seems to merge the vintage & the modern theses days.
on September 6th, 2020 at 6:52 pm
For other names not on list, interestingly, Cadoc feels like it could/should be on this list too, but of course it is so under-the-radar that that’s not yet. Perhaps it too will rise in future.
I do also feel like Adeliza deserves a comeback…
And I have been noticing Maeve and Willa rising a lot again. Have they made an earlier list?
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