The Hottest Z Names of 2020
Names starting with Z could be zooming up the charts this year — they’re certainly hot with Nameberry readers!
Writing that makes me wonder if it’s because many of us have been saying “Zoom” a lot more than we used to, so the Z sound is on our minds.
Whether that’s the case or not, a lot of Z names have grown popular in recent years. On the girls’ side, Zoey is a Top 20 name when all the spellings are combined, and Zara is climbing steadily through the Top 300. Trending Z names for boys include cool nickname Zeke and pop prince Zayn.
But this is all from last year’s name data. How do we know what parents are interested in right now?
We analyzed pageviews for the names in our database over the last month, to see which names increased the most compared to the same time last year. In other words, the names our readers are more interested in now than they were a year ago.
A significant chunk of them begin with Z — more than you’d expect for a relatively uncommon initial. Of these, most are short with prominent vowels, especially for girls. Many are a twist on other names that are fashionable now: Ella, Bella and Stella lead to Zella, while Leon and Ryan are a short step away from Zion.
In order of the biggest increase in views, here are our 15 hottest Z names this year.
A couple of notes on the figures. On average, the traffic on our name pages grew by 17% in the last year. Zuko, the top name on this list, grew 15 times more than that, so it’s rising much faster than most names on the site. Also, in our database name pages are either boy or girl, even if the name is unisex.
264% more views in 2020
We can thank Avatar: The Last Airbender for the surge of interest in this name — Fire Lord Zuko is a major character in the TV series. So far that hasn’t translated to a huge amount of use for babies, but we could see it taking off.
63% more views in 2020
No surprise that this spiritual name is popular. Zion is falling a little as a girl name, but for boys it continued to rise in 2019, and looks to be headed towards the Top 100.
Zariyah and Zaria
95% and 69% more views in 2020
Arabic flower name Zaria got its initial boost from the 1990s sitcom The Parent ‘Hood. The similar sound to popular Aria is what’s keeping it — and alternative spellings like Zariyah — in style today.
58% more views in 2020
A fun member of the “Ella” name group, the recent boost in interest is probably from singer Zella Day, who released a new record this summer. Her parents got her name from a book in a museum.
So will we see a big rise in baby names starting with Z in 2020? Or are they just popular on Nameberry because name enthusiasts love reading about unusual sounds? We look forward to finding out.
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on October 2nd, 2020 at 12:50 pm
Avatar: The Last Airbender was recently added to Netflix and garnered quite a few first-time viewers, so I’m sure that’s part of the reason for the surge of interest in the name “Zuko.” It’s well-deserved, though–both the show and the character are awesome!
on October 2nd, 2020 at 2:21 pm
How about Zealand? Like New Zealand?
Cole and Savannah LaBrant named their son that.
Emma Waterhouse Said
on October 2nd, 2020 at 6:13 pm
Zuko is so fun! I also love Zev, Zella and Zola (love the latter for a boy too).
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