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Most Popular Baby Names 2020…so far

June 28, 2020 Pamela Redmond
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The most popular baby names of 2020 halfway through the year are in, with Luna and Milo leading the roster for girls and boys.

But one significant name is missing from Nameberry’s Top 10 after these challenging six months: Cora.

Cora stood at Number 8 on the popular baby name website’s list at this time last year, and had moved all the way up to Number 6 on the official 2019 list. But the name is too reminiscent of coronavirus so its popularity is waning.

The dimming of Cora’s star may be one reason for Luna‘s rise to the top spot. Like Cora, Luna is a sleek yet ancient mythological name. Luna is the Roman goddess of the moon, and perhaps more significantly for the name’s current visibility, the name of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s daughter.

Top boys’ name Milo has similarly ancient roots: It was the name of a six-time wrestling champion in the original Olympics.

Nameberry’s ten most popular baby names for the first half of 2020 are:

Top 10 Girl Names 2020

  1. Luna
  2. Maeve
  3. Aurora
  4. Olivia
  5. Isla
  6. Ava
  7. Ophelia
  8. Eleanor
  9. Eloise
  10. Aurelia

Top 10 Boy Names 2020

  1. Milo
  2. Asher
  3. Atticus
  4. Oliver
  5. Levi
  6. Silas
  7. Arlo
  8. Leo
  9. Theodore
  10. Jasper

Six names are new to the half-year 2020 girls’ Top 10 compared with this time last year: Luna, Ava, Ophelia, Eleanor, Eloise, and Aurelia.

On the boys’ side, Oliver, Levi, and Leo are new to the Top 10 compared with mid-year 2019.

We calculate our popularity list on the basis of which name pages received the most visits. While this is not an official count of how many babies received these names, it’s the closest anybody might be able to get right now.  Due to Covd-19, the Social Security Administration delayed announcing its 2019 list of popular names indefinitely.

Hottest Girl Names 2020

The hottest baby names at mid-year 2020 – those that have made the most dramatic leaps up the list compared with a year ago – are, for girls:

  1. Kiara
  2. Nova
  3. Luna
  4. Ayla
  5. Zara
  6. Athena
  7. Cordelia
  8. Maeve
  9. Florence
  10. Anastasia

Hottest Boy Names 2020

For boys, the names making the biggest upward moves are:

  1. Enzo
  2. Phoenix
  3. Arlo
  4. Lucius
  5. Kai
  6. Hugo
  7. Levi
  8. Ezekiel
  9. Caleb
  10. Rowan

Many of these names sharing a new moment in the sun are multi-cultural or have ancient roots in mythology or the bible.

Kiara, the hottest girl name up nearly 200% over last year, might be a spelling variation of Chiara, the Italian version of Claire, or an Aboriginal nature name, or the name of Simba’s daughter in The Lion King.

Enzo, an Italian spin on Henry, is popular not only in its native land but in Spain, France, Portugal, England, and the US.

TOP 100 BABY NAMES 2020

Nameberry’s full list of Top 100 baby names for the first half of 2020 are:

Most Popular Girl Names

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

Most Popular Boy Names

  1. Milo
  2. Asher
  3. Atticus
  4. Oliver
  5. Levi
  6. Silas
  7. Arlo
  8. Leo
  9. Theodore
  10. Jasper
  11. Kai
  12. Felix
  13. Aarav
  14. Finn
  15. Liam
  16. Oscar
  17. Jack
  18. Jude
  19. Ethan
  20. Caleb
  21. Henry
  22. Atlas
  23. Hugo
  24. Ezra
  25. Wyatt
  26. Eli
  27. Jayden
  28. Elijah
  29. Arthur
  30. Theo
  31. Sebastian
  32. Tobias
  33. Rowan
  34. Cassius
  35. Lucas
  36. Benjamin
  37. Archer
  38. Soren
  39. Julian
  40. Miles
  41. Declan
  42. Zachary
  43. Aaron
  44. Bodhi
  45. Xavier
  46. Axel
  47. James
  48. Owen
  49. Josiah
  50. Aryan
  51. Callum
  52. Charles
  53. Enzo
  54. Phoenix
  55. Thomas
  56. Archie
  57. Elio
  58. Roman
  59. Mateo
  60. Alexander
  61. Louis
  62. Emmett
  63. Everett
  64. Nathaniel
  65. Luke
  66. Cyrus
  67. William
  68. Ronan
  69. Amias
  70. Ambrose
  71. Otto
  72. Ezekiel
  73. John
  74. Daniel
  75. Gabriel
  76. Otis
  77. Andrew
  78. Isaac
  79. August
  80. Micah
  81. Adrian
  82. Gideon
  83. Ryker
  84. Luca
  85. Lucian
  86. Max
  87. Zane
  88. Cassian
  89. Lucius
  90. Caspian
  91. Samuel
  92. Elias
  93. Abiah
  94. Jacob
  95. Dante
  96. Ian
  97. Nolan
  98. Logan
  99. Caius
  100. Lachlan

GIRL NAMES NEW TO THE TOP 100

Names new to the Top 100 are a combination of fresh choices making big leaps upwards, some of them on the hottest list, and widely popular names still attracting attention from Nameberry’s visitors.

The new names to the girls’  Top 100 2020 compared with 2019’s mid-year tally are:

BOY NAMES NEW TO THE TOP 100

Boy names new to the Top 100 for mid-year 2020 compared with the same time last year are:

About the author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show,, CNN, and the BBC. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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