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Most Popular Baby Names 2020…so far

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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:

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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.

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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

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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.

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TOP 100 BABY NAMES 2020

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

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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:

  • Athena

  • Ayla

  • Daphne

  • Edith

  • Eliana

  • Ellie

  • Eva

  • Evie

  • Kayla

  • Kiara

  • Nova

  • Persephone

  • Quinn

  • Scarlett

  • Sophia

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    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:

  • Abiah

  • Dante

  • Enzo

  • Ezekiel

  • Ian

  • Logan

  • Luca

  • Lucian

  • Lucius

  • Mateo

  • Micah

  • Nathaniel

  • Phoenix

  • Rowan

  • 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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