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Most Popular Baby Names 2020…so far

Most Popular Baby Names 2020…so far

The most popular 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 names for the first half of 2020 are:

Popular Girl Names

  1. Luna

  2. Maeve

  3. Aurora

  4. Olivia

  5. Isla

  6. Ava

  7. Ophelia

  8. Eleanor

  9. Eloise

  10. Aurelia

Popular Boy Names

  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:

  • Athena

  • Ayla

  • Daphne

  • Edith

  • Eliana

  • Ellie

  • Eva

  • Evie

  • Kayla

  • Kiara

  • Nova

  • Persephone

  • Quinn

  • Scarlett

  • Sophia

  • 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 and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, 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 sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.