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Top Baby Names of 2020 Revealed!

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Drum roll please… the Nameberry top baby names of 2020 are here!

These are the names that got the most views on our site this year. They’re the ones on name-savvy parents’ (or future parents’) minds, so they’re a pretty good measure of what will be hot in the year ahead.

The big news is that we have a new number one girl! Luna takes the top spot from four-year champion Olivia… just as Olivia finally tops the official US rankings. This shows that Nameberry readers are often a step ahead of the national trends. Harry Potter-inspired Luna entered our Top 100 in 2012, and broke into the US Top 100 in 2016. If she reaches number one nationally in a few years, you heard it here first.

For boys, Milo remains the most popular name for a second year running. Two more O-ending boy namesLeo and Arlo — have entered the Top Ten, proving that this is one of the coolest endings of the moment.

Here are our most-viewed names (you’ll find the full Top 100 at the end).

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Top Ten Names of 2020

Girls

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

Boys

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

Fun fact: girl names are way more popular than boy names with our readers. Of the top 50 name pages, 41 are female and only 9 are male.

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Coming in, going out

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Girls

Girl names new (or returning) to the Top 100:
Athena, Ayla, Celeste, Daisy, Daphne, Edith, Eliana, Ella, Ellie, Eva, Jasmine, Kiara, Nova, Persephone, Sophia

Girl names dropping out of the Top 100:
Abigail, Adah, Claudia, Emily, Gemma, Hannah, Harper, Isabel, Juliet, Lila, Madeline, Margot, Naomi, Posie, Willow

The new entries show that names beginning with El– remain popular, as does the ever-growing interest in names from mythology (Athena, Persephone), and sweet vintage names that are favorites in the UK but lesser-known in the US (Daisy, Edith).

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Boys

Boy names new (or returning) to the Top 100:
Caspian, Enzo, Ezekiel, Luca, Lucian, Lucifer, Lucius, Magnus, Malachi, Micah, Nathan, Nathaniel, Orion, Rhys

Boy names dropping out of the Top 100:
Abel, August, Austin, Beau, Beckett, Charlie, Cole, Graham, Harry, Ian, Noah, Nolan, Ryker, Simon

A lot of the names dropping out have a cowboy style: could this be the beginning of the end for Wild West names? It also looks like there’s a new wave of biblical boy names rising to replace familiar favorites like Noah

Names starting with Luc– are more popular than ever before (Luke and Lucas were already in the Top 100) — and the “Lu” sound is also there in Louis, Luna and Lucy. A few years ago we would have said the interest in Lucifer was purely theoretical, but between the TV show, the rise in mythological names, and the fashionable sound, this controversial name has been rising steeply on real birth certificates.

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Nameberry charts versus US charts

We won’t know the official US name data for 2020 until sometime next year, but let’s compare our charts with the latest American figures for 2019. (We see you and love you, international Berries, but most of our readers are in the States.)

The two charts have a lot of names in common, but also some big differences. For both sexes, 49 names appear in both the Nameberry Top 100 and the US Top 100, and 51 are different.

The most nichely Nameberry names are melodic girls Imogen, Cordelia and Seraphina; and for boys, Lucifer, Cassian, Caius, Lucius and Elio. They are all below the Top 1000 in the States.

Other names batting well above their real life ranking include Astrid, Aurelia, Elodie, Mae and Wren; and Ambrose, Amias, Lachlan, Magnus and Soren.

Nationally-popular picks missing from our Top 100 include Harper, Abigail, Emily, Camila, Sofia and Avery for girls; and Noah, Mason, Michael, Logan, Jackson and Aiden for boys. Some of these have been around for a long time and are beginning to gently fall, so probably don’t feel so fresh to those of you seeking cool new names. The absence of Spanish Camila and Sofia may reflect that our readers lean more anglophone.

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Nameberry’s Top 100 Baby Names 2020

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Girls

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

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Boys

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

Want to see even more? The most popular names on Nameberry are updated regularly, so you always know what’s hot.

About the Author

Clare Green

Clare Green writes Nameberry's weekly round-up of the latest baby name news, including celebrity announcements, unusual naming stories, and new statistics from around the world . Clare, who has been writing for Nameberry since 2015, lives in England, where she has worked in libraries and studies linguistics. You can follow her personally on Instagram and Twitter.

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