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Top Baby Names 2020

baby names 2020

by Pamela Redmond

The top baby names 2020 feature a host of names that went virtually unused a generation ago. These include newly-minted names, rediscovered antiques, plus names imported from around the world.

We predict 2020’s top baby names by calculating which names saw the biggest increases in interest from Nameberry readers so far this year compared with last year.

Some top names of 2020 are influenced by high visibility celebrities or pop culture events while others contain a fresh spin on a stylish sound or form.

Our top baby names are a radical departure from the official national list, which suffers from a considerable time lag. We won’t know which names were really used most often for babies in 2020 until May of 2021.

The names here offer baby namers a heads up on trends and specific names destined to get more popular in 2020 and beyond.

Here, Nameberry’s outlook for the top names for baby girls and baby boys in 2020.

Top Girl Names 2020

Our top girl names for 2020 feature several choices that feel familiar, yet contain some element that’s new. The Top 10 girl names, in order of popularity, are:

1. Adah – All girl names starting with the letters and sound Ad have been rising quickly in recent years, including Ada and Adele, Adelaide and all spellings of Adeline. Adah, a Biblical name pronounced AH-dah, is a fresh choice with deep roots.

2. Reese – Actress Reese Witherspoon had a highly visible year in 2019, between Big Little Lies and her book club. Now her name is poised to take off ala Scarlett (Johansson) and Adele. Reese is the phonetic spelling of the unisex Welsh name meaning ardor.

3. MikaJournalist Mika Brzezinski undoubtedly had some influence on the popularization of her name, pronounced mee-ka, but it’s also a new Michael feminization, taking over from the now-flagging Mikayla and cousins.

4. PaisleyPaisley is one of those super trendy names that morphed quickly from fascinating and fresh to super trendy, rising in the official list to Number 52 in just a bit over a decade . But according to our data, the Scottish Paisley is only getting hotter.

5. AminaAmina is an Arabic name with Quranic significance – she was the mother of prophet Muhammad – and international appeal.

6. TeaganThe Irish and Welsh Teagan is one of those names that is technically unisex but is used far more often for one gender, in this case over 90 percent girls. The name has deeper roots than you might imagine – there was a Welsh St. Tegan – and takes over for 90s favorites Megan and Reagan. 

7. NovaNova is one of those, well, nouveau names that’s enjoyed a meteoric rise. Closing in on the Top 50 on the official charts, Nova could soon join Luna as a celestial name at the top of the popularity lists 

8. AuraAura may be the least-used name among our top girl names of 2020 – only 120 baby girls were named Aura in the US in 2018, where it still lies outside the Top 1000. But it’s a natural successor to Aria and Arya, carries a stylish spiritual feel, and is also popular with Spanish speaking parents.

9. PearlGently old-fashioned Pearl is a granny name turned modern superstar. Pearl was a Top 100 name from the time the Social Security Popular Names count started in 1880 through the mid-1920s, when it started a long decline. But in the past decade it’s come back in a major way.

10. BillieTeen singing sensation Billie Eilish has done for this name what Billie Holiday could not: Made it a modern star. Billie hit its high point in the US charts in 1929 and 1930, when it was in the Top 100, which according to the Hundred Year Rule makes it destined for widespread popularity again in the next decade.

Hottest Girl Names 2020

These names also showed a big bounce in interest in 2019 compared with the previous year, so we’d look for them to gain greater visibility in 2020. 

Top Boy Names 2020

The top boy names of 2020 feature some ancient choices not heard in centuries as well as brand new names. Our picks for 2020’s top names for baby boys:

1. AustinThis Texas city name is poised to climb again now that the memory of Austin Powers has faded. You can also see it as a feminist literary name, a tribute to author Jane Austen.

2. AlvaEvery American schoolchild knows this as the middle name of the great inventor Thomas Edison, whose surname has also become popular. With Alma and Alba now stylish for girls, Alva could gain visibility for boys.

3. AcaciusThis ancient name carries the trendy s ending and a botanical meaning, a style winner on three counts.

4. TateNorse surname name Tate, which means cheerful, is theoretically unisex but used 95% of the time for boys.

5. DiegoDiego, which you’d be forgiven for not knowing was the Spanish form of James, is one of the hottest Latinx names for boys in the US.

6. EastonEaston, technically a place-name literally meaning east town, is preppier and more popular than the cowboyish Weston.

7. LuciusLucius can’t help being a luscious name, one of the male forms of the ancient Roman clan name meaning light. While Lucy, Lucia, and Lucian are all rising on popularity lists, Lucius has yet to hit the US Top 1000.

8. CashCash is a multi-dimensional name, theoretically a short form for the stylish ancient names Cassius or Cassian, a tribute to Johnny Cash, or a straight-out ode to money.

9. AshAsh is a short form of the popular Biblical Asher, which means happy, and might also be considered a tree name. It still stands outside the Top 1000.

10. LucaLuca is a pan-European favorite that receiving an enthusiastic welcome from American parents. Related to Lucas and Luke rather than the Lucius family, it’s set to break into the boys’ Top 100. 

Hottest Boy Names 2020

 Based on Nameberry data, we predict these boys names to be among the hottest of 2020 and rise through the ranks in the decade ahead.

Top Unisex Names 2020

Gender-neutral baby names we see getting more popular for both baby girls and baby boys in 2020 include the following.

  1. Ellis
  2. Phoenix
  3. Remi /Remy
  4. Marlowe
  5. Shea
  6. Zephyr
  7. Darcy
  8. Rowan
  9. Quinn
  10. Emerson

 

Pamela Redmond is the cofounder and CEO of Nameberry and the coauthor of ten landmark books on names, include Beyond Jennifer & Jason and The Baby Name Bible.

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Lynee2 Says:

November 4th, 2019 at 7:31 am

So, um, I don’t think that Diego is the Spanish form of James. That would actually be Santiago…. I do love the name Diego, though!!.

miloowen Says:

November 4th, 2019 at 12:41 pm

Diego is definitely a form of James, although it’s more popular in Mexico than it is in Spain, where Jaime and Santiago are more popular.

Lynee2 Says:

November 5th, 2019 at 9:14 am

Oh! My bad…

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