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Top Baby Names 2020….so far

Top Baby Names 2020….so far

The top baby names of 2020 are yet to be decided for the full year, so we are a long way from knowing whether and how the cataclysmic events of 2020’s disastrous first quarter will shape names of the future.

For now, we’ve got a new top girls’ name for 2020 so far: Luna. The name of the Roman moon goddess, Luna has vaulted to the top of the charts since Chrissy Teigen and John Legend chose it for their daughter. And it’s got a perfect ancient-yet-unconventional feel for right now.

On the boys’ side, the biblical Asher retakes the Number 1 spot from last year’s top boy name Milo, which moves down to Number 2.

Three new girls’ names entered the Top 10 in this first tally of 2020: Ava, Eloise, and Eleanor, replacing Ada, Cora, and Amelia. Cora, which we might have predicted would go all the way to the top of the list, may have been knocked out of contention by its similarity to corona.

Arlo is the most dramatic new entrant to the boys’ list, joining the Top 10 with Leo and Levi. That makes three of the Top 10 boys’ names ending with O, four if you count Theodore‘s short form Theo, which ranks on its own at Number 29. Other O-ending boy names in the Top 100 include Hugo, Elio, Mateo, Enzo, and Otto.

Archie has fallen off the Top 10, though it probably ranked that high artificially, thanks to the royal baby. Aarav is another Top 10 dropout with an artificially high ranking, given that it’s the first name on many lists. The other boys’ name that’s slipped is Jack.

Here are the full Top 10 2020 names for girls and boys:

Baby Girl Names 2020

  1. Luna

  2. Aurora

  3. Maeve

  4. Olivia

  5. Isla

  6. Ava 

  7. Charlotte

  8. Ophelia

  9. Eloise 

  10. Eleanor 

Baby Boy Names 2020

  1. Asher

  2. Milo

  3. Oliver

  4. Levi 

  5. Silas

  6. Atticus

  7. Theodore

  8. Jasper

  9. Leo 

  10. Arlo

Baby Name Trends

Other baby name trends we see evidenced in our popularity list for 2020 include:

Vowel names

A large proportion of the top baby names 2020 for both sexes begin with vowels: 41 of the girls’ names and 35 of the boys’ names begin with vowels. A continues to be the most popular letter for boys, with A tied with E names for girls at 18 each.

Nearly half the Top 100 girls’ names on the 2020 top names list end in A. With boys’ names, more than a quarter end in vowels or vowel sounds, a trend that keeps gathering steam. Along with the O-ending names, the top boy names also include I-enders such as Eli and Bodhi and names that end with the A sound such as Luca and Micah.

Two syllable names

Two-thirds of the top boys’ names and nearly half the girls’ names are made up of two syllables. Three syllables is the next most popular count of the top baby names 2020, with 29 girls’ names and 25 boys’ names comprised of three syllables.

The Lu names

Luna is not the only popular name containing the Lu sound, popular for both genders in the top baby names 2020. Also in the Top 100 are Lucy for girls along with Louis, Luca, Lucas, Lucian, Lucius, and Luke for boys.

L and El names

L is the most popular first consonant for boys’ names, with 11 of the top 100 names on the boys’ side starting with L. Along with those already mentioned are Lachlan, Liam, and Logan. 

Even when L is not literally the first letter of a name, the El sound is popular for names for both girls and boys. Ranking in the Top 100 are 11 names for girls — Eleanor, Elena, Eliana, Elise, Eliza, Elizabeth, Ella, Ellie, Elodie, Eloise, and Elsie — along with boy names Eli, Elias, Elijah, and Elio.

M names for girls

M is by far the most popular consonant beginning for girls’ names, with ten of the Top 100 girl names for 2020  starting with M. They are: Mabel, Madeline, Mae, Maeve, Maisie, Margaret, Matilda, Maya, Mia, and Mila. 

In addition, Emma and Emilia rank in the Top 100.

Boy names ending in S

N-ending names have dominated the boys’ list for years, and a quarter of the top boy names still carry the N ending. But boys’ names that end in S now dominate those ending in R.

S-ending boys’ names in the Top 100 include both classics such as James and Thomas and newcomers like Cassius and Amias.

Coming in, going out

Girls’ names new to the Top 100 are: Edith, Amaya, Ayla, Athena, Saoirse, Kayla, Eliana, Nova, Sophia, Eva, Ella, and Ellie.

Girl names dropping off the Top 100 this quarter are: Adah, Posie, Isabel, Harper, Emily, Margot, Juliet, Hannah, Naomi, Lila, Gemma, and Evie.

New boys’ names on the Top 100 are: Lucius, Lucian, Luca, Micah, Logan, Abiah, Enzo, Ezekiel, David, Nathaniel, and Nathan.

Dropping off the boys’ Top 100 are: Harry, Sawyer, Beckett, Graham, Beau, Noah, Caius, Austin, and Simon.

Top Girl Names 2020

  1. Luna

  2. Aurora

  3. Maeve

  4. Olivia

  5. Isla

  6. Ava 

  7. Charlotte

  8. Ophelia

  9. Eloise 

  10. Eleanor 

  11. Aurelia

  12. Cora

  13. Iris

  14. Amelia

  15. Hazel

  16. Isabella

  17. Alice

  18. Ivy

  19. Evelyn

  20. Maya

  21. Adelaide

  22. Genevieve

  23. Aria

  24. Amara

  25. Mia

  26. Freya

  27. Chloe

  28. Elodie

  29. Nora

  30. Violet

  31. Lucy

  32. Clara

  33. Anastasia

  34. Rose

  35. Ada

  36. Astrid

  37. Audrey

  38. Arabella

  39. Penelope

  40. Anna

  41. Esme

  42. Evangeline

  43. Lilith

  44. Claire

  45. Maisie

  46. Elena

  47. Phoebe

  48. Adeline

  49. Elizabeth

  50. Emma

  51. Imogen

  52. Clementine

  53. Jane

  54. Cordelia

  55. Seraphina

  56. Thea

  57. Zara

  58. Elsie

  59. Emilia

  60. Julia

  61. Grace

  62. Josephine

  63. Scarlett

  64. Beatrice

  65. Florence

  66. Quinn

  67. Delilah

  68. Eliza

  69. Mae

  70. Mabel

  71. Sophia

  72. Nova

  73. Ellie

  74. Sadie

  75. Poppy

  76. Elise

  77. Matilda

  78. Eliana

  79. Lily

  80. Kayla

  81. Stella

  82. Lyra

  83. Caroline

  84. Ella

  85. Eva

  86. Sienna

  87. Mila

  88. Lydia

  89. Saoirse

  90. Abigail

  91. Margaret

  92. Athena

  93. Willow

  94. Madeline

  95. Ayla

  96. Claudia

  97. Edith

  98. Amaya

  99. Wren

  100. Willa

Top Boy Names 2020

  1. Asher

  2. Milo

  3. Oliver

  4. Levi 

  5. Silas

  6. Atticus

  7. Theodore

  8. Jasper

  9. Leo 

  10. Arlo

  11. Liam

  12. Kai

  13. Felix

  14. Jack

  15. Oscar

  16. Finn

  17. Ethan

  18. Aarav

  19. Henry

  20. Caleb

  21. Jude

  22. Ezra

  23. Atlas

  24. Jayden

  25. Eli

  26. Hugo

  27. Elijah

  28. Wyatt

  29. Theo

  30. Benjamin

  31. Rowan

  32. Sebastian

  33. Arthur

  34. Julian

  35. Lucas

  36. Aaron

  37. Tobias

  38. Archer

  39. Declan

  40. Cassius

  41. Soren

  42. Zachary

  43. Miles

  44. Axel

  45. James

  46. Owen

  47. Xavier

  48. Charles

  49. Callum

  50. Josiah

  51. Bodhi

  52. Thomas

  53. Aryan

  54. Phoenix

  55. Archie

  56. Elio

  57. Ambrose

  58. Roman

  59. Alexander

  60. John

  61. Emmett

  62. Mateo

  63. Luke

  64. Nathaniel

  65. William

  66. Daniel

  67. Ezekiel

  68. Everett

  69. Gabriel

  70. Cyrus

  71. Ronan

  72. Enzo

  73. Louis

  74. Adrian

  75. Andrew

  76. Isaac

  77. Amias

  78. August

  79. Abiah

  80. Gideon

  81. Logan

  82. Zane

  83. Luca

  84. Micah

  85. Elias

  86. Otto

  87. Ryker

  88. Otis

  89. Lucian

  90. Ian

  91. Max

  92. Samuel

  93. Lucius

  94. Nolan

  95. Jacob

  96. Nathan

  97. Cassian

  98. Cole

  99. David

  100. Lachlan

Go here for an alphabetical list of the Top Baby Names of 2020.

*Note: Nameberry’s popularity list is calculated based on which names attracted the most views of our website. For the official count of the Top Names in the US, calculated most recently for 2018, visit the Social Security website.

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.