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.
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:
Other baby name trends we see evidenced in our popularity list for 2020 include:
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-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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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*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.
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on April 20th, 2020 at 9:59 am
“Cataclysmic” and “disastrous”? Come on. I expect that kind of sensationalist gunk from the news, not a baby naming website.
on April 22nd, 2020 at 10:12 pm
Nameberry always comment on current events and holidays, it would be disrespectful to all those who have lost loved ones to for them to post something and blatantly disregard what is happening in the world right now. If you think that infection of over 2 million people worldwide and over 140,000 deaths to a virus with no available vaccine is not a disaster, then I would like to know what is???
on September 11th, 2020 at 8:37 pm
This is my name, and I love it! It’s classic, out if the ordinary and international. I really hope it gains popularity over the years, I think it dropped off the Top 1000 in 2019. It really is a shame as it is a beautiful name.
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