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Top Baby Names 2020….so far

April 20, 2020 Pamela Redmond
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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:

Top 10 Girl Names 2020

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

Top 10 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 2020

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. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, 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 new sequel, Older.

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