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Top Baby Names in the US

Top Baby Names in the US

The top baby names in the US are led by Olivia in the top spot for girls and Liam as the #1 name for boys. The most recent list of popular names ranks all the names given to five or more newborns in 2020.

Along with Olivia, the Top 10 girl names in the US comprise Emma, Ava, Charlotte, Sophia, Amelia, Isabella, Evelyn and Harper.

Along with Liam, names ranking among the US Top 10 for boys are Noah, Oliver, Elijah, William, James, Benjamin, Lucas, Henry and Alexander.

Other top baby names in the US include Ella and Mia for girls along with Jacob and Jack for boys.

The Social Security Administration list of popular US baby names is released in May each year, based on statistics from the previous calendar year. The most recent list, published here, is therefore a count of names for babies born in the US in 2020.

The official list of most popular baby names is a record of the names actually given to babies in the most recent full year. While it's extremely reliable in terms of gauging naming patterns and popularity in the past, the time lag makes it less valuable as a tool for predicting which baby names will become popular in the future.

To look at a name's popularity over time and to see its standing on Nameberry's own list of popular baby names as well as those from other countries, click through to the individual name pages.

Below is the full 2020 list of most popular baby names in the US, which includes the Top 1000 names for girls and names for boys.

Note that the SSA counts each spelling and variation as a separate name, so that some names with many popular variants rank much lower on the official list than you might think. Considering all spellings together, Jackson is actually the most popular name for boys in the US and Sophia the top name for girls. For more details, see our latest Playground Analysis, which combines variant spellings to give a truer picture of the names you're likely to hear most often on the playground.

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