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These 100+ Baby Names Will Top the List of the Most Popular for 2020

Good Housekeeping logo Good Housekeeping 10/3/2019 Marisa LaScala
a baby lying on a bed: Boy or girl, traditional or unique, these 100+ names will be the most popular baby names in 2020. Will Emma and Liam still be on top? © Jill Lehmann Photography - Getty Images Boy or girl, traditional or unique, these 100+ names will be the most popular baby names in 2020. Will Emma and Liam still be on top?
  • Emma and Liam are currently the most popular baby names in the United States.
  • The Social Security Administration has also released a list of baby names that are rising fast in popularity.
  • TV shows, the Royal Family, and a tendency to choose shorter names are a few of the trends that are influencing the names that are climbing the charts.

Choosing a name for a baby is a big commitment. Do you want to go with an all-time classic name, or something trendy and of-the-moment? Do you want a popular name, or do you want to find something that's truly unique (but not so unique that it's illegal)? And, if it's the latter, how do you know that your unique name isn't one that's going to be on the top of all the baby lists in the next five years?

It's time to do some research. Here are the current most popular names for girls and boys, along with some trends and predictions about the names that are sure to be the most popular baby names 2020 has to offer.

These are the names that are rising fastest in popularity

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been keeping track of the popularity of baby names, and its database goes back to the year 1879. According to the SSA, Liam and Emma are the current chart-topping baby names for boys and girls. But will they last another year? Based on the SSA data, the names that are getting more popular by the minute include Genesis, Saint (hello, Saint West), Baker, Kairo, and Watson for boys, along with Meaghan (as in the Duchess of Sussex), Dior, Adalee, Palmer, and Oaklynn for girls.

Four-letter names are becoming the norm

Research says that are baby names are getting shorter — with the four-letter name becoming the ideal. That certainly goes with what baby-naming website Nameberry has seen among its users. In its recent trend report, it sees four-letter names gaining popularity, especially for girls, with names like Luna, Isla, Mila, and Cora getting traction.

Parents are borrowing names from other countries

With Liam and Noah taking the top two spots for boys, and names like Kylo (for Star Wars fans), Bode, and Zaid gaining ground, the short-name trend extends to boys, too. But the bigger trend for boys may be the rise in international names, like Luca, Kai, Axel, and Mateo. Scandinavian names, like Anders, Bjorn, Gunnar, Leif, Magnus, and Thor, are becoming particularly hot. Then again, the far-and-away biggest riser for boys among Nameberry users is homegrown: Maverick. (Any Top Gun fans out there?)

Everything royal continues to do well

Babycenter also tracks the interest in baby names among its users, and anything to do with the English monarchy gives those names a royal bump. It reports that interest in the name Meghan jumped 49 percent for girls after the royal wedding, for example. Babycenter predicts similar bumps for Archie, and even Eugenie and Jack.

Archie was actually rising in popularity even before it became a royal moniker. Some of it may have to do with Riverdale, but it's really at the intersection of two other trends currently happening in baby names. First, more parents are using nicknames as full names (as in Wells over Maxwell, Wendy over Gwendolyn, and Dani over Danielle). And there has also been a rise in "old man" names for boys (like Theodore or Gus).

Pop culture still drives some names

And, even though it's over, Game of Thrones is one of the main name-generators. Aria has already cracked the top 20. According to Babycenter: Olenna is up 71%, Ellaria is up 53%, and Stark is up 9% among its users. Yara is also on the list of the SSA's fastest-climbing names, having jumped more than 300 places in rank in the last year.

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If the Starks aren't influencing baby names, then it's the Kardashian/Jenners. In addition to the rise of Saint (a name that's actually banned in some countries because it resembles an official title), Babycenter has seen interest rise in Stormi, True, Chicago, Dream, Reign, and even Nori, the nickname for North. It's only a matter of time before Psalm enters the list, too.

According to the Social Security Administration, these are the 50 most popular names for girls.

The SSA says that these are the current most popular names for girls (from the year 2018, the most recent year available).

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Sophia
  6. Charlotte
  7. Mia
  8. Amelia
  9. Harper
  10. Evelyn
  11. Abigail
  12. Emily
  13. Elizabeth
  14. Mila
  15. Ella
  16. Avery
  17. Sofia
  18. Camila
  19. Aria
  20. Scarlett
  21. Victoria
  22. Madison
  23. Luna
  24. Grace
  25. Chloe
  26. Penelope
  27. Layla
  28. Riley
  29. Zoey
  30. Nora
  31. Lily
  32. Eleanor
  33. Hannah
  34. Lillian
  35. Addison
  36. Aubrey
  37. Ellie
  38. Stella
  39. Natalie
  40. Zoe
  41. Leah
  42. Hazel
  43. Violet
  44. Aurora
  45. Savannah
  46. Audrey
  47. Brooklyn
  48. Bella
  49. Claire
  50. Skylar

Also according to the SSA, here are the 50 most common names for boys.

The SSA's records say that these were the boys' names used most often in 2018.

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. James
  5. Oliver
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. Lucas
  9. Mason
  10. Logan
  11. Alexander
  12. Ethan
  13. Jacob
  14. Michael
  15. Daniel
  16. Henry
  17. Jackson
  18. Sebastian
  19. Aiden
  20. Matthew
  21. Samuel
  22. David
  23. Joseph
  24. Carter
  25. Owen
  26. Wyatt
  27. John
  28. Jack
  29. Luke
  30. Jayden
  31. Dylan
  32. Grayson
  33. Levi
  34. Isaac
  35. Gabriel
  36. Julian
  37. Mateo
  38. Anthony
  39. Jaxon
  40. Lincoln
  41. Joshua
  42. Christopher
  43. Andrew
  44. Theodore
  45. Caleb
  46. Ryan
  47. Asher
  48. Nathan
  49. Thomas
  50. Leo

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