Curious which baby names stole the show this year? From new classics like Noah to tried-and-true faves like Ava, here are the top boy and girl names of the year so far, plus more naming trends to consider.

By Maressa Brown
Updated October 21, 2020
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With the end of the year swiftly approaching, BabyCenter has released a roundup of the most popular baby names of 2020, based on the names of more than 500,000 babies born in 2020 to parents registered on their website.

If you would have guessed that Liam and Emma are still incredibly loved, they'd agree with you—but are other baby names making moves up the charts? According to their predictions, new super popular names for boys in 2020 include Grayson and Mateo (oh, hey, Jane the Virgin, fans!), while Riley cracked the top 10 popular names for girls.

Check out their most popular girl and boy name predictions below, plus more baby name trends you may recognize within your friend groups in 2020.

Top Baby Girl Names of 2020

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Riley
  4. Emma
  5. Ava
  6. Isabella
  7. Aria
  8. Aaliyah
  9. Amelia
  10. Mia

Top Baby Boy Names of 2020

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Jackson
  4. Aiden
  5. Elijah
  6. Grayson
  7. Lucas
  8. Oliver
  9. Caden
  10. Mateo

The site observed that Sophia fell in the top spot for the 11th year in a row, and names didn't change from last year but did move around a bit. For instance, Aaliyah bested Amelia and Mia, and Aria fell behind Isabella. Riley rose six spots.

As far as the most popular boy names go, Liam took the number one spot for the second year in a row. Caden fell three places, Elijah jumped above Grayson and Lucas, and Noah rose in ranking. Mateo overtook Muhammad. BabyCenter attributes its rising popularity to the Lionel Messi, an international soccer superstar whose son is Mateo—or Jane the Virgin, in which Jane, played by Gina Rodriguez, is mom to Mateo.

Top Baby Name Trends of 2020

Here are a few more observations BabyCenter made about names this year.

Social and political names

Reflecting the year's heartbreaking and tension-riddled events, Kobe rose 175 percent in popularity after basketball legend Kobe Bryant tragically lost his life in a January helicopter accident alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna—a girl name that has now gone up 216 percent and landed at #24 on the girls' Top 100 list. (In fact, former NBA star Paul Gasol recently named his daughter Elisabet Gianna after Gianna Bryant.)

Meanwhile, in a nod to the California senator running on the Democratic ticket for VP, Kamala is up 104 percent, while Liberty is up 12 percent. But Karen and Chad are down 13 percent and 12 percent respectively, likely due to their association with negative internet archetypes and memes.

Gender-neutral baby names

According to the BabyCenter press release, parents are increasingly choosing unisex names. For example, they're loving Noah, Palmer, and Sutton for girls, and Santana and Emery for boys.

Tech-related names

Perhaps thanks to the name of Amazon's voice-activated device, Alexa fell 121 spots.

Looking Ahead

Although more than two months remain in 2020, it's already possible to identify intriguing trends. That said, BabyCenter promises to share additional insights in the coming weeks. It will certainly be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out!

Comments (2)

October 18, 2019
Flowers are nice!
October 18, 2019
I like those flower names a lot!!