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The Most Popular Baby Names of 2020, According to the Social Security Administration

Each of our kids may be unique and special — but they are also all named Olivia.

Every time a baby is born in the United States, the Social Security Administration takes note, adding their name to a registry. A look at the resulting list of baby names reveals which names show up more often than others. So each spring, the SSA releases a list of the previous year’s most popular baby names. The list lets us see which names parents across the country gravitated to, and which classics fell off their radar. The top 50 always includes a decent number of enduring classics like Emma, Isabella, William, and Benjamin, but more unique names point to emerging trends. Newly popular names like Harper and Mason stood out as trendy favorites in 2019, and while they were still among the most popular baby names of 2020, they got knocked down a few spots in favor of a return to classics like Evelyn and Lucas. At the top of the list are two oldies but goodies: Olivia and Liam.

The SSA also releases state-by-state baby name data, so curious parents can see whether their top name was a local favorite or something beloved across the board. While many states’ most popular names aligned with the most popular names nationally (Olivia and Liam) other states saw more kids born with names further down the list. See how your state, and name preferences, compares.

The Most Popular Baby Girl Names of 2020

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

The Most Popular Baby Boy Names of 2020

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

Last Year’s Most Popular Baby Girl Names by State

 

Last Year’s Most Popular Baby Boy Names by State