Most popular baby names in America in 2020

For the second year in a row, the most popular baby names in the U.S. stayed the same

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- In 2020, the top three baby names in the U.S. were the same as the year before.

In a list published by the Social Security Administration (SSA), they said the top names for girls were Olivia, Emma, and Charlotte; and the top names for boys were Liam, Noah, and Oliver.


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The SSA released the names two days after the CDC announced that birth and fertility rates in the U.S. have dropped to record lows in 2020.

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In 2020, birth rates were the lowest they’ve been since 1979, falling 4% from 2019. This number is double the average annual rate of decline of 2% since 2014, marking this the sixth consecutive year that the birth rate has dropped, new data in the report tells us.

These are the top 10 baby names for boys and girls in 2020:

Girl names:

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Ava
  4. Charlotte
  5. Sophia
  6. Amelia
  7. Isabella
  8. Mia
  9. Evelyn
  10. Harper

Boy names: 

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Oliver
  4. Elijah
  5. William
  6. James
  7.  Benjamin
  8. Lucas
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander

The SSA found that only two names changed out of both top 10 lists with the names Alexander and Henry bumping Ethan and Mason off the list. According to the SSA, Henry was last seen on the list over a century ago, in 1910.

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The SSA also shared the top five fastest-rising names in 2020: 

Girl names: 

  1. Avayah
  2. Denisse
  3. Jianna
  4. Capri
  5. Rosalia

Boy names: 

  1. Zyair
  2. Jaxtyn
  3. Jakobe
  4. Kylo
  5. Aziel

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