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The SSA Has Announced the Most Popular Baby Names From 2020

Olivia and Liam take the top spots once again.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Updated
May 2021
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The Social Security Administration has announced the most popular baby names from 2020. Since 1997, the agency has been compiling a list based on the most popular names parents opted to give their children, born the previous year. Historically, the list has always been released the Friday before Mother’s Day—and it looks like the agency is sticking with that schedule.

This year, for the second year in a row, Olivia remains the top name for girls. Liam has been the top name for boys since 2017. While the names largely remain the same year over year, Charlotte and Amelia both became more popular in 2020 than they were in 2019. For boys, Henry and Alexander joined the list, replacing Mason and Ethan, who held the bottom spots in 2019.

Below, the SSA’s findings for the most popular names for boys and girls from 2020, as well as their findings for 2019 (released in September 2020) and 2018.

Top 10 Baby Names of 2020 for Boys

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

Top 10 Baby Names of 2020 for Girls

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

Top 10 Baby Names of 2019 for Boys

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

Top 10 Baby Names of 2019 for Girls

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

Top 10 Baby Names of 2018 for Boys

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

Top 10 Baby Names of 2018 for Girls

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

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