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
The Most Popular Baby Boy Names of 2020
Last Year's Most Popular Baby Girl Names by State
Last Year's Most Popular Baby Boy Names by State
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