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Naming a child is one of the first big responsibilities parents-to-be have, and most try really hard to rise to the occasion. Some are lucky to know exactly what they want to name their baby. Others ask family and friends for advice, consider whether potential nicknames sound funny, and even read Roman mythology. And sometimes, […]
- Emma and Liam are currently the .
- The Social Security Administration has also released a list of baby names that are rising fast in popularity.
- TV shows, the Royal Family, and a tendency to choose shorter names are a few of the trends that are influencing the names that are climbing the charts.
Choosing a name for a baby is a big commitment. Do you want to go with an all-time classic name, or something trendy and of-the-moment? Do you want a popular name, or do you want to find something that's truly unique ()? And, if it's the latter, how do you know that your unique name isn't one that's going to be on the top of all the baby lists in the next five years?
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It's time to do some research. Here are the current most popular names for girls and boys, along with some trends and predictions about the names that are sure to be the most popular baby names 2020 has to offer.
These are the names that are rising fastest in popularity
The, and its database goes back to the year 1879. According to the SSA, Liam and Emma are the current chart-topping baby names for boys and girls. But will they last another year? Based on the SSA data, the names that are getting more popular by the minute include Genesis, Saint (hello, Saint West), Baker, Kairo, and Watson for boys, along with Meaghan (as in the Duchess of Sussex), Dior, Adalee, Palmer, and Oaklynn for girls.
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Four-letter names are becoming the norm
Research says that are— with the four-letter name becoming the ideal. That certainly goes with what baby-naming website has seen among its users. In its recent trend report, it sees , especially for girls, with names like Luna, Isla, Mila, and Cora getting traction.
Parents are borrowing names from other countries
With Liam and Noah taking the top two spots for boys, and names like Kylo (for StarWars fans), Bode, and Zaid gaining ground, the short-name trend extends to boys, too. But the bigger trend for boys may be the rise in international names, like Luca, Kai, Axel, and Mateo., like Anders, Bjorn, Gunnar, Leif, Magnus, and Thor, are becoming particularly hot. Then again, the far-and-away biggest riser for boys among Nameberry users is homegrown: Maverick. (Any Top Gun fans out there?)
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Everything royal continues to do well
also tracks the interest in baby names among its users, and gives those names a royal bump. It reports that interest in the name Meghan jumped 49 percent for girls after the royal wedding, for example. Babycenter predicts similar bumps for Archie, and even .
Archie was actually rising in popularity even before it became a royal moniker. Some of it may have to do with Riverdale, but it's really at the intersection of two other trends currently happening in baby names. First, more parents are using(as in Wells over Maxwell, Wendy over Gwendolyn, and Dani over Danielle). And there has also been a rise in (like Theodore or Gus).
Pop culture still drives some names
And, even though it's over, Game of Thrones is one of the main name-generators. Aria has already cracked the top 20. According to Babycenter:, Ellaria is up 53%, and Stark is up 9% among its users. Yara is also on the list of the SSA's fastest-climbing names, having jumped more than 300 places in rank in the last year.
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If the Starks aren't influencing baby names, then it's the Kardashian/Jenners. In addition to the rise of Saint (a name that's actuallybecause it resembles an official title), Babycenter , True, Chicago, Dream, Reign, and even Nori, the nickname for North. It's only a matter of time before Psalm enters the list, too.
According to the Social Security Administration, these are the 50 most popular names for girls.
The SSA says that these are the current most popular names for girls (from the year 2018, the most recent year available).
Also according to the SSA, here are the 50 most common names for boys.
The SSA's records say that these were the boys' names used most often in 2018.
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This has been the most popular name since the 1950s
The Social Security Administration has been tracking the most popular baby names in the United States since the 1880s. Whether a name was influenced by pop culture or just rolled off the tongue, data shows some fascinating trends — including one incredibly popular moniker. The name Michael first cracked the top 10 of the national baby name rankings in 1943, and was quickly on its way to becoming the most popular boy's name in America. From 1954The name Michael first cracked the top 10 of the national baby name rankings in 1943, and was quickly on its way to becoming the most popular boy's name in America. From 1954 to 1998, Michael held the No. 1 spot on the SSA’s list 42 times.
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