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Most popular baby names of 2020 – and Olivia is no longer top choice for girls


As 2020 draws to a close, the parenting experts over at BabyCentre have shared a look at the most popular names mums and dads have been giving their children this year.

Thousands of parents have been visiting the site to register their baby name choices and BabyCentre have collected all the data to unveil the top 100 for boys and girls.

Today they revealed that the most popular name for a girl has changed for the first time in three years, with Olivia being knocked off the number one spot.

Instead, Sophia has taken first place for the girls, with Olivia in second and Amelia in third

For the boys, Muhammad remains the most popular name for another year, followed by Noah and Oliver.



Baby boy sits in the bath waiting to have his hair washed. He is looking up and laughing to where his mother is stood next to the bath. He is sat in a baby bath seat which is hidden from view by the soap suds. The bathroom is bright and modern.
Did your baby’s name make the list? (stock photo)

Several new names made it into the top 100 this year, including Ayaan, Ronnie, Rowan, Austin, Jasper, Hudson, Milo, Albert and Ellis all appearing on the boys’ list for the first time.

Similarly; Lyla, Nora, Eliana, Margot, Zainab, Mabel, Aisha, Anaya, Madison, Talia, Delilah and Niamh were all new entries for the girls.

And while new names grew in popularity, there was one name in particular that had noticeably fallen out of favour with parents – Karen.

After the internet was awash with memes about women named Karen, the once-popular name is now on the edge of extinction.



Toned photo of pregnant woman with child names on belly
Olivia is no longer the most popular name for a baby girl (stock photo)

Memes may not have proved inspirational, but it seems binge-worthy content watched during lockdown might have given mums and dads a few ideas.

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More babies were called Tiger in 2020, following the popularity of Netflix’s Tiger King.

Connell appeared in the registrations for the first time after the success of the series Normal People, based on the book by Sally Rooney, although there was no rise for love interest Marianne.

Arabella, the heroine of I May Destroy You, soared 30 places to number 57 and Michaela who created, wrote, co-directed, and executive produced the series was also on the rise outside the top 100.



The cast of Schitt's Creek
TV shows like Schitt’s Creek appear to have been inspiring baby name choices

Emmy board-sweeping Schitt’s Creek boasted two rising stars in the names of two of its main characters – David went up three places to 52 while Alexis was just outside the top 100. Rose, the surname of the family held fast to number 84.

Video game names also proved popular this year, with character names from Animal Crossing, dominating the girls’ chart. No less than four of the top 10 girls’ names – Olivia, Amelia, Ava and Freya – feature in the game while fellow characters Alice climbed 16 places and Mabel broke into the top 100.

One other potential source of inspiration from this year was the Black Lives Matter movement, as a number of names of history’s most prominent black activists were reflected in parents’ choices.

Rosa (Parks) and Martin (Luther King) both edged towards the top 100 while Ruby (Bridges), the first black woman to attend a white school, rose four places to number 22 and Malcolm (X) nearly doubled in registrations. Activists Ella (Baker), rose to number 11 while Blair (Imani), Nina (Simone) and Nelson (Mandela) all increased in registrations.

The name Chadwick was also registered for the first time following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, one of the movement’s real-life superheroes as the first black actor to headline a Marvel film in Black Panther.

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Speaking about the top 100, Sarah Redshaw, UK Managing Editor for BabyCentre, said: “A global pandemic has had us looking for ways to find optimism, reflected in a rise in positive and heroic names.

“TV really showed its impact when the name Connell made an appearance for the first time after the Normal People hero, played by Paul Mescal, dominated TV chat, along with his chain.

“And with staying in forcibly becoming the new going out we’ve all been turning to social channels to keep us feeling part of a community, reflected in the increasing influence that Insta stars are having on us.

“With tech acting as a lifeline for work, staying in touch with our loved ones and keeping us entertained it remains to be seen whether Zoom, Nintendo or Tik Tok will appear in next year’s list!”

Here’s a look at the 2020 top 100 names for boys and girls in full

Top 100 names for girls

1. Sophia

2. Olivia

3. Amelia

4. Lily

5. Isla

6. Ava

7. Mia

8. Aria

9. Freya

10. Isabella

11. Ella

12. Ivy

13. Emily

14. Grace

15. Isabelle

16. Rosie

17. Poppy

18. Evie

19. Charlotte

20. Hannah

21. Sophie

22. Ruby

23. Alice

24. Willow

25. Elsie

26. Florence

27. Emilia

28. Sienna

29. Luna

30. Maya

31. Millie

32. Zara

33. Phoebe

34. Evelyn

35. Molly

36. Ada

37. Mila

38. Emma

39. Ellie

40. Daisy

41. Chloe

42. Eva

43. Maisie

44. Harper

45. Layla

46. Matilda

47. Sarah

48. Esme

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49. Zoe

50. Holly

51. Jessica

52. Nur

53. Robyn

54. Maryam

55. Scarlett

56. Erin

57. Arabella

58. Thea

59. Fatima

60. Lucy

61. Anna

62. Lyla

63. Bella

64. Violet

65. Aurora

66. Ayla

67. Lottie

68. Hallie

69. Eleanor

70. Jasmine

71. Eliza

72. Bonnie

73. Maria

74. Darcie

75. Lola

76. Imogen

77. Amber

78. Clara

79. Abigail

80. Georgia

81. Orla

82. Nora

83. Eliana

84. Rose

85. Harriet

86. Amelie

87. Eden

88. Iris

89. Penelope

90. Gracie

91. Nancy

92. Margot

93. Aisha

94. Anaya

95. Zainab

96. Madison

97. Mabel

98. Talia

99. Delilah

100. Niamh

Top 100 names for boys

1. Muhammad

2. Noah

3. Oliver

4. Arthur

5. Leo

6. Freddie

7. George

8. Theo

9. Charlie

10. Jack

11. Harry

12. Oscar

13. Ethan

14. Archie

15. Finley

16. Alfie

17. Joshua

18. Jacob

19. Thomas

20. Isaac

21. Lucas

22. Henry

23. Adam

24. James

25. Louis

26. Aiden

27. Teddy

28. Tommy

29. Luca

30. Max

31. Theodore

32. Liam

33. Elijah

34. Alexander

35. Daniel

36. Reuben

37. Jayden

38. Arlo

39. Jaxon

40. William

41. Mason

42. Logan

43. Ryan

44. Rory

45. Elliot

46. Nathan

47. Dylan

48. Roman

49. Harrison

50. Yusuf

51. Kian

52. David

53. Ezra

54. Michael

55. Joseph

56. Sebastian

57. Ayaan

58. Caleb

59. Albie

60. Toby

61. Benjamin

62. Ali

63. Samuel

64. Grayson

65. Jude

66. Zachary

67. Finn

68. Ollie

69. Hunter

70. Riley

71. Myles

72. Gabriel

73. Hugo

74. Aaron

75. Reggie

76. Carter

77. Jesse

78. Ronnie

79. Alex

80. Luke

81. Edward

82. Kai

83. Matthew

84. Ibrahim

85. Harvey

86. Frankie

87. Jason

88. Eli

89. Rowan

90. Jenson

91. Austin

92. Jasper

93. Hudson

94. Blake

95. Stanley

96. Milo

97. Bobby

98. Lewis

99. Ellis

100. Albert

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