Most popular baby names of 2020 revealed, plus the ones set to become extinct (and it’s bad news for Karens)

THE most popular baby names of 2020 have been revealed – and it’s bad news for Karens. 

The experts at BabyCentre have unveiled the new top 100 names for boys and girls, using data from thousands of parents registering their choices on the website. 

The top 100 names for boys and girls' have been revealed - and there are some new entries


The top 100 names for boys and girls’ have been revealed – and there are some new entries Credit: Getty – Contributor

The stats revealed there’s a new most popular girls’ name for the first time in three years, as Sophia finally knocked Olivia off the top spot.

Olivia has only dropped into second place, followed by Amelia, with Lily and Isla making up the top five. 

The top choice stayed the same for boys – Muhammad – followed by Noah, Oliver, Arthur and Leo. 

As well as old favourites there are some brand new entries into the top 100 list, with Ellis, Albert, Mlio, Hudson, Jasper, Austin and Ayaan making an appearance for the boys. 

Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch called her son Ronnie, which has now made an appearance in the top 100 names


Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch called her son Ronnie, which has now made an appearance in the top 100 namesCredit: Chelsea White Photography

It remains to be seen whether Zoom, Nintendo or Tik Tok will appear in next year’s list

Sarah Redshaw

Ronnie – the name Mrs Hinch, aka Sophie Hinchliffe, chose for her baby son – also made the list. 

And for girls, monikers including Talia, Lyla, Niamh, Delilah, Anaya, Aisha, Madison, Zainab, Mabel, Margot and Eliana all featured for the first time. 

While 2020 has seen a wealth of new names grow in popularity, some have fallen out of favour. 

One in particular is Karen, possibly owing to a rise in memes using the name, depicting them in an unfavourable light. 

Jumanji actress, Karen Gillan, could be one of the last Karens standing as the name faces extinction with parents shunning the once-popular choice.

Sadly the name Karen is going out of fashion, meaning actress Karen Gillan will be one of only a few


Sadly the name Karen is going out of fashion, meaning actress Karen Gillan will be one of only a few Credit: Alamy

The name Karen saw its popularity peak in the 1960s, according to the ONS, but it was only given to 21 girls in 2018.

TV and current events have also been the inspiration behind some choices,  with the name Tiger soaring in popularity, thought to be due to the phenomenon that was Tiger King. 

TV shows like I May Destroy You, Normal People and Schitt’s Creek are also thought to be the inspiration behind a slew of names, including Arabella, Connell and Alexis. 

And the Black Lives Matter Movement is also thought to have influenced parents, with Rosa, Martin, Malcolm and Ella all surging in popularity.

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

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

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!”

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

Karen has been steadily dropping in popularity over the last few years, from its heyday a few decades ago.

In 2015 there were 23 Karens born in the UK which dropped to 18 the year after, then 16, before enjoying a small resurgence in 2018, with 21 Karens registered, but it was short-lived and the figure plummeted to 14 last year.

Other names which are at risk of going extinct in the UK are Kirsty, Shauna and Jordan.

Top 10 ‘Most Endangered’ Boys and Girls Names:

Top 10 ‘Endangered’ Girls Names:

1. Kirsty

2. Jordan

3. Shauna

4. Shannon

5. Courtney

6. Lauren

7. Gemma

8. Jodie

9. Jade

10. Natasha

Top 10 ‘Endangered’ Boys Names:

1. Mitchell

2. Kieran

3. Ross

4. Brandon

5. Craig

6. Ben

7. Jordan

8. Callum

9. Kyle

10. Scott

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Top 20 ‘most endangered’ baby names at risk of becoming extinct in the UK


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