Ladies and gents, boys and girls, allow us to share with you the top 100 boys and girls baby names of 2020. The data is in and it’s another year of super cute contenders.
Which names are the most popular for 2020 and which names are the biggest risers? We’ve got your full list and trends right here.
The most popular names
According to McCrindle Research, 1,673 baby girls were named Charlotte this year, crowning the royal moniker number one so far. The top ten are:
McCrindle also calculated that 2,134 babies were named Oliver in 2020, securing its first-place title, held since 2018. Noah has jumped up to second place, pushing other classics further down the list. Here are the top ten baby boy names of 2020:
New names to the top 100
If you follow baby name trends then you’re probably used to seeing these names in the top ten. In fact, a lot of the names in the top 100 have remained in place. But there are a few new names to the list including:
The biggest climbing names
There are also a few names that have seen massive movement in the past year. The names making the biggest jump up the list are Arthur, climbing 23 places to 49th, and Millie, jumping 30 places to 69th. Below are the biggest jumpers of 2020:
The full list
Names for a new generation: Generation Alpha
“The year 2010 marked the beginning of a new generation – Generation Alpha, the most digital, global, and visual on the planet,” McCrindle Social Researcher, Ashley Fell tells Mum Central.
“They are the children of the Millennials and will finish being born at the end of 2024. We gave this cohort the name Generation Alpha (of the Greek alphabet) because, being born entirely in the 21st Century, they are not a return to the old but the start of something new.
Common trends of Gen Alpha
Vintage and royal
While there is a trend to opt for more unique names, traditional names are also popular among Generation Alpha babies and demonstrate the 100-year return trend. Names that were popular back in the 1910s’ took a dive during the past 100 years but are now back on top. Examples include Grace, Charlotte, Jack and William.
Royal names are also topping the list including Charlotte, George, Louis and Archie.
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Flowers and colours
Parents continue to use the botanical theme as a source of naming, seen in names like Willow (8th), Ivy (15th), Lily (22nd), Violet (39th), Poppy (43rd), Daisy (56th), Jasmine (60th), Olive (70th) and Rose (76th). Two of the six names that entered the Top 100 girls list have a botanic theme – Lilly (96th) and Rosie (98th).
When it comes to baby girl names, parents are also drawing inspiration from colours including Ruby, Scarlett, Hazel, Jasmine, Violet and Olive.
While most names on the Top 100 are more distinctly boys’ or girls’ names, several girls’ names from the Top 100 can be interchanged for boys’ names. Some examples of these names include Harper (9th), Frankie (36th), Mackenzie (52nd) and Peyton (89th).
In a similar fashion, parents are increasingly using popular boys’ names when naming their daughters – names such as Dylan, Jordan, Luca, Ashton, Kai, Bailey and Jesse.
There are a number of names with female and male iterations including Olivia and Oliver, Alexis and Alexander, Aria and Airi, Billie and Billy, Charlie and Charlie, Ellie and Eli, Harriet and Harry, Riley and Riley and Thea and Theo.
The “ie” ending
“In true Aussie fashion, we are also seeing a trend of shortening names and adding an ‘ie’ on the end: Rose to Rosie, Savannah to Sadie, Amelia to Millie, Isabella to Billie, Charlotte to Charlie, Elizabeth to Ellie and William to Billy,” explains Ashley.