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While it's only March, here is the scoop on boy and girl baby names stealing the show in 2020. today released predictions for the Most Popular Baby Names of 2020. New entries in the top 10 for boys this year includes Henry and Alexander, while Mila cracked the top 10 for girls.

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The rankings were determined by analyzing the most recent data from the Social Security Administration, trends from the past five years, and current user interest from millions of visitors to our site.

Here are the top 10 boys names. I know names ebb and flow--right now my daughter has three Charlie's in her class! Did your child's name make the cut?

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Oliver
  5. Lucas
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. James
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander

Here are the top 10 names of the year for girls as of March. Is your favorite name on the list? How did you pick your baby name. Let us know. 

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Charlotte
  6. Sophia
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Mila
  10. Harper

Advice on Picking a Name for Your Child

Not only are their enough names out there to make your head swim, there’s also a lot of bad advice on baby naming--especially from in-laws. 

Here's our good advice

  • Tip #1 keep your name secret as long as possible.
  • Tip #2 try it on with the last name
  • Tip #3 work out the nicknames
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For me, we wanted names that felt individual while also working with our last name. We also took into account how the nicknames would sound. Though--kids earn nicknames, they don't always get names parents would expect.

I think it's fair to rule out all names of ex-girlfriends and ex-boyfriends. 

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Baby Name Book

Looking for something beyond Emma & Jacob? There’s a book that will stir up some controversy (is Vesper really a cool name?) and maybe inspire you. Buy this to entertain yourself for the next nine months or for a girlfriend who just made her big “I’m expecting!” news.

I know naming a baby is really fun, that's why there are so many baby books out there to help you pick a great one.

Beyond Ava & Aiden: The Enlightened Guide to Naming Your Baby was penned by Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran the ladies behind If you haven’t been to this site to play with potential names you’ve missed out.

The book brings their special brand of genius to a portable paperback. Pick a category. How about “Boyish Names for Girls”: Blake, Delaney, Quinn, etc. I for one adore the “International Ideas” section. I think some of these Scandinavian names will get popular: Briet, Anneke (girls) Anders, Sander (boy).


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The 2020 Most Popular Baby Names in America

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