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Ten Surprising Baby Name Trends

The Social Security Administration put out their updated baby name stats a while back . . . the #1 name for boys last year was Liam, and Olivia for girls.

But people are still going through all those stats and finding interesting stuff.  Here are ten surprising baby name trends from 2020 . . .

1.  Britney was NOT a popular name last year.  Only 99 babies named Britney were born in the U.S.  But that might change this year because of all the “Free Britney” stuff.

2.  Ezekiel is now a more popular name than Robert.  It’s the 65th most popular name for a boy.  Robert is 80th.

3.  Hannah is still a popular girl’s name, but Nova is MORE popular.  It ranked 38th, and Hannah is 39th.

4.  Denise is one of the fastest-rising baby names for girls.  It dropped out of the top 1,000 five years ago.  But it’s surging back.  And “Denisse” with two S’s is more popular than the normal spelling right now.

5.  Legend is more popular than George.  Only 2,700 boys were named George last year.  Just over 2,800 were named Legend.

6.  Maverick is one of the most popular boy names in South Dakota.  It ranked 49th overall in 2020, but fourth in South Dakota.

7.  Serenity is way more popular than Lauren now.  Almost three times more girls were named Serenity than Lauren last year.

8.  Axel is more popular than Adam.  The name Adam peaked in the 1980s at 18th, but now it’s 96th.  Axel was the 72nd most popular name last year.

9.  Dior is one of the fastest-growing names for girls AND boys.  It rose 108 spots and is now the 499th most popular name for girls.  It also jumped 434 spots and is now in the top 1,000 for boys.

10.  In general, we get more creative with girls’ names.  They track every name that’s given to at least five babies each year.  The 2020 list includes 13,911 boy names, and 17,360 different girl names.  So about 25% more variety.

What about here in Illinois?!

Good question, dear reader!

Popularity for top 100 names in Illinois for births in 2020
Rank Male name Number of
males
Female name Number of
females
1 Noah 709 Olivia 638
2 Liam 621 Emma 567
3 Oliver 606 Charlotte 514
4 Benjamin 541 Sophia 496
5 Henry 474 Amelia 487
6 William 461 Ava 486
7 James 447 Isabella 431
8 Mateo 436 Evelyn 408
9 Alexander 433 Mia 405
10 Michael 433 Camila 372
11 Elijah 414 Sofia 321
12 Jack 403 Gianna 316
13 Theodore 402 Eleanor 291
14 Lucas 400 Mila 280
15 Logan 384 Harper 279
16 Owen 377 Emilia 269
17 Daniel 369 Nora 265
18 Leo 340 Abigail 264
19 Ethan 327 Grace 248
20 Julian 325 Avery 246
21 Sebastian 324 Emily 246
22 Anthony 315 Elizabeth 243
23 Jacob 314 Aria 242
24 Mason 312 Victoria 242
25 John 306 Ella 241
26 Jackson 303 Layla 231
27 Joseph 299 Luna 231
28 Charles 296 Penelope 220
29 David 291 Zoey 220
30 Aiden 286 Scarlett 208
31 Lincoln 270 Violet 201
32 Carter 266 Madison 195
33 Jayden 266 Maya 193
34 Levi 262 Lillian 191
35 Matthew 262 Chloe 188
36 Samuel 261 Lily 188
37 Nathan 259 Natalie 184
38 Gabriel 255 Elena 173
39 Wyatt 255 Hannah 171
40 Thomas 251 Brooklyn 169
41 Josiah 246 Lucy 169
42 Leonardo 246 Madelyn 169
43 Grayson 240 Ellie 167
44 Santiago 232 Riley 167
45 Luke 230 Claire 166
46 Isaiah 226 Hazel 166
47 Dylan 225 Everly 162
48 Elias 225 Natalia 162
49 Miles 224 Addison 161
50 Isaac 223 Zoe 160
51 Cameron 222 Stella 158
52 Adam 218 Nova 157
53 Ryan 211 Isla 156
54 Nolan 208 Aubrey 153
55 Hudson 204 Eliana 152
56 Nicholas 198 Quinn 151
57 Luca 195 Audrey 148
58 Christopher 194 Skylar 147
59 Maverick 194 Aurora 145
60 Joshua 192 Josephine 144
61 Andrew 190 Naomi 142
62 Asher 188 Savannah 140
63 Jaxon 188 Leah 139
64 Dominic 185 Ivy 132
65 Caleb 180 Anna 130
66 Ezra 180 Delilah 126
67 Adrian 179 Willow 125
68 Landon 179 Aaliyah 122
69 Bennett 178 Bella 121
70 Damian 175 Margaret 121
71 Jonathan 173 Ruby 120
72 Christian 171 Ariana 119
73 Connor 171 Sophie 119
74 Aaron 166 Vivian 119
75 Angel 165 Alice 117
76 Axel 164 Autumn 117
77 Jordan 161 Hailey 117
78 Colton 155 Liliana 116
79 Everett 155 Paisley 116
80 Ezekiel 155 Serenity 114
81 Robert 155 Julia 113
82 Evan 153 Kennedy 113
83 Gael 153 Rose 111
84 Easton 152 Caroline 109
85 Brooks 151 Gabriella 109
86 Amir 149 Kinsley 109
87 Eli 149 Lydia 108
88 Hunter 149 Isabelle 107
89 Declan 147 Allison 106
90 Emmett 146 Melanie 106
91 Parker 145 Ximena 106
92 Giovanni 144 Mackenzie 105
93 Ian 140 Valentina 103
94 Jeremiah 140 Leilani 102
95 Cooper 136 Madeline 100
96 Vincent 136 Cora 99
97 Jameson 135 Samantha 99
98 Maxwell 132 Arya 98
99 Jaxson 130 Maeve 98
100 George 129 Eloise 95
101 Greyson 129 Nevaeh 95
102 Roman 129 Piper 95
103 Sadie 95

 


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