This wild year is coming to a close soon and while the Social Security Administration won't release the official top baby names of 2020 until well into 2021, we can already guess which names will be on that list.

Parents who welcomed new babies in this historic year have been sharing their name choices online. BabyCenter recently shared the results from more than 520,000 BabyCenter parents who shared their baby's name on the platform in 2020.

Two years ago BabyCenter called Sophia the "decade-defining name for girls born in the 2010s," and she's still going strong. " Sophia is officially the reigning queen of girls' names for the 11th year in a row," BabyCenter notes. The second name on BabyCenter's list, Olivia, is also the most popular girls' name on Nameberry for 2020.

In 2019 (the most recent year we have Social Security data for), there were 13,714 Sophias born in the United States, compared to 18,451 Olivias. So while BabyCenter puts Sophia in the top spot for 2020, we're betting the Social Security Administration will list more 2020-born Olivias than Sophias next year.

Here are the rest of BabyCenter's top girls names for 2020:

  1. Sophia
  2. Olivia
  3. Riley
  4. Emma
  5. Ava
  6. Isabella
  7. Aria
  8. Aaliyah
  9. Amelia
  10. Mia

And here are the top 10 BabyCenter picks for boys:

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. Riley
  4. Aiden
  5. Elijah
  6. Grayson
  7. Lucas
  8. Oliver
  9. Caden
  10. Mateo


The most unpopular names

If you're looking for unique or uncommon name inspiration, look here! These are the names at the tail end of BabyCenter's most popular 1,000 names.



1. Ahaan

2. Ahmir

3. Benicio

4. Cedric

5. Cillian

6. Cory

7. Kenny

8. Matei

9. Mylo

10. Ramon


1. Rhya

2. Aniya

3. Azaria

4. Danica

5. Eileen

6. Frida

7. Ivana

8. Janiyah

9. Kadence

10. Karen


Remember that this list comes from the names of hundreds of thousands of babies born in 2020 to parents registered on the BabyCenter website, according to BabyCenter .

But it does somewhat align with social security data. Take Liam for example: That name isn't just no. 1 with the parents on BabyCenter, it's been the no. 1 boy's name in the United States since 2017.

But Mateo was way down in the 26th spot in the rankings last year, so it might not trend as high nationally as it does for BabyCenter.

Only time will tell what the official top baby names of 2020 are, but we like what we are seeing so far.


[A version of this post was published December 3, 2018. It has been updated.]