Olivia, Liam are SSA’s top baby names in 2020

Mason and Ethan fall out of top 10
Posted on May 11 2021


Olivia and Liam are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2020.

It appears parents chose to stick with the familiar during an unprecedented time, with the top three names for both girls—Olivia, Emma, and Ava—and boys—Liam, Noah, and Oliver—remaining the same for the second year in a row. In fact, out of both Top 10 lists combined, only two names changed, with the traditional names Henry and Alexander edging out Mason and Ethan. The name Henry has been steadily rising in popularity, last appearing in the Top 10 over a century ago, in 1910.

Social Security began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names.

Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming trends.
The top 10 boys and girls names for 2020:

• Liam
• Noah
• Oliver
• Elijah
• William
• James
• Benjamin
• Lucas
• Henry
• Alexander

• Olivia
• Emma
• Ava
• Charlotte
• Sophia
• Amelia
• Isabella
• Mia
• Evelyn
• Harper

For all of the top baby names of 2020, and to see where your name ranks, go to Social Security’s website, www.socialsecurity.gov/babynames.

Social Security encourages everyone to enjoy the baby names list and, while online, create a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. my Social Security is a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing while receiving Social Security benefits.

Social Security beneficiaries have instant access to their benefit verification letter, payment history, and complete earnings record by establishing a my Social Security account. Beneficiaries also can change their address, start or change direct deposit information, and request a replacement SSA-1099 online. People receiving benefits can request a replacement Medicare card online. (PR)

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