25 Popular Baby Girl Names for 2020
Choosing a baby girl name can be a daunting task, but giving your beautiful baby girl a name worthy of her is a special occasion. Whether you want something unique, a name full of culture and meaning, or a name that has been in your family for decades, here are some beautiful names for you to consider throwing into your list of possibilities.
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Through the application process for new Social Security numbers, the Social Security Administration is a great resource for knowing what naming trends are persistent each year. Our list of top 25 girl names comes from the reporting from the SSA.
According to the SSA, these are the top 25 most popular baby girl names so far in 2020:
The SSA has always been helpful in providing what is popular for baby names in a given year, but also predicts trends.
Baby Girl Name Trends in 2020
- Nature inspired names such as: Autumn, Ash, Aspen, Breeze, Berry, Brook, Dawn, Sun, Flora, Gaia, Cove, Ember, Maple, Meadow, Sky/Skye, Tempest, Juniper, Winter, Wren, Rainbow, Butterfly, Rain, Storm, Summer, Spring, Posie / Posey, Magnolia
- Sports driven names such as: Jenner, Misty, Nadia, Marina, Kallie, Lolo, Anika, Mia, Nadine, Cecilia, Tamika, Pepper, Sophie, Coco, Naomi
- Gemstone inspired names like: Amethyst, Onyx, Opal, Agate, Amber, Jasper, Jet, Slate, Sapphire, Topaz, Garnet, Ivory, Esme, Emerald, Jacinth
- Unique names like: Aura, Teagan, Paola, Haisley, Azure, Blue, Journey
- Classic and vintage names such as: Imogen, Elizabeth, Ophelia, Iris, Evelyn,
- Names from children’s books like: Alice, Beatrice, Dorothy, Eloise, Harriet, Lucy, Madeline
- Celebrity inspired baby names such as: Reese, Billie, Adele, Kylie, Raddix, Pilot, Willow, Sunday
- Biblical and faith-based names like: Abigail, Eve, Ruth, Elizabeth, Mary, Rachel Rebecca, Hannah, Sarah
- Gender-neutral names like: Addison, Aiden, Alex, Blake, Kai, Lane
Let’s take a look at the top 25 baby girl names; the meanings behind them, the origins and some fun background facts that help to make them the most popular.
Fun Fact: This name has been at the top of the list of baby girl names for going on 5 years now. It was given a big boost in 2002 when the characters Ross and Rachel from the popular TV show Friends named their baby girl Emma.
Meaning: Olive tree
Origin: Latin, based on Oliva
Fun Fact: William Shakespeare gets the credit for coining this name in his play Twelfth Night (c. 1599), probably as a feminine version of the name Oliver. Olivia is also popular because of the underlying meaning of “olive tree” and the peace-offering / Biblical connotations it carries.
Fun Fact: Ava is a name with many origins and associations–
- actress Ava Gardner
- The name chosen by actress Reese Witherspoon for her baby girl
- Saint Ava is a Roman Catholic saint who was cured from blindness
- A modern version of the Biblical name Eve given by God to the first woman.
Meaning: Latin form of Isabel, “God Is My Oath” (Italian)
Fun Fact: “Fictional characters named Isabella include Isabella from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Isabella Linton was in Wuthering Heights. Jane Austen named two Isabellas: Isabella Thorpe and Isabella Knightly. Bella, short for Isabella, is the main character of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.”–Baby Names website
Fun Fact: St. Sophia the Martyr had 3 daughters named Faith, Hope and Charity. Sophia’s daughters were martyred for their faith, resulting in the grief-stricken death of their mother, Sophia. They are held in high esteem in the Catholic church today for their strength in the face of terrible adversity.
Fun Fact: Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter is named Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, of the British Royal Family.
Meaning: Of the sea or bitter (also Italian for “mine”) (Also Latin for “wished-for child”)
Fun Fact: According to She Knows numerology prediction for the name Mia–”People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence. They would rather focus on large, important issues, and delegate the details.”
Origin: Latin / German
Fun Fact: One famous bearer of this name was Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), the first woman to make a solo flight over the Atlantic Ocean
Meaning: harp player
Fun Fact: Derived from an old English surname for one who plays the harp, a highly regarded profession in medieval England, Scotland, and Ireland, this unique name has made an impact in the literary world as well with American author Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird, and in tv shows such as Gossip Girls and The Wizards of Waverly Place.
Meaning: beautiful bird
Fun Fact: Although this name is primarily used as a girl’s name in the United States, it is considered to be a unisex name in Great Brittain. The name originated as a masculine name before being more popular as a feminine name. Nameberry reports this fun fact–”Originally a masculine name, its most famous bearer is writer Evelyn Waugh. (Trivia note: Evelyn Waugh was married to a woman named Evelyn, and they were known as ‘He-Evelyn” and “She-Evelyn’.)”
Meaning: “my father is rejoicing” or “joy of the father”
Fun Fact: Mirroring the “humble servant-like” role of the Biblical Abigail who became King David’s third wife, the name Abigail became synonymous with servitude and hand maids by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s early 17th century play The Scornful Lady. The English seem to have forgotten the once lowly association of the name and it is currently on the rise again as a very popular name, especially in the United States, Canada, Australia and England.
Meaning: to strive or excel, rival
Origin: Latin / English
Fun Fact: Some very famous authors, writers, and poets were christened as Emily including: Emily Brontë, Emily Dickenson, Emily Post, and Emily Elizabeth Vedeer, an American author.
Meaning: God is my oath
Fun Fact: Notably the most famous Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist in the Bible. Elizabeth is one of the most famous female names with these variations in other languages: Elisheba (Biblical Hebrew), Elizabeth (English), Élisabeth (French), Elisavet (Greek), Elikapeka (Hawaiian), Eilís (Irish-Gaelic), Elisabetta (Italian), Elżbieta, (Polish), Elizaveta (Russian), Elisabet (Scandinavian), Elspeth, (Scottish), Isabel (Spanish), and Elsa (Swedish). (Oh Baby Names)
Meaning: origin, popularity, gracious, dear
Fun Fact: Actress Mila Kunis (born Milena Kunis in the Ukraine) has brought popularity to this name. It is now one of the trendiest girl names beginning with an M.
Meaning: beautiful fairy woman
Fun Fact: “Popular fictional characters named Ella include Disney’s Cinderella, formed by the name Ella and the cinders in the fireplace, which she swept. Ella the Elephant is a cartoon show for children. Ella is also a place name with locations in the United States (Kentucky, Wisconsin), Australia, Sri Lanka and Greenland. There is also a Lake Ella in Florida.”–Baby Names
Meaning: elf ruler, elf counsel, supernatural wisdom
Fun Fact: This name took the familiar historical path of surname to male name to female name. Today, although still considered a unisex name, it is growing wildly in popularity in its feminine version. Also notable, “elves are featured prominently in early Germanic/Nordic mythology as possessors of certain magical powers. The elf could use his supernatural powers to either benefit or hinder human progress depending on his mood (although the little devils evolved with more sinister powers in later folklore).” — Oh Baby Names
Fun Fact: Sofia is another popular spelling of Sophia but has more Spanish roots. Actress Sofia Loren’s popularity likely can be credited with the rise in popularity of this name.
Meaning: young ceremonial attendant, virgin of unblemished character
Fun Fact: “In Virgil’s famous epic poem, “The Aeneid” (written in the first century B.C.), Camilla was the daughter of King Metabus, and, at birth, was promised to the service of Diana (goddess of the hunt). One day, while the king was escaping a revolt in his kingdom, he came upon a river as he was carrying the baby Camilla. He tied her to his spear and safely hurled her to the other side of the raging waters. Camilla was raised as a warrior maiden and became accustomed to the chase as a servant of Diana. Virgil claimed that Camilla ran so quickly she could turn blades of grass into ashes, and he described her as the strongest living female mortal ever.”–Oh Baby Names
Meaning: Solo melody
Fun Fact: In Greek mythology, Aria was the name of a nymph woman of Crete who bore a son by Apollo (the god of music and poetry).
Fun Fact: Scarlett began as a surname for one who sold scarlett, a luxurious woolen cloth, most popular in the color scarlet red. Eventually the name scarlett became more associated with the color than the finery of the cloth.
Meaning: Victorious, victory, conquer
Fun Fact: Victoria was the name given to the ancient Roman goddess of victory, who had the ability to determine who would be victorious in battle. Many temples were erected in her honor. —Oh Baby Names
Meaning: son of Matthew “Mad’s son”
Fun Fact: Although the name means son of Matthew, or “Mad’s son” as Mad was a derivative of Matthew, the name is also a matronymic name, meaning that it passed down from the mother or mother’s side of the family, possibly as a derivative of the name Maud, meaning “son of Maud.” Still used as a unisex name, the name has grown in popularity in its feminine usage.
Meaning: the moon, of the moon
Fun Fact: Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon who rode a white chariot across the sky wearing the moon as her crown to illuminate the sky as she travelled to be with her mortal husband, Endymion. The name is also recently made popular by the Harry Potter character Luna Lovegood. Luna is also a very popular name for pets. (Oh Baby Names and Nameberry)
Meaning: charm, inspired by grace, kindness, mercy
Fun Fact: This name was chosen often in the sixteenth century by Christians and Puritans to impy reverence, Divine grace, and the love, mercy, and kindness of God.
Meaning: verdant and blooming, small young plant, greenish-yellow
Fun Fact: “Its use within Greek society led to its appearance in the New Testament; in 1 Corinthians 1:11, Chloe is mentioned as a Christian woman of Corinth who opened her home to other Christians. Similarly, the tale of Daphnis and Chloe was a 2nd century AD romance written by Aegean-native author Longus.”–British Baby Names
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Christina M. Ward,
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Proud mother of 3 and grandmother of 2
25 Popular Baby Girl Names for 2020 is an article on the top 25 baby names trending with the Social Security Administration in 2020.