There are many important decisions that have to be made when a couple is expecting a child, particularly if it’s their first. One of the biggest decisions is what to call your baby. We know it isn’t an easy task to choose just one name, so we’ve decided to make the process a little easier.
Are you expecting a little man in the family in 2020? If so, check out this list containing some of the most popular names for you to consider!
25. Acacius (a-KAY-us)
Acacius isn’t a name you hear everyday, but you might start to! According to Nameberry there has been a recent increase in interest around this name which is why they’ve predicted it to be one of the trending boy names in 2020.
The name is of Greek, Latin origin meaning “thorny, or innocent, not evil.” It’s among a number of other ancient names that end in “us” that have recently become popular among parents. It’s also the name of three early saints.
24. Alva (uhl-VAA)
Any parents who are a fan of American history would like this name! Alva is a boys name of Hebrew, Spanish origin meaning “his highness.”
The historical reference comes from the fact that it’s the middle name of the great American inventor Thomas Edison. Another huge draw to this name is that it’s short, sweet, and simple.
23. Ash (ASH)
Looking for a name that is short and sweet? Ash might be the one for you! This name is of English origin meaning “ash tree.”
Ash might also appeal to you if you’re a fan of names with a little southern charm since it has a bit of a nature appeal to it thanks to its original meaning. You can use Ash as a short form for other names like Asher, Ashton, or any other “Ash” name.
22. Austin (os-TIN)
There are many reasons why Austin is a favorite name. For one, place names have long been a popular trend followed by parents all around the world and Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies. There’s also something really sweet about a name with southern roots.
Even though it’s not currently in the list of Top 10 boy names, Nameberry points out that it was back in the 90’s which means it’s a pretty safe and timeless choice.
21. Baker (BEY-kuh)
Baker is another name that is still quite rare and unique, but is becoming one of those hip occupational names. Baker is a boys name that is of English origin. Obviously, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear baker are those sweet, comforting smells of freshly baked bread.
If you’re looking for something a little outside the traditional box, but not too obscure that it raises any eyebrows, this is the perfect name for you!
20. Benjamin (ben-JA-min)
Benjamin is a long time favorite name for many parents. It’s a timeless choice that has been around for decades thanks to its biblical background. This name is of Hebrew origin meaning “son of the right hand.”
We’re here to tell you, this name isn’t going out of style anytime soon! According to the Official Social Security Website, it’s been among the Top 10 boy names in the US since 2015. In fact, in 2018 it landed in the #6 spot overall.
19. Cash (kAsh)
Cash is a diminutive of Cassius. Even though the first thing that comes to mind with this name is its economic connotations, those green bills we all desire, it’s actually of English, Latin origin meaning “hollow.”
Parents who are a fan of American legend Johnny Cash are drawn to this name, but it has also been used by plenty of celebrities who’re looking for something trendy.
18. Diego (dee-AI-goh)
Thanks to parents attraction to Spanish names, Diego sits comfortably in the Top 200 at #134, as of 2018. You might not believe this, but Diego is actually the Spanish variation of the name James. It’s Spanish meaning is “supplanter.”
Along with other authentic Spanish baby names, Diego is rising rapidly and is predicted to be a top contender in 2020. You could think of this name as a derivative of Santiago, or a nod to the sunny California city of San Diego.
17. Easton (EES-ten)
While Easton isn’t a hugely popular name quite yet, it’s in the Top 100 which is an impressive feat and even almost cracked the Top 50. In 2018, it was ranked at #66.
Easton is an English name meaning “east-facing place.” Parents are attracted to this name because it seems to exude a bit of southern charm, but is also very stylish and even sophisticated.
16. Elijah (eh-lai-JUH)
Elijah has only been among the Top 10 boy names in the US since 2016, but it’s showing no signs of slowing down as it sits comfortably at #7 overall. This is precisely why we expect it’s reign to continue well into 2020.
This name is of Hebrew origin meaning “Yahweh is God.” While it’s used plenty by those who aren’t necessarily religious, Elijah has a religious background as a prophet who went to heaven in a chariot of fire.
15. Ezra (EH-zuh-raw)
Another name of Hebrew origin, Ezra means “helps.” It’s also another name with a biblical legacy. In 2018, it ranked at #66 overall which is pretty impressive!
Despite it’s quirky sound and unusual spelling, Ezra is a strong name that has a long standing history as a traditional choice for parents. There are many different namesakes with this name from founders, to musicians, and even poets. It’s a great choice for any parent seeking a fresh and interesting biblical name.
14. Jacob (JEH-kohb)
A long standing favorite of all parents, Jacob is of Hebrew origin meaning “supplanter.” Even though it ranks at #13 overall, it was the #1 name in America for from 1999 to 2012. It lost it’s top spot to Noah in 2013 and hasn’t been able to gain it back since.
This name is attractive to many parents because it’s traditional, it has a warm feeling of familiarity, and is just a friendly choice! The Twilight phenomenon also helped increase it’s popularity.
13. James (JAYMZ)
James is a very traditional name which is probably why it’s stood the test of time. As of 2018, James as the fourth most popular boy name in America.
While it’s been around for quite some time, in the past five years James has resurfaced as an extremely trendy name. It’s of Hebrew, English origin meaning “supplanter” and is a derivation of the name Jacob.
12. Kayden (KAY-dun)
Unlike many of the other names on this list, Kayden doesn’t have an official meaning behind it because it’s a modern invented name, however Nameberry does list it as having an Aboriginal origin.
It’s closely related to other similar sounding names like Aiden (or aden/ayden) and is a popular choice for parents in England, Wales, Scotland, and now America. In 2018, Kayden just barely cracked the Top 100 at #97.
11. Liam (li-am)
According to data collected by Social Security, Liam has been one of the Top 10 boy names in the US since 2012 which is why we suspect this name will continue to be popular in 2020. It’s not only in the Top 10, but Liam is the #1 boy name in America (as of 2018).
Liam is an Irish short form of William meaning “resolute protection.” While this name started out as a short form, it’s formed a reputation of it’s own and is now the fastest rising Irish name in the US. It entered the Top 10 in 2012, and after sitting at #2 for four years, it’s now in the coveted #1 spot.
10. Logan (low-GUN)
Compared to some of the other names on this list, Logan is a newcomer, but despite it’s rookie status, it’s a strong contender.
It has been steadily climbing the charts since the mid-70s and managed to make it’s way into the top 5 in 2017. While it could easily be knocked off at any point as it currently sits at #10, we suspect it will continue to be popular well into 2020.
9. Luca (LOO-kuh)
Luca has been slowly climbing the charts and is so close to cracking the Top 100. As of 2018 it was ranked at #106, but we suspect in 2020 it will have made the leap into the Top 100.
This name is considered to be the Italian variation of Luke and Lucas, meaning “man from Lucania.” Today this name is not only a popular choice in Europe, but in America, too.
8. Lucius (LOO-shuhs)
Another uncommon name, but one that is predicted by Nameberry to be popular in 2020 is Lucius, a name of Latin origin meaning “light.”
Even though this name may be slightly obscure, those with knowledge of religion and literary resonance will recognize this name as an old Roman clan name. It was the name of three popes, appeared in several Shakespeare plays, and was a common forename in ancient Rome.
7. Mason (mah-sun)
I personally haven’t come across many people with this name, but according to data collected by Social Security, Mason is a very trendy and popular choice! It’s managed to rank as one of the Top 10 boy names in America consecutively since 2011.
While it was never the #1 name, it came very close. It was in the number two spot in 2011 and as of 2018, Mason is the ninth most commonly used boy name in the US. For a little background knowledge, Mason is an English occupational name meaning “worker in stone.”
6. Noah (no-ah)
Noah is of Hebrew origin meaning “rest; wandering.” It’s among several other popular biblical names. We all recognize it from the story of Noah’s Ark.
Noah has been one of the Top 10 boy names in the US for the past decade. As of recently, it ranks as the second most popular boy name in America. Prior to 2017, Noah was #1 for three years and was responsible for knocking Jacob out of the Top 10 after a 13 year reign!
5. Oliver (AW-li-ver)
Like many traditional names, Oliver has experienced a bit of a comeback in recent years. In 2017 and 2018 it ranked as one of the Top 10 boy names in the US, says Social Security. As of 2018 it was the fifth most popular name in America.
Oliver is of Latin origin meaning “olive tree.” It is derived from Olivier, the Norman French variation of the Ancient Germanic name Alfher (or Aleifr). It’s been a popular name for quite some time in England, Australia, and New Zealand, but only recently entered the Top 100 baby boy names in the US.
4. Saint (SAY-uhnt)
As much as some of us might not like to admit it, we’re greatly influenced by celebrities and pop culture! While this name doesn’t rank high on the charts just yet, Nameberry has seen a drastic increase in interest in this name ever since it was used by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West for their son in 2015.
As a result, we suspect there will be lots of babies named Saint in the next few years as the name begins to grow on more and more people.
3. Tate (Teyt)
This male name is of English, Norse origin meaning “cheerful.” While it’s no where close to being in the Top 100, Nameberry has noticed an increased interest in this name which is why it landed on their list of predicted popular names for 2020.
It’s a great choice for parents looking for a strong, single-syllable name that has a happy meaning behind it.
2. Watson (wat-son)
A surname of English and Scottish origin, Watson is closely related to the name Walter, meaning “son of Wat.” Since the emergence of W names like Weston and Walter, people have begun to pay attention to the name Watson.
While it’s still slowly climbing the charts in America, Watson is considered the 20th most common surname in Scotland.
1. William (wil-lee-am)
One of the longest ranking Top 10 names on this list is William which has been a top contender among parents in the US since 2006. It has also enjoyed a long reign as a popular royal name in the U.K.
In 2018, William ranked as the third most popular boy name in America. It’s of English origin, meaning “resolute protection.”
This name is such a common choice because it’s a classic name, but not too stuffy and old fashioned-sounding like some other traditional names. There are plenty of William namesakes including William Shakespeare, Bill Gates, and four U.S. presidents.