Are you expecting a precious baby girl in 2020? If so, then keep reading! We know that choosing a name for your little one can be really difficult, especially when you want a name that is not only unique, but also well liked.
To help with the decision-making process, we’ve compiled a list of the upcoming and trending names for 2020. There are lots of consider, so get started and happy deciding!
25. Abigail (AH-bih-gail)
Abigail has been one of the most popular girl names in the US for a long time. It only recently got bumped off the Top 10 in 2018 and is currently sitting at #11. Prior to that this name was consistently one of the Top 10 girl names in America.
This name is of Hebrew origin meaning “my father is joyful.” Parents seem to be drawn to this name because it has a vintage charm (this name has a long history of use), but is also really cute and and sensible. Another added bonus is that it can easily be made into a nickname, such as Abby. You can’t go wrong with this name!
24. Adah (AD-uh)
While this name might seem a little obscure, Nameberry has it listed as one of the up and coming girls names for 2020. Adah is a girls name of Hebrew origin meaning “ornament.” Not surprisingly, this name is also a biblical name. It was the name of Jubal and Jabal’s mother, as well as the wife of Esau. It was also the first female name in Genesis after Eve and for several women in the Old Testament.
We suspect this name may be rising in popularity due to its similarity to Ava which is an extremely popular name. Parents who love Ava but don’t want to follow the crowd, might want to choose Adah instead.
23. Amelia (ah-MEE-lee-ah)
According to the Official Social Security Website, Amelia is one of the most popular girl names in the US. It was ranked 8th overall in 2018, and was in the Top 10 in 2017, as well. Amelia is of German origin meaning “work.” It’s derived from the traditional German name, Amalia, which is another variation of Amalberga.
Amelia came on the market to replace other overused names like Emily and Amanda, and in 2011 it was the top British name and has remained in the Number 1 spot ever since. Despite its popularity overseas, it didn’t experience the same popularity in the US until 2017. Today it’s one of the Top 10 girl names in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Poland.
22. Amina (ah-mee-NUH)
Another prediction by Nameberry is Amina, a name with Arabic origin meaning “trustworthy, faithful.” While it only ranked as #299 in 2018, Nameberry noticed an increase in searches around this name, so they suspect it might see a jump on the charts.
This name was the mother of the prophet Muhammad and is a very popular girl name among Muslims all over the world.
21. Aura (awr-UH)
Aura is another name that Nameberry predicts to be newly popular in 2020. It’s an interesting name that kind of has a slightly New Age sound to it. It is of Greek origin meaning “soft breeze.” In Greek mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze. However, she was also a tragic figure who was transformed into ha fountain by Zeus.
While we don’t often hear this name today, back near the end of the nineteenth century, Aura wasn’t all that uncommon. In fact, it ranked as #511 on the Social Security list in 1882. It’s also currently popular in some areas of Central America. Other alternatives to this name are Auria, Aurora, or Aurelia.
20. Ava (a-VAH)
While Ava isn’t listed on Nameberry’s up and coming list for 2020, we’re confident it will be one of the top girl names in 2020 because it has been since 2005, that’s nearly 15 years! Despite its recent popularity, this name has been around since medieval times. This name is of Latin origin meaning “life.”
Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman may have helped increase the interest in this name because they both chose it for their daughters. Also, there’s just no denying it’s a beautiful name. Parents love names that are simple, yet elegant which is exactly what Ava is. You can’t go wrong with this name, just be wary of how common it is.
19. Billie (bil-LEE)
Billie is a part of the growing tomboy nickname trend for girls. It’s of English origin meaning “resolute protection.” As you might have already suspected, Billie was once considered a traditional boy name. In 1880 it was only used for boys, but just a decade later nearly 55-percent of babies with this name were female, and by 1928 it was one of the Top 100 girls names.
Today, this name is primarily female. Female celebrities with this name are teen singer Billie Eilish as well as the famous jazz singer Billie Holiday (born Eleanora). Other namesakes are Billie Burke from Wizard of Oz, Billie Dove, Billie Whitelaw, and Billie Piper.
18. Charlotte (sh-AHR-luht)
If you’re a fan of royals, then Charlotte is the name for you! This name is of French origin meaning “free man.” It’s the feminine version of the given name Charles, derived from Charlot. The most recent royal to receive this name is young Princess of Cambridge, Charlotte. Due to its history, Charlotte is an elegant, feminine choice that is also considered a very traditional name.
Charlotte joined Emma, Isabella, Sophia, and Olivia on the Top 10 girl names in the US in 2014 and has remained there ever since. We suspect 2020 will be no different! Outside the royal family this name can be found all over. It is the name of the spider in the famous children’s story Charlotte’s Web, was used by celebrities like Chelsea Clinton, Dylan McDermott, Colin Hands, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr., and remains a pop culture staple after being featured in movies and shows like Lost in Translation, as well as the TV shows Lost, Sex and the City, and Revenge.
17. Emerson (EM-uhr-suhn)
This is one gender neutral name that has enjoyed a steady rise in popularity in the past few years. It’s currently one of the most popular unisex names starting with the letter “E” and ranks in the Top 200 names overall at #143.
Emerson is of German origin meaning “son of Emery.” It was put on the map as a girls name in 1997 when Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher used it for her daughter. Prior to this, Emerson was strictly thought of as a boys name. It’s since been used by other celebrities, including television creator, Shonda Rhimes.
16. Emma (EM-ah)
Emma is hands down the most popular girls name and has been for several years now. According to data collected by the Official Social Security Website, Emma has been the number one name in the US since 2014. In 2013 (and 2012), it was the second most popular girl name.
Ironically, this name is of German origin meaning “original.” As an old royal name, Emma has been used for centuries, so it’s always been a common choice. It’s recent popularity may be due to the legion of Emma heroines, as well as actresses like Emma Stone and Emma Watson. Nameberry also notes that this name saw a huge spike after it was featured on the hit sitcom Friends for Ross and Rachel’s baby. This name is still going strong which is why we predict it’ll be one of the top girl names, yet again in 2020. If you love this name, but want something a little different. Try other similar favorites like Amelia, Emilia, Amelie, Emmeline, or Ella.
15. Evelyn (EH-ve-lin)
You might think of Evelyn as an “old fashioned” name, but that’s becoming the new trend. Parents love to take classic names like this and bring them back so that they become trendy. This is exactly what happened with Evelyn. As a result, this name became one of the Top 10 girl names in the US for the first time in 2017 and remained so in 2018.
The first use of Evelyn was as a surname derived from the French feminine given name, Aveline. Interestingly enough, when it was first introduced as a given name it was considered to be quite masculine. Obviously today that has changed greatly as it’s now one of the top girl names! Other similar favorites are Eva, Ava, Evies, and Eveline.
14. Harper (HAR-per)
It wasn’t that long ago that Harper was considered a very obscure name for a little girl. Today, it’s considered a gender neutral name, and is one of the Top 10 girl names in the US. It entered the Top 10 for the first time in 2015, and has stayed there ever since, except in 2017 when it dropped slightly. But that didn’t last long. It was back on the Top 10 in 2018 and bumped Abigail on it’s way up.
Harper is apart of a new trend that takes traditional surnames, turns them into boy names and then later girl names, making them gender neutral. Proof of this is that it was essentially unheard of before the mid-2000s until it appeared on the list of girl names in 2004. On the other hand, it’s been used for boys since 1906, but was rarely used until about a century later. Most people recognize this name from the book To Kill a Mockingbird which was written by Harper Lee. It was during this time that the name was introduced as a southern name with boyish charm.
13. Isabella (i-ze-BEH-ah)
Another massively popular name, Isabella has been one of the Top 10 girl names in the US since 2004. One of the reasons this name became so well liked may be thanks to the Twilight movie and book franchise as the lead character’s name was Isabella “Bella” Swan.
Isabella is of Hebrew, Spanish and Italian origin meaning “pledged to God.” It’s the Latinate form of Isabel and a variation of Elizabeth. Nameberry praises it for having a cross-cultural appear that feels both modern and traditional. Parents all over are drawn to this name, Anglophile to Hispanic. It’s much more feminine than the original Isabel version, and it’s considered to be a classic name with a long history, especially in Spanish-speaking countries, but the appeal of this name is definitely international.
12. Marlowe (mar-LOW)
Marlowe is predicted to be an up and coming unisex name in 2020. This name seems to check a lot of the boxes as it’s gender neutral, a popular trend right now. And, parents can have a lot of fun with the spelling as it can be spelling Marlo, Marlow, or Marlowe. It might be a good choice for parents who love the names Arlo or Harlow, but are looking for something a little different.
This name began growing in popularity after Margaret Julia Thomas gained the nickname Marlo. More recently it was chosen by Jason Schwartzman for his youngest daughter, but he added the “e” on the end. Sienna Miller also did the same thing for her daughter Marlowe Ottoline.
11. Meghan (MAY-gen)
We’ve included this name on our list because according to Social Security, Meghan is the number 1 female name that has seen this biggest jump in popularity between 2017 and 2018. In 2017, Meghan ranked as #1404 and nearly doubled in popularity as it now sits at #703. We suspect by 2020 it will have rise even higher on this list.
The meaning behind Meghan is “pearl” which seems fitting considering this name is simple, yet elegant and very feminine. The increased interest in this name likely has to do with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan.
10. Mia (mee-AH)
According to data collected by the Official Social Security Website, Mia has enjoyed a spot in the Top 10 girl names since 2009, and we’re not all that surprised. This name is a beautiful choice. Even though the data shows this name is popular, for some reason it doesn’t feel as trendy as some of the other names on this list. It’s unique, but not too outside the box and simple, but not boring.
Mia is of Italian, Scandinavian origin meaning “mine or bitter.” It’s considered to be a multicultural name that has experienced a steadily, yet meteoric rise to the top of the charts and is now firmly secured as one of the most popular girl names. This name is a short form of Maria but has long surpassed it’s mother name and is now considered the Number 1 girls name beginning with the letter “M.”
9. Mika (MEE-ka)
This Japanese girl name can actually be used for a boy, as well. When used for a boy, it’s considered a short form of Mikael, the Scandinavian and Finnish variation of Michael. For either gender the name is pronounced the same.
The meaning behind Mika is “beautiful fragrance” which seems fitting considering it’s a beautiful name and would a great fit for any beautiful little girl!
8. Nova (NO-vaa)
This name is out of this world! It’s of Latin origin meaning “new” and is one of those names that is really underrated. It’s not all that commonly used, but it’s very unique and beautiful. It has this energy behind it which is likely due to the fact that it’s an astronomical term for a star that suddenly increases in brightness, and then fades, says Nameberry.
While it’s not that commonly used today, Nova did enjoy a great deal of popularity in the early 1930’s. It’s only now making its comeback.
7. Olivia (ph-LI-vee-ah)
We actually found a name that is more popular than Emma — Olivia! Data from the Official Social Security Website put this name on the list of Top 10 girl names consecutively since 2001. In 2018, it ranked as the second most popular name of the year, right behind Emma. It tops the charts not only in the US, but in Canada, Australia, the UK, and Scotland.
This name is of Latin origin meaning “olive tree.” Records date this name back to the 13th century England, but it was definitely popularized by Shakespeare when he used it in Twelfth Night. Another reason this name quickly became a common choice for baby girls is because in ancient Greece, the olive was a symbol of Athena, and a token of peace and fertility.
6. Paisley (pAI-z-lee)
Paisley is of Scottish origin meaning “church, cemetery.” Paisley is definitely a traditional favorite that has been on our radar for a while now as it has been quietly climbing the charts since 2006. It entered the Top 1000 in 2006 and then broke the Top 50 by 2015. It’s now one of the most popular girl names starting with the letter “P.”
5. Pearl (PER-ul)
Similar to Evelyn, Pearl is one of those old fashioned names that seems to be making a comeback as a feminine favorite. It’s been used by many celebrities including Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas who named their daughter Pear Minnie, as well as Jack Osbourne and several other celebrities.
It was considered to be one of the Top 25 girl names in the late nineteenth century, but after that it kind of took a downward slide. As of lately, it’s gearing up for a strong comeback. It reappeared in the top 1000 back in 2010 and has been slowly rising ever since.
4. Reese (REE-suh)
When we think of Reese the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon. Oddly enough, that’s not even her real name! She was born Laura Jeanne, but uses Reese as her stage name. Reese is her mother’s maiden name.
Reese is of Welsh origin meaning “ardor.” It was originally thought of as a boys name, but ever since Reese Witherspoon gained her stardom, it’s become a popular choice for girls as well. It was recently listed as one of the Top 10 unisex names on Nameberry.
3. Remy/Remi (re-ME)
Remi (also spelled Remy) is one of the most popular unisex names right now. For girls, parents tend to lean toward the “Remi” variation because it looks a little more feminine.
The name is of French origin meaning “oarsman.” One of the reasons it’s become a fan favorite, particularly for girls, is because it’s really trendy sounding, but also fashionable. It entered the Top 1000 in 2013 and has been steadily rising ever since. In 2018 it sat in the Top 200 at #177.
2. Sophia (soh-fay-uh)
Yet another widely popular name, Sophia lands in the #5 spot overall making it one of the Top 5 girl names in the US. It’s of greek origin meaning “wisdom.” It first became famous thanks to St. Sophia, the mother of three daughters, Faith, Hope, and Love. In the seventeenth century it became popular in England as it was the name of George I’s mother and wife.
Today, Sophia is one of the most popular girl names in the Western world. One of the reasons for this is because it appeals to a wide group of people. Parents with an intellectual background like it due to its meaning. It’s also considered a very classic, traditional name for those who lean toward that. In addition, this name has Latin roots making it a popular choice in Spanish speaking countries. Lastly, parents can have a little fun with the spelling as either Sophie or Sofia.
1. Teagan (TEE-gan)
Teagan is a name that started to gain momentum in the late twentieth century. It’s of Irish origin meaning “little poet or fair.” I personally haven’t encountered too many Teagan’s, but they’re definitely out there because this name ranks as one of the Top 200 girl names in the US at #178.
It has now surpassed other similar like Meghan/Megan and Reagan/Regan proving itself to be a fair contender as one of the best girl names for parents to choose in 2020.