More than 520,000 families who are registered with BabyCenter gave birth and named their child so far this year. Although there are still ten weeks left before 2021, BabyCenter has released its statistics for the top baby names of 2020. It’s possible that they included announced names for upcoming 2020 births. Sophia is the top name for girls, which is not surprising, since it was also the #1 name in the previous ten years. The number one name for boys was Liam for the second year. While both top ten lists didn’t change much, 2020 saw some changes in the lower rankings.
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Baby names are always a mirror of the times. Changes in the 2020 list reflect a year of loss and political divisiveness. Kobe shot up 175% after Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, lost his life in a tragic helicopter accident alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna (up 216%). On the social and political fronts, Kamala (up 104%) and Liberty (up 12%) rose in popularity, while Karen and Chad declined by 13% and 12% respectively.
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