Below, find Nameberry’s list of hot baby name predictions for 2020 and Redmond’s explanations for each pick.
The names here offer baby namers a heads up on trends and specific names destined to get more popular in 2020 and beyond.”
Adah ― All girl names starting with the letters and sound Ad have been rising quickly in recent years, including Ada and Adele, Adelaide and all spellings of Adeline. Adah, a biblical name pronounced AH-dah, is a fresh choice with deep roots.
Reese ― Actress Reese Witherspoon had a highly visible year in 2019, between “Big Little Lies” and her book club. Now her name is poised to take off a la Scarlett (Johansson) and Adele. Reese is the phonetic spelling of the unisex Welsh name meaning ardor.
Mika ― Journalist Mika Brzezinski undoubtedly had some influence on the popularization of her name, pronounced mee-ka, but it’s also a new Michael feminization, taking over from the now-flagging Mikayla and cousins.
Paisley ― Paisley is one of those names that morphed quickly from fascinating and fresh to super-trendy, rising in the official list to No. 52 in just a bit over a decade. But, according to our data, the Scottish Paisley is only getting hotter.
Teagan ― The Irish and Welsh Teagan is one of those names that is technically unisex but is used far more often for one gender, in this case over 90% girls. The name has deeper roots than you might imagine ― there was a Welsh St. Tegan ― and takes over for ’90s favorites Megan and Reagan.****
Nova ― Nova is one of those, well, nouveau names that’s enjoyed a meteoric rise. Closing in on the Top 50 on the official charts, Nova could soon join Luna as a celestial name at the top of the popularity lists.****
Aura ― Aura may be the least-used name among our top girl names of 2020 – only 120 baby girls were named Aura in the U.S. in 2018, where it still lies outside the Top 1,000. But it’s a natural successor to Aria and Arya, carries a stylish spiritual feel and is also popular with Spanish-speaking parents.
Pearl ― Gently old-fashioned Pearl is a granny name turned modern superstar. Pearl was a Top 100 name from the time the Social Security Popular Names count started in 1880 through the mid-1920s, when it started a long decline. But in the past decade, it’s come back in a major way.
Billie ― Teen singing sensation Billie Eilish has done for this name what Billie Holiday could not: made it a modern star. Billie hit its high point in the U.S. charts in 1929 and 1930, when it was in the Top 100, which, according to the Hundred Year Rule, makes it destined for widespread popularity again in the next decade.
Alva ― Every American schoolchild knows this as the middle name of the great inventor Thomas Edison, whose surname has also become popular. With Alma and Alba now stylish for girls, Alva could gain visibility for boys.
Acacius ― This ancient name carries the trendy “s” ending and a botanical meaning, a style winner on three counts.
Tate ― Norse surnameTate, which means cheerful, is theoretically unisex but used 95% of the time for boys.
Lucius ― Lucius can’t help being a luscious name, one of the male forms of the ancient Roman clan name meaning light. While Lucy, Lucia, and Lucian are all rising on popularity lists, Lucius has yet to hit the U.S. Top 1,000.
Luca ― Luca is a pan-European favorite that’s receiving an enthusiastic welcome from American parents. Related to Lucas and Luke rather than the Lucius family, it’s set to break into the boys’ Top 100.****
For more information about the picks and additional hot names of 2020, visit Nameberry.