March Madness Baby Names 2020: Boys SemiFinalsTime for the boys semifinals in March Madness Baby Names 2020!

Every year, we look at the most popular posts from the prior twelve months to determine the most popular choices. Appellation Mountain readers tend to favor a quirky bunch – the Top Ten here looks nothing like the US Top Ten.

Those names face off in a bracket-style match-up over the month of March, with voters narrowing down our favorites, until we crown a single champion.

While the initial list tends to be full of surprises, the names that win it all tend to feel far more mainstream:

  • Nathaniel in 2011
  • Arthur in 2012
  • Archer in 2013
  • Everett in 2014
  • Finn in 2015
  • Theodore in 2016
  • Leo in 2017
  • Rowan in 2018
  • Arlo in 2019

We’ve already narrowed from sixteen names to eight, and then again to four. Let’s take a look at the contests that brought up to the semifinals:

  • Hayes commanded roughly 70% of the vote, to win over Zev.
  • In a crushing defeat, Reid picked up almost 73% of the total to sweet past Koa.
  • With 69% of the vote, the royal-ish Archie takes does heroic Arrow.
  • And literary Caspian garnered 69% of the vote to slip past Fox.

Those are some pretty unambiguous results. And that makes me think the boys’ semifinals will be torturously hard!


Two fast-rising twenty-first century favorites face off in the first semifinal match:



Two slightly more traditional names vie for the second finalist spot.


Voting will remain open through Thursday, March 26th. Check back on Saturday, March 28th to see which names advance to the finals!

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