The girl names’ list dwarfs the boys’ version – 60 names versus 30. That’s because posts about girl names tend to attract more attention.
But far, far more popular than any individual name post? It’s the lists! Some of these are new for 2020. Others were updated recently. But even more are long-time reader favorites that have been around since the blog’s early days.
Call it Appellation Mountain’s greatest hits.
Some of these reflect long-standing name obsessions. Many of adore French names. Unconventional nicknames, too, often attract lots of attention, year over year.
But some of these hint at current trends, and sometimes at things to come, too.
Either way, I love to see what you love to read!
MOST POPULAR NAME LISTS 2020
Not so long ago, girl names ending with a, while boy names ending with … any other letter under the sun, but definitely not a. Then came Joshua. And Noah and Elijah and Cuba and Dakota and Luca and … well. It’s now a perfectly legit ending for a boy’s name, and that has opened the door for some great picks for our sons.
For every Jane or Kate, there’s an Antonella and a Stellamaris. Girl names that clock in at four syllables – or more! – aren’t a long list, but we do love them.
One of the very first baby name lists on this site all the way back in 2008, French names for girls is a post that just won’t quit. It’s been revised and updated and changed some more. All these years later, I still swoon when I read this one.
Classic given name, unexpected short form. It’s a great approach for finding names that fit in and stand out at the same time. Traditional and storied Eleanor becomes versatile thanks to so many great nickname options.
Because there are so many options besides Alex.
These are the names that Goldilocks would love. They’re instantly familiar, sometimes rising in popularity … but far below the heights of Liam/Noah/James.
There’s buttoned-up Leonard and bold Leonidas, plus a dozen more. Fierce and vintage Leo can be short for a long list of handsome choices.
Millie is a great, sparky name. And if you’re looking for something a little longer to go on your daughter’s birth certificate? The options are plentiful.
Did you think it was just Penny? Not so!
We love a great nature name, and flowers are an obvious choice. But not far behind flowers? Birds!
Um … did I write the same article twice? Apparently, because two lists of long girl names make the greatest hits list.
Sparky, high-energy, and yes, spunky names for our daughters.
Rose names range from the spare and classic original to so many elaborations and combinations.
Gone are the days when boys’ names never ended with vowels. From Leo and Arlo to Horatio and Miro, O-enders are everywhere.
Would you give your twins names starting with the same first initial? Maybe not, but this list – or the comments! – might persuade you to consider it.
One of the all-time most-read posts here – nicknames for Charles besides Charlie and Chuck!
A deep and rich category of appealing names, all borrowed from the night sky.
The most classic of girl names, Elizabeth has developed a long list of equally appealing nicknames over the centuries.
We love long names for girls, but this list of long boy names? It’s even more popular.
Vintage + nature combined = ecovintage! It’s one of the hottest styles right now.
Speaking of vintage, we do love a good throwback name, and this 1885 list is jam-packed.
Want to name like the Weasleys … or maybe the Malfoys? Here’s your guide. Plus, find your Wizarding World name here.
Because we can’t name every boy Jack.
Yes, a name can rank in the US Top 100 and still be oh-so-very cool. These boy names prove it!
We often like to keep middle names brief, which is why so many girls end up with Grace or Rose in that spot. But there are dozens upon dozens of alternatives – and we love reading about them!
Those were the lists of 2020 that you loved best. Any favorites here? Any suggestions for the 2021 calendar?