Special Report

America’s 40 Most Popular Baby Names in 2020

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15. Jacob
> Pct. of boys named Jacob in 2020: 0.54%
> Boys named Jacob in 2020: 9,196 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Jacob was most popular in: 2000 with 34,483 — or 1.76% — of all newborn boys, named Jacob
> Meaning and origin: The name is derived from the Latin name Iacobus and is of Hebrew origin, meaning “supplanter.”
> Pictured: Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, born Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal

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14. Daniel
> Pct. of boys named Daniel in 2020: 0.55%
> Boys named Daniel in 2020: 9,419 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Daniel was most popular in: 2000 with 22,326 — or 1.14% — of all newborn boys, named Daniel
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Daniyyel, which means “God is my judge.”
> Pictured: Actor Daniel Kaluuya

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13. Ethan
> Pct. of boys named Ethan in 2020: 0.55%
> Boys named Ethan in 2020: 9,464 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Ethan was most popular in: 2002 with 22,112 — or 1.14% — of all newborn boys, named Ethan
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Hebrew origin and means “solid, enduring, firm.”
> Pictured: Film director Ethan Coen

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12. Michael
> Pct. of boys named Michael in 2020: 0.57%
> Boys named Michael in 2020: 9,717 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Michael was most popular in: 2000 with 32,039 — or 1.63% — of all newborn boys, named Michael
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Hebrew origin, derived from Mikha’el, meaning “who is like God?”
> Pictured: Former basketball player Michael Jordan

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11. Mason
> Pct. of boys named Mason in 2020: 0.59%
> Boys named Mason in 2020: 10,029 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Mason was most popular in: 2011 with 19,518 — or 1.03% — of all newborn boys, named Mason
> Meaning and origin: The name has Scottish and English origin and was the occupational name for a stonemason.
> Pictured: Musician Mason Williams