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America’s 40 Most Popular Baby Names in 2020

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10. Alexander
> Pct. of boys named Alexander in 2020: 0.59%
> Boys named Alexander in 2020: 10,151 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Alexander was most popular in: 2009 with 18,239 — or 0.92% — of all newborn boys, named Alexander
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Greek name Alexandros, meaning “defending men.”
> Pictured: American statesman Alexander Hamilton

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9. Henry
> Pct. of boys named Henry in 2020: 0.63%
> Boys named Henry in 2020: 10,705 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Henry was most popular in: 2020 with 10,705 — or 0.63% — of all newborn boys, named Henry
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Germanic name Heimirich, meaning home ruler. It’s a mix of “heim,” which means home, and “ric,” which means power or rule.
> Pictured: Founder of Ford Motor Company Henry Ford

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8. Lucas
> Pct. of boys named Lucas in 2020: 0.66%
> Boys named Lucas in 2020: 11,281 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Lucas was most popular in: 2017 with 13,013 — or 0.70% — of all newborn boys, named Lucas
> Meaning and origin: Lucas is another version of the name Luke or Lucius, which means light-living or illumination. The name may also have originated from the Ecclesiastic Greek Loukas, which is a shorter version of Loukanos, meaning man from Lucania.
> Pictured: Racing driver Lucas di Grassi

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7. Benjamin
> Pct. of boys named Benjamin in 2020: 0.71%
> Boys named Benjamin in 2020: 12,136 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Benjamin was most popular in: 2016 with 14,661 — or 0.77% — of all newborn boys, named Benjamin
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Binyamin, meaning “son of the south” or “son of the right hand.”
> Pictured: One of the Founding Fathers of the United States Benjamin Franklin

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6. James
> Pct. of boys named James in 2020: 0.72%
> Boys named James in 2020: 12,250 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, James was most popular in: 2000 with 17,989 — or 0.92% — of all newborn boys, named James
> Meaning and origin: Derived from a version of the Biblical Latin form Iacobus, from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov (Jacob).
> Pictured: Actor James Earl Jones

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