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America’s 40 Most Popular Baby Names in 2020

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5. William
> Pct. of boys named William in 2020: 0.73%
> Boys named William in 2020: 12,541 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, William was most popular in: 2000 with 20,665 — or 1.05% — of all newborn boys, named William
> Meaning and origin: The name is of German origin. It’s derived from the name Willahelm, meaning “will helmet.”
> Pictured: Playwright William Shakespeare

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4. Elijah
> Pct. of boys named Elijah in 2020: 0.76%
> Boys named Elijah in 2020: 13,034 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Elijah was most popular in: 2020 with 13,034 — or 0.76% — of all newborn boys, named Elijah
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Hebrew origin, meaning “My God Is Yahweh.”
> Pictured: Congressman Elijah Cummings

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3. Oliver
> Pct. of boys named Oliver in 2020: 0.83%
> Boys named Oliver in 2020: 14,147 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Oliver was most popular in: 2020 with 14,147 — or 0.83% — of all newborn boys, named Oliver
> Meaning and origin: Oliver comes from Olivier, which is a Norman French version of the Germanic name Alfher or Aleifr.
> Pictured: Director Oliver Stone

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2. Noah
> Pct. of boys named Noah in 2020: 1.07%
> Boys named Noah in 2020: 18,252 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Noah was most popular in: 2020 with 18,252 — or 1.07% — of all newborn boys, named Noah
> Meaning and origin: Derived from the Hebrew name Noach, meaning “rest, repose.”
> Pictured: Actor Noah Wyle

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1. Liam
> Pct. of boys named Liam in 2020: 1.15%
> Boys named Liam in 2020: 19,659 out of 1.7 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Liam was most popular in: 2020 with 19,659 — or 1.15% — of all newborn boys, named Liam
> Meaning and origin: Liam means a strong-willed warrior and protector. The name is a contraction of the Irish name Uilliam, which is derived from the Frankish name Willahelm, which means helmet of will.
> Pictured: Actor Liam Neeson

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