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America’s 40 Most Popular Baby Names in 2020

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5. Sophia
> Pct. of girls named Sophia in 2020: 0.81%
> Girls named Sophia in 2020: 12,976 out of 1.6 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Sophia was most popular in: 2012 with 22,320 – or 1.27% of all newborn girls, named Sophia
> Meaning and origin: Also spelled Sofia, the name is derived from the Greek word Sophia, meaning “wisdom.”
> Pictured: Actress Sophia Loren

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4. Charlotte
> Pct. of girls named Charlotte in 2020: 0.81%
> Girls named Charlotte in 2020: 13,003 out of 1.6 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Charlotte was most popular in: 2020 with 13,003 — or 0.81% of all newborn girls, named Charlotte
> Meaning and origin: French in origin, the name is often the feminine diminutive for Charles.
> Pictured: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge

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3. Ava
> Pct. of girls named Ava in 2020: 0.82%
> Girls named Ava in 2020: 13,084 out of 1.6 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Ava was most popular in: 2007 with 18,052 — or 0.94% of all newborn girls, named Ava
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Latin origin, meaning “life; bird; water, island.”
> Pictured: Film director Ava Marie DuVernay

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2. Emma
> Pct. of girls named Emma in 2020: 0.97%
> Girls named Emma in 2020: 15,581 out of 1.6 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Emma was most popular in: 2003 with 22,709 — or 1.24% of all newborn girls, named Emma
> Meaning and origin: The name is derived from the Germanic word ermen meaning “whole” or “universal.”
> Pictured: Actress Emma Thompson

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1. Olivia
> Pct. of girls named Olivia in 2020: 1.10%
> Girls named Olivia in 2020: 17,535 out of 1.6 million
> Between 2000 – 2020, Olivia was most popular in: 2014 with 19,823 — or 1.11% of all newborn girls, named Olivia
> Meaning and origin: The name is of Latin origin, derived from the word “oliva,” meaning “olive tree.”
> Pictured: Actress Olivia Colman

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