Baby Names

Popular and Trending Boy Names for 2020

Are you looking to for a baby name that is on trend and growing in popularity for this year? This list of trending boy names for 2020 will help you find the perfect name for your new baby boy!

Hot Trending Baby Names for 2020

So, how can we tell which baby names will be exploding in popularity in 2020? Well, of course it’s impossible to predict the future, but there are some key signs that certain names are growing in popularity, while the popularity of other names are waning.

The Social Security website provides amazing baby name data. It provides not only name rankings, but also allows you to see changes in the popularity of every baby name from year to year. 

So, I’ve done the legwork for you and have rounded up the top baby names that have significantly jumped up in popularity over the past year. These baby names have been on the rise for several years. You can bet that most of these names will continue to rise this year, making them very popular for 2020. 

I’ve chosen trending boy names that have made major leaps in the rankings (some by hundreds of spots!), or popular names that have risen steadily for several years.

This list is perfect if you’re interested in naming your son a trending baby name right now. It also could be helpful if you want to avoid naming your child something that is too common (if you want to avoid having 4 Milo’s in the same class, for example).

Either way, I hope this list of popular and trending boy names helps you find your perfect baby name.

Top Trending Boy Names This Year

So, without further ado, here are with top trending boy names for boys for 2020.

Abraham

This Hebrew name means ‘father of many’. Abraham was a biblical figure in the Old Testament. The name, Abraham, has been hovering around the 200 mark on the Social Security charts since the year 2000, but recently began pushing toward the 150 spot. Last year it jumped up 5 places from 169 to 164 alone.

Asher

Asher means ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’ in Hebrew. Asher has risen steadily in popularity on the Social Security charts year after year. Last year it leapt from 59 to 47, marking the first time it broke into the top 50.

Ashton

Ashton was originally a surname meaning “ash tree town.” Ashton is one of many names that reflect the trend of using last names as given names. Although Ashton was quite popular in the early 2000’s, it’s risen steadily in popularity over the past five years, jumping 10 spots last year alone, from 138 to 128.

August

August comes from the Latin and literally means ‘to increase’. As a name, it mans ‘venerable’ or ‘esteemed’ and was given to emperors. August has been shooting up the charts, gaining steadily in popularity since the year 2000. It broke through the top 200 in 2015, and jumped a whopping 21 spots from 190 to 171 last year alone!

Axel

Axel is the Danish form of Absalom, a Hebrew name which means ‘my father is peace’. In the Bible, Absalom is the son of King David. Last year, Axel made a big jump on the Social Security charts, from spot 104 to 94. Axel is a really unique boy name. Click here for more unique names for boys!

Brooks

Brooks literally means ‘dweller by a brook’. It was originally used as a surname before becoming a popular given name. Brooks is moving up the charts at a rapid pace. Just last year, it jumped up an unheard of 43 spots in a single year from 204 to 161!

Carson

Carson was originally a Scottish surname, but has been used as a given name for a number of years. While Carson has hovered near the top 100 names, it made a big jump last year from position 83 to 70. If you like Scottish baby names, click here for more!

Cooper

Cooper was originally a surname derived from an occupation. A cooper was the term for a barrel maker in Medieval Times. Last year, it moved from 88 to 83 on the charts. Cooper is one of my favorite rustic baby names. Click here to see tons more strong, rustic baby names.

Dean

Dean was originally an English surname. It’s risen steadily in popularity over the past 15 years. It broke the top 200 two years ago, and rose 14 spots last year alone, from 187 to 173.

Declan

Declan is the Anglicized form of the Irish name, Deaglan. Its popularity has grown steadily since the year 2000. Last year it rose 14 spots on the Social Security charts from 115 to 101. It almost certainly will break through to the Top 100 next year!

Elias

Elias is a form of Elijah used in the Greek New Testament, among other places. It comes from Hebrew and means ‘my God is Yahweh’. Elias has been steadily growing in popularity, and jumped last year from position 78 to 67.

Emmett

Emmett was originally an English surname. It’s risen steadily on the charts since the early 2000’s. Last year it reached its highest place ever on the charts at 114.

Emiliano

Emiliano means rival. It is the Spanish and Italian form of the Roman name, Aemilianus. It’s been on the rise since the year 200 and reached its highest point, and broke into the top 200 last year, rising from 208 to 190.

Everett

Everett was a surname, coming from the given name Everard, which means ‘brave boar’. It’s become quite a popular name in recent years, and broke into the Social Security Top 100 last year, jumping from 105 to 95.

Ezra

This name comes from the Hebrew word for ‘help’.  Last year, it rose a whopping ten spots on the Social Security charts, from 69 to 59. Click here to see more cute four letter names for boys.

Gael

Gael  is a name referring to the descendants of ancient Celts living in Scotland and Ireland. The name means ‘joyful’. It only appeared on the top 1000 chart in 2002 and has risen sharply ever since, peaking last year at spot 132. Next year it’s sure to rise even farther!

Hudson

Hudson was originally a surname, literally meaning ‘son of Hudde’. As a given name, Hudson has risen steadily up the charts since the year 2000. Last year, it reached its highest place, jumping ten spots from 64 to 54.

Jack

Jack is a nickname for John, which means ‘God is gracious. It is now more popular as a name of its own. Jack rose to its highest spot ever last year, jumping 7 places from 35 to 28. Jack is one of my favorite one syllable boy names. Click here for over 100 more one syllable names!

Jameson

Jameson was originally an English surname, literally meaning ‘son of James. As a given name, Jameson has been shooting up the charts and jumped from 100 to 91 last year.

Jasper

From the Hebrew, meaning ‘treasure’. In the Bible Jasper was one of the three wise men, or magi, who visited baby Jesus. Jasper has been on the rise since the mid 2000s, peaking last year when it jumped from 184 to 154.

Jaxon 

Jaxon is an alternate spelling of Jackson, which literally means ‘Jack’s son’. Jaxon is another name that has been fairly popular since the year 2000, but it reached its highest position ever last year, at spot 39.

 

Kai 

Kai means ‘sea’ in Hawaiian, or ‘victory’ in Chinese. It’s been steadily on the rise since the year 2000, moving from  spot 126 to 113 last year. Kai is poised to break through to the top 100 next year. 

Kingston

Kingston comes from English and literally means ‘King’s town’. Kingston only appeared on the Top 1000 chart in 2006. It quickly rose and leaped from 134 to 117 last year.

Leo

Leo is a two syllable baby name meaning ‘lion’ in Latin. Leo is a great three letter boy name! Last year it rose from 61 to 50, making it into the top 50 for the first time.

Leonardo

Leonardo is the Italian, Portuguese and Spanish form of Leonard, which means ‘brave lion’. Leonardo da Vinci was the most famous bearer of this name, but Leonardo DiCaprio is a more recent celebrity bearer. Although Leonardo has been in the top 100 since the year 2000, it has slowly been creeping up the charts. It has only made the top 100 names in the past three years and last year it rose to its highest position at spot 92.

Lorenzo

Lorenzo is the Spanish and Italian version of the name Laurence, which originally referred to someone from the Roman city of Laurentum. Lorenzo has risen on the charts steadily since 2012, making a giant leap last year alone, from 197 to 174.

Luca

Luca is a form of Lucas in Italian and Romanian, meaning ‘from Lucania’. Luca is a name rising in popularity each year. Last year it jumped from position 130 to 106. It’s poised to break through to the Top 100 Names next year!

Mateo

Mateo is a Spanish form of Matthew, which means ‘devoted to God’ or ‘gift of God’. Mateo reached highest position on chart last year since entering in the year 2000. Last year it jumped from 42 to 37.

Maverick

Maverick comes from the English word, maverick, which means ‘independent’. It’s risen in popularity in the recent years as a given name. It broke into the top 100 only two years ago, and rose from 85 to 73 last year.

Miles 

The meaning of the name Miles is unknown, but may refer to the Latin for soldier. Miles may also come from the name, Milo, a German name, meaning ‘gracious’. Miles has been quite popular over the past ten years, but last year it broke into the top 100 for the first time, leaping from 110 to 98. Its alternate spelling, Myles, also saw a big rise last year, from 212 to 195.

Milo

Milo is one of my favorite trending boy names.  It is an Old Germanic name, meaning ‘gracious’. It’s made a great leap in popularity each and every year, reaching its highest position ever last year, jumping nearly 50 spots on the Social Security charts, from 224 to 178.

Rhett

Originating from Old Dutch, meaning ‘advice’ or ‘counsel’. Rhett has made major leaps on the charts each year for the past ten years plus. Last year it rose from 180 to 167. It’s the perfect mix of rustic and vintage naming trends!

Roman

Roman has slowly been creeping up the charts. It has only made the top 100 names in the past three years; last year it rose to its highest position at spot 85.

Rowan

The name Rowan honours the rowan tree. Rowan has become increasingly popular over the past ten years and is now edging closer to the Top 100 boy names. Last year it jumped from 140 to 129, and it’s sure to rise again next year.

Ryker

Also spelled Riker, this strong but different boys name comes from the German and means ‘rich’. Ryker appeared on the charts in 2003 and has been on the rise ever since. Last year it rose from 131 to 122.

Santiago

Santiago is a Spanish baby name, meaning ‘Saint James’, the patron saint of Spain. It broke into the top 100 only two years ago, and rose from 93 to 81 last year.

Sebastian

Sebastian is a Latin baby name and means ‘venerable’. Although Sebastian has been in the top 100 since the year 2000, it has slowly been creeping up the charts. Last year it reached its highest spot ever and leaped from 23 to 18.

Silas

Silas is either a form of Silvanus, or a Greek version of the name Saul. Silas reached his highest spot on the charts last year, jumping ten spots from 120 to 110.

Theodore

Over the past ten years, Theodore has becoming more and more popular. It jumped from position 62 to 44 last year, marking the highest spot in the top 1000 it’s had in years. 

Thiago

Thiago is a Portuguese boy name meaning ‘supplanter’. Thiago only entered the Top 1000 chart in 2012. It’s has an meteoric rise ever since, breaking through to the Top 200 last year. This trending boy name is one to watch!

Waylon

A variation of Wayland, Waylon was popularized by musician, Waylon Jennings. Weston entered the Top 1000 charts in 2002 and has been rising steadily, reaching 142 last year.

Wesley

Wesley originally means ‘west meadow’ and was a surname before gaining popularity as a given name. After hovering close to spot 200 on the charts for a decade, Wesley has shot up in recent years, jumping from 111 to 105 last year. Wesley is poised to break through to the Top 100 next year.

Weston

Weston was originally a surname which referred to a place name meaning ‘West town’. Weston is another name with a steady rise throughout the 2000’s. Last year it hopped from 109 to 102 and will almost certainly break the Top 100 next year. 

Zion

The biblical term for the promised land. Zion has grown in popularity over the past five years in particular. It reached its highest point last year when it rose from 199 to 183.

Well, I hope that helps you find the perfect trending boy name for your new son!

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