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  • Pregnant? Baby Name Experts Say These 30 Names Will Trend In 2020

    Expecting a little one next year? Choose a name from this list!
    by Kitty Elicay .
Pregnant? Baby Name Experts Say These 30 Names Will Trend In 2020
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  • Choosing a baby’s name is always exciting. If you’re expecting a bundle of joy in 2020 and are already writing a shortlist of monikers, you’ll be glad to know that “baby name” experts have already predicted what will trend for the next year.

    Baby name trends for 2020

    According to Nameberry, a popular name database website, next year’s babies will use a “host of names that went virtually unused a generation ago.” These include newly-minted names, rediscovered antiques, and imported names around the world. Some were also inspired by celebrities and pop culture.

    The site made its forecast by calculating which names saw the biggest increase in interest this 2019, compared to 2018. Here are their top baby name predictions for boys and girls:

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    Trending baby names for girls in 2020

    Adah

    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: ornament

    Reese

    Origin: Welsh
    Meaning: ardor

    Mika

    Origin: Japanese
    Meaning: beautiful fragrance

    Paisley

    Origin: Scottish
    Meaning: church

    Amina

    Origin: Arabic
    Meaning: trustworthy, faithful

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    Teagan

    Origin: Irish or Welsh
    Meaning: a little poet or fair

    Nova

    Origin: Latin
    Meaning: new

    Aura

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: soft breeze

    Pearl

    Origin: Latin gem name
    Meaning: pearl

    Billie

    Origin: English, diminutive of Wilhelmina and Wilma
    Meaning:  resolute protection

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    Trending baby names for boys in 2020

    Austin

    Origin: English, a shortened form of Augustine
    Meaning: great, magnificent

    Alva

    Origin: Hebrew
    Meaning: his highness

    Acacius

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: thorny; or innocent, not evil

    Tate

    Origin: English
    Meaning: cheerful

    Diego

    Origin: Spanish variation of James
    Meaning: supplanter

     

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    Easton

    Origin: English
    Meaning: east-facing place

    Lucius

    Origin: Latin
    Meaning: light

    Cash

    Origin: Word name; also diminutive of Cassius
    Meaning: hollow

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    Ash

    Origin: English, diminutive of Asher
    Meaning: ash tree

    Luca

    Origin: Italian variation of Luke and Lucas
    Meaning: a man from Lucania

    Many of the trending names were likely inspired by famous people — Reese, Mika, and Billie were chosen because actress Reese Witherspoon, journalist Mika Brzezinski, and singer Billie Eilish were all popular in 2019. Meanwhile, the naming website predicts Alva, which is also the middle name of the great inventor Thomas Edison, to rise in popularity because the names Alma and Alba have become a stylish choice for girls.

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    Apart from baby names specifically for boys and girls, unisex baby names have also become increasingly appealing to parents, especially for those who want to keep their little one’s gender a secret until they are born. Nameberry also released their predictions for gender-neutral names that will trend next year:

    Trending unisex baby names for 2020

    Ellis

    Origin: Welsh
    Meaning: benevolent

    Phoenix

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: dark red

    Remy

    Origin: French from Latin
    Meaning: oarsman

    Marlowe

    Origin: Variation of Marlow, English
    Meaning: driftwood

    Shea

    Origin: Irish
    Meaning: the stately, dauntless one

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    Zephyr

    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: west wind

    Darcy

    Origin: Irish or French
    Meaning: dark one, from Arcy, or from the fortress

    Rowan

    Origin: Scottish and Irish
    Meaning: little redhead

    Quinn

    Origin: Irish
    Meaning: a descendant of Conn, chief leader, intelligence

    Emerson

    Origin: German
    Meaning: son of Emery

    How do you know if the name you chose is 'The One'? Click here for ways you can "test-drive" your baby's name!

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