Most popular baby names for the first half of 2020 revealed

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The most popular baby names for 2020 thus far have been revealed, with one girls' name noticeably dropping off the charts due to current events.

Baby name website Nameberry released the list with previously popular name 'Cora', which sat as high as number 6 last year in the Nameberry top 10 last year, nowhere to be seen on the list in 2020 - most likely due to its similarity to 'coronavirus'.

Instead, topping the charts this year is 'Luna' and 'Milo'. Luna, which is an ancient mythological name, sat just outside the top 10 last year, making a very fast climb to number one. It's also the name if Chrissy Teigan and John Legend's four-year-old daughter.

Milo is a name often associated with strength, with celebrity parents such as Liv Tyler, Craig Ferguson, and Alyssa Milano using the popular name for their sons.

The girls list had the biggest shake up this year, with six new names entering the list: Luna, Ava, Ophelia, Eleanor, Eloise, and Aurelia. While the boys only had three newcomers,  Oliver, Levi, and Leo.

Namberrry calculate their popularity list on the basis of which name pages received the most visits. 

 Top 10 Girl Names 2020

  1. Luna
  2. Maeve
  3. Aurora
  4. Olivia
  5. Isla
  6. Ava
  7. Ophelia
  8. Eleanor
  9. Eloise
  10. urelia

Top 10 Boy Names 2020

  1. Milo
  2. Asher
  3. Atticus
  4. Oliver
  5. Levi
  6. Silas
  7. Arlo
  8. Leo
  9. Theodore
  10. Jasper

Namberry also revealed what the call "the hottest" baby names at mid-year 2020 - referring to those that have made the most dramatic leaps up the list compared to a year ago. 

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Hottest Girl Names 2020

Kiara
Nova
Luna
Ayla
Zara
Athena
Cordelia
Maeve
Florence
Anastasia

Hottest Boy Names 2020

Enzo
Phoenix
Arlo
Lucius
Kai
Hugo
Levi
Ezekiel
Caleb
Rowan