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The Most Popular Names in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2020

how popular local baby names compare to the U.S. top 20

Though the top baby names from 2020 won’t be released officially until May 2021 (which is basically an eternity from now), Names.org has done their own number-crunching and prognosticating to come up with this year’s top 10 names for boys and girls.

Their picks are based on visits to their site and recent Social Security Administration data.

So what’s new to the top 10—and how do their predictions match up with names trending in Dallas-Fort Worth? We looked at the names from our most recent Baby Casting Call to find out.

First, Names.org’s predictions (drumroll, please):

BOYS

  1. Liam
  2. Noah
  3. William
  4. Oliver
  5. Lucas
  6. Benjamin
  7. Elijah
  8. James
  9. Henry
  10. Alexander

James was No. 4 in the SSA’s official rankings for 2018, so if Names.org is right, it’s losing ground. But fellow classics Henry and Alexander would be newcomers to the top 10. (Thank you, British royal family.)

The majority of these monikers showed up at our 2019 Baby Casting Call, and so did the trends they represent. We saw some fresh biblical picks in Jeremiah and Jude, old-fashioned chic in Vincent and George, and on-the-rise imports Axel, Luca and Matteo.

The most popular boy name at our event? Jackson (or Jaxon)—joined by fellow -son names Jameson, Grayson and Emerson.

Other boy name trends among DFW babies:

Word names: Lots of baby boys at our Casting Call were rocking hip, single-syllable names like Ridge, Crew and Jett, and we’re expecting great things from young Chamberlain, Chancellor, History and Reign.

Classic names (with a twist!): Along with always-in-style picks like Andrew, John and Nicholas, we saw some reemerging—and more romantic—classics, including Ivan, Adrian, Edward and Raphael.

Geography names: Local boys were repping Cairo, Kingston, Monroe and (surprise, surprise) Dallas; a Britton and a Roman showed up too.

What about the girls? Here are Names.org’s predictions for 2020:

GIRLS

  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Ava
  4. Isabella
  5. Charlotte
  6. Sophia
  7. Amelia
  8. Mia
  9. Mila
  10. Harper

Mila would be new to the mix—slipping into that middle ground between short-and-sweet Mia and more flowery Amelia.

True to form, Olivia, Charlotte and Sophia were among the most popular girls’ names at our 2019 Baby Casting Call. Strangely, Emma was nowhere to be found, but names ending in A are definitely in with DFW parents.

We saw long, flowy names like Alessandra, Georgiana, Ta’leana and Briella, as well as zippier, spunky choices like Nyla, Zoya, Kaia and Zia (along with both Mia and Mila).

Harper was but one of the unisex-leaning-female names at our event—she was joined by Quinn (the most popular in this category), Palmer, Bailey and Aubrey.

Other girl name trends in North Texas:

Names that end in N—or sound like they do: For a long time, the boys dominated this category, but the girls are catching up thanks to Madeleine, Londyn, Brooklyn, Adelyn, McKesson, Avalynne, Emersyn and others. (The Y’s come free of charge.

Vintage revivals: Time to revisit the family tree—names like Hazel, Eleanor, Ruth and Mina are no longer in Grandma territory.

Goddesses: Several young mortals at our event had names that packed a divine punch, from Lorelei and Auset (the Egyptian goddess also known as Isis) to Nihira, Reva and Luna. But the name with perhaps the loftiest aspirations? Nirvana.

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