Jennifer and Mallory tabulate and discuss the trending names of 2020 (so far), Elon Musk’s new baby boy named X Æ A-12, and take fascinating questions from our listeners on name and naming.

Bonus: Irish native Elizabeth McLoughlin helps us with our pronunciation from the Irish Names episode.

Names Mentioned in this episode: Thaïs, Thalia, Talia, Darcy, Oliver, Aidan, Ethan, Charlotte, Ava, Amelia, Luna, Ronan, Roman, Josephine, Juniper, Apollo, Arlo, Milo, Gideon, Malaysia, and more!

Top 20 Trending Names of 2020:

1 Oliver Charlotte
2 Liam Ava
3 Ethan Amelia/Emilia
4 Aiden/Aidan Olivia
5 Gabriel Aurora
6 Caleb Violet
7 Theodore Luna
8 Declan Hazel
9 Owen Chloe
10 Elijah Aria/Arya
11 Henry Scarlett
12 Jackson/Jaxon Isla
13 Grayson/Greyson Abigail
14 Levi Freya/Freja
15 Benjamin Adeline
16 Finn/Fynn Sophia/Sofia
17 Miles/Myles Nora/Norah
18 Alexander Adelaide
19 Sebastian Emma
20 Leo Mila

View the top 100 here



Melissa Rauch’s article on being a Pandemama: I Never Thought I’d be Giving Birth During a Pandemic

California Department of Public Health Vital Records Birth Registration Handbook

Top Trending Names of 2020 - so far