Most popular baby names list contains one not in top 10 for a century

But Olivia and Liam once again led the way for girls and boys.
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The most popular baby names in the U.S. in 2020, for both boys and girls, are nearly unchanged from the year prior.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) released its annual list of top 10 baby names. Olivia, Emma and Ava topped the list for girls - the same top three from 2019. On the boy's side it was Liam, Noah and Oliver, once again the same trio from the year before.

Here's the top 10 for both boys and girls.

The SSA notes only two of these 20 names were not on the same list in 2019: Henry and Alexander. (They edged out Mason and Ethan, which fell out of the top 10.)

Interestingly, Henry hasn't been this popular in over a century. The last time it appeared in the top 10 boys names was all the way back in 1910.

Researchers are still sorting out the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on birth rates. Pew points out the U.S. birth rate - already falling - dropped 4% in 2020. In December specifically (a time when many babies conceived during the start of the pandemic would have been born) there was an 8% drop.

Brookings estimates about 300,000 fewer births in 2021 as a result of COVID.

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