The Social Security Administration has released its list of most popular baby names in 2020 and there are few shocks from Michigan. Oliver, which has hung around in second or third place since 2017, reached the No. 1 rank in 2020 with 494 little Michiganders sporting the name. Charlotte, which has been steadily rising in popularity since 2013, reached the top spot for girls in 2020.
The most popular names in the U.S. in 2020 were Liam and Olivia, which both ranked third by Michigan parents.
The problem, of course, is that knowing about the popularity of a certain baby name can make parents want to avoid it altogether. If it’s too popular, they think, their child could be in a class where several students share the same name (shoutout to the Jessicas, Jennifers and Michaels who know the feeling).
Experts say that concern is less of an issue these days, since parents are choosing a greater diversity of names overall – for example, the percentage of girls given a “top 10” name dropped from around 25 percent in 1945 to 8 percent in 2007, Live Science reports.
Still, many parents are cautious about choosing a so-called “popular” name. If that’s the case for you, consider these top-ranking names.
Top baby names for boys in Michigan
Top baby names for girls in Michigan
This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated regularly.
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