Here are some names that might see a surge in usage in 2020, thanks to popular culture…
Kobe & Bryant
NBA legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January. (His daughter Gianna died in the accident as well.)
Doja & Amala
Singer Doja Cat (real name: Amalaratna Zandile Dlamini), whose 2018 debut album was entitled Amala, has become increasingly popular.
Hurricane Isaias — after weakening to a tropical storm — caused damaged along East Coast of the U.S. in late July and early August.
Ahmaud, Breonna, George, Rayshard
…or the name of any other unarmed black American who was shot and killed by a police officer this year (or late last year).
- Ahmaud Arbery (February)
- Breonna Taylor (March)
- George Floyd (May)
- Rayshard Brooks (June)
Based on what we’ve seen this year so far, what other names would you add to the list?