Henry and Alexander replaced Mason (now ranked 11th) and Ethan (13th).
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Kobe, increased by 998 babies
Kobe was influenced by the untimely death of basketball great Kobe Bryant (whose daughter, Gianna, had an equally strong influence on girl names.)
Theodore and Luka were also among the fastest risers of 2019.
The boy names that saw the largest increases in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies were…
Omere, increased by 460%
Omere could be from Omere Harris, son of YouTubers (and former Love & Hip Hop-ers) Mendeecees Harris and Yandy Smith.
Ripp was a debut name just one year earlier. Speaking of debuts…
Here are the boy names that debuted most impressively in the 2020 data:
Aarnik, debuted with 14 baby boys
Amavi, 12 (a double-debut with 30 girls as well)
Itzan is probably from Spanish actor Itzan Escamilla, who stars in the Netflix series Élite.
Carin could be from Mexican singer Carin Leon (whose real name is Oscar; “Carin” is a shortening of his nickname, Oscarin.)
Jahkor was the name of a character in the Netflix movie All Day and a Night (2020).
The boy names that saw the largest decreases in usage in terms of absolute numbers of babies were…
Ethan, decreased by 1,801 babies
The boy name that saw the largest decrease in usage in terms of relative numbers of babies was Daer (-80%), and the boy name that saw the steepest drop off the list was Montae (from 20 babies in 2019 to fewer than 5 in 2020).
If you can explain any of these rises (or drops), please leave a comment!
The name Tashia made its first appearance in the U.S. baby name data in 1962:
1964: 5 baby girls named Tashia
1962: 12 baby girls named Tashia
Where did it come from?
A comic strip called Rib Kirby (1946-1999), in which the titular character, a private detective, had various adventures. A storyline that ran in newspapers from April to August of 1962 featured a character named Tashia Rambeau.
Tashia was on the lookout for a man who had swindled her best friend out of $50,000. She knew the man had the initials “R.K.,” so she thought Rip Kirby might be the crook.
The name Tashia got another boost a few years later thanks to the I Spy episode “Tatia” (pronounced tasha), which aired in late 1965.
P.S. The name Rip has always been rare, but it was used most often in the ’50s and ’60s.
Please note that I did include names in the gray area between one syllable and two syllables. The deciding factor on these particular names (such as Charles, Miles, and Noel) will be your own interpretation/accent, so be sure to test the names out loud before making any final decisions.