'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names
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"Kamala" and "Kobe" are among the baby names seeing a surge in popularity in 2020.

The girls name, made famous by Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE (Calif.), shot up 104 percent in popularity since last year, according to a poll from BabyCenter.com.

Despite its climb up the popularity charts, "Kamala" — a Hindi name which means "lotus" — has hardly become common. On a list of popular names, "Kamala" took the 6,843rd spot. 


"Kobe" also ascended to new heights, following the January death of the former Los Angeles Lakers star in a helicopter crash. The NBA star's first name was 175 percent more popular this year than in 2019, landing at number 216 on BabyCenter's list. 

"Elijah," perhaps inspired by Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene Cummings'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names Women of color flex political might Black GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview MORE (D-Ga.), the civil rights advocate and chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee who died last year, also jumped several spots in popularity. The name went from the eighth most popular boys name, to No. 5. 

"Liam" topped the list of boys names in 2020, while "Sophia" took the No. 1 ranking among girls names.