'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 HarrisBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Pelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis 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 Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August Pelosi: Drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package Bottom line 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.