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These 100 baby names rocked the 1980s

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    These 100 baby names rocked the 1980s

    While it has been several decades since the end of the 1980s, it appears as if that particular time in history will be remembered as remarkably iconic for pop culture. The vast political turmoil, the rise to superstardom for musical icons like Madonna, Prince, and Queen, and the overwhelming number of cinematic classics released—such as “Back to the Future,” “The Shining,” and several installments of the original “Star Wars” franchise—makes the decade hard to forget.

    Powerful celebrities can have a substantial influence on people’s day-to-day lives; in the ‘80s especially, notable figures truly became household names when parents began naming their children after them.

    Curious about the most fashionable names to come out of the 1980s, Stacker used data from the Social Security Administration to rank the 50 most popular male and female baby names between 1980 and 1989. Each name is listed along with its average number of annual births in the 1980s and total annual births in 2017 for contemporary context.

    Read on to see which baby names rocked the 1980s.

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    #50 Boy: Alexander

    Rank in the 1980s: #50
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,198.3
    Rank in 2017: #13
    Births in 2017: 12,467

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    #50 Girl: Allison

    Rank in the 1980s: #50
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,232.7
    Rank in 2017: #60
    Births in 2017: 4,017

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    #49 Boy: Jesse

    Rank in the 1980s: #49
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,591.3
    Rank in 2017: #186
    Births in 2017: 2,074

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    #49 Girl: Kathryn

    Rank in the 1980s: #49
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,243.9
    Rank in 2017: #424
    Births in 2017: 744

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    #48 Boy: Tyler

    Rank in the 1980s: #48
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,644.6
    Rank in 2017: #106
    Births in 2017: 3,744

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    #48 Girl: Maria

    Rank in the 1980s: #48
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,569.2
    Rank in 2017: #111
    Births in 2017: 2,699

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    #47 Boy: Jose

    Rank in the 1980s: #47
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,660.3
    Rank in 2017: #81
    Births in 2017: 4,775

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    #47 Girl: Vanessa

    Rank in the 1980s: #47
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,572.2
    Rank in 2017: #204
    Births in 2017: 1,508

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    #46 Boy: Kenneth

    Rank in the 1980s: #46
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,913
    Rank in 2017: #218
    Births in 2017: 1,751

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    #46 Girl: Alicia

    Rank in the 1980s: #46
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,696.2
    Rank in 2017: #359
    Births in 2017: 861

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    #45 Boy: Gregory

    Rank in the 1980s: #45
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,365.9
    Rank in 2017: #375
    Births in 2017: 881

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    #45 Girl: Christine

    Rank in the 1980s: #45
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,801.4
    Rank in 2017: #786
    Births in 2017: 346

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    #44 Boy: Dustin

    Rank in the 1980s: #44
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,731.9
    Rank in 2017: #527
    Births in 2017: 533

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    #44 Girl: Lindsay

    Rank in the 1980s: #44
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 6,848.8
    Rank in 2017: #1,148
    Births in 2017: 215

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    #43 Boy: Zachary

    Rank in the 1980s: #43
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,183.4
    Rank in 2017: #103
    Births in 2017: 3,779

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    #43 Girl: Kristin

    Rank in the 1980s: #43
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 7,055.6
    Rank in 2017: #2,662
    Births in 2017: 65

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    #42 Boy: Travis

    Rank in the 1980s: #42
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,292.4
    Rank in 2017: #300
    Births in 2017: 1,161

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    #42 Girl: Lindsey

    Rank in the 1980s: #42
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 7,193.4
    Rank in 2017: #873
    Births in 2017: 310

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    #41 Boy: Sean

    Rank in the 1980s: #41
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,384.9
    Rank in 2017: #251
    Births in 2017: 1,469

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    #41 Girl: Katie

    Rank in the 1980s: #41
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 7,285.6
    Rank in 2017: #409
    Births in 2017: 770

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    #40 Boy: Paul

    Rank in the 1980s: #40
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,437.4
    Rank in 2017: #225
    Births in 2017: 1,684

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    #40 Girl: April

    Rank in the 1980s: #40
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 7,594.7
    Rank in 2017: #453
    Births in 2017: 691

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    #39 Boy: Nathan

    Rank in the 1980s: #39
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,598.3
    Rank in 2017: #45
    Births in 2017: 7,390

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    #39 Girl: Shannon

    Rank in the 1980s: #39
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 7,841.4
    Rank in 2017: #1,341
    Births in 2017: 173

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    #38 Boy: Scott

    Rank in the 1980s: #38
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,817
    Rank in 2017: #484
    Births in 2017: 602

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    #38 Girl: Kristen

    Rank in the 1980s: #38
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,322.6
    Rank in 2017: #1,126
    Births in 2017: 221

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    #37 Boy: Patrick

    Rank in the 1980s: #37
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 11,140.1
    Rank in 2017: #171
    Births in 2017: 2,283

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    #37 Girl: Courtney

    Rank in the 1980s: #37
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 8,430
    Rank in 2017: #948
    Births in 2017: 276

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    #36 Boy: Stephen

    Rank in the 1980s: #36
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 11,360.9
    Rank in 2017: #271
    Births in 2017: 1,321

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    #36 Girl: Erica

    Rank in the 1980s: #36
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,314.6
    Rank in 2017: #831
    Births in 2017: 325

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    #35 Boy: Jacob

    Rank in the 1980s: #35
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 12,422.8
    Rank in 2017: #10
    Births in 2017: 13,106

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    #35 Girl: Mary

    Rank in the 1980s: #35
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,585.7
    Rank in 2017: #126
    Births in 2017: 2,381

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    #34 Boy: Mark

    Rank in the 1980s: #34
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 12,940.7
    Rank in 2017: #203
    Births in 2017: 1,936

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    #34 Girl: Jamie

    Rank in the 1980s: #34
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,655
    Rank in 2017: #615
    Births in 2017: 488

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    #33 Boy: Charles

    Rank in the 1980s: #33
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 13,187.8
    Rank in 2017: #49
    Births in 2017: 7,130

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    #33 Girl: Andrea

    Rank in the 1980s: #33
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,824.5
    Rank in 2017: #128
    Births in 2017: 2,312

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    #32 Boy: Aaron

    Rank in the 1980s: #32
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 13,836.2
    Rank in 2017: #46
    Births in 2017: 7,165

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    #32 Girl: Katherine

    Rank in the 1980s: #32
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 9,916.8
    Rank in 2017: #105
    Births in 2017: 2,833

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    #31 Boy: Benjamin

    Rank in the 1980s: #31
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,136.9
    Rank in 2017: #06
    Births in 2017: 13,733

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    #31 Girl: Lisa

    Rank in the 1980s: #31
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,259.8
    Rank in 2017: #884
    Births in 2017: 305

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    #30 Boy: Kyle

    Rank in the 1980s: #30
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,193.7
    Rank in 2017: #211
    Births in 2017: 1,823

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    #30 Girl: Sara

    Rank in the 1980s: #30
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,465.8
    Rank in 2017: #158
    Births in 2017: 1,872

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    #29 Boy: Jeffrey

    Rank in the 1980s: #29
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,479.6
    Rank in 2017: #323
    Births in 2017: 1,049

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    #29 Girl: Kelly

    Rank in the 1980s: #29
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 10,954.8
    Rank in 2017: #595
    Births in 2017: 500

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    #28 Boy: Jeremy

    Rank in the 1980s: #28
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,341.9
    Rank in 2017: #193
    Births in 2017: 2,035

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    #28 Girl: Erin

    Rank in the 1980s: #28
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 11,581.4
    Rank in 2017: #407
    Births in 2017: 771

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    #27 Boy: Richard

    Rank in the 1980s: #27
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,474.1
    Rank in 2017: #175
    Births in 2017: 2,269

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    #27 Girl: Angela

    Rank in the 1980s: #27
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 11,659.3
    Rank in 2017: #234
    Births in 2017: 1,344

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    #26 Boy: Timothy

    Rank in the 1980s: #26
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 17,283.1
    Rank in 2017: #164
    Births in 2017: 2,393

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    #26 Girl: Samantha

    Rank in the 1980s: #26
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 12,113.3
    Rank in 2017: #54
    Births in 2017: 4,303

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    #25 Boy: Steven

    Rank in the 1980s: #25
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 17,743.1
    Rank in 2017: #182
    Births in 2017: 2,148

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    #25 Girl: Emily

    Rank in the 1980s: #25
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 13,175.4
    Rank in 2017: #12
    Births in 2017: 9,746

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    #24 Boy: Thomas

    Rank in the 1980s: #24
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 17,778.1
    Rank in 2017: #48
    Births in 2017: 7,131

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    #24 Girl: Danielle

    Rank in the 1980s: #24
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 13,436.7
    Rank in 2017: #351
    Births in 2017: 906

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    #23 Boy: Kevin

    Rank in the 1980s: #23
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 18,867.9
    Rank in 2017: #101
    Births in 2017: 3,805

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    #23 Girl: Laura

    Rank in the 1980s: #23
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 13,458.8
    Rank in 2017: #340
    Births in 2017: 939

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    #22 Boy: Adam

    Rank in the 1980s: #22
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 19,507
    Rank in 2017: #77
    Births in 2017: 4,904

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    #22 Girl: Rebecca

    Rank in the 1980s: #22
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 13,622.8
    Rank in 2017: #216
    Births in 2017: 1,416

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    #21 Boy: Eric

    Rank in the 1980s: #21
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 20,423.9
    Rank in 2017: #143
    Births in 2017: 2,757

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    #21 Girl: Brittany

    Rank in the 1980s: #21
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,084.3
    Rank in 2017: #712
    Births in 2017: 400

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    #20 Boy: Anthony

    Rank in the 1980s: #20
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 21,182
    Rank in 2017: #32
    Births in 2017: 8,802

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    #20 Girl: Crystal

    Rank in the 1980s: #20
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,100.2
    Rank in 2017: #644
    Births in 2017: 455

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    #19 Boy: Nicholas

    Rank in the 1980s: #19
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 22,331.1
    Rank in 2017: #68
    Births in 2017: 5,321

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    #19 Girl: Lauren

    Rank in the 1980s: #19
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,514.3
    Rank in 2017: #148
    Births in 2017: 1,978

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    #18 Boy: Jonathan

    Rank in the 1980s: #18
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 22,993.9
    Rank in 2017: #55
    Births in 2017: 6,471

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    #18 Girl: Christina

    Rank in the 1980s: #18
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,599.2
    Rank in 2017: #408
    Births in 2017: 770

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    #17 Boy: Brandon

    Rank in the 1980s: #17
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 23,219.5
    Rank in 2017: #114
    Births in 2017: 3,474

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    #17 Girl: Kimberly

    Rank in the 1980s: #17
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,644.1
    Rank in 2017: #164
    Births in 2017: 1,823

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    #16 Boy: Brian

    Rank in the 1980s: #16
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 23,399.4
    Rank in 2017: #217
    Births in 2017: 1,763

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    #16 Girl: Rachel

    Rank in the 1980s: #16
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 14,665.9
    Rank in 2017: #195
    Births in 2017: 1,591

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    #15 Boy: William

    Rank in the 1980s: #15
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 24,827
    Rank in 2017: #03
    Births in 2017: 14,904

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    #15 Girl: Amy

    Rank in the 1980s: #15
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,066.6
    Rank in 2017: #174
    Births in 2017: 1,724

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    #14 Boy: Ryan

    Rank in the 1980s: #14
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 27,891.6
    Rank in 2017: #43
    Births in 2017: 7,652

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    #14 Girl: Megan

    Rank in the 1980s: #14
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,350.5
    Rank in 2017: #499
    Births in 2017: 624

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    #13 Boy: Andrew

    Rank in the 1980s: #13
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 28,507.5
    Rank in 2017: #40
    Births in 2017: 8,215

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    #13 Girl: Amber

    Rank in the 1980s: #13
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,393.9
    Rank in 2017: #401
    Births in 2017: 776

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    #12 Boy: Justin

    Rank in the 1980s: #12
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 28,978.4
    Rank in 2017: #126
    Births in 2017: 3,121

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    #12 Girl: Michelle

    Rank in the 1980s: #12
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,400
    Rank in 2017: #214
    Births in 2017: 1,421

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    #11 Boy: Jason

    Rank in the 1980s: #11
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 29,207.4
    Rank in 2017: #92
    Births in 2017: 4,221

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    #11 Girl: Tiffany

    Rank in the 1980s: #11
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 15,861.4
    Rank in 2017: #580
    Births in 2017: 516

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    #10 Boy: Joseph

    Rank in the 1980s: #10
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 29,941.7
    Rank in 2017: #19
    Births in 2017: 10,360

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    #10 Girl: Heather

    Rank in the 1980s: #10
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 19,185.9
    Rank in 2017: #1,129
    Births in 2017: 219

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    #9 Boy: John

    Rank in the 1980s: #9
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 32,111.1
    Rank in 2017: #27
    Births in 2017: 9,434

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    #9 Girl: Elizabeth

    Rank in the 1980s: #9
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 19,896.5
    Rank in 2017: #13
    Births in 2017: 8,915

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    #8 Boy: Robert

    Rank in the 1980s: #8
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 32,165.5
    Rank in 2017: #65
    Births in 2017: 5,507

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    #8 Girl: Nicole

    Rank in the 1980s: #8
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 21,047.7
    Rank in 2017: #183
    Births in 2017: 1,654

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    #7 Boy: Daniel

    Rank in the 1980s: #7
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 34,547.8
    Rank in 2017: #15
    Births in 2017: 11,640

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    #7 Girl: Melissa

    Rank in the 1980s: #7
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 21,790.3
    Rank in 2017: #273
    Births in 2017: 1,168

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    #6 Boy: James

    Rank in the 1980s: #6
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 35,642.8
    Rank in 2017: #04
    Births in 2017: 14,232

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    #6 Girl: Stephanie

    Rank in the 1980s: #6
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 21,813.9
    Rank in 2017: #287
    Births in 2017: 1,126

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    #5 Boy: David

    Rank in the 1980s: #5
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 38,367.7
    Rank in 2017: #23
    Births in 2017: 10,124

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    #5 Girl: Sarah

    Rank in the 1980s: #5
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 27,260.7
    Rank in 2017: #62
    Births in 2017: 3,986

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    #4 Boy: Joshua

    Rank in the 1980s: #4
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 39,657
    Rank in 2017: #39
    Births in 2017: 8,239

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    #4 Girl: Ashley

    Rank in the 1980s: #4
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 35,217.1
    Rank in 2017: #122
    Births in 2017: 2,517

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    #3 Boy: Matthew

    Rank in the 1980s: #3
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 45,895.5
    Rank in 2017: #16
    Births in 2017: 11,611

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    #3 Girl: Amanda

    Rank in the 1980s: #3
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 36,971.6
    Rank in 2017: #334
    Births in 2017: 954

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    #2 Boy: Christopher

    Rank in the 1980s: #2
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 55,485.9
    Rank in 2017: #38
    Births in 2017: 8,255

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    #2 Girl: Jennifer

    Rank in the 1980s: #2
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 44,085.9
    Rank in 2017: #310
    Births in 2017: 1,042

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    #1 Boy: Michael

    Rank in the 1980s: #1
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 66,369
    Rank in 2017: #12
    Births in 2017: 12,579

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    #1 Girl: Jessica

    Rank in the 1980s: #1
    Average annual births in the 1980s: 46,947.2
    Rank in 2017: #248
    Births in 2017: 1,271

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