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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #40 Boy: Paul

    - Rank in the 1980s: #40
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 104,388
    - Rank in 2018: #234 (1,625 babies born)

    Paul comes from the Latin “Paulus” and is rooted in the story of the Roman Catholic saint who changed his name from “Saul” to “Paul” after converting to Christianity. The name has fluctuated since the early 1900s, peaking in 1960 (perhaps due to the popularity of Paul McCartney and the Beatles) before beginning a steady decline.

  • #40 Girl: April

    - Rank in the 1980s: #40
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 75,947
    - Rank in 2018: #476 (653 babies born)

    The name April saw its largest peak in popularity in the years 1979 and 1980 after similar season-based names such as “June” and “May” began to become less popular. April is often given to babies born during the springtime and is believed to come from the Latin word “aperire,” which refers to flowers opening during the month.

  • #39 Boy: Nathan

    - Rank in the 1980s: #39
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 105,990
    - Rank in 2018: #48 (6,790 babies born)

    Nathan, a Hebrew name generated from a shortening of the name “Nathanial,” was steadily popular between 1980 and 1997 before peaking in 2004. It is also a popular name in Christianity, as Nathan was one of God's prophets in the New Testament. Musical theater and movie actor Nathan Lane began his career in the early 1980s.

  • #39 Girl: Shannon

    - Rank in the 1980s: #39
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 78,416
    - Rank in 2018: #1478 (148 babies born)

    A popular name for both boys and girls, Shannon originated in the Gaelic language and refers to the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river. The name peaked for both genders in 1970 and 1977 before beginning a decline into the modern age. American singer Shannon topped the charts with her dance-pop song “Let The Music Play” in 1983.

  • #38 Boy: Scott

    - Rank in the 1980s: #38
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 108,183
    - Rank in 2018: #520 (541 babies born)

    Scott was used as a surname for those of Scottish heritage, but originated from the Old English Language. The name was also given to residents of Scotland who were originally from Ireland and spoke Gaelic. Though it is an old name, it is still widely used today and was the most popular in 1962 and 1971. Actor Scott Baio flourished in the '80s, starring in “Happy Days” from 1974 to 1984, “Joanie Loves Chachi” in 1982, and “Charles in Charge” from 1984 to 1990.

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  • #38 Girl: Kristen

    - Rank in the 1980s: #38
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 83,227
    - Rank in 2018: #1226 (189 babies born)

    Kristen became a popular variation of “Kristin” in the 1940s and comes from the Danish version of “Christian” meaning “Christ-bearer.” Its popularity in the 1980s may be attributed to astronaut Sally Kristen Ride, who became the first woman in outer space in 1983.

  • #37 Boy: Patrick

    - Rank in the 1980s: #37
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 111,418
    - Rank in 2018: #189 (2,111 babies born)

    The late Patrick Swayze dominated the ‘80s and ‘90s with movies like “The Outsiders” in 1983, “Dirty Dancing” in 1987, and “Roadhouse” in 1989. Fans of the Pat Benatar may have felt inclined to show their love for the legendary singer regardless of which gender their baby came out as. Benatar rocked the ‘80s with songs like “Love Is A Battlefield” in 1983, “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in 1980, and “We Belong” in 1984.

  • #37 Girl: Courtney

    - Rank in the 1980s: #37
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 84,306
    - Rank in 2018: #1192 (199 babies born)

    The name Courtney comes from English and Portuguese origins, and translates into “from the court.” The name peaked in popularity for boys in the 1980s for about a decade before gaining more traction for girls by the 1990s due to influence from actresses like Courtney Thorne-Smith and Courteney Cox, and singer Courtney Love.

  • #36 Boy: Stephen

    - Rank in the 1980s: #36
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 113,620
    - Rank in 2018: #284 (1,236 babies born)

    Steven Spielberg came out with some of his most iconic movies in the 1980s, from the “Indiana Jones” franchise, to “E.T.,” to “The Goonies,” to “Gremlins.” Though the name spelling is different, it could be possible that Spielberg's movies had an influence on parents of the ‘80s.

  • #36 Girl: Erica

    - Rank in the 1980s: #36
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 93,151
    - Rank in 2018: #899 (296 babies born)

    The main character Erica on the soap opera “All My Children” became the most popular character in daytime TV after first airing in the 1970s, so it's no surprise that the name rode on the coattails of that popularity into the ‘80s. Erica also refers to the “Ericaceae” family classification name of 700 different species of flowers.

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