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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #35 Boy: Jacob

    - Rank in the 1980s: #35
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 124,239
    - Rank in 2018: #13 (11,770 babies born)

    Jacob has always been a popular name for twins, as a reference to the Old Testament story where Jacob was born holding onto his brother's heel. There is also the brother reference apparent in the popularity of the famous brothers who wrote “Grimm's Fairy Tales,” one of whom was named Jacob Grimm. The name originated from the Hebrew language and means “supplanter, substitute.”

  • #35 Girl: Mary

    - Rank in the 1980s: #35
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 95,860
    - Rank in 2018: #126 (2,327 babies born)

    Mary was the most popular girl baby name in the world from the turn of the 20th century up until the 1960s thanks to the numerous biblical references to the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene. While still riding on that worldwide popularity in the 1980s (kept afloat by the actress Mary-Kate Olsen in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s), the name has since begun to decline.

  • #34 Boy: Mark

    - Rank in the 1980s: #34
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 129,433
    - Rank in 2018: #210 (1,859 babies born)

    Historically, the name Mark has several references in significant stories in both the bible (Marcus St. Mark) and as the name of the Roman general who fell in love with Cleopatra (Marcus Antony). For this reason, the name has almost always been a part of the most popular names list throughout history.

  • #34 Girl: Jamie

    - Rank in the 1980s: #34
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 96,551
    - Rank in 2018: #614 (488 babies born)

    Jamie is used both as a nickname for the masculine “James” and as the feminine form of “James.” The name peaked in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s thanks to the rise in fame of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in “Halloween” in 1978 and the sequel in 1981.

  • #33 Boy: Charles

    - Rank in the 1980s: #33
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 131,889
    - Rank in 2018: #52 (6,604 babies born)

    Charles has remained a popular name among royalty due to its meaning, “strong and manly,” and reference to Charles the Great (Charlemagne), the eighth- and ninth-century ruler of Western Europe. The wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981 was one of the most memorable moments in the decade, even all the way in the United States.

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  • #33 Girl: Andrea

    - Rank in the 1980s: #33
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 98,252
    - Rank in 2018: #134 (2,154 babies born)

    The female form of “Andrew,” Andrea comes from the Greek language and means “strong; courageous.” A possible influence on young parents of the '80s, child actress Andrea Elson starred in two shows on TV during the decade: "Whiz Kids" and "ALF."

  • #32 Boy: Aaron

    - Rank in the 1980s: #32
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 138,367
    - Rank in 2018: #60 (5,953 babies born)

    Aaron comes from the Old Testament as the name of Moses' brother and the first high priest of Israel. The name peaked in the early 1980s due perhaps to the famous baseball player Hank Aaron who dominated the sport until the late ‘70s.

  • #32 Girl: Katherine

    - Rank in the 1980s: #32
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 99,172
    - Rank in 2018: #112 (2,666 babies born)

    The most popular spelling of the name, Katherine derives from the Greek language meaning “pure.” It has fluctuated greatly throughout the years, peaking in the 1920s, 1950s, and 1990s, and was popularized by actress Katharine Hepburn and writer Katherine Anne Porter.

  • #31 Boy: Benjamin

    - Rank in the 1980s: #31
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 141,380
    - Rank in 2018: #6 (13,381 babies born)

    Not only one of the most-watched TV shows of the 1980s but one of the most-watched of all time, “M*A*S*H” was enjoyed by many parents in the ‘70s and ‘80s during its tenure from 1971 to 1983. The lead character, Benjamin, may have made an impact on viewers during the time.

  • #31 Girl: Lisa

    - Rank in the 1980s: #31
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 102,600
    - Rank in 2018: #891 (302 babies born)

    Lisa originally was used as a nickname for “Elizabeth,” but it broke out as its own separate name around the 1930s. The name peaked in 1965 and has moved steadily downward since then, associated with Leonardo da Vinci's painting, "Mona Lisa," and more recently with the actress Lisa Kudrow.

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