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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #25 Boy: Steven

    - Rank in the 1980s: #25
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 177,449
    - Rank in 2018: #198 (2,022 babies born)

    Though his full name is Stevland and not Steven, Stevie Wonder surely inspired plenty of parents-to-be to name their kids after the music legend in the 1980s. The late ‘70s and early ‘80s were full of hit Stevie Wonder songs, including ”Part-Time Lover” in 1985 and ”Overjoyed” in 1985.

  • #25 Girl: Emily

    - Rank in the 1980s: #25
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 131,755
    - Rank in 2018: #12 (8,656 babies born)

    Starting in 1970, Emily saw a gradual incline into 1999, when it reached its peak. The origin of the name is Latin, and it is also believed to be derived from the medieval feminine version of “Aemilius.” The name became especially popular in English thanks to Emma Thompson, who began her professional career during the 1980s.

  • #24 Boy: Thomas

    - Rank in the 1980s: #24
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 177,796
    - Rank in 2018: #49 (6,779 babies born)

    Tom Cruise has had a strong career ever since it began in the early '80s: Many who watched “Top Gun” in 1986 or “Risky Business” in 1983 fell in love. Tom Petty also graced the billboard charts at the end of the decade with hit songs “Free Fallin'” and “I Won't Back Down” coming out in 1989.

  • #24 Girl: Danielle

    - Rank in the 1980s: #24
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 134,372
    - Rank in 2018: #382 (809 babies born)

    The feminine form of the name “Daniel,” which originates in the Hebrew language, Danielle's popularity peaked in 1987. Danielle Steel, arguably one of the most celebrated romance writers of the decade, influenced the name's popularity after releasing her first book “The Promise” in 1978.

  • #23 Boy: Kevin

    - Rank in the 1980s: #23
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 188,694
    - Rank in 2018: #125 (3,124 babies born)

    There aren't many fans of the ‘80s who don't remember the popular TV show, “The Wonder Years,” which was on television from 1988 to 1993. The lead character Kevin, who narrated the nostalgic show set in the 1960s and 1970s, was a relatable character who undoubtedly reminded ‘80s parents of their childhood.

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  • #23 Girl: Laura

    - Rank in the 1980s: #23
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 134,594
    - Rank in 2018: #340 (935 babies born)

    Laura relates to the laurel trees of ancient Rome and is the feminine version of the Latin name “Laurus.” There were several notable Lauras that may have influenced baby-naming during the decade, including Laura Ingalls, the main character on the “Little House on the Prairie” TV show that ran from 1974 to 1983, and Laura Spencer, a character on the hit show “General Hospital.”

  • #22 Boy: Adam

    - Rank in the 1980s: #22
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 195,092
    - Rank in 2018: #78 (4,675 babies born)

    “The Love Boat” doctor, Adam Bricker, became a popular character on the show, which was on TV for most of the ‘80s. Adam comes from a word in Hebrew that describes the color of the earth and was the name of the first man created in the bible.

  • #22 Girl: Rebecca

    - Rank in the 1980s: #22
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 136,229
    - Rank in 2018: #214 (1,442 babies born)

    The name Rebecca was first popularized by the 1938 novel of the same name eventually turned into a movie by the Alfred Hitchcock. It faded in and out of popularity between the ‘50s and the ‘90s, hitting its peak in 1981. Movie star Rebecca De Mornay got her breakthrough role during the decade with the 1981 “Risky Business” opposite Tom Cruise.

  • #21 Boy: Eric

    - Rank in the 1980s: #21
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 204,244
    - Rank in 2018: #160 (2,389 babies born)

    Eric, a name Norse in origin, peaked in popularity in 1970 and has fluctuated since then. The name's popularity amongst newborns was likely influenced by the musician Eric Clapton, who released a majority of his most famous songs in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.

  • #21 Girl: Brittany

    - Rank in the 1980s: #21
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 140,847
    - Rank in 2018: #879 (305 babies born)

    Already popular in the '80s, the name became increasingly common in the late ‘90s thanks to singer Britney Spears and actress Brittany Murphy. Since then, the name has plummeted in popularity. The name Brittany comes from the area that eventually became Britain.

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