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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #20 Boy: Anthony

    - Rank in the 1980s: #20
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 211,830
    - Rank in 2018: #38 (8,003 babies born)

    Anthony is a Latin name that comes from the ancient Roman surname, “Antonius.” With the release of Tony (short for Anthony) Robbins' first book in 1987, there may have been some parents who felt motivated' to name their kids after the successful motivational speaker.

  • #20 Girl: Crystal

    - Rank in the 1980s: #20
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 141,006
    - Rank in 2018: #717 (395 babies born)

    A name of Latin and Greek origin, Crystal translates into “brilliant glass” and was most popular as a baby name in the year 1982. Thanks in part to the character Krystle Carrington played by actress Linda Evans on the soap opera, “Dynasty,” from 1981 to 1989, the actress went on to become the spokesperson for “Crystal Light” beverages in 1984 due to her tie to the name.

  • #19 Boy: Nicholas

    - Rank in the 1980s: #19
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 223,331
    - Rank in 2018: #74 (4,801 babies born)

    The name Nicholas first became popular in 1979 and climbed its way up to its peak in 1995. It means “victorious” and originates in the Greek language. Actor Nicolas Cage started his career around this time.

  • #19 Girl: Lauren

    - Rank in the 1980s: #19
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 145,151
    - Rank in 2018: #171 (1,696 babies born)

    Lauren, a feminine form of “Laurence” first made famous by actress Lauren Bacall in 1944, is most popular in European countries and the United States. The clothing designer Ralph Lauren boomed in popularity in the 1980s and eventually expanded into the fashion empire it remains to this day.

  • #18 Boy: Jonathan

    - Rank in the 1980s: #18
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 229,952
    - Rank in 2018: #63 (5,712 babies born)

    The influx in Jonathans may have come from the popularity of singer John Mellencamp who released his hit songs “Jack And Diane” and “Hurts So Good” in 1982, and “Smalltown” in 1985. The rock star gained plenty of fans during the decade and produced many more timeless hits.

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  • #18 Girl: Christina

    - Rank in the 1980s: #18
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 145,995
    - Rank in 2018: #439 (719 babies born)

    The popularity of this name may have come from Tina Turner, who released some of her most famous songs during the ‘80s. Her hits include “Proud Mary” in 1988 and “What's Love Got To Do With It” in 1984, just to name a few.

  • #17 Boy: Brandon

    - Rank in the 1980s: #17
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 232,210
    - Rank in 2018: #124 (3,183 babies born)

    Brandon was derived from the Celtic language and continues to be popular in the countries of Chile, Wales, England, and Scotland. The year 1985 saw the most Brandons born out of any other year. The cult classic film “The Goonies” came out in 1985 and one of the main characters went by the name of “Brand” (short for Brandon).

  • #17 Girl: Kimberly

    - Rank in the 1980s: #17
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 146,447
    - Rank in 2018: #170 (1,696 babies born)

    Kimberly used to be popular with both girls and boys up until about the year 1980. Singer/songwriter Kim Carnes came out with her song “Bette Davis Eyes” in 1981, which went on to become #1 on the Billboard charts that year.

  • #16 Boy: Brian

    - Rank in the 1980s: #16
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 234,014
    - Rank in 2018: #235 (1,618 babies born)

    Though spelled differently, Bryan Adams was one of the most popular musicians of the decade, with songs such as “Summer Of ‘69” and “Heaven” in 1984. It is definitely possible that parents wanted to memorialize some of the singer's legendary hits by naming their babies after him.

  • #16 Girl: Rachel

    - Rank in the 1980s: #16
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 146,668
    - Rank in 2018: #198 (1,544 babies born)

    Rachel first showed up in the Old Testament and means “lamb” in Hebrew. Actress Kelly McGillis played the leading lady named Rachel in the 1985 movie “Witness” opposite superstar Harrison Ford, which went on to win two Academy Awards the following year.

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