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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #15 Boy: William

    - Rank in the 1980s: #15
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 248,301
    - Rank in 2018: #3 (14,516 babies born)

    Billy (short for William) Joel was a shining star of the ‘80s, and his famous songs “Uptown Girl” in 1983 and “We Didn't Start The Fire” in 1989 were bound to inspire ‘80s parents to name their babies after him. Billy is still performing to this day.

  • #15 Girl: Amy

    - Rank in the 1980s: #15
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 150,669
    - Rank in 2018: #205 (1,497 babies born)

    The name comes from the word “aimee” in Old French, meaning “beloved.” The name grew increasingly popular in the 1980s thanks to singer Amy Grant, who produced a #1 hit in 1979 and a platinum album in 1982.

  • #14 Boy: Ryan

    - Rank in the 1980s: #14
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 278,952
    - Rank in 2018: #46 (6,905 babies born)

    Ryan saw a substantial spike in popularity in the year 1970 and continued to stay popular throughout the following two decades. Ryan O'Neal starred in the hit movie “Love Story” in 1970, and the movie received seven Academy Award nominations (including best actor) and one win the following year.

  • #14 Girl: Megan

    - Rank in the 1980s: #14
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 153,507
    - Rank in 2018: #545 (564 babies born)

    The name Megan was originally a derivation of “Margaret,” and peaked in popularity in both the 1980s and 1990s. The TV series “Anne of Green Gables” came out in 1985 and starred actress Megan Follows. The mini-series was hugely popular and went on to win a Primetime Emmy in 1986.

  • #13 Boy: Andrew

    - Rank in the 1980s: #13
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 285,091
    - Rank in 2018: #43 (7,234 babies born)

    Fans of musical theater will remember the ‘80s primarily for songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber, who debuted “Cats” in 1981, which ran for 21 years in London, as well as “The Phantom of the Opera” in 1986, which became the longest-running musical in history.

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  • #13 Girl: Amber

    - Rank in the 1980s: #13
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 153,946
    - Rank in 2018: #471 (658 babies born)

    Amber refers to the golden fossilized stone made of tree resin that shares the same name. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen played the popular character, Kelly Kapowski in the hit TV show “Saved by the Bell” from 1989.

  • #12 Boy: Justin

    - Rank in the 1980s: #12
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 289,790
    - Rank in 2018: #141 (2,787 babies born)

    Child star Justin Henry scored the role of Billy Kramer in the 1979 movie “Kramer vs. Kramer” alongside Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman, a movie which won an impressive five Academy Awards in 1980. The young actor (just 8 years old at the time) was nominated for best supporting actor, making him the youngest nominee in history and an obvious inspiration for parents everywhere.

  • #12 Girl: Michelle

    - Rank in the 1980s: #12
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 154,013
    - Rank in 2018: #263 (1,239 babies born)

    Michelle is the feminine form of Micheal in the French language and first became popular after the Beatles released their song “Michelle” in 1965. The name skyrocketed in the ‘80s due to the increasing popularity of actress Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in movies like “Grease 2” in 1982, “Scarface” in 1983, and “Witches of Eastwick” in 1987.

  • #11 Boy: Jason

    - Rank in the 1980s: #11
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 292,093
    - Rank in 2018: #100 (3,847 babies born)

    Jason was a name included in both the New Testament and in Greek mythology, generally considered to mean “healer.” The name first became popular in the 1970s thanks to characters of the same name on “Here Come the Brides” and “The Waltons,” and remained fashionable through the ‘80s perhaps from characters in “Growing Pains” and “Friday the 13th.”

  • #11 Girl: Tiffany

    - Rank in the 1980s: #11
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 158,620
    - Rank in 2018: #690 (418 babies born)

    Most people will recognize the name from the jewelry company and the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany starring Audrey Hepburn. Its popularity in the 1980s can be attributed to Tiffany Renee Darwish, simply known as Tiffany, a pop singer who became widely famous during the decade with her songs “Could've Been” and “I Think We're Alone Now.”

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