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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #10 Boy: Joseph

    - Rank in the 1980s: #10
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 299,438
    - Rank in 2018: #23 (9,555 babies born)

    49ers quarterback Joe Montana rocked the sporting world during the 1980s after being drafted in 1979 and leading his team to eight playoffs during the decade. Any San Francisco 49ers fan would have been proud to name their son after the great Montana during this era.

  • #10 Girl: Heather

    - Rank in the 1980s: #10
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 191,860
    - Rank in 2018: #1149 (210 babies born)

    Actress Heather Locklear has been one of the biggest inspirations for the baby name ever since her debut in popular 1980s shows such as “T.J. Hooker” and ''Dynasty.” The name Heather comes from Old English and means “flowering shrub.” Since that decade, however, the name become much less common.

  • #9 Boy: John

    - Rank in the 1980s: #9
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 321,138
    - Rank in 2018: #27 (9,119 babies born)

    With the tragic loss of musician John Lennon in December of 1980, it could be that Beatles fans wanted to memorialize the legendary singer during the decade. John still continues to be one of the most popular names for boys in America to this day.

  • #9 Girl: Elizabeth

    - Rank in the 1980s: #9
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 198,974
    - Rank in 2018: #13 (8,513 babies born)

    One of the most timeless names in history, Elizabeth as a baby name is unlikely to go out of style anytime soon. With timeless influences from Queen Elizabeth I and the principal character in Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice,” the name has continued to be popular ever since the 1880s.

  • #8 Boy: Robert

    - Rank in the 1980s: #8
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 321,680
    - Rank in 2018: #71 (5,140 babies born)

    As the name initially became popular in the early 1900s and has continued to be ever since, there have plenty of Roberts influencing parents throughout the years. Actor Robert Redford kept the name popular through the ‘70s and ‘80s with his movies “Out of Africa” in 1985 and “The Natural” in 1983. On the music circuit, Robert Palmer came out with some of his biggest hits in the ‘80s, including “Addicted to Love” in 1985 and “Simply Irresistible” in 1988.

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  • #8 Girl: Nicole

    - Rank in the 1980s: #8
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 210,482
    - Rank in 2018: #218 (1,416 babies born)

    Nicole is a French name and feminine form of “Nicolas” that has been around since the 1940s. Actress Nicole Eggert worked primarily on the show “Charles in Charge” and appeared in several other ‘80s classics such as “T.J. Hooker,” ''Fantasy Island,” and “Who's the Boss?” Actress Nicole Kidman kept the trend going through the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with her first films.

  • #7 Boy: Daniel

    - Rank in the 1980s: #7
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 345,506
    - Rank in 2018: #15 (11,173 babies born)

    Dan Marino, arguably one of the most famous football players of the era, undoubtedly inspired lovers of the sport when it came to naming their babies in the 1980s. Marino played for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 to 1999 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

  • #7 Girl: Melissa

    - Rank in the 1980s: #7
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 217,906
    - Rank in 2018: #297 (1,114 babies born)

    A Greek name meaning “honey bee,” Melissa reached its peak popularity in the year 1979. This spike in the given name can be attributed to the 1974–1983 TV series “Little House on the Prairie” which starred two different Melissas, as well as singers Melissa Manchester and Melissa Etheridge.

  • #6 Boy: James

    - Rank in the 1980s: #6
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 356,481
    - Rank in 2018: #4 (13,525 babies born)

    James first became prominent in the early 1600s after James Stuart rose to power in England. Since then, celebrities such as Rick James and James Brown kept the name popular through the following decades until today.

  • #6 Girl: Stephanie

    - Rank in the 1980s: #6
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 218,148
    - Rank in 2018: #318 (1,026 babies born)

    Stephanie began to become fashionable in the 1940s and is believed to come from the name “Stephan” as the French feminine form. Actress Stephanie Zimbalist starred in the beloved TV series “Remington Steele” from 1982 to 1987, and Stephanie Powers starred in the mystery series “Hart to Hart” from 1979 to 1984.

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