1980s Baby Names

Decade of Decadence. Sourced from the 1980s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.
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  • Aaron

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    Aaron has been in and around the Top 50 for two decades, and is still an attractive, timeless, choice; the softness of Aaron's initial double vowel giving it an appealing gentleness. In the Old Te... Read More 

  • Alicia

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    Alicia was more popular than its mother name for several years, adding a lacy, more balletic feel to the original. Taken for its sound alone, Alicia is a lovely, feminine name, but parents should ... Read More 

  • Allison

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    Widely used here since the fifties, Allison -- a derivative of Alice -- has far surpassed the original in popularity, though now it's eclipsed by Addison and Alice itself is rising again. Ellison ... Read More 

  • Amanda

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    After a long run as the prettiest senior in class, this romantic name has lost some of its glossy sheen, though it's still quite lovely and well used. Amanda was one of the romantic-sounding names... Read More 

  • Amber

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    Though perhaps not as currently stylish as Ruby, Jade, or Pearl, Amber has a colorful history (remember the notorious 'Forever Amber' heroine?) and is still in the top 300. Unfortunately, it does c... Read More 

  • Andrea

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    Andrea -- a feminine form of Andrew (and a male name in several European cultures)-- comes with a good selection of pronunciations-- ANN-dree-a, AHN-dree-a, or ahn-DRAY-a--each with a slightly diff... Read More 

  • Angela

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    Widely used through most of the twentieth century, Angela is still at Number 196, though for many Angelina and Angelica are the preferred versions now. Angela was a Top 10 name from 1965 to 1979, t... Read More 

  • April

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    Still the most popular month name, but we think old-fashioned May or even June is prettier, while August is hipper. Literary reference: the heroine of the book and movie Revolutionary Road . Read More 

  • Ashley

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    Ashley was a sensation in the 1980s and 1990s; it hit Number 1 in 1991 and remains in the Top 100. Ashley is still pretty but more and more parents are turning to newer names like Ashlyn and Aubrey... Read More 

  • Brandon

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    Brandon, a forebear of the Braden-Caden pack, had a great run of popularity over several decades, being in the Top 10 from 1992 to 1998, one of its inspirations being hearthrob Brandon Walsh played... Read More 

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