1990s Baby Names

The Naughty Nineties. Sourced from the 1990s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.
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  • Adam

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    Adam--a primal Old Testament name-- was revived as a 1960s cowboy name. Adam is now well out of the Top 50 and feels ready for a respite, replaced by newer A names like Aidan/Aiden, Avery and Axel.  Read More 

  • Alexis

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    Alexis, a one-time exclusively-boys' name, has surpassed sister Alexandra in popularity -- it's just inside the Top 40, with more than five thousand babies named Alexis last year. Alexis zoomed t... 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 

  • Andrew

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    Andrew is among the most appealing classic boys' names, with more character and charm than James or John, and a host of Andrew-inspired nicknames: Andy makes it friendlier, Drew adds to its sophist... Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin -- a name with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the solid base of having long been an Anglo-Saxon surname and a first name since medieval times --reached the Top 10 in... 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 

  • Brian

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    Brian, has long been among the most popular of the Irish imports for boys. It landed on the US popularity list in 1925, entered the Top 100 where it remained for 60+ years, reaching the Top 10 in ... Read More 

  • Brianna

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    Nine different versions of Brianna are in the Top 1,000 -- a sure sign that, though pretty, Brianna's getting more and more difficult to make distinctive. This is the most popular spelling, at Nu... Read More 

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