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Top Baby Names 1980s

  • Lauren

    Lauren was derived from Laurence, an English name from the Roman family name Laurentius, meaning “from Laurentum.” Laurentum, an ancient Italian city, got its name from the Latin word... Read More 

  • Lindsay

    In the early eighties, Lindsay, in tandem with Courtney, approached the Top 10.

    Lindsey is one of the few truly unisex names (rather than being a name that has changed genders). Over... Read More 

  • Lisa

    Elvis naming his daughter Lisa Marie and Nat King Cole's hit song "Mona Lisa" conspired to catapult one of Elizabeth's many offshoots to Number 4 in 1970. Its star barely twinkles now.Read More 

  • Mark

    After centuries of lagging behind other apostle names Peter and Paul, Mark suddenly caught on in the early 1950s, reaching Number 6 by 1960. It was in the Top 10 from 1955 to 1970 and second only... Read More 

  • Melissa

    Melissa derives from the Greek word mélissa, meaning “bee,” which was taken from the word for honey, meli. In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who nursed the infant god Zeus... Read More 

  • Nicole

    Nicole was derived from Nicholas, the English variation of the Greek Nikolaos, composed of the compounds nike, meaning “victory,” and laos, “people.” The variation Nicole arose... Read More 

  • Paul

    To the thousands of girls who screamed the name of their favorite Beatle in the 1960s, the boys' name Paul had a thrillingly unique image, but to the rest of the world, then and now, it's a name... Read More 

  • Scott

    A cool, windswept, surfer babe-magnet in 1965, a nice dad -- or even granddad -- today. Read More 

  • Sean

    Sean, after a long reign as one of the top Irish boys' names in the US, has now slipped as parents look to fresher Irish... Read More 

  • Shannon

    Irish place-name -- it's a river, a county, and an airport -- once popular but now supplanted by such newer immigrants as Aidan and Maeve. Read More 

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