Names from the 1990s

These popular American names were used relatively more often for babies born in the US in the 90s than they are today. Many of these names are more likely to be the names of American moms than American babies. If the Hundred-Year Rule continues to hold, we can expect to see these names on babies at the end of the 21st century.

  • Adam

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Adam -- a primal Old Testament name -- was revived as a 1960s cowboy name. Adam is not as popular as it once was and feels ready for a respite, replaced by newer A names like Aidan/Aiden, Avery... Read More 

  • Alexis

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Alexis, a one-time exclusively-boys’ name, was more popular than its sister Alexandra for quite a while, but last year Alexandra was the more Read More 

  • Allison

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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. Alice itself is also rising again. ... Read More 

  • Amanda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 Read More 

  • Amber

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Though perhaps not as currently stylish as Ruby, Jade, or Pearl, Amber has a colorful history (remember the notorious Forever Amber heroine?) and is currently ranked at Number 375.... Read More 

  • Andrew

    Gender: M LoveDislike

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

  • Austin

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the... Read More 

  • Brandon

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Brian

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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, and reached the Top 10... Read More 

  • Brianna

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Many different versions of Brianna are in the Top 1000 -- a sure sign that, though pretty, Brianna's gotten more and more difficult to make distinctive. This is the most popular spelling, at... Read More 

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