Most popular girl names in the 80s in New Jersey

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February 6, 2022
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Most popular girl names in the 80s in New Jersey

Whether it's a long-held family name, a biblical name, or a name that holds special meaning for mom or dad, choosing the moniker that your child will carry for life isn't something to take lightly. Over the years, certain[ names have peaked and then faded in popularity while others stayed at the top of the rankings for multiple decades. And while traditional and biblical names always seem to be in style, we've also seen some more uncommon names become trendy.

Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for girls in the 80s in New Jersey using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by number of babies born.

Many baby names are inspired by pop culture of the time, whether movies, music, or television. Others represent familial names or have other traditional significance. Keep reading to see if your name made the list.

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#50. Kathleen

Kathleen is a name of Irish origin meaning "pure".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,798
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 122 (#585 (tie) most common name, -93.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #68
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 39,387

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#49. Kathryn

Kathryn is a name of Greek origin meaning "pure".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,862
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 199 (#407 (tie) most common name, -89.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #49
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 62,436

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#48. Maria

Maria is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "sea of bitterness".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,936
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 792 (#97 most common name, -59.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #48
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 65,648

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#47. Victoria

Victoria is a name of Latin origin meaning "victory".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,946
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,413 (#12 (tie) most common name, +24.0% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #55
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 53,242

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#46. Lindsay

Lindsay is a name of English origin meaning "Lincoln's marsh or island of linden trees".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,962
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 165 (#465 (tie) most common name, -91.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #44
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 68,479

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#45. Angela

Angela is a name of Latin origin meaning "messenger of God".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,965
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 421 (#191 (tie) most common name, -78.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 116,585

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#44. Andrea

Andrea is a name of Greek origin meaning "brave".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,020
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 569 (#133 most common name, -71.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #33
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 98,241

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#43. Mary

Mary is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "drop of the sea".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,029
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 413 (#197 (tie) most common name, -79.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #35
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 95,842

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#42. Courtney

Courtney is a name of French origin meaning "short nose".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,076
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 103 (#680 most common name, -95.0% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 84,298

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#41. Vanessa

Vanessa is a name of Greek origin meaning "butterfly".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,147
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 598 (#128 most common name, -72.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #47
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 65,690

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#40. Sara

Sara is a derivation of the name Sarah, of Hebrew origin meaning "princess".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,205
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,476 (#41 most common name, -33.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 104,640

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#39. Crystal

Crystal is a name of Latin origin meaning "Earth mineral".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,217
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 154 (#495 (tie) most common name, -93.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 140,998

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#38. Tara

Tara is a name of Irish origin meaning "rocky hill".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,346
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 103 (#680 most common name, -95.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #53
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 56,327

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#37. Shannon

Shannon is a name of Irish origin meaning "wise river".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,370
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 132 (#551 (tie) most common name, -94.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #39
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 78,412

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#36. Allison

Allison is a variation of the French name Alice, meaning “noble.”

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,457
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,167 (#57 most common name, -52.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #50
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 62,320

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#35. Jacqueline

Jacqueline is a name of French origin meaning "may God protect".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,481
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 319 (#247 (tie) most common name, -87.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #57
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 51,525

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#34. Kristin

Kristin is a name of Latin origin meaning "follower of Christ".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,527
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 19 (#1,543 most common name, -99.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #43
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 70,551

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#33. Emily

Emily is a name of Latin origin meaning "to strive".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,541
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,831 (#7 most common name, +50.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 131,752

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#32. Dana

Dana is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,551
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 148 (#512 most common name, -94.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #76
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 36,748

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#31. Erica

Erica is a name of Norse origin meaning "eternal ruler".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,628
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 113 (#632 (tie) most common name, -95.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 93,145

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#30. Jamie

Jamie is a name of Scottish origin meaning "supplanter".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,647
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 205 (#394 most common name, -92.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 96,548

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#29. Brittany

Brittany is a name of French origin meaning "from Briton".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,702
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 245 (#331 most common name, -90.9% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 140,795

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#28. Katherine

Katherine is a name of Greek origin meaning "pure".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,009
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 914 (#81 most common name, -69.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 99,154

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#27. Rebecca

Rebecca is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "servant of God".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,289
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 619 (#124 most common name, -81.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #22
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 136,220

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#26. Tiffany

Tiffany is a name of Greek origin meaning "appearance of God".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,290
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 222 (#365 (tie) most common name, -93.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 158,610

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#25. Kristen

Kristen is a name of Latin origin meaning "follower of Christ".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,323
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 92 (#738 (tie) most common name, -97.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #38
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 83,219

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#24. Amy

Amy is a name of French origin meaning "beloved".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,411
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 724 (#106 most common name, -78.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 150,650

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#23. Rachel

Rachel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "ewe".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,442
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,193 (#53 most common name, -65.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 146,657

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#22. Erin

Erin is a name of Irish origin meaning "peace".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,611
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 377 (#216 most common name, -89.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 115,814

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#21. Samantha

Samantha is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "told by God".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,784
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,209 (#16 most common name, -41.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 121,122

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#20. Christine

Christine is a name of English origin meaning "follower of Christ".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,846
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 115 (#619 (tie) most common name, -97.0% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #45
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 67,999

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#19. Lisa

Lisa is a name of English origin meaning "God's promise".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,945
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 93 (#733 (tie) most common name, -97.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 102,597

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#18. Megan

Megan is a name of Welsh origin meaning "pearl".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,969
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 330 (#242 (tie) most common name, -91.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 153,500

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#17. Laura

Laura is a name of Latin origin meaning "bay laurel plant".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,239
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 282 (#284 (tie) most common name, -93.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 134,569

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#16. Heather

Heather is a name of Scottish origin meaning "a variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,317
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 72 (#878 most common name, -98.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 191,841

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#15. Kelly

Kelly is a name of Irish origin meaning "bright-headed".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,395
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 345 (#234 most common name, -92.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 109,541

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#14. Kimberly

Kimberly is a name of English origin meaning "from the wood of the royal forest".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,554
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 736 (#103 (tie) most common name, -83.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 146,435

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#13. Sarah

Sarah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "princess".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,834
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,114 (#19 most common name, -56.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 272,559

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#12. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "god is my oath".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,846
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,845 (#23 most common name, -61.9% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 198,938

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#11. Michelle

Michelle is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "who is like God?".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,044
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 653 (#116 most common name, -87.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 153,988

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#10. Christina

Christina is a name of Latin origin meaning "follower of Christ".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,145
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 304 (#263 most common name, -94.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 145,982

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#9. Danielle

Danielle is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,147
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 297 (#273 (tie) most common name, -95.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 134,359

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#8. Stephanie

Stephanie is a name of Greek origin meaning "crown".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,639
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 548 (#144 most common name, -91.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 218,131

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#7. Ashley

Ashley is a name of English origin meaning "ash tree meadow".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,854
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,702 (#27 most common name, -75.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 352,147

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#6. Amanda

Amanda is a name of Latin origin meaning "worthy of love".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,522
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 420 (#193 most common name, -94.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 369,698

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#5. Lauren

Lauren is a name of Latin origin meaning "the bay or laurel plant".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,689
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 550 (#142 most common name, -92.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 145,122

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#4. Melissa

Melissa is a name of Greek origin meaning "honey bee".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,921
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 428 (#190 most common name, -94.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 217,896

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#3. Nicole

Nicole is a name of Greek origin meaning "victory of the people".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 9,144
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 876 (#90 most common name, -90.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 210,456

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#2. Jessica

Jessica is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God beholds".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 13,438
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 566 (#136 (tie) most common name, -95.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 469,439

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#1. Jennifer

Jennifer is a name of English origin meaning "white shadow, white wave".

New Jersey
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 13,705
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 440 (#185 most common name, -96.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 440,836

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