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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

  • #45 Boy: Gregory

    - Rank in the 1980s: #45
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 93,673
    - Rank in 2018: #408 (778 babies born)

    The name Gregory peaked in popularity in the 1960s and ‘70s, most likely due to the popular TV show “The Brady Bunch” that graced American televisions from 1969 to 1974, before heading down a steep decline into the current day. The origin of the name is both Greek and Latin, and means “vigilant watchman.”

  • #45 Girl: Christine

    - Rank in the 1980s: #45
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 68,013
    - Rank in 2018: #926 (287 babies born)

    Christine is the French form of Christina, meaning “Christian woman.” The name was extremely popular in the Middle Ages for the religious attachment and grew into the 19th and 20th centuries before slowing down dramatically in the 21st. The cult classic thriller “Christine” came out in theaters in 1983.

  • #44 Boy: Dustin

    - Rank in the 1980s: #44
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 97,320
    - Rank in 2018: #525 (535 babies born)

    With movies like “Rain Man” and “Tootsie” coming out in the 1980s, this name was definitely immortalized throughout the decade by the great actor Dustin Hoffman. Dustin comes from an old Norse surname and means “valiant fighter.”

  • #44 Girl: Lindsay

    - Rank in the 1980s: #44
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 68,492
    - Rank in 2018: #1300 (174 babies born)

    One of those important baby names that work equally well for any gender, Lindsay comes from a Celtic and English background. The name's only modern spike in popularity came in the early ‘80s, possibly inspired by the famous actress Lindsay Wagner who starred in “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “Bionic Woman” in the late ‘70s.

  • #43 Boy: Zachary

    - Rank in the 1980s: #43
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 101,852
    - Rank in 2018: #109 (3,528 babies born)

    Zachary is a variation of the Hebrew name “Zachariah” meaning “remembered by God.” The Hebrew version combines the words “zakar,” meaning “'to remember,” and “Yahweh,” the Hebrew name of God used in the Bible. The main character “Zack” on the show “Saved by the Bell” kept the name popular through the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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  • #43 Girl: Kristin

    - Rank in the 1980s: #43
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 70,558
    - Rank in 2018: #2646 (65 babies born)

    Kristin, a variation of the name “Christina,” means “follower of God.” The name rose in popularity in 1970 before taking a slight dip until 1981, where it reached its peak. By 2018, however, the name became unpopular with only 65 births that year. Kristin Shepard was a fictional character on the hit TV show “Dallas” from 1979 to 1981.

  • #42 Boy: Travis

    - Rank in the 1980s: #42
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 102,926
    - Rank in 2018: #313 (1,072 babies born)

    Country music fans of the '80s may have been inspired to name their babies after Randy Travis, one of the most successful country music stars of all time. His song “Forever and Ever, Amen” came out in 1986 and went on to become his most famous. The name Travis comes from English, French, and Portuguese origins as an occupational surname for bridge toll-collectors.

  • #42 Girl: Lindsey

    - Rank in the 1980s: #42
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 71,937
    - Rank in 2018: #833 (323 babies born)

    Lindsey comes from a Scottish surname meaning “Linden trees by the water.” The -ey spelling has been more popular among parents than the -ay version—and the name was more popular with boys than with girls until about 1970.

  • #41 Boy: Sean

    - Rank in the 1980s: #41
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 103,866
    - Rank in 2018: #269 (1,310 babies born)

    Sean is a Celtic derivative of the name “John,” and continues to be one of the most popular names in Ireland. Scottish-native Sean Connery rose to fame in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, which may have influenced the name's spike in popularity during these time periods.

  • #41 Girl: Katie

    - Rank in the 1980s: #41
    - Average annual babies born in the 1980s: 72,863
    - Rank in 2018: #449 (707 babies born)

    Often short for “Katherine,” meaning “pure,” Katie has been used as an independent name since the turn of the 20th century. The name grew in popularity through the late ‘80s, but truly began to skyrocket in the '90s, likely thanks to Katie Holmes' starring role in “Dawson's Creek.”

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