Most popular boy names in the 80s in New York

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September 11, 2021
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Most popular boy names in the 80s in New York

Known for the emergence of MTV, the rise of neon, and the invention of the mixtape, the 1980s were certainly a rockin' era in American history. New economic policies were introduced, the news network CNN launched, and, much less enjoyable, Wall Street crashed on the infamous Black Monday—the worst one-day decline in American stock market history. Sandra Day O'Connor was nominated by President Ronald Reagan as the first female Supreme Court justice, the Cold War saw the beginning of the end as the Berlin Wall began to fall, and millions watched in horror as the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on live television.

Among all the big hair, Rubix cubes, and shoulder pads, however, there were still plenty of babies being born during this defining time. And with celebrities like Michael J. Fox and Robert Palmer reaching their peak fame during the ‘80s, it's no surprise that many parents chose to name their kids after them.

To see just how popular these names were, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys in the 80s in New York using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by number of babies born.

Just like scrunchies and PAC MAN, Americans can still hold onto some of the best aspects of the ‘80s, including baby names (some things never get old). So whether you're welcoming a new little one into the world this year or just curious, these are the 100 most popular baby names of the 1980s in New York.

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#50. Jesse

Jesse is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "the Lord exists".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,660
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 944 (#217 most common name, -79.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #49
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 85,897
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#49. Keith

Keith is a name of Celtic origin meaning "wood, forest".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,712
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 392 (#415 most common name, -91.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #63
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 52,625
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#48. Vincent

Vincent is a name of Latin origin meaning "to conquer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,740
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,060 (#73 most common name, -35.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #92
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 31,900
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#47. Bryan

Bryan is a name of Irish origin meaning "noble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,107
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,781 (#124 most common name, -65.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #51
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 80,488
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#46. Luis

Luis is a name of German origin meaning "famous warrior".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,208
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,817 (#122 most common name, -65.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #83
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 37,123
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#45. Aaron

Aaron is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "high mountain".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,844
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,895 (#38 most common name, -16.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 138,343
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#44. Edward

Edward is a name of English origin meaning "prosperous".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,919
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,835 (#121 most common name, -69.0% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #57
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 60,790
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#43. Kenneth

Kenneth is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "handsome".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,939
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,152 (#173 most common name, -80.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #46
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 89,113
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#42. Jeremy

Jeremy is a name of English origin meaning "appointed by God".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,530
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,477 (#85 most common name, -62.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 153,418
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#41. Kyle

Kyle is a name of Scottish origin meaning "narrow strait".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,630
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,155 (#98 most common name, -67.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 141,910
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#40. Alexander

Alexander is a name of Greek origin meaning “defender of man".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,745
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 9,802 (#11 most common name, +45.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #50
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 81,932
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#39. Benjamin

Benjamin is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of my days".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,099
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,160 (#19 most common name, +14.9% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 141,341
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#38. Scott

Scott is a name of Scotland origin meaning "a Scotsman".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,185
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 417 (#400 most common name, -94.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #38
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 108,165
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#37. Jose

Jose is a name of Spanish origin meaning "God will increase".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,445
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,950 (#115 most common name, -73.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #48
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 86,349
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#36. Charles

Charles is a name of Germanic origin meaning "free man".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,525
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,957 (#50 most common name, -47.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #33
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 131,861
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#35. Brandon

Brandon is a name of English origin meaning "beacon hill" or "crow".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 7,616
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,942 (#52 most common name, -48.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 232,173
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#34. Peter

Peter is a name of Greek origin meaning "rock".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 8,100
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,647 (#132 most common name, -79.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #61
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 56,663
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#33. Gregory

Gregory is a name of Latin origin meaning "watchful, alert".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 8,506
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 705 (#281 most common name, -91.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #45
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 93,649
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#32. Stephen

Stephen is a name of Greek origin meaning "wreath, crown".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 8,521
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 949 (#216 most common name, -88.9% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 113,597
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#31. Patrick

Patrick is a name of Latin origin meaning "nobleman".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 8,592
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,004 (#109 most common name, -76.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 111,365
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#30. Paul

Paul is a name of Latin origin meaning "humble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 8,864
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,330 (#159 most common name, -85.0% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #40
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 104,339
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#29. Mark

Mark is a name of Latin origin meaning "God of war".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 9,289
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,623 (#134 most common name, -82.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 129,371
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#28. Sean

Sean is a name of Irish origin meaning "God is gracious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 9,540
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,959 (#113 most common name, -79.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #41
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 103,828
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#27. Jeffrey

Jeffrey is a name of English origin meaning "pledge of peace".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 10,562
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,070 (#194 most common name, -89.9% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 144,781
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#26. Timothy

Timothy is a name of Greek origin meaning "honouring God".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 10,958
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,615 (#135 most common name, -85.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 172,811
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#25. Adam

Adam is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "earth".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 12,498
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,188 (#48 most common name, -66.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #22
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 195,049
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#24. Richard

Richard is a name of German origin meaning "dominant ruler".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 13,058
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,756 (#126 most common name, -86.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 154,710
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#23. Eric

Eric is a name of Norse origin meaning "sole ruler".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 13,883
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,338 (#91 (tie) most common name, -83.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 204,199
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#22. Steven

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 14,088
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,338 (#91 (tie) most common name, -83.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 177,405
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#21. Ryan

Ryan is a name of Irish origin meaning "little king" or "illustrious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 14,681
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 9,238 (#13 most common name, -37.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 278,848
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#20. Justin

Justin is a name of Latin origin meaning "righteous".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 14,717
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,415 (#33 most common name, -63.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 289,755
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#19. Kevin

Kevin is a name of Irish origin meaning "noble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 15,208
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,913 (#53 most common name, -74.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 188,638
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#18. Thomas

Thomas is a name of Greek origin meaning "twin".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 15,656
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,878 (#39 most common name, -68.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 177,743
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#17. Nicholas

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 15,948
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,150 (#23 most common name, -55.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 223,293
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#16. William

William is a name of Germanic origin meaning "vehement protector".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 16,224
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,526 (#21 most common name, -53.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 248,240
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#15. Joshua

Joshua is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God Is my salvation".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 16,867
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,008 (#24 most common name, -58.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 396,533
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#14. Brian

Brian is a name of Irish origin meaning "noble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 18,483
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,984 (#111 most common name, -89.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 233,976
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#13. Jonathan

Jonathan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God has given".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 18,962
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,087 (#36 most common name, -73.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 229,906
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#12. Andrew

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 19,783
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,315 (#27 most common name, -68.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 285,013
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#11. Anthony

Anthony is a name of Latin origin meaning "praiseworthy".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 21,445
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,901 (#16 most common name, -58.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 211,804
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#10. James

James is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 22,124
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,701 (#17 most common name, -60.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 356,362
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#9. Jason

Jason is a name of Greek origin meaning "healer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 22,212
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,125 (#49 most common name, -81.4% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 292,016
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#8. Robert

Robert is a name of Germanic origin meaning "fame" or "bright".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 23,329
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,663 (#58 most common name, -84.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 321,598
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#7. John

John is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh has been gracious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 24,219
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,756 (#25 most common name, -72.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 321,034
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#6. David

David is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 27,481
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,910 (#15 most common name, -67.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 383,610
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#5. Daniel

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 27,997
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,024 (#8 most common name, -64.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 345,414
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#4. Joseph

Joseph is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "he will add".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 28,742
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,877 (#6 most common name, -62.2% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 299,367
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#3. Matthew

Matthew is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Gift of Yahweh".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 31,274
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,687 (#7 most common name, -65.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 458,894
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#2. Christopher

Christopher is a name of English origin meaning "Christ-bearer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 38,214
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,236 (#22 most common name, -81.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 554,793
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#1. Michael

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 58,956
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 11,974 (#3 most common name, -79.7% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 663,592

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