Most popular girl names in the 80s in North Carolina

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September 14, 2021
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Most popular girl names in the 80s in North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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. Lindsey

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,490
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 182 (#522 most common name, -87.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #42
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 71,931
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#49. Brandi

Brandi is a name of American origin meaning "warm And comforting".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,556
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 23 (#1,711 (tie) most common name, -98.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #64
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 42,833
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#48. Andrea

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,581
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 682 (#149 most common name, -56.9% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,585
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 138 (#636 (tie) most common name, -91.3% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,623
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 32 (#1,532 (tie) most common name, -98.0% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,659
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,672 (#39 most common name, +0.8% compared to the 80s)

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

Holly is a name of English origin meaning "the clearing by the hollow".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,659
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 191 (#493 (tie) most common name, -88.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #58
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 49,648
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#43. Whitney

Whitney is a name of English origin meaning "white island".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,694
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 109 (#780 most common name, -93.6% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #63
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 44,278
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#42. Lisa

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,722
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 77 (#1,007 most common name, -95.5% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,727
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 607 (#165 (tie) most common name, -64.9% compared to the 80s)

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

Latoya is a name of Spanish origin meaning "victorious one".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,775
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 607 (#165 (tie) most common name, -65.8% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #96
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 29,325
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#39. Nicole

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,804
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 490 (#205 most common name, -72.8% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 1,978
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 372 (#265 (tie) most common name, -81.2% compared to the 80s)

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

Anna is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "grace".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,101
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,058 (#29 most common name, -2.0% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #52
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 57,285
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#36. Brandy

Brandy is a name of Dutch origin meaning "burnt wine".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,109
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 15 (#1,955 most common name, -99.3% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #62
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 44,472
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#35. Jamie

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,134
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 178 (#530 (tie) most common name, -91.7% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,180
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 420 (#235 most common name, -80.7% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,188
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 111 (#770 most common name, -94.9% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,332
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 352 (#286 most common name, -84.9% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,334
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,243 (#69 most common name, -46.7% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,361
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 630 (#159 most common name, -73.3% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,402
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 136 (#644 most common name, -94.3% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,425
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 80 (#979 (tie) most common name, -96.7% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,508
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 165 (#562 (tie) most common name, -93.4% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,591
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 325 (#309 most common name, -87.5% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,651
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,267 (#64 most common name, -52.2% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,938
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 247 (#406 most common name, -91.6% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 2,993
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 526 (#190 most common name, -82.4% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,058
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 307 (#326 most common name, -90.0% compared to the 80s)

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

April is a name of Latin origin meaning "to open".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,112
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 183 (#519 (tie) most common name, -94.1% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #40
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 75,942
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#20. Laura

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,273
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 313 (#314 (tie) most common name, -90.4% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,408
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 312 (#316 (tie) most common name, -90.8% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,448
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 599 (#171 most common name, -82.6% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,505
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,208 (#9 most common name, -8.5% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,673
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,162 (#78 most common name, -68.4% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 3,964
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 941 (#96 most common name, -76.3% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,397
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 358 (#282 most common name, -91.9% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,534
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 719 (#142 most common name, -84.1% compared to the 80s)

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

Amber is a name of Persian origin meaning "ambergris”, a fragrant material extracted from a type of whale.

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,580
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 254 (#393 most common name, -94.5% compared to the 80s)

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 153,935
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#11. Stephanie

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 4,959
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 406 (#247 most common name, -91.8% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,014
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,438 (#8 most common name, -31.4% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,213
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 149 (#598 (tie) most common name, -97.1% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,274
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 250 (#400 most common name, -95.3% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,618
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,600 (#42 most common name, -71.5% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 5,868
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 186 (#511 (tie) most common name, -96.8% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 6,224
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 82 (#967 (tie) most common name, -98.7% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 9,992
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 204 (#465 most common name, -98.0% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 10,566
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 430 (#229 most common name, -95.9% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 11,591
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,107 (#84 most common name, -90.4% compared to the 80s)

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

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1980 to 1989: 12,617
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 466 (#211 (tie) most common name, -96.3% compared to the 80s)

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

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