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Popular names from the 1980s

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Aerobics, glam bands, leg warmers, MTV and Michael Jackson -- what do these have in common? The 80s, of course! While pop culture was forging a new path towards hair metal and sequins, parents in the 80s were naming their babies classic, traditional names. More baby boys in 1980 were named Michael than any other name, and Robert and Joseph were very popular as well. Girls in the 80s were named Jennifer, Tiffany and Erin. Do these names sound familiar? Read on to see what other names made the top of the charts in the 1980s!

Rocker kid baby names from the 80sChances are you were born in the 80s or your siblings or relatives were. These names may be as familiar to you as 70s baby names and make an excellent choice for a baby born in modern times!

Many of the boy names featured in the top 50 for 1980 are traditional names such as Daniel, or classic names such as William. Some boy names that were seen more frequently in the 80s than in other decades are Justin, Travis, Brian, Kevin and Shawn. All would be very suitable for your little one. As with other names from decades long ago, these names are time-tested and "future employer" approved. 

Girl names in the 1980s, as with other decades, tend to be a little more prone to trends than boy names, but there are plenty of classic and traditional choices here as well. Kathryn is a regal, classy name, with a ready-made nickname (Kate). Rebecca may sound a little dated but it is a very old, classic name that dates back to biblical times in another form (Rebekah). Some other decidely 80s girl names listed here are Tiffany, Nicole, Megan, Lisa, Laura, Crystal, Misty and Brandy. 

Get out your old boom box, chuck those Betamax tapes in the trash (that you've been holding on to for years) and get movin' with these baby names for boys and girls from the 1980s!

Popular boy names from the 1980s

Michael
Christopher
Jason
David
James
Matthew
Joshua
John
Robert
Joseph
Daniel
Brian
Justin
William
Ryan
Eric
Nicholas
Jeremy
Andrew
Timothy
Jonathan
Adam
Kevin
Anthony
Thomas
Richard
Jeffrey
Steven
Charles
Brandon
Mark
Benjamin
Scott
Aaron
Paul
Nathan
Travis
Patrick
Chad
Stephen
Kenneth
Gregory
Jacob
Dustin
Jesse
Jose
Shawn
Sean
Bryan
Derek

Popular girl names from the 1980s

Jennifer
Amanda
Jessica
Melissa
Sarah
Heather
Nicole
Amy
Elizabeth
Michelle
Kimberly
Angela
Stephanie
Tiffany
Christina
Lisa
Rebecca
Crystal
Kelly
Erin
Laura
Amber
Rachel
Jamie
April
Mary
Sara
Andrea
Shannon
Megan
Emily
Julie
Danielle
Erica
Katherine
Maria
Kristin
Lauren
Kristen
Ashley
Christine
Brandy
Tara
Katie
Monica
Carrie
Alicia
Courtney
Misty
Kathryn

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