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These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

Stacker Logo By Katherine Gallagher of Stacker | Slide 1 of 101: 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 used data from the Social Security Administration Baby Name Ranks from 2019 to find the number of babies given each name between 1980 and 1989. According to the SSA, the 200 most popular names were taken from 19,237,195 male births and 18,455,213 female births during this time period. For comparison, we also included the rank and number of births for each name in 2018 and discovered the name origins from the baby-naming experts at Parents.com. Any fun facts, cultural trends, or stands-outs about these popular names were also mentioned

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.

You may also like: Stories behind the 50 most popular baby names for girls

These 100 baby names totally rocked the 1980s

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 used data from the Social Security Administration Baby Name Ranks from 2019 to find the number of babies given each name between 1980 and 1989. According to the SSA, the 200 most popular names were taken from 19,237,195 male births and 18,455,213 female births during this time period. For comparison, we also included the rank and number of births for each name in 2018 and discovered the name origins from the baby-naming experts at Parents.com. Any fun facts, cultural trends, or stands-outs about these popular names were also mentioned

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.

You may also like: Stories behind the 50 most popular baby names for girls

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