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Popular Birth Names (1980s) ... Part II

Updated on August 25, 2012

Birth Names

Welcome! This is my Popular Birth Names Hub (Part II) which will cover the 1980-1989 era. As I stated before, we often wonder about the names given to children especially over the last few decades. Most of the birth names are very common; however, every now and then there will be an unusual name brought to the forefront.

In comparison to the most popular names during the 1970s, I found that some of them were the same during the 1980s. Female baby names that made the top ten for both eras were Heather, Jennifer, Melissa, Nicole and Stephanie. Male baby names that made the top ten for both eras were Christopher, David, James, John, Matthew, Michael and Robert.

U.S. Social Security Administration

The United States Social Security Administration office conducted research to determine what the top 200 names were during this era. The data that was used to compile their listing consisted of 18,446,029 females and 19,222,039 male births between 1980 - 1989.

Listed below are the top ten names of both female and male babies during this time. If you would like to view the meaning and/or derivation behind each of name, then please feel free to click here.

Top Ten (Female Birth Names)

Here are the top ten female birth names which were popular during the 1980s:

  1. Jessica - 469,368
  2. Jennifer - 440,774
  3. Amanda - 369,646
  4. Ashley - 352,093
  5. Sarah - 272,470
  6. Stephanie - 218,084
  7. Melissa - 217,868
  8. Nicole - 210,417
  9. Elizabeth - 198,889
  10. Heather - 191,814

Top Ten (Male Birth Names)

Here are the top ten male birth names which were popular during the 1980s:

  1. Michael - 663,332
  2. Christopher - 554,622
  3. Matthew - 458,723
  4. Joshua - 396,431
  5. David - 383,426
  6. James - 356,238
  7. Daniel - 345,284
  8. Robert - 321,498
  9. John - 320,905
  10. Joseph - 299,243

It was intriguing to see that a majority of the male birth names (7 out of 10) compared to 1/2 of the female birth names (5 out of 10) remained the same over two decades. It will be interesting to see which baby names were popular over the course of all three decades, which will be showcased in my third and final Hub entitled "Popular Birth Names (1990s) ... Part III."

Until next time ...


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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Carol and I'm glad that you are enjoying this Hub. It has indeed been an interesting subject for me. Of course, my name didn't make any of the lists ... oh well :o)

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I enjoy seeing the popular names for each decade..looking forward to the next addition.