Most Popular Baby Names of the 80s

Following the turbulent years of the 60's and 70's, the 1980's seemed calm in comparison. While the decade included the assasination attempt of President Reagan, the first cases of AIDS, and the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, most Americans enjoyed the peace that it brought. People enjoyed the release of E.T., the PacMan video game, Cabbage Patch Kids, and the Rubik's cube. Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Sally Ride became the first woman in space, and Michael Jackson's Thriller ruled the airwaves. The most popular baby names of the 1980's list saw many new additions and some old favorites still hang on.

Trendy Names of the 1980s

Boy Names

RankNameIn the 1980sSince 1879
#1Justin290k770k
#2Adam195k545k
#3Jeremy153k432k
#4Travis103k300k
#5Dustin97k204k
#6Cory44k125k
#7Shaun24k69k
#8Jarrod9k25k
#9Jamaal4k8k
#10Jessica2k4k

Girl Names

RankNameIn the 1980sSince 1879
#1Jessica469k1,044k
#2Amanda370k784k
#3Ashley352k841k
#4Heather192k524k
#5Tiffany159k336k
#6Amber154k369k
#7Crystal141k329k
#8Brittany141k358k
#9Lindsey72k155k
#10Lindsay68k129k

Most Popular Names Of the Decade

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael664k4,338k
#2-Christopher555k2,014k
#3Matthew459k1,579k
#4Joshua397k1,194k
#5David384k3,601k
#6James356k5,136k
#7Daniel345k1,896k
#8Robert322k4,809k
#9John321k5,106k
#10Joseph299k2,593k
#11Jason292k1,025k
#12Justin290k770k
#13Andrew285k1,276k
#14Ryan279k917k
#15William248k4,088k
#16Brian234k1,162k
#17Brandon232k750k
#18Jonathan230k827k
#19Nicholas223k890k
#20Anthony212k1,424k
#21Eric204k872k
#22Adam195k545k
#23Kevin189k1,163k
#24Thomas178k2,298k
#25Steven177k1,278k
#26Timothy173k1,066k
#27Richard155k2,561k
#28Jeremy153k432k
#29Jeffrey145k973k
#30Kyle142k476k
#31Benjamin141k721k
#32Aaron138k568k
#33Charles132k2,379k
#34Mark129k1,348k
#35Jacob124k906k
#36Stephen114k855k
#37Patrick111k670k
#38Scott108k771k
#39Nathan106k535k
#40Paul104k1,385k
#41Sean104k415k
#42Travis103k300k
#43Zachary102k528k
#44Dustin97k204k
#45Gregory94k706k
#46Kenneth89k1,271k
#47Jose87k556k
#48Tyler86k580k
#49Jesse86k414k
#50Alexander82k648k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1Jessica469k1,044k
#2Jennifer441k1,465k
#3Amanda370k784k
#4Ashley352k841k
#5Sarah273k1,070k
#6Stephanie218k738k
#7Melissa218k752k
#8Nicole210k584k
#9Elizabeth199k1,621k
#10Heather192k524k
#11Tiffany159k336k
#12Michelle154k808k
#13Amber154k369k
#14Megan154k436k
#15Amy151k689k
#16Rachel147k561k
#17Kimberly146k833k
#18Christina146k475k
#19Lauren145k464k
#20Crystal141k329k
#21Brittany141k358k
#22Rebecca136k745k
#23Laura135k794k
#24Danielle134k365k
#25Emily132k832k
#26Samantha121k566k
#27Angela117k662k
#28Erin116k312k
#29Kelly110k471k
#30Sara105k421k
#31Lisa103k965k
#32Katherine99k632k
#33Andrea98k429k
#34Jamie97k267k
#35Mary96k4,121k
#36Erica93k230k
#37Courtney84k257k
#38Kristen83k217k
#39Shannon78k295k
#40April76k237k
#41Katie73k235k
#42Lindsey72k155k
#43Kristin71k179k
#44Lindsay68k129k
#45Christine68k584k
#46Alicia67k224k
#47Vanessa66k251k
#48Maria66k540k
#49Kathryn62k450k
#50Allison62k291k

Most Popular Names Of 1989

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael65k4,338k
#2-Christopher53k2,014k
#3-Matthew45k1,579k
#4-Joshua44k1,194k
#5David35k3,601k
#6Daniel35k1,896k
#7Andrew35k1,276k
#8Justin33k770k
#9-James33k5,136k
#10-Robert30k4,809k
#11Joseph30k2,593k
#12John30k5,106k
#13-Ryan28k917k
#14-Nicholas28k890k
#15William25k4,088k
#16Anthony24k1,424k
#17Jonathan24k827k
#18Brandon23k750k
#19Kevin21k1,163k
#20Kyle21k476k
#21Eric19k872k
#22Steven19k1,278k
#23-Thomas18k2,298k
#24Brian18k1,162k
#25Zachary18k528k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jessica48k1,044k
#2-Ashley48k841k
#3Brittany38k358k
#4Amanda37k784k
#5Sarah28k1,070k
#6Samantha25k566k
#7Jennifer24k1,465k
#8Stephanie23k738k
#9Lauren21k464k
#10-Elizabeth20k1,621k
#11Megan20k436k
#12Nicole19k584k
#13Emily17k832k
#14Amber17k369k
#15Heather16k524k
#16Tiffany16k336k
#17-Danielle15k365k
#18Rachel15k561k
#19Melissa15k752k
#20-Kayla15k334k
#21Courtney13k257k
#22Michelle13k808k
#23Christina13k475k
#24Rebecca12k745k
#25Laura12k794k

Most Popular Names Of 1988

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael64k4,338k
#2-Christopher53k2,014k
#3-Matthew46k1,579k
#4-Joshua43k1,194k
#5Andrew36k1,276k
#6David35k3,601k
#7Justin35k770k
#8Daniel35k1,896k
#9James32k5,136k
#10-Robert30k4,809k
#11-John29k5,106k
#12-Joseph29k2,593k
#13-Ryan28k917k
#14Nicholas25k890k
#15Jonathan24k827k
#16William24k4,088k
#17Brandon24k750k
#18Anthony24k1,424k
#19Eric20k872k
#20Kevin20k1,163k
#21Kyle20k476k
#22Brian20k1,162k
#23Thomas19k2,298k
#24Steven18k1,278k
#25Timothy17k1,066k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jessica52k1,044k
#2-Ashley50k841k
#3-Amanda39k784k
#4Sarah28k1,070k
#5Jennifer28k1,465k
#6Brittany27k358k
#7Stephanie23k738k
#8Samantha21k566k
#9Nicole20k584k
#10-Elizabeth20k1,621k
#11Lauren20k464k
#12-Megan19k436k
#13Tiffany18k336k
#14Heather18k524k
#15-Amber17k369k
#16Melissa17k752k
#17Danielle16k365k
#18Emily16k832k
#19Rachel15k561k
#20Kayla13k334k
#21Michelle13k808k
#22Christina13k475k
#23-Laura12k794k
#24Courtney12k257k
#25Kimberly12k833k

Most Popular Names Of 1987

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael64k4,338k
#2-Christopher54k2,014k
#3-Matthew46k1,579k
#4-Joshua40k1,194k
#5-David37k3,601k
#6Andrew36k1,276k
#7Daniel36k1,896k
#8James33k5,136k
#9Justin31k770k
#10Robert30k4,809k
#11John30k5,106k
#12-Joseph29k2,593k
#13Ryan28k917k
#14Brandon25k750k
#15-William24k4,088k
#16Nicholas23k890k
#17Anthony23k1,424k
#18Jonathan23k827k
#19Kevin20k1,163k
#20-Brian20k1,162k
#21Eric20k872k
#22Kyle20k476k
#23Jason19k1,025k
#24Thomas18k2,298k
#25-Steven18k1,278k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jessica56k1,044k
#2-Ashley55k841k
#3-Amanda42k784k
#4-Jennifer33k1,465k
#5-Sarah28k1,070k
#6-Stephanie22k738k
#7Brittany22k358k
#8Nicole20k584k
#9-Heather19k524k
#10-Elizabeth19k1,621k
#11Samantha18k566k
#12Megan18k436k
#13Melissa18k752k
#14Danielle17k365k
#15Amber17k369k
#16Lauren17k464k
#17Rachel16k561k
#18Tiffany15k336k
#19Emily15k832k
#20Christina14k475k
#21Kimberly13k833k
#22Michelle13k808k
#23Laura13k794k
#24Amy12k689k
#25Rebecca12k745k

Most Popular Names Of 1986

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael64k4,338k
#2-Christopher57k2,014k
#3-Matthew47k1,579k
#4-Joshua38k1,194k
#5David37k3,601k
#6Daniel37k1,896k
#7-James34k5,136k
#8Andrew34k1,276k
#9Robert31k4,809k
#10John30k5,106k
#11Ryan30k917k
#12Joseph29k2,593k
#13-Brandon27k750k
#14Justin27k770k
#15William24k4,088k
#16Jonathan24k827k
#17Nicholas23k890k
#18Jason22k1,025k
#19Anthony22k1,424k
#20Brian21k1,162k
#21Kevin20k1,163k
#22Eric20k872k
#23Kyle19k476k
#24Adam18k545k
#25Steven18k1,278k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jessica53k1,044k
#2-Ashley50k841k
#3Amanda41k784k
#4Jennifer36k1,465k
#5-Sarah28k1,070k
#6-Stephanie23k738k
#7-Nicole21k584k
#8Brittany20k358k
#9Heather20k524k
#10Elizabeth19k1,621k
#11Megan19k436k
#12Melissa18k752k
#13Amber17k369k
#14Lauren17k464k
#15Rachel15k561k
#16Danielle15k365k
#17Tiffany14k336k
#18Kimberly14k833k
#19Christina14k475k
#20Laura14k794k
#21Samantha14k566k
#22Amy13k689k
#23Michelle13k808k
#24-Emily13k832k
#25Crystal13k329k

Most Popular Names Of 1985

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael65k4,338k
#2-Christopher60k2,014k
#3-Matthew47k1,579k
#4-Joshua42k1,194k
#5Daniel39k1,896k
#6David39k3,601k
#7-James36k5,136k
#8Robert32k4,809k
#9John31k5,106k
#10-Joseph30k2,593k
#11Andrew30k1,276k
#12-Ryan30k917k
#13Brandon29k750k
#14Jason26k1,025k
#15Justin26k770k
#16-William25k4,088k
#17Jonathan24k827k
#18Brian23k1,162k
#19Nicholas22k890k
#20Anthony22k1,424k
#21Eric21k872k
#22Adam20k545k
#23Kevin19k1,163k
#24Steven19k1,278k
#25-Thomas18k2,298k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1Jessica48k1,044k
#2Ashley47k841k
#3Jennifer43k1,465k
#4-Amanda39k784k
#5-Sarah25k1,070k
#6-Stephanie23k738k
#7-Nicole23k584k
#8Heather21k524k
#9Elizabeth21k1,621k
#10Megan20k436k
#11Melissa20k752k
#12Christina17k475k
#13Rachel16k561k
#14Laura16k794k
#15Lauren16k464k
#16Amber16k369k
#17Brittany15k358k
#18Danielle15k365k
#19Kimberly15k833k
#20Amy14k689k
#21Crystal14k329k
#22Michelle14k808k
#23Tiffany14k336k
#24-Emily13k832k
#25Rebecca13k745k

Most Popular Names Of 1984

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2-Christopher60k2,014k
#3-Matthew50k1,579k
#4Joshua40k1,194k
#5David38k3,601k
#6Daniel37k1,896k
#7James36k5,136k
#8John33k5,106k
#9Robert32k4,809k
#10Joseph31k2,593k
#11Jason30k1,025k
#12Ryan29k917k
#13Justin27k770k
#14Andrew26k1,276k
#15Brandon26k750k
#16-William25k4,088k
#17Brian25k1,162k
#18-Adam24k545k
#19-Jonathan23k827k
#20Nicholas21k890k
#21Anthony21k1,424k
#22Eric21k872k
#23-Steven18k1,278k
#24Kevin18k1,163k
#25Thomas18k2,298k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer51k1,465k
#2-Jessica46k1,044k
#3Ashley39k841k
#4Amanda34k784k
#5-Sarah26k1,070k
#6Stephanie23k738k
#7-Nicole22k584k
#8Melissa22k752k
#9-Heather21k524k
#10-Elizabeth20k1,621k
#11Megan17k436k
#12Crystal17k329k
#13Amy16k689k
#14-Tiffany16k336k
#15Rachel16k561k
#16Danielle16k365k
#17Michelle15k808k
#18Amber15k369k
#19Laura15k794k
#20Christina15k475k
#21Lauren14k464k
#22Kimberly14k833k
#23Rebecca13k745k
#24Emily13k832k
#25Erin13k312k

Most Popular Names Of 1983

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2-Christopher59k2,014k
#3-Matthew50k1,579k
#4David39k3,601k
#5Joshua37k1,194k
#6-James36k5,136k
#7Jason35k1,025k
#8Daniel35k1,896k
#9John33k5,106k
#10Robert33k4,809k
#11-Joseph30k2,593k
#12-Justin28k770k
#13-Ryan28k917k
#14-Brian26k1,162k
#15Andrew26k1,276k
#16William25k4,088k
#17Brandon24k750k
#18Adam23k545k
#19Jonathan23k827k
#20-Eric20k872k
#21-Nicholas20k890k
#22-Anthony20k1,424k
#23Steven18k1,278k
#24Thomas18k2,298k
#25Kevin17k1,163k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer54k1,465k
#2-Jessica45k1,044k
#3-Amanda34k784k
#4Ashley33k841k
#5Sarah27k1,070k
#6Melissa23k752k
#7Nicole22k584k
#8Stephanie22k738k
#9Heather21k524k
#10Elizabeth20k1,621k
#11Crystal18k329k
#12Amy17k689k
#13Michelle17k808k
#14Tiffany16k336k
#15Kimberly15k833k
#16Christina15k475k
#17Amber15k369k
#18Erin15k312k
#19Rebecca15k745k
#20Rachel15k561k
#21Megan14k436k
#22Angela13k662k
#23Laura13k794k
#24Lauren13k464k
#25Emily12k832k

Most Popular Names Of 1982

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2-Christopher59k2,014k
#3-Matthew46k1,579k
#4-Jason41k1,025k
#5-David40k3,601k
#6James39k5,136k
#7Joshua38k1,194k
#8-John35k5,106k
#9-Robert34k4,809k
#10-Daniel33k1,896k
#11-Joseph31k2,593k
#12-Justin29k770k
#13-Ryan27k917k
#14-Brian26k1,162k
#15-William26k4,088k
#16-Jonathan23k827k
#17Andrew23k1,276k
#18Brandon20k750k
#19Adam20k545k
#20Eric20k872k
#21-Nicholas20k890k
#22Anthony20k1,424k
#23Thomas18k2,298k
#24Kevin17k1,163k
#25Timothy17k1,066k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer57k1,465k
#2-Jessica45k1,044k
#3-Amanda34k784k
#4-Sarah28k1,070k
#5-Melissa26k752k
#6Nicole22k584k
#7Stephanie21k738k
#8Elizabeth21k1,621k
#9Crystal19k329k
#10Amy19k689k
#11-Michelle18k808k
#12Heather17k524k
#13Tiffany17k336k
#14Kimberly16k833k
#15Rebecca16k745k
#16Angela15k662k
#17Ashley15k841k
#18Amber15k369k
#19Christina15k475k
#20Erin14k312k
#21Rachel14k561k
#22Laura13k794k
#23Lisa13k965k
#24Emily13k832k
#25Kelly12k471k

Most Popular Names Of 1981

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael69k4,338k
#2-Christopher50k2,014k
#3Matthew43k1,579k
#4Jason42k1,025k
#5David41k3,601k
#6Joshua39k1,194k
#7James38k5,136k
#8-John35k5,106k
#9-Robert34k4,809k
#10Daniel31k1,896k
#11Joseph31k2,593k
#12Justin27k770k
#13Ryan27k917k
#14Brian27k1,162k
#15William25k4,088k
#16Jonathan23k827k
#17Eric21k872k
#18Andrew20k1,276k
#19Brandon20k750k
#20Adam20k545k
#21Nicholas20k890k
#22Jeremy19k432k
#23Anthony19k1,424k
#24Timothy18k1,066k
#25Kevin17k1,163k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer57k1,465k
#2Jessica43k1,044k
#3Amanda34k784k
#4Sarah28k1,070k
#5Melissa28k752k
#6Amy20k689k
#7-Nicole20k584k
#8Stephanie20k738k
#9-Elizabeth20k1,621k
#10Heather18k524k
#11Michelle18k808k
#12Rebecca17k745k
#13Kimberly17k833k
#14-Tiffany16k336k
#15Angela16k662k
#16Crystal16k329k
#17Christina14k475k
#18Lisa14k965k
#19Erin14k312k
#20Amber14k369k
#21-Laura13k794k
#22Rachel13k561k
#23Kelly12k471k
#24Andrea12k429k
#25-April11k237k

Most Popular Names Of 1980

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael69k4,338k
#2-Christopher49k2,014k
#3-Jason48k1,025k
#4-David42k3,601k
#5-James39k5,136k
#6-Matthew38k1,579k
#7Joshua36k1,194k
#8John35k5,106k
#9Robert34k4,809k
#10-Joseph30k2,593k
#11Daniel30k1,896k
#12Brian29k1,162k
#13Justin27k770k
#14William26k4,088k
#15Ryan25k917k
#16Eric23k872k
#17Nicholas21k890k
#18Jeremy20k432k
#19Andrew20k1,276k
#20Timothy19k1,066k
#21Jonathan19k827k
#22Adam19k545k
#23Kevin18k1,163k
#24Anthony18k1,424k
#25Thomas18k2,298k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer58k1,465k
#2Amanda36k784k
#3Jessica34k1,044k
#4Melissa32k752k
#5Sarah26k1,070k
#6Heather20k524k
#7Nicole20k584k
#8Amy20k689k
#9Elizabeth20k1,621k
#10-Michelle19k808k
#11Kimberly19k833k
#12Angela18k662k
#13Stephanie18k738k
#14Tiffany16k336k
#15Christina16k475k
#16Lisa16k965k
#17-Rebecca15k745k
#18-Crystal14k329k
#19Kelly14k471k
#20Erin13k312k
#21Laura13k794k
#22-Amber13k369k
#23Rachel12k561k
#24Jamie12k267k
#25April11k237k
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The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.