One-Hit Wonder Baby Names from the 1980s

Each of these baby names made the U.S. top 1,000 list exactly once — sometime during the 1980s.

Girl Names

  • Audriana – ranked 864th in 1989
  • Audrianna – ranked 760th in 1989
  • Britta – ranked 861st in 1986
  • Brittnay – ranked 935th in 1989
  • Cherrelle – ranked 879th in 1986 (influence: singer Cherrelle)
  • Cristen – ranked 970th in 1982
  • Diandra – ranked 904th in 1988
  • Dwan – ranked 877th in 1983
  • Evita – ranked 775th in 1981 (influence: Broadway musical Evita)
  • Grecia – ranked 979th in 1988
  • Grisel – ranked 784th in 1984
  • Jalissa – ranked 969th in 1988 (influence: TV show A Different World)
  • Jenilee – ranked 820th in 1982
  • Joi – ranked 911th in 1981
  • Kyrie – ranked 960th in 1986
  • Latoyia – ranked 899th in 1981
  • Martine – ranked 794th in 1981
  • Nereida – ranked 984th in 1981
  • Renada – ranked 706th in 1980
  • Sable – ranked 904th in 1986
  • Shardae – ranked 834th in 1986 (influence: singer Sade)
  • Sharde – ranked 875th in 1986 (influence: singer Sade)
  • Sharday – ranked 938th in 1986 (influence: singer Sade)
  • Shatara – ranked 991st in 1986
  • Shenna – ranked 861st in 1984
  • Shira – ranked 988th in 1985 (influence: cartoon She-Ra: Princess of Power)
  • Taja – ranked 727th in 1988 (influence: Taja Sevelle)
  • Tashina – ranked 900th in 1981
  • Teela – ranked 872nd in 1984 (influence: cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
  • Tenika – ranked 949th in 1982
  • Violeta – ranked 965th in 1985
  • Tai – ranked 937th in 1980

Boys Names

  • Adalberto – ranked 918th in 1981
  • Brantley – ranked 985th in 1988
  • Cordaro – ranked 908th in 1987 (influence: soap opera One Life to Live)
  • Geraldo – ranked 889th in 1998 (influence: Geraldo Rivera)
  • Horacio – ranked 995th in 1980
  • Hung – ranked 957th in 1982
  • Huy – ranked 997th in 1982
  • Joseluis – ranked 970th in 1987
  • Marchello – ranked 844th in 1981
  • Tavaris – ranked 994th in 1984
  • Trumaine – ranked 952nd in 1983

There are actually a few more one-hits from this decade — I call them them the Glitch Names of 1989. I’ll talk more about them tomorrow.

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