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Love baby names? Love the ’80s? Then you’ll love this list!
Out of the nearly 12,000 baby names that debuted on the charts from 1980 to 1989 (inclusive), here are 10 that are particularly symbolic of the ’80s.
All 10 are legit baby names straight from the SSA’s lists!
- MacGyver. The baby name MacGyver, inspired by TV character Angus MacGyver, debuted on the baby name charts in 1989.
- Rambo. The baby name Rambo, inspired by movie character John Rambo, debuted on the baby name charts in 1984.
- Cheetara. The baby name Cheetara, inspired by ThunderCats character Cheetara, debuted on the baby name charts in 1985.
- DeLorean. The baby name DeLorean, inspired by the car, debuted on the baby name charts in 1982.
- Cetera. The baby name Cetera, inspired by singer Peter Cetera, debuted on the baby name charts in 1987.
- Malcolmjamal. The baby name Malcolmjamal, inspired by Cosby Show actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
- Atreyu. The baby name Atreyu, inspired by the NeverEnding Story character Atreyu, debuted on the baby name charts in 1985.
- Martika. The baby name Martika, inspired by singer Martika, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
- Luka. The baby name Luka, inspired by the song “Luka” by Suzanne Vega, debuted as a girl name on the baby name charts in 1987.
- Jareth. The baby name Jareth, inspired by the Labyrinth character Jareth, debuted on the baby name charts in 1986.
Runners-up: Axl, Enya, Jeanluc, Jordache, Roxette, Wrangler.
Do YOU have any favorite ’80s baby names?
P.S. Here are my 10 favorite uniquely ’70s and ’90s baby names.
Note: Updated in March of 2015.
Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Asteroids…if you grew up in the 1980s, you know all about Atari.
But you might not realize that, at the height of the video game console’s popularity, dozens of U.S. babies were actually named Atari:
- 1983: 5 baby boys named Atari
- 1982: 16 baby boys and 11 baby girls named Atari
- 1981: 13 baby boys and 7 baby girls named Atari
- 1980: 10 baby boys and 12 baby girls named Atari
- 1979: 10 baby boys named Atari [debut]
- 1978: unlisted
The console name comes from the Japanese word atari, which is used in the board came go in the same way “check” and “checkmate” are used in chess–as a warning to one’s opponent that he/she is in imminent danger of capture.
The baby name Atari dropped off the SSA’s baby name list after 1983, but has recently returned:
- 2011: 8 baby boys named Atari
- 2009: 8 baby boys and 6 baby girls named Atari
- 2008: 9 baby boys named Atari
- 2006: 5 baby girls named Atari
Pop culture names typically don’t disappear and then reappear decades later, but the explanation in this case is simple: sports. Football player Atari Bigby (b. 1981) — who claims he wasn’t named for the video game console — made his NFL debut in late 2005.
I’m on a cartoon kick now. I’ve only posted about Pebbles and Cheetara so far, but there are indeed other cartoon-inspired baby names out there. And Aeon is one of them.
The name Aeon [pron. EE-on] was invented for the character Æon Flux, who was first featured on MTV’s Liquid Television in 1991. Æon Flux became a stand-alone show in 1995. That’s when we first start seeing the name on the Social Security Administration’s official baby name list:
- 1999: 6 baby girls named Aeon
- 1998: unlisted
- 1997: 5 baby boys named Aeon
- 1996: 7 baby girls named Aeon
- 1995: 6 baby boys named Aeon [debut]
- 1994: unlisted
Notice that both boys and girls were named Aeon. Interesting, isn’t it? The reason may be that the character, while female, wasn’t exactly feminine. She was an assassin who “dressed like a dominatrix” and “always managed to rack up an astonishingly high body count,” according to MTV’s description of the series. The show itself was dark, gritty, violent, sexual…definitely not something you’d see in the Saturday morning line-up.
The name Aeon didn’t make the SSA’s list again until 2006, after the release of the not-very-well-received live-action Æon Flux movie in late 2005.
- 2006 – 11 baby girls & 6 baby boys named Aeon
- 2007 – 5 baby boys named Aeon
- 2008 – 6 baby girls & 8 baby boys named Aeon
- 2009 – 7 baby girls named Aeon
Do you think we’ll see more baby Aeons on the 2010 list?
[Screenshot from MTV.com.]
Ok, this one might just top MacGyver.
Did you know that babies in the mid-’80s were named for cartoon cat-lady Cheetara?
ThunderCats originally aired from 1985 through 1990. The main characters were cat-like humanoids with names like Lion-O, Tygra and Panthro.
But the main female character Cheetara — who could run with cheetah-like speed — was the only character whose name made it onto the SSA’s official list of baby names:
- 1989: unlisted
- 1988: 9 baby girls named Cheetara
- 1987: 29 baby girls named Cheetara
- 1986: 36 baby girls named Cheetara
- 1985: 7 baby girls named Cheetara [debut]
- 1984: unlisted
So at least 81 baby girls in the U.S. have been named after Cheetara.
What do you think about this name?
Update, 3/2015: The number increases! Shetara, Chitara, Chatara and Chetara are four variants of Cheetara that also debuted in the mid-1980s.