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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.
Remember Jim Henson’s fantasy film Labyrinth (1986)?
The film’s villain, Jareth the Goblin King, was played by none other than David Bowie (wearing some sort of stringy/spikey mullet wig).
The teenage protagonist Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, has to navigate Jareth’s massive labyrinth in order to rescue her baby brother Toby from the goblins.
The movie was released in mid-1986. And, not surprisingly, 1986 is the first year we see the name Jareth on the SSA’s official baby name list:
- 1990: 49 baby boys named Jareth
- 1989: 38 baby boys named Jareth
- 1988: 51 baby boys named Jareth
- 1987: 50 baby boys named Jareth
- 1986: 10 baby boys named Jareth [debut]
- 1985: unlisted
Usage was lower in the 1990s, but picked back up again in the 2000s:
- 2014: 73 baby boys named Jareth
- 2013: 53 baby boys named Jareth
- 2012: 55 baby boys named Jareth
- 2011: 52 baby boys named Jareth
- 2010: 51 baby boys named Jareth
- 2009: 75 baby boys named Jareth
- 2008: 84 baby boys (and 5 baby girls) named Jareth
- 2007: 76 baby boys (and 8 baby girls) named Jareth
- 2006: 74 baby boys named Jareth
I don’t know how writer Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame) came up with the name Jareth, but it looks/sounds to me like a cross between Jared and Gareth.