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Biggest Baby Name Debuts of the 1980s

I’ve already posted a year-by-year list of the top baby name debuts, but I thought it might be fun to look at top debut names decade-by-decade as well.

So let’s start with the ’80s.

Here are all the “100+” debut names of the 1980s. Each went from being given to fewer than 5 babies a year to suddenly being given to more than 100 babies in one particular year. (I’m ignoring the glitch names of ’89.)

  1. Sade: 392 baby girls in 1985
  2. Fallon: 232 baby girls in 1981
  3. Toccara: 182 baby girls in 1981
  4. Cordero: 173 baby boys in 1986
  5. Khiry: 158 baby boys in 1989
  6. Shardae: 129 baby girls in 1985
  7. Sharde: 124 baby girls in 1985
  8. Jaleesa: 116 baby girls in 1987
  9. Sharday: 100 baby girls in 1985

Not surprisingly, all nine can be traced back to pop culture:

  • Sade, Shardae, Sharde & Sharday were inspired by Sade.
  • Fallon was inspired by Dynasty.
  • Toccara was inspired by Toccara perfume.
  • Cordero was inspired by soap opera One Life to Live.
  • Khiry was inspired by The Boys.
  • Jaleesa was inspired by A Different World.

Which decade should we do next?

The Top Baby Name Debuts, 1881 to Today

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Though vast majority of the baby names on the Social Security Administration’s yearly baby name lists are repeats, every list does contain a handful of brand-new names.

Below are the highest-charting debut names for every single year on record, after the first.

Why bother with an analysis like this? Because debut names often have cool stories behind them, and high-hitting debuts are especially likely to have intriguing pop culture explanations. So this is more than a list of names — it’s also a list of stories.

Here’s the format: “Girl name(s), number of baby girls; Boy name(s), number of baby boys.” Keep in mind that the raw numbers aren’t too trustworthy for about the first six decades, though. (More on that in a minute.)

  • 1881: Adell & Celeste, 14; Brown & Newell, 14
  • 1882: Verda, 14; Cleve, 13
  • 1883: Laurel, 12; Brady, Festus, Jewell, Odell & Rosco, 8
  • 1884: Crystal & Rubie, 11; Benjamen, Jens, Oakley & Whitney, 9
  • 1885: Clotilde, 13; Arley & Terence, 9
  • 1886: Manuelita, 10; Terrence, 10
  • 1887: Verlie, 13; Myles, 11
  • 1888: Ebba, 18; Carlisle, Hughie & Orvel, 9
  • 1889: Garnett, 12; Doyle, 9
  • 1890: Verena, 11; Eduardo & Maggie, 10
  • 1891: Gayle, Idabelle & Zenia, 9; Sheridan, 14
  • 1892: Astrid, Dallas & Jennett, 9; Corbett, 23
  • 1893: Elmyra, 12; Estel, Mayo, Shelley & Thorwald, 8
  • 1894: Beatriz, Carola & Marrie, 9; Arvel, Erby & Floy, 8
  • 1895: Trilby, 12; Roosevelt, 12
  • 1896: Lotus, 11; Hazen, 11
  • 1897: Dewey, 13; Bryon, Frankie, Mario & Rhoda, 7
  • 1898: Manilla, 35; Hobson, 38
  • 1899: Ardis & Irva, 19; Haven, 9
  • 1900: Luciel, 14; Rosevelt, 20
  • 1901: Venita, 11; Eino, 9
  • 1902: Mercie, 10; Clarnce, 9
  • 1903: Estela, 11; Lenon & Porfirio, 7
  • 1904: Magdaline, 9; Adrain, Arbie, Betty, Desmond, Domenic, Duard, Raul & Severo, 8
  • 1905: Oliver, 9; Eliot & Tyree, 9
  • 1906: Nedra, 11; Domenico & Ryan, 10
  • 1907: Theta, 20; Taft, 16
  • 1908: Pasqualina, 10; Robley, 12
  • 1909: Wilmoth, 9; Randal & Vidal, 9
  • 1910: Ellouise, 12; Halley, 12
  • 1911: Thurley, 12; Colie, 16
  • 1912: Elynor, Glennis, Mariann, 12; Woodroe, 25
  • 1913: Wilba, 18; Vilas, 24
  • 1914: Floriene, 14; Torao, 17
  • 1915: Wanza, 33; Audra, 18
  • 1916: Tatsuko, 14; Verdun, 14
  • 1917: Nerine, 43; Delwyn, 14
  • 1918: Marne, 24; Foch, 58
  • 1919: Tokie, 12; Juaquin, 11
  • 1920: Dardanella, 23; Steele, 11
  • 1921: Marilynne, 13; Norberto, 14
  • 1922: Evelean, 14; Daren, 35
  • 1923: Nalda, 15; Clinard & Dorland, 9
  • 1924: Charis, 14; Melquiades, 13
  • 1925: Irmalee, 37; Wayburn, 11
  • 1926: Narice, 13; Bibb, 14
  • 1927: Sunya, 14; Bidwell, 14
  • 1928: Joreen, 22; Alfread & Brevard, 9
  • 1929: Jeannene, 25; Donnald, Edsol, Rhys & Wolfgang, 8
  • 1930: Laquita, 68; Shogo, 11
  • 1931: Joanie, 12; Rockne, 17
  • 1932: Carolann, Delano & Jenine, 11; Alvyn, Avelardo, Elena, Mannon & Wenford, 7
  • 1933: Gayleen, 23; Skippy, 10
  • 1934: Carollee & Janean, 12; Franchot, 9
  • 1935: Treasure, 16; Haile, 11
  • 1936: Shelva, 89; Renny & Shelva, 9

This is where the numbers start becoming more accurate. Why? Because “many people born before 1937 never applied for a Social Security card, so their names are not included in our data.” (SSA)

Now back to the list:

I’ve already written about some of the names above, and I plan to write about all the others as well…eventually. In the meanwhile, if you want to beat me to it and leave a comment about why Maverick hit in 1957, or why Moesha hit in 1996, feel free!

*If you ignore the Great Baby Name Glitch of 1989, the top debut names of 1989 are actually Audreanna and Khiry.

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 and/or the TV movie 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 (influence: TV show Dynasty)
  • 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 character She-Ra)
  • Taja – ranked 727th in 1988 (influence: Taja Sevelle)
  • Tashina – ranked 900th in 1981
  • Teela – ranked 872nd in 1984 (influence: cartoon character Teela)
  • 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 1988 (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.

Want more one-hit wonders? Here are…