I recently realized that many of the bands I listen to were named in honor of various 80s movies.
Ludo, Atreyu, and McFly were named for characters in The Labyrinth (1986), The Neverending Story (1984), and Back to the Future (1985). Save Ferris and Rooney both refer to Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (1986). And, logically, Say Anything comes from Say Anything… (1989).
This made me wonder how many other bands were named for 80s flicks. Turns out, quite a few:
As You Wish
Bog of Eternal Stench
Dread Pirate Roberts
Rodents of Unusual Size
Wax On Wax Off
(The above names came from the movies I already mentioned, plus The Goonies (1985), The Karate Kid (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Willow (1988).)
If these decades-old films are now inspiring dozens of band names, do you think they could be (belatedly) inspiring baby names as well?
For example, a childhood friend of mine had a life-sized poster of Ralph Macchio hanging above her bed for years. If she had a son, would she name him Daniel?
Will any of the lads who once had a crush on brainy Diane Court decide to name their daughters Diane?
Did bookish Bastian help catapult the name Sebastian (now ranked 72nd in the U.S.) into the spotlight, one generation later?
And don’t forget Cameron, Ferris, Inigo, Lloyd, Marty, Sloane, Sorsha, Westley…and hundreds more from other movies, like Andie from Pretty in Pink (1986), Elliott from E.T. (1982), Josh from Big (1988), Lisa from Weird Science (1985), Maverick from Top Gun (1986)…
For those of you who grew up during the 1980s: Can you trace any of your favorite baby names back to a specific 80s movie?