Baby Name Timeline: 1980s

The baby names below saw sudden changes in usage during the 1980s thanks to the influence of historical events. I’ve written explanatory blog posts about some of them — please click the links to learn more!

To check out history-influenced baby names from other decades, visit the baby name timeline main page.


1989

raiana, singer, baby name, 1980s,

1989 News: Terrisha, Keandrea

1989 Movie characters: Sorsha, Blaze, Akeem

1989 TV characters: Macgyver, Adriana, Colton, Cecily, Sonni, Solita, Murphy

1989 TV personality: Arsenio

1989 Actors: Swayze, Cree, Ione, Savion, Alitzah

1989 Literary character: Kiswana

1989 Singers: Enya, Georgemichael, Safire, Datra, Raiana, Khiry, Tajh, Bilal, Anquette, Kwame, Karyn, Kylie

1989 Musical groups: Roxette, Dokken, Kiara, Baillie

1989 Sports: Shaquille, Rumeal, Kanavis

1989 Products: Miata, Reatta

1989 Model: Tawnni

1989 Glitch names: Alejandr, Alexande, Alexandr, Anastasi, Angeliqu, Annamari, Annemari, Antoinet, Bernadet, Cassandr, Cassondr, Christia, Christin, Christop, Constanc, Demetriu, Dominiqu, Elizabet, Francesc, Francisc, Geneviev, Jacqueli, Jacquely, Johnatho, Kassandr, Katherin, Kristofe, Kristoph, Mackenzi, Nicolett, Priscill, Sebastia, Stephani


1988

levert, singers, baby name, 1980s,

1988 News: Chaya, Mushka, Dragon, Long, Ryu

1988 Movie characters: Elora, Azaria, Brantley, Roxanne

1988 Movie: Milagro

1988 TV characters: Kadeem, Whitley, Charnele, Kimber, Simone, Maricruz, Anakaren, Alanmichael, Bianca, Egypt, Nico, Seaver, Harley, Lindley, Yuriko

1988 TV contestant: Countess

1988 TV personality: Geraldo

1988 Actors: Kiefer, Ronreaco, Eriq, Anthonymichael, Dawnn, Jasmine, Geraldine, Khrystyne

1988 Songs: Casanova, Roni

1988 Singers: Axl, Tiffany, Taja, Cyre, Sherrick, Rakim, Suave, Pebbles

1988 Musicians: Tommylee

1988 Musical group: Sache, Crue, Levert

1988 Sports: Nattiel, Ranzino, Ronaldo, Midori

1988 Product: Ysatis

1988 Celebrity baby: Satchel

1988 Model: Tawny


1987

matlock, television, baby name, 1980s,

1987 Movie characters: Maverick, Ayla, Epiphany

1987 TV characters: Ridge, Holden, Jaleesa, Jeanluc, Matlock, Darylann, Kimiko, Kolya, Channing, Adderly, Lafiamma, Raysha, Oyuki, Yesenia, Kayla, Skye, Maddie, Chelsea

1987 TV contestant: Risha

1987 TV personality: Shadoe

1987 TV commercial: Danielle

1987 Actors: Cruise, Esai, Sagan, Corbin, Rutger

1987 Literary character: Killashandra

1987 Songs: Kasara, Luka, Adidas, Janay, Adilene

1987 Singers: Cetera, Tawatha, Najee, Trisco, Byanka

1987 Musical groups: Jovi, Deja

1987 Sports: Olajide, Teyon, Kreigh, Hogan, Labradford

1987 Products: Perrier, Drakkar, Allante, Corsica, Wrangler, Alize

1987 Celebrity babies: Shakari, Condola

1987 Celebrity related: Stedman

1987 Beauty queens: Anabelli, Kayelani

1987 Model: Tatjana


1986

generra, clothing, brand, baby name, 1980s,

1986 News: Christa, Halley, Spencer

1986 Movie characters: Jareth, Louden, Navarre

1986 TV characters: Bliss, Sabella, Sable, Randall, Cristal, Eliana, Jem, Jerrica, Cordero, Farren, Britta, Addison, Jayce, Miles, Virgilia, Ashton, Jordan

1986 TV contestant: Mayuri

1986 TV personalities: Oprah, Vanna, Khambrel

1986 Actors: Taimak, Malcolmjamal, Raedawn, Jeannette

1986 African-American magazines: Tchanavian

1986 Songs: Kyrie, Bocephus, Nikita, Lavender

1986 Singers: Martika, Cymone, Myleka, Whitney, Cherrelle

1986 Musicians: Wynton, Marsalis

1986 Sports: Kylor, Josimar, Steffi, Jamelle

1986 Products: Calizza, Lutece

1986 Brands: Ellesse, Generra

1986 Beauty queen: Marlesa


1985

sade, singer, baby name, 1980s,

Here are the names for 1985.


1984

thawann, television, baby name, 1980s,

Here are the names for 1984.


1983

billie jean, song, baby name, 1980s,

1983 News: Klisha, Etan

1983 Movie character: Savannah

1983 TV characters: Meggie, Mallory, Elyse, Kiel, Callahan, Valene, Daisy, Ciji, Echo, Jimmylee, Tyger, Jonerik, Kirby, Sorangel, Doralee, Remington, Devlin, Vanessa

1983 TV personality: Darcel

1983 TV commercial: Marquita

1983 Actors: Kiel, Pia, Mayra

1983 Literary characters: Audrina, Erienne

1983 Songs: Billiejean, Rio, Jeopardy, Eileen

1983 Singers: Vickiana

1983 Sports: Olajuwon, Akeem, Cozell, Micheaux

1983 Product: Pavielle

1983 Celebrity related: Chyla


1982

vanity, singers, baby name, 1980s,

1982 News: Tyechia

1982 Politics: Gemayel

1982 Movie characters: Talon, Caesare, Xica, Conan, Elspeth, Elliott

1982 Movie: Blade

1982 TV characters: Alexis, Ashley, Kayla, Ariel, Luisana, Ivanhoe, Chachi, Joanie, Colt, Evelina, Cagney

1982 TV contestant: Jere

1982 Actors: Travanti, Brynn, Genie

1982 Literary characters: Amberle

1982 Songs: Rosanna, Valerie, Avalon

1982 Singers: Ozzy, Vanity, Seidina, Rindy

1982 Musical group: Halen

1982 Sports: Eder, Cozell, Shawon

1982 Products: Celisse, Odyssey, Raffinee, Senchal, Stetson, Delorean, Martell

1982 Model: Wanakee


1981

andron, cologne, baby name, 1980s,

1981 News: Diana, Tshwanda, Lennon, Yoko

1981 Politics: Mubarak, Giscard

1981 Movie characters: Tashina

1981 TV characters: Krystle, Mikkos, Shirret, Afton, Masada, Kaleena, Fallon, Martine, Magnum, Scorpio, Evita

1981 TV show: Dynasty

1981 Actors: Taurean, Nastassia, Shavar, Argenis, Brandis, Morgan

1981 African-American magazine: Tijwana

1981 Songs: Fame, Zimbabwe

1981 Singers: Crystalgayle, Tiemeyer, Sadane, Kapono

1981 Musical groups: Journey, Tierra, Ambrosia

1981 Sports: Yannick

1981 Products: Chardon, Sergio, Toccara, Andron, Antaeus, Nahema


1980

jordache, clothing, brand, baby name, 1980s,

1980 News: Shanndolyn, Kateri

1980 Politics: Rajai

1980 Movie characters: Ilia, Ferris, Lando

1980 TV characters: Renata, Maxx, Starshemah, Nyah, Almanzo, Mariko, Estefania, Yara

1980 TV movie: Jericho

1980 Actors: Erik, Estrada, Bo, Derek, Sorrell, Jenilee

1980 African-American magazines: Nykeba, Kimario

1980 Songs: Leyna, Sara

1980 Singers: Tiffany, Ullanda

1980 Musical group: Shalamar

1980 Sports: Magic, Cheyne, Hanni, Bjorn, Kiki

1980 Products: Jordache, Murjani, Brittania, Zena, Jheri, Tasha

1980 Brand: Lerin

1980 Beauty queen: Lencola