23 Sarah :
Sarah is actually really pretty, in my opinion, and while I have met a lot—and I mean a LOT—of them, all 500 of them have been really nice, sweet people, now that I think of it. And smart, to boot. Okay, Sarah is actually still a pretty name, simple and nice in the way it rolls off the tongue.
22 Zack :
He’s the cool guy at school, or maybe at the local teen hangout spot. Wait, guys, I think I may just be beginning to summarize that character from Saved by the Bell…
21 Jennifer :
Oh, dear, there have just been so, so many of them. Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Anniston. Jenny from the block, aka JLo.
20 Ryder :
It’s kinda casual, kinda easy-goin’, and pretty darn cool, now that we think about it. It’s Ryder, and if people just stopped and thought about it for a minute, they would probably be able to guess what it means.
Ian Fleming, and like, five people in most graduating classes, too, had this name, and it’s actually pretty great.
18 Megan :
Aw, Meg… Do you wanna get married, or run away? Sorry to say that I was actually miss-hearing the Goo Goo Dolls lyric all those times the hit “Slide” was on the radio (it’s actually “May” in that song).
17 Katie :
It’s sweet and cute, and yet most Kates I’ve met, heard about, or encountered are a bit more complicated. They’re modern women with interesting pasts and imperfect presents.
16 Heather :
Oh, sweet baby names in the ‘80s, is this a relic. Believe it or not, it is actually a nature name, because of that wild plant, “small shrubs with pink or white flowers which commonly grow in rocky areas,” as is so succinctly spelled out for us by whomever wrote the blurb at Wikipedia.
15 Gary :
I say you just go with Garwig — that sounds way more interesting. And hey, if we were all over in Old England, right now, that wouldn’t even be a little bit weird, believe it or not.
14 Nick :
There’s the Jolly Old Saint one, and then the other thousand with various incarnations of this nice little name. Nicholas and Nick and all of those names. And I mean, any other name that you take and then shorten or change to make it a bit more friendly and cute is of course called a nickname.
13 Stephanie :
There’s something very Full House and Babysitter’s Club about this one, am I right? I think Stephanie is probably the most ‘80s names in the whole wide world, and while we’ve surely met a lot—and we mean a LOT—of people called Stephanie, it by no means would lead us to give the moniker to our own children born in the modern age.
12 Trevor :
So you came looking for ‘80s names, and we are not about to disappoint: Trevor. Right? Although the “T” name has that total vintage ring to it, it actually remains pretty darn cute. It’s one with origins in Ireland and Wales, so that’s cool, and it means “big village” — or “prudent”! Huh! That’s a thinker.
11 A.J. :
Okay, it was A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, not A.J., but you see where I’m going with this. It’s just that naming a kid (or I suppose calling him by) a set of initials just seems like you’re trying really hard to be a cool guy in the ‘80s.
10 Alex :
It could be for a boy and girl. It could keep people guessing! And so, we think that many modern parents may actually quite like the name Alex, either all on its lonesome or as a short little version of Alexander, or Alexandra. Alex Mac, Alex on Laguna Beach…
9 Kyle :
No, not Kylie — get your mind out of the tabloids. I mean Kyle, as in the name for a boy, which is so ‘80s it hurts. I can’t help but here it voiced in that whiny little South Park voice, and you know what? That kind of makes me like it more, actually.
8 Alicia :
Alicia Augello Cook — who dat? Well, the thing is, when you google Alicia, you get the results related to someone you may have heard of who is more commonly known as Alicia Keys.
7 Amber :
She’s Cher’s nemesis from Clueless, and also so, so many chicks born in or around a little time known as the 1980s.
6 Chad :
Um, we had to do a double-take just now and make sure we didn’t already include this one on the list because it’s so generically ‘80s. Must have been thinking of the earlier entry Zack, guys, cause this one is fresh to the list, and it means battle, according to the good folks over at Wikipedia.com.