24 Classic Vintage Baby Names That Belong Back In The ‘80s
How to choose baby boy names, baby girl names and unique baby names :
Naming your baby boy or baby girl is a decision with which he will be stuck with for the rest of his life. You may want to honour your family tradition, give a meaningful name for some particular traits or just have a name that sounds good and is easy to pronounce. Whatever be your taste or special considerations for choosing a name for your little one, think about some factors before coming at a decision.
First thing to decide is whether you want a name that stands out in a crowd or one which is familiar in your socio-cultural environment. Both these aspects have their pros and cons. A popular baby name will allow your child to feel fitting in your society while a less common name will make his a statement about his personality. It is up to you to decide about how you want your child to associate with other people. You might want to consider naming your child according to the names of his siblings. It would not be advisable to name your child such that he is not able to connect with his brother(s) or sister(s).
15 Essentials for Finding and Choosing Names:
State the Names Out Loud :
Regularly we think we like something, yet then once we state it so anyone can hear, we understand it simply isn’t what we are searching for. This likewise works in the contrary way: you figure you don’t care for a name until you state it so anyone can hear, and afterward acknowledge it was actually what you were searching for. Consider calling noisily for your youngsters on the play area or to roll in from playing outside for supper. In the event that you recoil while doing this, that name most likely isn’t what you were searching for. You have to ensure you state the entirety of your youngsters’ names together to check whether they stream well. They shouldn’t be excessively comparable or definitely divergent. Rather, discover names that are amicable without being singsongy.
Stay away from Negative Namesakes :
While picking a name, avoid names that help you to remember individuals you couldn’t care less for or that help you to remember an ex-love. These names can just aim you issues later on. You would prefer not to perpetually take a gander at your child and think about that one Hunter from grade school who singled out you!
State All Names Together :
State the name with the center name, however with simply the last name. We don’t generally utilize our kids’ center names, yet consistently utilize the last name, and in the event that they don’t sound right together or come out easily together, you have to continue looking.
Test Nicknames :
Can your youngster’s name hold up to the play area test? Are there ways that children can transform the name into something dreadful that would smash your youngster’s confidence and conceivably brand him forever? Keep in mind, children can be remorseless, particularly kin. Likewise ensure that your youngsters won’t have similar nicknames. This can occur if the names are excessively comparable or in the event that you utilize a ladylike type of a manly name for a young lady and the manly name itself for a kid.
Make It Meaningful :
Your youngster’s name ought to be something that causes you to feel great. It ought to reflect characteristics that you trust your kid will some time or another have. Be certain that each kid’s name is significant, not only one. For example, little Calvin may get angry on the off chance that he discovers his name signifies “uncovered one” while his sibling Aden’s name signifies “attractive.”
Remember Spelling and PronunciationsNames that are hard to spell and articulate will be incorrectly spelled and misspoke all through the youngster’s whole life. Additionally, remember that utilizing extensive first names, center names, and last names all together can be exceptionally hard for a small kid to figure out how to spell and state. A model would be Zachariah Emmanuel Klingele. The poor kid would need to adapt nearly the whole letter set to spell his name.
Be Creative :
Take a stab at spelling names of things in reverse; numerous remarkable names can be found by doing this. For example, if your name is Nora, maybe Aron is the ideal name for your son. Likewise mess with dropping letters from set up names to make new and one of a kind names that you possibly hadn’t thought of. For example, Christopher can become Christoph, and Carlisle can become Lisle.
Utilize Maiden Names :
A well known method of making a baby name is by utilizing the mother’s birth name or the original last name of relatives. Sullivan and Carter are genuine models. This is extremely famous for center names also.
Consolidate the Parents’ Names :
Another well known method of concocting a baby name is by consolidating portions of the mother’s and father’s names. Brett and Everly may become Everett, or Samuel and Emma may be Emmanuel. This is accomplished for both the first and center names. In any case, on the off chance that you do this, ensure you can likewise make a joined name for another kid. Try not to play top choices with names; it can influence the confidence of and connection between kin.
Evaluate Different Spellings :
You may like a name, however not enjoy the spelling, thinking it is maybe excessively dull or excessively normal. In being imaginative, anything goes. Sebastian may be Sebastyan; Isaiah may be Izaia; Aiden can become Aydon. Be that as it may, remember that a youngster who has an irregular spelling will probably need to address others again and again during his life.
Investigate Genealogy :
Another great method to discover names is by investigating your family’s parentage. Do a family tree on both the baby’s mom’s side of the family and the baby’s dad’s side, returning as far as could reasonably be expected. You may require some assistance from relatives with this. Make certain to get the primary, center, and last names of everybody. At that point experience these and search for names that stand apart to you as something you might want to utilize. Nonetheless, while doing this, remember a few people are viewed as the odd one out of the family. On the off chance that you choose a name, make certain to get some foundation data on this individual. You wouldn’t have any desire to name your baby something that helps your mom to remember the individual she most disdains. This not just gives you some various names to browse, be that as it may, on the off chance that you keep it, would be a decent present for your kids to have later. Children love to find out about their progenitors. Once more, consider picking a name from your family tree for every kid, not only one.
Request Suggestions :
Converse with associates, neighbors, family members, and companions. You don’t need to utilize their sentiments, yet you will get a huge amount of proposals. Likewise get some information about individuals who have as of late had babies and what those individuals named their youngsters. This won’t just give you name thoughts, however will likewise disclose to you the names that are being utilized the regularly.
Scour the Media :
Think about names from books, TV programs, motion pictures, and famous people. This can be a great deal of fun, on the off chance that you let it.
Think about the Classics :
When in doubt of thumb, if your last name is bizarre, it’s a smart thought to pick a progressively customary first name. What’s more, on the off chance that you have a typical last name, pick a progressively unmistakable first name. George Rothberry and Boomer Miller are a few models.
Look to Old-Fashioned Names :
These names are making a rebound. They can be acceptable decisions since they can be both particular and normal. Names, for example, Walter and Clarence are both effortlessly articulated and spelled, however are not all that regular that there would be a few in a similar study hall.
Vintage baby names: It would be extremely nice if somebody out there was reading through this list whereas paying attention to a Walkman. If they were eating FroYo or had just finished doing a Jane Fonda workout, then that would be even better.
See, this list is going to be ‘80s-tastic, so readers can hop in their DeLoreans and pack a puffy red vest, because we’re going back… to the future. Or something like that.
In case it isn’t clear, we like the 1980s. We think it was a nice time, if not a strange since fashion choices were made that can never be forgotten.
Yes, these are the names that so many will be familiar with from all those morning attendances that were called in class. These are names like Jessica and Stephanie and Britney. Or boy names such as Ian and Trevor and even A.J.
Yep, that’s right, these are names so ‘80s that it may just be like a walk down memory lane, or a history lesson, I suppose, depending on who is out there looking to be inspired today.
While these name may be super, super ‘80s, they might just be great for someone out there looking to go beyond the whole “name that isn’t really a name” thing. There’s no Nori or Chicago or Stormi here. Nor is there an Apple or Kulture. Just good old-fashioned names from back in the day — more than two dozen of them, in fact.
Spears. That is probably all I really have to say about that. An entire generation or two will forever think “Hit me, baby, one more time!” or start humming about things that are “toxic” when they hear the name Britney because of the famous pop star with the interesting story as she got into her adult years. Truly, though, Brit is an adorable nickname and the long form is still pretty cute, too, and it means “from Brittany” — fancy!
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. Its origins go back to Hebrew as with so many names, but it has of course been used in various forms all over this big and beautiful blue planet.
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… The trend here, I guess, is although we’ve gathered up all these ‘80s-tastic names as a list of things of the past, we honestly can’t really help but still love them and enjoy looking back on all of these fond associations. You could, of course, do many variations of it; including the long form Zachary, and it means “the Lord has remembered,” says SheKnows.com.
Oh, dear, there have just been so, so many of them. Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer Anniston. Jenny from the block, aka JLo. I mean, it’s so ‘80s that Jennifer (Lopez) was literally a “fly girl” on Living Color; we’re reminded by a quick googling of the lovely three-syllable moniker for a girl. It means “the fair one” — so it’s pretty clear why so many parents chose it for their fair little ladies back in the day. While it may feel overused to parents now, we still kinda like it, TBH.
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. It comes from the old name rīdere, according to Baby Name Wizard, and means “rider, knight, mounted warrior.” Okay, that’s actually pretty awesome, and it might just be time to revive Ryder, for today’s brave boys.
Ian Fleming, and like, five people in most graduating classes, too, had this name, and it’s actually pretty great. What I love about it is that it’s easy for kids to say and to learn to spell, and hey, maybe the parents of that weird and wonderful time known as the 1980s sort of had this in mind when they filled it in on those birth certificate forms back it the (neon-colored, stretch-pants-rocking) day. Go ahead and pick the name, actually. Just no more mullets, please.
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). I guess it was the whole Meg Ryan thing. And man, was she the stuff of the ‘80s and ‘90s cuteness! But you know what? In all seriousness, if you want a name with origins in Wales that means “pearl,” I think I just found you a winner. I quite like it myself now that I know that it means that!
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. But that’s just my association with this nice name, which of course brings to mind related names such as Katherine, Kate, and so on and so forth. And hey, it actually means “to purge” or “to cleanse,” according to Oh Baby Names, so it’s funny that we’d think of characters interesting yet imperfect/impure at first hearing.
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. Go ahead: Name your kid after a shrubbery! No one’s stopping you. It is from Scotland, in any case, which adds a historic appeal to the name, to be sure.
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. Baby Name Wizard states that the old name Garwig is where the slightly more modern name Gary came from, and the meaning has to do with spears and battle and things like that. I don’t know, man, “Gary” just doesn’t really scream battle, spears, and bravery to me. But that’s okay — I prefer peace anyway.
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. So there’s that. When I tried to look up the meaning of Nick, as in the name for boys, I instead got a handy list for people actually googling what to use as a pet name for a boy in their life: Junior, Baby Cakes, and Poopy are the standouts from the list. Nick, though, means “victory.”
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. It means “garland” or “crown,” according to Name Berry, so the appeal becomes clearer, and Steph is a fun nickname, after all.
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. The thing we like about it that we think modern parents will, too, is that Trevor can be either a first name or a last name, or surname, depending on what you wanna call it.
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. And yes, Saved by the Bell did technically start in the ‘80s, during which many of its biggest fans were probably born. I guess this entry, A.J., is actually code for Alexander James, and if you like the ring of that, well then head on down to the next ‘80s-tastic idea on this list.
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… and probably a bunch of people from all of our own lives have had this name, and we feel like it’s one that people probably either really like or really don’t.
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. The name Kyle comes from a last name with origins in Scotland, and while this is cool as ice, the other radical part is that that it can be used for either a boy or a girl, similarly to the above entry. Your welcome.
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. If you skip over all of that jazz and go down to the Wiki result, you will see that the name Alicia means “nobility” (fancy!) and that it is the way someone from Spain would go about naming their daughter Alice. Might need to revive this one!
She’s Cher’s nemesis from Clueless, and also so, so many chicks born in or around a little time known as the 1980s. Whether you think it’s, like totally “ambular” or have other associations, it’s actually a pretty nice name, right? I like fossilized resin in a warm honey shade as much as the next Jurassic Parkfan, so why not name a kid after it? (That’s what amber is, which the She Knows baby names site reminds us of.)
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. If we were hangin’ around chatting in Old England, we’d be talking about the older name Ceadda, instead. Maybe modern parents will prefer to revive the related Chadwick!