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See Baby Name Trends of the 1970's for more info.
 

Girl Names

Boy Names

    Jennifer 1   Michael 1
    Melissa 2   Christopher 2
    Amanda 3   Jason 3
    Jessica 4   David 4
    Amy 5   James 5
    Sarah 6   Matthew 6
    Heather 7   John 7
    Angela 8   Robert 8
    Nicole 9   Joshua 9
    Michelle 10   Brian 10
    Elizabeth 11   Joseph 11
    Kimberly 12   Daniel 12
    Lisa 13   William 13
    Christina 14   Ryan 14
    Stephanie 15   Nicholas 15
    Kelly 16   Jeremy 16
    Rebecca 17   Eric 17
    Crystal 18   Timothy 18
    Jamie 19   Kevin 19
    Laura 20   Andrew 20
    Erin 21   Anthony 21
    Amber 22   Justin 22
    April 23   Adam 23
    Mary 24   Jeffrey 24
    Shannon 25   Richard 25
    Andrea 26   Thomas 26
    Rachel 27   Steven 27
    Tiffany 28   Charles 28
    Julie 29   Scott 29
    Sara 30   Mark 30
 
The Baby Name Trends of 1979

Baby Names in 1979

The year 1979 saw the rise of names like Amanda, Lauren, and Mindy for girls and names like Travis, Erik, and Jordan for boys. The top overall girl name was Jennifer for the 10th year in a row. The most popular boy name was Michael for the 19th year in a row. The fastest rising names were Viviana, Brianne, and Brianna for girls and Jonah, Johnpaul, and Levi for boys. 1979 also saw the decline of previously popular girl names like Tina, Jaime, and Michele and the decline of boy names like Shaun, Damon, and Damian.
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Viviana New   Jonah +133%
  Brianne +723%   Johnpaul +85%
  Brianna +140%   Levi +80%
  Mindy +132%   Dirk +76%
  Alissa +103%   Tanner +76%
  Leeann +80%   Tyree +66%
  Winter +76%   Brooks +66%
  Kyla +72%   Anton +60%
  Morgan +69%   Travis +59%
  Athena +65%   Rusty +52%
  Shanika +59%   Logan +51%
  Candi +57%   Garret +51%
  Bambi +56%   Jaron +49%
  Amanda +56%   Garrett +49%
  Shavon +55%   Jermey +48%
  Nina +53%   Leif +47%
  Lauren +53%   Rocco +46%
  Meghan +53%   Jasen +45%
  Alesha +53%   Jordan +44%
  Lindsey +52%   Agustin +43%
  Ashlee +52%   Erik +42%
  Joshua +50%   Jamin +42%
  Leann +50%   Ahmad +42%
  Leanne +49%   Zackary +41%
  Bonnie +49%   Amanda +41%
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Kenisha -43%   Kristoffer -54%
  Kizzy -41%   Tim -40%
  Farrah -40%   Torrey -37%
  Tori -36%   Anwar -36%
  Taryn -34%   Kenji -34%
  Elaina -32%   Chet -34%
  Lisette -32%   Levar -31%
  Caryn -28%   Antony -30%
  Aja -26%   Kristofer -29%
  Tomika -26%   Darrick -28%
  Paulette -26%   Darian -27%
  Vicky -25%   Damon -27%
  Tawanda -25%   Errol -26%
  Rashida -24%   Reed -26%
  Carey -24%   Cedrick -26%
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Mindy 81   Brett 98
  Brooke 85
  Pamela 90
  Erika 91
  Leah 98
  Katrina 99
  Theresa 100
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Brianne 168   Jonah 403
  Brianna 327   Dane 437
  Briana 420   Collin 439
  Leann 431   Alexis 446
  Meagan 434   Jarod 455
  Lea 436   Ali 463
  Maggie 438   Waylon 466
  Patrice 441   Miles 468
  Vivian 449   Hugo 471
  Luz 456   Anton 473
  Athena 457   Tanner 479
  Morgan 459   Elliott 480
  Laurel 467   Branden 483
  Catrina 469   Teddy 485
  Chastity 470   Moises 487
  Janna 471   Marquis 489
  Kristal 478   Roman 492
  Clarissa 482   Ahmad 494
  Isabel 483   Amos 500
  Viviana 487
  Janell 489
  Shanika 494
  Tisha 495
  Elissa 496

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Note: these are estimates based on incomplete data. The numbers are likely to be a bit off, especially for earlier years (i.e. years prior to World War 2).