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See Baby Name Trends of the 1980's for more info.
 

Girl Names

Boy Names

    Jennifer 1   Michael 1
    Jessica 2   Christopher 2
    Amanda 3   Matthew 3
    Sarah 4   Jason 4
    Melissa 5   David 5
    Amy 6   Joshua 6
    Nicole 7   James 7
    Stephanie 8   John 8
    Elizabeth 9   Robert 9
    Heather 10   Daniel 10
    Michelle 11   Joseph 11
    Rebecca 12   Justin 12
    Kimberly 13   Ryan 13
    Tiffany 14   Brian 14
    Angela 15   William 15
    Crystal 16   Jonathan 16
    Christina 17   Eric 17
    Lisa 18   Andrew 18
    Erin 19   Brandon 19
    Amber 20   Adam 20
    Laura 21   Nicholas 21
    Rachel 22   Jeremy 22
    Kelly 23   Anthony 23
    Andrea 24   Timothy 24
    April 25   Kevin 25
    Sara 26   Thomas 26
    Mary 27   Richard 27
    Jamie 28   Steven 28
    Emily 29   Jeffrey 29
    Danielle 30   Aaron 30
 
The Baby Name Trends of 1981

Baby Names in 1981

The year 1981 saw the rise of names like Lindsey, Latoya, and Diana for girls and names like Brandon, Alexander, and Jordan for boys. The top overall girl name was Jennifer for the 12th year in a row. The most popular boy name was Michael for the 21st year in a row. The fastest rising names were Sheena, Krystle, and Alexandria for girls and Tristan, Jordan, and Blake for boys. 1981 also saw the decline of previously popular girl names like Tracy, Krista, and Angie and the decline of boy names like Erik, Damien, and Damon.
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Sheena New   Tristan +92%
  Krystle New   Jordan +81%
  Alexandria +129%   Blake +76%
  Blair +120%   Tyrell +57%
  Constance +104%   Noah +51%
  Ashleigh +94%   Branden +50%
  Sophia +92%   Emmanuel +48%
  Hayley +91%   Barrett +47%
  Kira +88%   Caleb +45%
  Krystal +83%   Brandon +43%
  Simone +82%   Gavin +42%
  Jessi +81%   Fidel +38%
  Latoya +70%   Brooks +35%
  Morgan +67%   Logan +34%
  Liliana +64%   Jessica +32%
  Cari +63%   Landon +32%
  Taylor +62%   Johnathon +31%
  Lyndsey +60%   Gustavo +30%
  Cassie +59%   Sarah +30%
  Haley +58%   Levi +30%
  Kelsey +58%   Lindsey +30%
  Tessa +58%   Bret +30%
  Lacey +53%   Titus +30%
  Diana +52%   Alexander +29%
  Ashlee +50%   Mitchell +29%
Girl Name % Change Boy Name % Change
  Renata -69%   Jeremey -37%
  Anya -50%   Kareem -31%
  Regan -48%   Jedediah -31%
  Bambi -37%   Melissa -30%
  Chrissy -36%   Rico -30%
  Syreeta -36%   Brock -29%
  Brianne -36%   Toby -29%
  Katina -32%   Timmy -29%
  Mayra -31%   Stacy -28%
  Kylie -30%   Jeromy -28%
  Devin -28%   Demond -27%
  Shalonda -27%   Dedrick -27%
  Christa -27%   Desmond -27%
  Krista -27%   Kris -26%
  Shavonne -26%   Gino -26%
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Latoya 69   Tyler 96
  Diana 75
  Victoria 87
  Renee 98
  Theresa 100
Girl Names Rank Boy Names Rank
  Constance 333   Tristan 416
  Sheena 356   Efrain 469
  Tessa 395   Quinton 476
  Ashleigh 397   Blaine 478
  Alexandria 404   Aron 481
  Kristal 429   Cole 483
  Kelsey 436   Pierre 484
  Jordan 442   Jackson 485
  Cari 447   Donte 490
  Alaina 459   Roman 495
  Liliana 461   Josiah 499
  Dianna 471
  Krystle 472
  Hayley 481
  Lyndsey 488
  Christian 491
  Arlene 495
  Simone 498
  Sonja 500

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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).