Most Popular Baby Names in 1980

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1980. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 250 most popular baby names in 1980, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 68,704 Jennifer 58,379
2 Christopher 49,096 Amanda 35,817
3 Jason 48,170 Jessica 33,924
4 David 41,920 Melissa 31,639
5 James 39,329 Sarah 25,758
6 Matthew 37,855 Heather 19,974
7 Joshua 36,062 Nicole 19,921
8 John 35,286 Amy 19,835
9 Robert 34,280 Elizabeth 19,527
10 Joseph 30,202 Michelle 19,123
11 Daniel 29,895 Kimberly 18,499
12 Brian 28,726 Angela 17,969
13 Justin 26,763 Stephanie 17,842
14 William 25,652 Tiffany 16,230
15 Ryan 24,811 Christina 16,140
16 Eric 22,631 Lisa 15,666
17 Nicholas 21,026 Rebecca 15,280
18 Jeremy 19,902 Crystal 14,255
19 Andrew 19,735 Kelly 13,718
20 Timothy 19,154 Erin 13,430
21 Jonathan 18,997 Laura 12,918
22 Adam 18,874 Amber 12,555
23 Kevin 17,984 Rachel 11,624
24 Anthony 17,615 Jamie 11,527
25 Thomas 17,568 April 11,475
26 Richard 16,660 Mary 11,475
27 Jeffrey 16,385 Sara 11,150
28 Steven 15,919 Andrea 10,452
29 Charles 14,963 Shannon 9,668
30 Brandon 14,173 Megan 9,138
31 Mark 14,169 Emily 9,006
32 Benjamin 13,637 Julie 8,910
33 Scott 13,312 Danielle 8,846
34 Aaron 13,173 Erica 8,760
35 Paul 11,823 Katherine 8,019
36 Nathan 11,145 Maria 7,866
37 Travis 10,768 Kristin 7,701
38 Patrick 10,357 Lauren 7,476
39 Chad 10,151 Kristen 7,315
40 Stephen 10,063 Ashley 7,297
41 Kenneth 9,615 Christine 7,085
42 Gregory 9,268 Brandy 6,410
43 Jacob 8,523 Tara 6,284
44 Dustin 8,418 Katie 6,135
45 Jesse 8,384 Monica 6,035
46 Jose 8,320 Carrie 5,762
47 Shawn 7,698 Alicia 5,752
48 Sean 7,602 Courtney 5,617
49 Bryan 7,517 Misty 5,542
50 Derek 7,248 Kathryn 5,528
51 Bradley 7,210 Patricia 5,309
52 Edward 6,767 Holly 5,284
53 Donald 6,270 Stacy 5,059
54 Samuel 6,013 Karen 5,055
55 Peter 5,969 Anna 5,036
56 Keith 5,887 Tracy 4,969
57 Kyle 5,784 Brooke 4,953
58 Ronald 5,761 Samantha 4,921
59 Juan 5,436 Allison 4,871
60 George 5,301 Melanie 4,842
61 Jared 5,208 Leslie 4,776
62 Douglas 5,181 Susan 4,705
63 Gary 5,042 Brandi 4,704
64 Erik 4,917 Cynthia 4,701
65 Phillip 4,636 Natalie 4,648
66 Raymond 4,580 Jill 4,558
67 Joel 4,568 Dawn 4,479
68 Corey 4,441 Dana 4,439
69 Shane 4,374 Vanessa 4,428
70 Larry 4,266 Veronica 4,381
71 Marcus 4,260 Lindsay 4,354
72 Zachary 4,248 Tina 4,260
73 Craig 4,236 Kristina 4,225
74 Derrick 4,135 Stacey 4,222
75 Todd 4,130 Wendy 4,144
76 Jeremiah 4,094 Lori 4,085
77 Antonio 4,091 Catherine 4,081
78 Carlos 4,087 Kristy 4,059
79 Shaun 3,924 Heidi 4,026
80 Dennis 3,806 Sandra 3,999
81 Frank 3,738 Jacqueline 3,878
82 Philip 3,563 Kathleen 3,857
83 Cory 3,555 Christy 3,674
84 Brent 3,543 Leah 3,639
85 Gabriel 3,497 Valerie 3,612
86 Nathaniel 3,494 Pamela 3,534
87 Randy 3,393 Erika 3,517
88 Luis 3,358 Tanya 3,437
89 Curtis 3,332 Natasha 3,427
90 Jeffery 3,324 Katrina 3,396
91 Alexander 3,284 Lindsey 3,386
92 Russell 3,272 Melinda 3,202
93 Casey 3,217 Monique 3,162
94 Jerry 3,193 Teresa 3,149
95 Wesley 3,166 Denise 3,147
96 Brett 3,131 Tammy 3,134
97 Luke 3,111 Tonya 3,081
98 Lucas 3,084 Julia 3,068
99 Seth 3,052 Candice 3,011
100 Billy 2,991 Gina 2,989
101 Terry 2,982 Alison 2,983
102 Mario 2,937 Nichole 2,938
103 Carl 2,935 Victoria 2,927
104 Ian 2,911 Theresa 2,925
105 Jamie 2,847 Margaret 2,862
106 Troy 2,832 Beth 2,849
107 Victor 2,823 Renee 2,842
108 Tony 2,728 Tamara 2,809
109 Bobby 2,722 Robin 2,806
110 Jesus 2,697 Nancy 2,805
111 Vincent 2,696 Linda 2,804
112 Alan 2,676 Anne 2,779
113 Johnny 2,640 Sabrina 2,778
114 Tyler 2,621 Meghan 2,692
115 Adrian 2,392 Brenda 2,648
116 Brad 2,372 Jaime 2,647
117 Ricardo 2,324 Jenny 2,646
118 Christian 2,317 Diana 2,616
119 Marc 2,310 Cheryl 2,609
120 Danny 2,267 Barbara 2,577
121 Rodney 2,266 Krista 2,531
122 Ricky 2,237 Kristi 2,526
123 Martin 2,227 Latoya 2,505
124 Allen 2,211 Bethany 2,498
125 Lee 2,209 Michele 2,487
126 Jimmy 2,205 Kelli 2,486
127 Jon 2,178 Kara 2,445
128 Miguel 2,176 Miranda 2,416
129 Lawrence 2,172 Sharon 2,383
130 Willie 2,168 Tasha 2,266
131 Clinton 2,167 Mindy 2,262
132 Micheal 2,153 Mandy 2,232
133 Andre 2,083 Molly 2,203
134 Roger 2,076 Candace 2,188
135 Henry 2,074 Casey 2,171
136 Randall 2,025 Ann 2,170
137 Walter 2,010 Colleen 2,125
138 Kristopher 2,008 Cassandra 2,110
139 Jorge 1,998 Suzanne 2,102
140 Joe 1,990 Meredith 2,071
141 Jay 1,988 Latasha 2,058
142 Albert 1,957 Rachael 2,048
143 Cody 1,957 Regina 2,044
144 Manuel 1,905 Donna 2,010
145 Roberto 1,881 Marie 1,947
146 Wayne 1,841 Deborah 1,937
147 Arthur 1,819 Carolyn 1,929
148 Gerald 1,819 Nina 1,889
149 Jermaine 1,804 Deanna 1,868
150 Isaac 1,797 Cindy 1,866
151 Louis 1,787 Alisha 1,854
152 Lance 1,786 Carla 1,832
153 Roy 1,780 Bridget 1,831
154 Francisco 1,772 Kendra 1,815
155 Trevor 1,690 Desiree 1,789
156 Alex 1,681 Tabitha 1,788
157 Bruce 1,653 Yolanda 1,777
158 Jack 1,631 Kari 1,769
159 Evan 1,625 Summer 1,754
160 Jordan 1,621 Virginia 1,737
161 Frederick 1,611 Trisha 1,732
162 Maurice 1,554 Rebekah 1,728
163 Darren 1,533 Joanna 1,726
164 Mitchell 1,521 Felicia 1,723
165 Ruben 1,487 Joy 1,717
166 Reginald 1,480 Bonnie 1,711
167 Jaime 1,466 Jodi 1,701
168 Darrell 1,462 Jaclyn 1,693
169 Hector 1,448 Angel 1,692
170 Omar 1,446 Adrienne 1,670
171 Jonathon 1,430 Jillian 1,649
172 Angel 1,420 Janet 1,610
173 Ronnie 1,411 Paula 1,598
174 Johnathan 1,407 Aimee 1,590
175 Barry 1,396 Ebony 1,581
176 Oscar 1,396 Abigail 1,575
177 Eddie 1,390 Debra 1,558
178 Jerome 1,385 Martha 1,554
179 Terrance 1,380 Rhonda 1,534
180 Ernest 1,369 Autumn 1,530
181 Neil 1,348 Shanna 1,521
182 Damien 1,339 Robyn 1,501
183 Mathew 1,334 Carmen 1,459
184 Shannon 1,330 Angelica 1,455
185 Calvin 1,328 Shelly 1,452
186 Javier 1,308 Toni 1,452
187 Alejandro 1,307 Shawna 1,432
188 Edwin 1,295 Priscilla 1,432
189 Garrett 1,288 Kristine 1,424
190 Raul 1,288 Brittany 1,406
191 Eugene 1,287 Claudia 1,405
192 Kurt 1,282 Sherry 1,404
193 Clayton 1,277 Marissa 1,403
194 Leonard 1,277 Janelle 1,396
195 Clint 1,274 Laurie 1,338
196 Fernando 1,264 Stefanie 1,332
197 Tommy 1,258 Kate 1,330
198 Dale 1,237 Ana 1,324
199 Marvin 1,225 Melody 1,317
200 Geoffrey 1,224 Caroline 1,313
201 Steve 1,223 Diane 1,287
202 Clifford 1,217 Tamika 1,279
203 Beau 1,206 Cara 1,276
204 Colin 1,197 Alexis 1,269
205 Theodore 1,196 Rosa 1,268
206 Tyrone 1,194 Kellie 1,260
207 Harold 1,191 Ruth 1,256
208 Rafael 1,186 Tracey 1,255
209 Kelly 1,184 Sonia 1,252
210 Terrence 1,184 Naomi 1,249
211 Austin 1,163 Cristina 1,247
212 Joey 1,154 Audrey 1,224
213 Cameron 1,145 Hannah 1,222
214 Glenn 1,145 Sheila 1,213
215 Jarrod 1,145 Sonya 1,206
216 Ramon 1,143 Jasmine 1,187
217 Grant 1,107 Alyssa 1,179
218 Melvin 1,105 Leigh 1,178
219 Brendan 1,103 Whitney 1,169
220 Jessie 1,097 Krystal 1,163
221 Stanley 1,095 Yvonne 1,158
222 Pedro 1,092 Stacie 1,155
223 Armando 1,090 Anita 1,151
224 Dwayne 1,068 Shauna 1,142
225 Karl 1,058 Rose 1,133
226 Levi 1,056 Shelley 1,131
227 Eduardo 1,051 Traci 1,131
228 Micah 1,048 Olivia 1,120
229 Ross 1,040 Kerri 1,119
230 Ralph 1,039 Christie 1,114
231 Byron 1,025 Tia 1,114
232 Dominic 1,021 Carol 1,106
233 Marco 1,011 Adriana 1,098
234 Chris 989 Brianne 1,089
235 Caleb 982 Marisa 1,085
236 Devin 981 Kelley 1,084
237 Blake 969 Kristie 1,083
238 Andy 968 Jenna 1,074
239 Sergio 956 Charlene 1,070
240 Noah 929 Gloria 1,070
241 Erick 928 Leticia 1,070
242 Howard 924 Terri 1,066
243 Francis 922 Morgan 1,062
244 Tyson 913 Charity 1,061
245 Ivan 908 Latisha 1,057
246 Cedric 908 Nikki 1,047
247 Heath 906 Jana 1,046
248 Leon 904 Angie 1,045
249 Alberto 903 Jacquelyn 1,036
250 Earl 901 Jeanette 1,026

Historical Data for Baby Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

Most popular first names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

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Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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