20 Baby Names Inspired by the 80s
What were you doing in the 80s? Were you playing Pac-Man on your Atari or pegging your Jordache Jeans to show off your high-top L.A. Gears? Did you have a Swatch Watch or Guess Jeans collection which definitely incorporated neon colors? Or were you trying to be like Turbo on Breakin' constantly working on your breakdancing skills? The 80's was an epic time for fashion and fun. Keep the decade alive by naming your baby one of these 80's pop-culture inspired names.
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Name your daughter Molly after Molly Ringwald, the leader of the “Brat Pack”. With her awkward charm and her girl-next-door looks, she was the Queen of 80′s teen movies starring in gems like Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.
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Emilio Estevez, son of Martin Sheen and brother to Charlie Sheen, was an 80′s heartthrob (one of my biggest crushes to date) and a well-known member of the “Brat Pack”. He appeared in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire and in not-so-Brat-Packy movies such as Repo Man and The Mighty Ducks. My favorite of his work, however, was his performances as Billy the Kid in Young Guns and Young Guns, II. When he turned his horse around at the end and said, “Reap it Murphy, you son of a b****”, I bit my lip and clenched my Cabbage Patch Kid.
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This post-disco dance pop star came on the scene as one half of the duo, Wham!, which gave us the hit song “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. He later went solo and became one of the world’s best-selling artists with his first solo album, Faith, which included the catchy song of the same name. The first single from that album, “I Want Your Sex” caused quite a stir, but nothing tops the sultry saxophone riff in “Careless Whisper.” Be provocative and name your son not George, not Michael, but George Michael. Michael Bluth did.
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Demi Moore secured her place as a member of the “Brat Pack” with the box office hit, St. Elmo’s Fire in 1985, and in About Last Night the following year. Moore made some fantastic movies in the 90′s such as Ghost (cry-fest) and A Few Good Men (don’t say it…ok do- “you can’t handle the truth!”), and became the highest paid actress in film history with the flopper, Striptease. I like to picture the 80′s Demi. She was fresh-faced, footloose and tassel-free. But weirdly, the 2013 Demi looks just like the 80′s Demi, as she hasn’t aged since 1986.
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Cyndi Lauper with her cool, semi-punk style and quirky, energetic voice was an icon of the 80′s. Her debut album She’s So Unusual was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. This album included unforgettable hits like, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”, “Time After Time” and “She Bop”. If your baby girl’s “True Colors” are hot pink and mesh, fingerless gloves, name her Cyndi.
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Is your little bundle of joy too hip to be square? Well then, blow-dry his hair out, put a flimsy blazer over his onesie and call him Huey, after Huey Lewis and The News. This popular 80′s band had hits such as “I Want a New Drug”, “The Heart of Rock and Roll”, and “If This is It.”
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Steven Patrick Morrissey rocked much of the 80′s as the vocalist for the popular UK band, The Smiths. Morrissey went solo in 1988 releasing his first album, Viva Hate, just six months after The Smiths broke up. He is known today as one of the most influential artists in the history of British Pop. If your baby was born with a mysterious charm, a knack for clever lyric writing, and a good head of hair, think about naming the little man Morrissey.
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Alex (Alex P. Keaton)
Alex P. Keaton, played by Michael J. Fox, was the perfect “Young Republican” in the NBC tv show, Family Ties which ran from 1982-1989. Ensure your baby will have a passion for economics and wealth by naming him Alex after Mr. P. Keaton. Imagine how cute a Reagan-themed nursery could be.
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Matthew Broderick not only made skipping school look easy, but he had us all singing “Danke Schoen” as Ferris Bueller in the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which was one of the top grossing films in 1986. Ferris was confident, clever and boyishly charming. Name your baby Ferris, just be sure to lock up your Ferrari.
Richard Dean Anderson will forever be remembered as secret agent, Angus MacGyver, a troubleshooter for the fictional Phoenix Foundation and the fictional U.S. government agency, the Department of External Services (DXS) in the popular television show, MacGyver. MacGyver was known for his resourceful ways using common, every day materials to get him out of sticky, often life-threatening situations. He made us believe that with duct tape and a Swiss Army knife, anything was possible. Name your little one MacGyver and watch him change his own diaper with a rattle and paper clips.
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Though we now know him as Alan Harper from Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer made his mark on the 80′s with his unforgettable performance as Phil “Duckie” Dale in the cult favorite Pretty in Pink. This iconic character was zany and charismatic and could rock a popped collar and bolo tie like nobody’s business. It may be unconventional, but name your baby Duckie and you give him instant PIZZAZZ! And that’s what you ultimately want for your baby, pizzazz…
Heathcliff or Cliff (Huxtable
Bill Cosby made us laugh and warmed our hearts all while giving us moral lessons in his role as Heathcliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show. The show ran for eight seasons and was the most popular show on tv in the 80′s.
Name your son Heathcliff, as a nod to Dr. Huxtable who was an Obstetrician, son of a prominent jazz artist and a kick ass dad. I always wanted to be Denise. And Rudy was so cute. Poor Vanessa.
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Remember ALF (Alien Life Form) whose real name was Gordon Shumway? He was a friendly extraterrestrial who crash landed in the Tanner Family’s garage. And the sitcom lasted FOUR SEASONS! Maybe it’s because Gordon looked so lifelike and realistic. Or maybe it’s because ALF stole our hearts with his talent of whistling without opening his mouth or with his passion for eating cats. Go home, logic, you’re drunk.
Francis “Ponch” Poncherello was a cop for the California Highway Patrol on the television drama series CHiPS. But he was also a ladies man. This is a modern day photo of the former heartthrob. Ponch, you still look sexy sitting on a bike. And so does the rest of you, Erik Estrada. If you don’t like the name “Ponch” for your little ladies man, name him Francis and let him be the first ladies man ever to be named Francis.
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Jem (and the Holograms) was truly outrageous. Her white and pink-streaked hair and bright pink makeup was funky, fresh and cool. This cartoon about music company owner Jerrica Benton, whose alter-ego was Jem, and her band the Holograms ran from 1985 to 1988. If you wanted to change your name to Jem when you were a little girl, now’s your chance to let your daughter live your dream.
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Madonna is a international icon who broke out in the 80′s with hit songs “Like a Virgin”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, and “Like a Prayer” just to name a few. The Guinness World Records recognizes her as the best-selling female recording artist of all time. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, Madonna, known for her individuality and envelope-pushing ways, is an entertainment powerhouse having gained respect as a successful actor, writer, producer, director and designer. Think your baby may be capable of Madge-like talent? Name her Madonna. Just make sure she never “develops” that weird, faux-British accent. And hide your cone-shaped bras.
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Kermit (the Frog)
It may not have been easy being green, but Kermit the Frog sure raked in a ton of green in the 80′s. Who didn’t watch this famous, lovable frog on The Muppet Show and Muppet Movies and on Sesame Street in the 80′s? Name your little on Kermit and he will be irresistible, right Miss Piggy? OH, KERMY!
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Corey Feldman, a former child actor, was a common face of 80′s movies appearing in films such as The Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys. He was also one-half of the famous on-screen pairing with Corey Haim which began in The Lost Boys. They later went on to appear together in License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream and became known as the “Two Coreys.” Feldman began his acting career at the age of 3, so name your baby Corey and get him an agent STAT!
Without a doubt, the most iconic figure of the 80′s and the most successful entertainer of all time is the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. MJ ruled the 80′s music scene releasing Thriller, his best-selling album of all time in 1982. His other albums, Off the Wall (1979) and Bad (1987), also rank among the world’s best selling albums, along with Dangerous and HIStory which were released in the 90′s. Michael’s talent was superhuman with a mesmerizing presence, musical genius, and dance moves that lit the world on fire. Every child of the 80′s was trying to learn the moonwalk, and sales of white gloves exploded. Though Michael died in the midst of preparing for his comeback concert series, This Is It, he has left a legacy which will live on forever.
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