Names popular in the 80's - will they make a comeback?

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3isamagicnumber Fri 18-Nov-11 17:48:46

Obviously we're seeing the revival of a lot of names from way back (40's, 50's, 60's...) like Arthur, Stanley, Edith, Lillian etc etc. but just wondered if / when names that were popular when I was born in the 80's will make a come back??

There were for example, 2 of the following in my class at school though you rarely hear of newborn babies called these now:
Ian, Mark, Lee, Darren, Nicola, Emma, Lisa, Stephanie...

What were the other popular names of the 80's and will they come back??!!

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fivegomadindorset Fri 18-Nov-11 17:50:46

I know a 5 year old Mark, and a 3 year old Emma.

lockets Fri 18-Nov-11 17:50:50

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BrigitBigKnickers Fri 18-Nov-11 17:54:49

I started teaching in 1987 and the popular names in my first classes (who would have been born in the 80s) were:

Kelly Stacey Tracey Wayne Shane Duane (cowboy names- always little toads!) Keely Adam Ryan Steven Shelly Wesley Ian

3isamagicnumber Fri 18-Nov-11 18:01:34

Exactly Brigit - you don't get many wee ones called these names these days (maybe with the exception of Adam and Ryan)

Don't know anyone called Wayne, Shane or Ian etc., who is under 30!!

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tammytoby Fri 18-Nov-11 18:19:23

They only come back once the 'current' generation with those names has died out, because by then these names will seem very unusual and chic again.

That is why names given in the years 1910/20/30 are becoming popular now.

yellowflowers Fri 18-Nov-11 18:53:58

I know a baby Ian.

Not yet met a baby Mandy, Stacey, Bradley or Jason.


jenniec79 Fri 18-Nov-11 18:56:10

I agree it's a bit soon. The people with these names are going to be the parents for a while yet, so I'd guess another 15-20 years before we get back into the 80s names.

LynetteScavo Fri 18-Nov-11 19:02:14

I know a young Stephanie, Bradley, and Stacie.

I will be shock if I hear of a baby Garry, Wayne, Tracey, or Sharon. (Weren't these 70's names? confused)

AnaisB Fri 18-Nov-11 19:16:02

My brothers' and sister's names are all mentioned above and one of my brothers wants to call his kids after his siblings. (This won't be authorised by his girlfriend.)

Wolfiefan Fri 18-Nov-11 19:19:34

Does this mean a new generation of Kylie and Jasons?!!!

ChunkyMonkeyMother Fri 18-Nov-11 19:21:25

I was an 80s kid - Through Primary there were 4 Sarah's and 2 Stephanies, Michaels and Rebekahs.

In Secondary there was 5 Stephanies and I think 9 Sarahs, lots of Lauras and Emmas as well

I'm now in uni and you cannot move for Sarahs - To the point where there are always atleast 3 in each class!

I think that as we are the generation having kids, we will generally see these as a bit sad or naff, not quite old enough to be doing the second rounds iyswim?

Plus I think a lot of the earlier names being revived are from grandparents etc and I don't know how many of the 80s kids are grannies yet ha ha

mrsravelstein Fri 18-Nov-11 19:22:09

lots of claires in my age group, but i've not met a claire under the age of 20 i don't think...

AWimbaWay Fri 18-Nov-11 19:30:45

It'll be when those born in the 80's are great-grandparents having great-grandchildren named after them. I have a VERY common name from my era and was named after both my great grandmothers.

5inthebed Fri 18-Nov-11 19:44:58

As an 80's baby I cannot see anyone naming their child my name. Poor soul.

ellesabe Fri 18-Nov-11 22:46:49

I love this thread and I find the idea of a baby Stuart/Timothy/Joanne/Ruth quite sweet!

tiptoptally Fri 18-Nov-11 23:06:40

Common names of kids I went to school with were Jamie, Paul, Leanne, Kelly, Shelley, Claire and Steven.

Remember when you couldn't move without bumping into a Stephanie, but my friend has just called her baby this and I really like it this time round!

I remember my grandmother being horrified when my cousin was named Laura - claiming it was an "Old granny name"!!

RonnieBirtles Sat 19-Nov-11 16:46:57

Born in late Seventies not Eighties, but similar-ish. I also grew up in a very mixed area, and there were definitely popular 'black names' and 'white names'.

White girls were called Michelle, Emma, Sarah, Keely/Kelly, Kerry, Rachel and a fair few Chanels and Chantelles for the black girls.

White boys were called Paul, David, Jason, Jamie. Leon and Tyrone for the black boys.

SlinkingOutsideInSocks Sat 19-Nov-11 17:53:04

I know someone whose 4 and 2 year olds are called Sarah and Emma - very, definitely bucking the naming trend!

mathanxiety Sat 19-Nov-11 18:16:15

I know:
1 Jason
1 Bradley
3 Ians
5 Emmas
4 Claires
3 Nicoles
At least a dozen Kevins
1 Jeffrey
2 Jacquelines/ 1 Jaclyn
2 Adrians
1 Jillian
3 Allison/Allyson/Alisons
2 Grahams (brothers of two of the Ians shock)

Brian, Derek and Trevor have dropped off the face of the earth around here, it seems.

mathanxiety Sat 19-Nov-11 18:18:00

There are also more Rachels and Sarahs than I can count. I don't think Rachel ever lost ground in Ireland.

Irish names have also retained their popularity, maybe Siobhan being the exception.

Mollydoggerson Sat 19-Nov-11 19:39:55

I heard a dad call his son Keith at the play6round today, have to say it sounded sweet.

LaTristesse Sat 19-Nov-11 20:13:41

I know of a baby Darren. Poor lad...

cat64 Sat 19-Nov-11 20:22:45

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OriginalPoster Sat 19-Nov-11 20:29:33

As i have said many times before, I live in an 80s time warp, and have a Laura and an Emma...

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