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25 Wildly Popular Baby Names From The 90s That Don't Sound As Good Today

Many would argue that few decades compare to the '90s. Leo DiCaprio had a bowl cut, the World Wide Web was launched and overalls and chokers were fashion trends for the first time. Guys and gals strutted around town rocking perms and flat tops and jamming out to their Discmans. They sang along to Destiny's Child as the trio proclaimed, "Say my name! Say my name!" These confident ‘90s kids were sure that their names were all that and a bag of chips, and, back then, most of them were right.

Yes, at one point, the most-loved names of the '90s were definitely the bomb and oh, so super sweet. Since then, some of the most beloved ‘90s names have lost a bit of their charm. We hate to say it, but it's time to say "Bye, bye, bye" to many of the most-loved names of the decade when Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers, POGS and Nintendo Game Boys were all-the-rage.

It's sad but true: '90s names just don't pack the same punch as they used to. Names like Edith, Vera and Mavis...ones that made parents-to-be in the ‘90s wrinkle up their noses in disgust, are making major comebacks, while names like Britney and Michael and Ashley have kinda become washed-up has-beens.

Read on for 25 names from the '90s that simply don't sound as nice today.

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25 Brandon

Beverly Hills 90210 character Brandon Walsh helped catapult the name Brandon into the spotlight in the '90s. His smoldering stare and kissable lips had the girls swooning and moms-to-be scrambling to name their impending arrivals after him. The name Brandon also appeared in several other '90s soap operas.

Brandon is a name of English origin that means broom-covered hill. It reached its height of popularity in the mid '90s, and ranked within the top 10 names for American boys from 1992 until 1998. Sadly, use of this dashing designation has been declining ever since. Brandon is often mentioned on the Nameberry.com forum "Baby Names So Far In, They're Out."

Today, Brandon ranks as the 149th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen 5 spots in use since 2017. We should also mention that it dropped all the way to 454th on Nameberry.com in 2017. It's safe to say that love for this name will continue to decrease in the coming years. Parents of today are instead opting for more modern-sounding monikers like Braydon or Braxton.

Having a hard time letting go of the name Brandon? Fresher alternatives include Caden, Camden, Declan and Landon.

24 Stephanie

The name Stephanie reigned supreme for decades before finally fading back into obscurity. It is a name of Greek origin, the feminine variation of the name Stephen, and means garland, crown. It was in the top 20 names for girls in the '70s and '80s, and, while its popularity fell slightly in the '90s, it was still an oft-used choice. Since then, use of the name Stephanie has been declining. It currently ranks as the 575th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has fallen 38 spots since 2017.

Stephanie Tanner, the character played by Jodie Sweetin on the family-friendly '90s sitcom Full House, most likely helped this name stay in the limelight a little longer than it would have otherwise, but the character's presence on the Netflix reboot of the show doesn't seem to be having quite the same effect.

Other famous women with this name include Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer, tennis player Steffi Graf, whose given name is Stefanie, and singer Stevie Nicks, also christened Stephanie. Sadly, none of these impressive women have managed to boost the name Stephanie to its former glory.

Those searching for a modern alternative for the name Stephanie may wish to consider the names Seraphina, Stella or Savina.

23 Raymond

Everybody Loves Raymond, starring Ray Romano, was a '90s sitcom that may or may not have accurately predicted the future of this name. The Normans first introduced it in England, and it was wildly popular during the time of the Crusades. The name Raymond reached its height of popularity in the early 1900s when it was within the top 20 names for boys, and its popularity rose in the '90s once again, possibly thanks to the popularity of the aforementioned television program.

Raymond is a name of English and German origin that means mighty protector. Today, it ranks as the 385th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has actually risen 72 spots since 2017.

Despite this fact, most would agree that Raymond sounds a bit outdated and unexciting, but not old-fashioned enough to fall into a timeless or vintage category. No one can deny that the friendly shortening of this name, Ray, is a fun and fresh-sounding designation, but it's sad but true that Raymond sounds just a bit too stuffy.

Ryker, Rowan and Reuben are names similar to Raymond that pack a more modern and impressive punch. In short, those who have always harbored a love for the name Raymond may wish to consider these instead.

22 Jasmine

Jasmine is a Persian flower name that parents in the '90s simply couldn't get enough of. The popularity of this name has been attributed to a certain sassy cartoon princess. In November of 1992, the Disney adaptation of the fairy tale Aladdin was released. It featured a dark-haired beauty in a blue two piece outfit, and the name Jasmine's popularity soared.

It stayed within the top 50 names for girls from the early '90s all the way until 2009 when its use began to wane. However, it is still a popular name in Europe, and ranks within the top 50 names for girls in England and Australia. In 2017, it ranked as the 125th most popular name for girls on Nameberry.com and was the 70th most popular name for dogs. In 2016, it ranked 72nd in Sweden and 68th in Germany.

Presently, Jasmine ranks as the 121st most popular name for girls in the United States and has actually risen 2 spots in popularity since last year. Celebrities Michael Jordan, Martin Lawrence and Nigel Barker have daughters named Jasmine. Other variations of the name include Jazmin, Yasmin, Yasmine and Jessamine.

Jessa, Jubilee and Jerica are fresh alternatives that may appeal to fans of the name Jasmine.

21 Joel

Joel is an Old Testament name that was often used by the Puritans in the sixteenth century. It is a name of Hebrew origin that means Jehovah is his God. In the Bible, Joel was one of the “mighty men” who served King David. But alas, this name’s impressive history hasn't been enough to keep it in the spotlight.

Joel entered the top 100 names for boys in the mid 1960s and stayed in fashion for decades afterwards. It was once considered a fresh alternative to the name Joe, but has since become a name that parents of today aren’t really loving. While it still ranks within the top 100 names for boys in Germany, Sweden, Spain and Portugal, use of this name is steadily declining. It is currently the 224th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen 14 spots in popularity since 2017. 

Musician Joel Madden is effortlessly cool, and comedian Joel McHale is hilarious, but even these likable blokes can’t get today’s parents to fall in love with this interesting, one-syllable designation.

Love Joel, but in search of something a bit more on-trend? Levi, Jude and Isaiah are three beautiful biblical choices that are considered to be totally on-trend right now.

20 Heather

Heather is a heavenly botanical name of English origin that invokes images of the beautiful purple flowers that adorn the rolling green hills of Scotland. Sadly, despite its beauty, Heather has faded in use over the last few decades. More than a few babies of the '90s are sad to see it go, but this doesn't change the fact that it's on the way out.

At one point, it ranked as the 3rd most popular name for girls, but its use has since declined.

The 1989 film Heathers, which centers around a clique of girls who are all named, you guessed it, Heather, reminded the world just how gorgeous this name truly is. Actress Heather Locklear lit up the small screen in the '90s on the Primetime soap Melrose Place and again on the sitcom Spin City, most likely helping this name stay current.

Presently, Heather ranks as the 1,110th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has fallen 189 spots since 2017. It seems Heather is going to continue its downward trend despite its lovely sound and comely characteristics.

Love the nature-inspired flow of the name Heather? Similar names to consider include Violet, Skye and Magnolia.

19 Sean

Sean is a name of Hebrew origin that means God is gracious. The Irish variation, Shawn, is another popular spelling of this '90s favorite. Truth be told, parents in the '90s couldn't get enough of either of the aforementioned versions of this top-notch name. While use of the name Shawn for a girl was a rare occurrence in the '90s, boys named Sean and Shawn were everywhere.

This gender-neutral choice was the name of Ryder Strong's Boy Meets World character. As a result, more than few '90s tween girls spent their days lovingly doodling this name in their school notebooks instead of doing their homework. We can't blame them. Shawn is a devil-may-care stunner. It may not shine like it once did, but no one can deny the fact that it possesses a certain understated charm. NBA players Shawn Bradley and Shawn Kemp and James Bond star Sean Connery are just a few studs with this name who were considered pretty dang awesome in the '90s.

Sean ranked within the top 50 names for boys for the majority of the decade. At the present time, it ranks as the 244th most popular name for little lads in the United States, and is down 19 spots in popularity since 2017.

Fresh alternatives to the name Sean include the names Sawyer, Solomon and Saxton.

18 Jennifer

Jennifer is lovely Cornish variation of the Welsh name Guinevere and means white shadow or white wave. The meaning and history of this name is rich and beautiful, but when a name becomes as popular as Jennifer did, eventually, there's nowhere for it to go but down.

It first became a popular choice in the 1970s, and stayed well within the top 20 names for girls in the United States for the whole of the 90s. In fact, this name was so widely used for so long, online support groups exist for ladies named Jen who suffer from feeling a lack of personal identity. A-list actress Jennifer Aniston and superstar Jennifer Lopez did a lot to help this name shine in the '90s, and their stars have continued to burn brightly even as love for their name has fizzled.

Jennifer is currently the 759th most popular name for girls in the United States and has fallen 99 spots since 2017. Jennie, Jenny and Jenna are sweet shortenings that are also fading quickly into obscurity. Sadly, it seems that use of the name Jennifer has run its course, and it won't be a trend-setting choice again anytime soon.

Jillian, Jocelyn and Genevieve are interesting and irresistible alternatives to the name Jennifer that don't sound quite so dated.

17 Devin 

The name Devin rivaled its counterpart Kevin in the '90s as a formidable and devil-may-care alternative. Also spelled Devon, which is an English place-name, boys named Devin were often the cool kids in class and the heartbreakers on the playground.

Case in point: Devon Sawa. He proved he had acting chops with his first role in the 1994 film Little Giants, and had little girls everywhere singing his praises after he starred alongside Christina Ricci in the 1995 film Casper, in which he played a friendly ghost-turned-totally-hot-guy.

Sadly, just like his captivating name, Devon's popularity eventually waned. By the time the 2000s came around, he began starring in B-list films and his fame dwindled.

Devin is a name of Gaelic and Irish origin that means poet. It currently ranks as the 404th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen 52 spots since 2017. In recent years, it has become a gender-neutral choice, and has actually become an interesting and unique name for girls. Even so, for girls it's far from widely-used, and currently ranks 1,979th for girls in the United States.

Love the name Devin, but searching for something a bit more on-trend? Similar names to consider include Dominic, Davin and Drake.

16 Kimberly

Kimberly is the name of a South African diamond town that enjoyed a spot in the top 5 names for girls in the '60s and '70s. It was still a popular choice in the '90s, and didn't drop out of the top 100 names for girls until 2013. It currently ranks as the 343rd name for girls in the United States, and has fallen 10 spots since 2017. In 2016, it ranked 267th in Germany and 965th in England.

Kim Kardashian was christened Kimberly, and her sisters sometimes call her by her full name when they're chiding her or teasing her about something. Nameberry.com forum-user LunaCross wrote, "Disney show Kim Possible made me like this name, but I don't want my daughter to be named after a Kardashian." Ouch.

Kimberly is a name which was once considered fresh and modern, but now sounds a bit dated. It's sad but true that many consider it overused. Kim and Kimmy are cute shortenings that are sweet, but no longer on-trend. However, the nickname Kimber is a fun and interesting option worth considering.

Hadley, Kinsley and Blakesley are names similar to Kimberly that are a bit more fun and fresh than Mrs. Kardashian West's first name.

15 Chad

Chad is a name of English origin that means battle warrior or warlike. It is a saint's name that has a sophisticated, surfer-boy appeal, but, along with the similar names Ted, Tad, Ned and Thad, it has fallen out of the spotlight in recent years.

Chad Michael Murray had the world swooning when he appeared in a variety of television and film roles in the early 2000s. He may not have inspired the Chad trend, but he proved the world that '90s parents knew what they were doing when they selected this dapper and dashing designation for their tiny gentlemen. Additionally, NFL player Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson has helped add an extra dose of swagger to this name over the years.

Chad currently ranks as the 1,728th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen 497 spots since 2017. It was given to just under 1,000 American boys in 1990, and its used didn't start to decline until toward the end of the decade. However, it seems many of today's baby-name-choosers aren't partial to this name. In fact, of the name Chad, Nameberry.com forum user eveylecia recently wrote, "The ultimate prep, lax-bro name. (sorry not sorry, Chads)."

Chase, Cole and Caleb are a few charming alternatives that those who love the name Chad may wish to consider instead.

14 Lindsey

Lindsey is a posh English surname that means Marshlands of Lincolnshire or Lindon trees near the water. Also spelled Lindsay, it was one of the most beloved names of the '90s. It became a top ten name for girls in the '80s, and reached its peak right around 1990. That year, over 4,000 American girls were given the name Lindsey or Lindsay.

Lindsay Lohan undoubtedly helped keep this name front and center after her amazing debut performance in Disney's remake of The Parent Trap. Other famous faces named Lindsey include actress Lindsay Price, dancer Lindsay Arnold, skier Lindsey Vonn and soap star Lindsey McKeon.

Since the '90s, use of the name Lindsey has fallen considerably, but it is still in the top 1,000 names for girls in the United States and currently ranks as the 946th most popular choice.

However, in the United Kingdom, parents are totally over the name Lindsey. It wasn't even in the top 4,000 names for girls in 2016, and in 2014, only four girls were given the name Lindsey in England and Wales combined.

Abigail, Chloe and Olivia are more modern names that may also appeal to those who love the name Lindsey.

13 Kevin

Kevin is a comely name of Irish origin that means handsome. It was in the top 100 names for boys from the 1950s until 2017. Celebrities Kevin Bacon, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Costner and Kevin James are all extremely likable fellows, but they seem to be proof that Kevin is a name better suited for dads than newborn babes.

Many don't realize that Kevin's history is as rich as it is impressive. It first became a popular name all the way back in the 7th century when Saint Kevin became a patron saint in Ireland after founding a scholastic monastery. Despite this fact, love for the name Kevin continues to decrease, to the chagrin of many.

Today, Kevin ranks as the 181st most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen 16 spots since 2017. In 2017, it ranked 325th on Nameberry.com and 92nd in Ireland. In 2016, it ranked 166th in England and 278th in Germany.

Adore the name Kevin? We don't blame you. It may have fallen in popularity, but no one can deny that it's still a timeless classic. Luckily, fresh alternatives for the name Kevin abound, and include the gorgeous choices Liam, Dylan, Evan and Deacon.

12 Melissa 

In the '90s, Melissa ranked as high as the 31st most popular name for girls. It never made it all the way to the top 10, but anyone who grew up in the decade of Furbies and Beanie Babies knew a girl with this exquisite name. It stayed in the top 50 names for girls for the entire decade before dropping significantly in popularity. Today, Melissa ranks as the 459th most popular name for girls in the United States, and has fallen 42 spots since 2017.

Melissa is a beautiful name of Greek origin that means honeybee. In the '90s, parents everywhere fell in love with this soft-sounding moniker. It may not be as popular as it once was, but many still adore it. In fact, it's still an oft-used name in European countries. In 2016, it ranked 220th in England, 97th in Germany, 67th in Sweden, 60th in Portugal and 40th in Italy.

Actresses Melissa McCarthy and Melissa Gilbert are two beloved famous faces who have most definitely helped keep this name in the spotlight. Nicknames Mel, Lissy and Lissa are lovely shortenings of this name that make it hard to let go of, and the similar names Carissa, Alyssa and Clarissa are equally lovely.

Love the effortlessly graceful way the name Melissa flows? Similar names with a modern edge to consider include Isabella, Mila and Felicity.

11 Justin

Justin is a name of Latin origin that means fair, righteous or just. It reached its height of popularity in 1990 when it was the 9th most popular name for boys, and stayed in the top 20 for the entire decade. It first gained notice in the 1980s as a fresh and super-cool alternative to the overused names Jonathan and Jeremy.

Presently, it ranks as the 175th most popular name for boys in the United States, and is up 4 spots since 2017.

Its ranking fell all the way to 304th on Nameberry.com in 2017, and despite its beautiful sound and effortlessly cool edge, the world seems to be falling out of love with the name Justin.

Its popularity is declining in Europe as well. In 2016, it ranked 293rd in Germany and 430th in England.

Celebrities Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber are two reasons to adore this name, and these two crooning cuties may have had something to do with this name's uptake in use in recent years.

Justus, Jonah and Jericho are fun and interesting alternatives to the name Justin that sound a bit more modern and fresh. However, parents who love the name Justin and just can't seem to let it go shouldn't cry themselves a river. There's no harm in using a past favorite, even if it isn't the most popular choice.

10 Jessica

The name Jessica was the top choice for '90s baby girls. In fact, it ranked as the number 1 name for girls in the United States for the majority of the decade. It is a Shakespearean beauty that is as lovely as it is timeless, and, even though its use has dropped considerably since the '90s, it was given to nearly 1,500 baby girls last year, proving it's a name that will never truly go out of style.

Celebrities Jessica Simpson, Jessica Biel and Jessica Alba became famous in the same decade when their name reigned supreme, and their stars have continued to shine brightly even as love for their lovely name has faded a bit.

Jessica is a name of Hebrew origin that means God sees or God's grace. Presently, it ranks as the 371st most popular name for girls in the United States, and has fallen 34 spots in popularity since 2017. This elegant name may not be an American favorite any longer, but Europeans are all about it. In 2017, it ranked as the 6th most popular choice for Scottish lassies, and in 2016, it ranked 54th in Australia, 50th in Portugal, 38th in Ireland and 8th in England.

Jemma, Imogen and Annika are beautiful modern names that may also appeal to fans of the name Jessica.

9 Ryan

Ryan is a lilting name of Irish origin that means little king. It was in the top 20 names for boys from 1976 all the way until 2010, when its use finally began to decline. In recent years, it has become a gender-neutral choice used just as often for girls as it is for boys.

This name currently ranks as the 42nd most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen 11 spots in popularity since 2017. For girls, it presently ranks as the 308th most popular choice, and is up 83 spots in popularity since 2017. Despite its drop in use for boys, Ryan is still a favorite of parents around the world. In 2017, it ranked 51st for lads in Scotland and 24th for tiny gentlemen in Ireland. In 2016, it ranked 81st for chaps in England and 46th for little dudes in the Netherlands.

Ryan Gosling, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Seacrest and Ryan Phillippe have helped ensure that this name will be forever synonymous with class and style, but even the hottest men around haven't been able to keep Ryan in the spotlight where it once resided.

Flynn, Finnigan, Ruger, Rhett and Ryker are modern names for boys that may appeal to those who can't resist the name Ryan.

8 Monica

Monica is a name of Latin origin that means advisor. It is a timeless classic that became a beloved name for girls after it was assigned to the mother of St. Augustine long ago. In the '90s, it was a popular and celebrated choice, probably at least partly thanks to Friends character Monica Geller, played by the hilarious Courteney Cox.

Heartbreakingly, love for the name Monica didn't last. The Lewinsky scandal and the end of America's favorite sitcom about 6 friends living it up in NYC eventually ended Monica's stay in the baby name spotlight. Presently, Monica ranks as the 1,037th most popular name for girls in the United States and has fallen 210 spots in popularity since 2017. It ranked 626th on Nameberry.com in 2017, and, in 2016, it was the 891st most popular name for girls in England.

Not everyone is over the name Monica, and some still adore it. Nameberry.com forum user nika11 recently wrote, "I think it's a nice name, often overlooked. I associate this name mostly with Monica Bellucci, which is a good association."

Veronica, Naomi and Sophia are cool and comely names that are currently beloved all over the world and may appeal to fans of the name Monica.

7 Zach

Zach, also spelled Zack or Zac, is a shortening of the names Zachary, a name of Hebrew origin that means the Lord has remembered. It was an extremely popular choice for young men in the '80s and '90s, possibly thanks to the scheming Saved By The Bell character Zack Morris.

It ranked in the top 20 names for boys for the entire decade, and is one of those names that is as effortlessly cool as it is sophisticated sounding, giving it major staying power. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and, as the new millenium dawned, use of the name Zach began to decrease.

At the present time, Zach ranks as the 643rd most popular name for boys in the United States, and has fallen an staggering 165 spots in popularity since 2017. Zac Efron breathed new life into this name when his baby blues enchanted viewers in the 2006 made for TV movie High School Musical, but his incredible good looks weren't enough to restore the name Zach to its former baby name glory.

Zeke, Zion and Zayden are fresh and fun alternatives that may appeal to those who can't deny their love for the name Zach.

6 Miranda

Miranda is a name of Latin origin that means miraculous or marvelous. It was coined by Shakespeare for the heroine of his masterpiece The Tempest. Its popularity peaked in the '90s--it ranked as high as 84th--but it has since become a beautiful name of the past that isn't as widely used as it once was. Sex and the City character Miranda Hobbes, played by Cynthia Nixon, is the best friend every woman wishes she had. She most likely helped this name stay within the top 100 names for girls for the entirety of the '90s.

Possibly thanks to the edgy pink-haired character in the popular children's book, Wonder, Miranda has made a bit of a comeback as of late. It currently ranks as the 531st most popular name for girls in the United States, but has fallen 85 spots since 2017. All in all, it's safe to say that love for the name Miranda is steadily declining.

Country crooner Miranda Lambert and Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr are two celebs who are helping keep the name Miranda fresh and hip today, even if it isn't shining quite as brightly as it once was. Who knows? Maybe Miranda's future is still a bright one.

Madeline, Mia and Charlotte are simply stunning alternatives to this out-of-fashion choice.

5 Brad

Brad is an English diminutive of the name Bradley and means wide meadow or broad. Like Tad and Chad, Brad was once considered a rugged moniker filled with manly charm. However, today, Brad seems to be more synonymous with the word dad than anything else.

Brad Pitt undoubtedly upped the cool factor of this name when he burst onto the acting scene in the 1991 film Thelma and Louise. He solidified his place as an A-list actor with his performances in the 1992 movie A River Runs Through It, the 1994 historical film Legends of the Fall and the 1994 horror flick Interview with the Vampire. It didn't hurt that Brad and his first wife Jennifer Aniston were considered the golden couple of the '90s.

Is it possible that love for the name Brad decreased when he left his first love for the alluring Angelina Jolie and, for a time, became one of the most hated men in America? Possibly.

It's also likely that the name Brad just ran its course, and will forever be remembered as a '90s classic.

Presently, Brad ranks as the 2,069th most popular name for boys in the United States. Drew, Jack and James are three one-syllable stunners that pack a much more impressive punch than the long-forgotten name Brad.

4 Kelly

Kelly is a captivating name of Teutonic and Irish origin that means farm by the spring and war respectively. At one point, the name Kelly was definitely an on-trend choice. It was one of the first gender-neutral names of Irish origin to really take off. In the '90s, it ranked well within the top 100 at 60th. Along with the similar names Kayla, Kelsey and Kaitlin, it was a cool, cultured choice with cosmopolitan appeal and endless charm.

Saved by the Bell character Kelly Kapowski, Beverly Hills 90210 character Kelly Taylor and Married With Children character Kelly Bundy are just three reasons the world was all about the name Kelly in the '90s.

Today, the name Kelly ranks as the 602nd most popular name for girls in the United States and has actually risen in use an impressive 254 spots since 2017. It appears that the name Kelly may be making a comeback. It ranked 595th on Nameberry.com in 2017, and was the 964th most popular name for girls in England in 2016. However, it ranked 77th for girls in Portugal in 2014. Maybe Portuguese parents are on to something!

Kylie, Claire and Kennedy are much more modern takes on this once-beloved choice.

3 Mark

Mark is a biblical name of Latin origin that means warlike. It reached its height of popularity in 1960 when it ranked as the 6th most popular name for boys, and stayed in the top 10 from 1955 until 1970. Even though its popularity began to wane afterwards, it ranked in the top 50 names for boys in the '90s.

Marky Mark, a.k.a. Mark Wahlberg, was one of the hippest guys to strut his stuff in this totally tubular decade. He has since proved he has major acting chops, and, even though his fame has continued to soar, the popularity of his name hasn't fared quite as well.

In recent years, love for the name Mark has faded. It currently ranks as the 249th most popular name for American boys, and has dropped 26 spots since 2017. Actor Mark Ruffalo and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are two other notable men with this magnificent moniker. In 2017, Mark ranked as the 60th most popular name for Irish boys, and in 2016, it ranked 258th in England and 120th in Germany.

Maddox, Micah and Noah are fresh alternatives that those who can't get over their love for the name Mark may wish to put on their short lists.

2 Julia

Julia is a name of Latin origin that means downy-haired youth or youthful. In ancient Rome, Julia was an imperial name that was assigned to women in the house of Julius Caesar. It has appeared in classic literature for centuries and is used in works by Shakespeare, Dickens, Orwell and Rowling.

This stunning name has ranked within the top 150 names for girls since baby naming records have been kept, but some feel the name Julia is on the way out.

In the '90s, actresses Julia Roberts and Julia Stiles stole the show time after time with their heartwarming performances in some of the most-loved films of the decade including Runaway BrideMy Best Friend's Wedding and 10 Things I Hate About You.

At the present time, Julia ranks as the 81st most popular name for girls in the United States, and has fallen 3 spots since 2017. It is still a highly popular choice around the world, and is widely-used today in the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, France, Norway and Sweden. More modern variations of the name Julia include Juliet, Juliana and Jules.

Those who adore this name may wish to consider the much more modern names Taylia, Ava or Amelia instead.

1 Nick

Nick is a shortening of the name Nicholas, a name of Greek origin that means people of victory. It stems from the name for the goddess of victory, Nike, and also appears in the New Testament. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, scholars, brides, bakers, school children, travelers and mechanics, and the name of a jolly old elf who brings good girls and boys toys on Christmas Eve.

This darling and debonair name enjoyed a spot in the top 10 names for boys from 1993 until 2002, the year its popularity began declining. Teen heartthrob singers Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys and Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees were two reasons the world couldn't get enough of the name Nick in the '90s.

Presently, Nick ranks as the 725th most popular name for boys in the United States, and has dropped 137 spots in popularity since 2017. Nikolai, Nyle and Nixon are more modern options that those who adore the name Nick may want to consider.

The most popular names of the '90s may not sound as wonderful as they once did, but they will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who lived in the decade of boy bands, TGIF, Michael Jordan, teen movies and weird beverages. Let's raise a glass of Crystal Pepsi to these once-adored designations!

References: Nameberry.com, BabyCenter.com, IMDb.com, SSA.gov

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