The 80s are back in a big way. From the return of hair scrunchies to the rise of the show Stranger Things, it seems like people can’t get enough to this awesome decade. Parents who are pop culture junkies will want to pay attention to this list.
We’re going back in time to bring you the most iconic names from television, film, and music of the 1980s. From our favorite characters on popular sitcoms to pop singers that overtook the charts, there’s something for everyone. Please enjoy this list of 10 totally awesome baby names inspired by 80s pop culture.
Molly Ringwald was the queen of the screen in the 1980s. She was a favorite of John Hughes and starred in quintessential teen movies like Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club. This one would be especially cute for a little red-headed girl since the actress is known for her fiery hair color.
The name Molly has Hebrew origins and means bitter. It’s also a diminutive of the more common moniker, Mary. We prefer the spunky feel to Molly and think that it would be a fun option for parents who want to pay homage to the 80s.
If you consider yourself an 80s pop culture buff then you will instantly recognize the next name on this list. Ferris was inspired by the film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The movie told the story of a high school boy and his friends skipping school and was wildly popular back in the day.
Ferris is an Irish name that means rock. Matthew Broderick portrayed the original character but we think that a little boy given this name would totally steal the show. It has all but disappeared from the charts but we are hoping that it will have a well-deserved resurgence.
One of the most popular pop stars of the 1980s was the singer, Cyndi Lauper. She had a quirky style, crazy hair, and her most well-known song was “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”. A little girl named after her will lead a fun life, for sure.
Cyndi is a Greek name that means moon goddess. We love that it has such a celestial meaning. It’s also an alternative spelling for the more widely used version, Cindy. It was a popular option in the 1950s but giving it to your daughter now would definitely give a wink to the 80s.
If you’re hoping to give your baby a name that is inspired by pop culture and you love the 80s, then you will want to add this next name to your list. Bo would be an amazing moniker for your son. Who could forget the Duke boys from the television show, The Dukes of Hazzard?
Bo is a Norse name that means to live. We can’t get over the cowboy vibe of this one and think that it would be perfect for a good ol’ boy. Just don’t be shocked if your little man has a rebellious side to him.
Mallory is another name that pays homage to a popular television show from the 80s. Inspired by the character, Mallory Keaton from the hit series, Family Ties, this one is just too plucky and cute to overlook. It entered the charts in 1983 and has held its own, ever since. It’s mainstream without being overused.
Mallory is a French name that means unfortunate. Don’t let the negative meaning scare you away, though. We think that your little girl will make it all her own if you choose to name her Mallory. It’s a classic option that will never feel outdated.
Star Wars fans will get excited by the next name on the list. Luke Skywalker was everyone’s favorite Jedi in the 1980s so he would be an awesome inspiration. You can bet that the force will be strong in little boys named Luke.
Luke is a Greek name that means man from Luciana. It’s been around for generations as it was an Old Testament name but really surged in popularity once the Star Wars films were released. It’s still rising on the charts to this day. It’s a cool option that will make your son feel like he could save the galaxy.
Blair is a glamorous name that was inspired by the character, Blair Warner from the television show, The Facts of Life. This one didn’t even appear on the charts until the series premiered in 1979 and then it became super popular well into the 80s.
It’s a Scottish name that means dweller on the plain. It isn’t used quite as much these days but that just means that your daughter will be one-of-a-kind. There are rumors of a Facts of Life reunion Christmas movie in the works, so get ready for Blair to be in the spotlight once again.
Perhaps the most popular film from the 1980s was E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Moviegoers were charmed by the main character, a little boy named Elliot, who befriended a gentle alien. We think that it doesn’t get much more adorable than this one.
Elliot is a variation of the moniker Elijah and it means Jehova is God. Spiritually-minded parents will more than likely be attracted to this one for its deep meaning. Although, you don’t have to be religious to see just how special this one is. You would be wise to put dibs on it before your friends do.
There are many things to consider when choosing a name. If you are a lover of all things 80s then you won’t be able to resist the name, Tiffany. This one was inspired by the pop singer who blew up the charts with her remake of the song, “I Think Were Alone Now”.
Tiffany is a Greek name that means God’s appearance. It was all the rage in the 1980s and has fallen into the background over the years. We think that its time for Tiffany to have another day in the sun. It’s just too sweet to be forgotten.
This next moniker was the ultimate yuppy name from the 1980s and was inspired by the film Pretty In Pink. Blane was the rich boy that stole Andie’s heart in the movie and it just had to be included in this list. Andrew McCarthy played the role with such swagger that the name should live on forever.
Blane is a Scottish name that means yellow. It’s actually a gender-neutral option as some parents have chosen it for their daughters over the years. We actually prefer it for a boy, since it is synonymous with the iconic character from the movie.