It seemed like everyone had the same names when we were growing up. There were always at least two or three kids in our classes who had the same names and even though they may have spelled it different, it made everything more complicated.
Nowadays, parents all claim that they want unique names. Let's be real though, our parents thought the same thing. Trending names are common in every decade, the most popular choices just change.
Why do these names get popular? It might be because certain celebrities are popular at the time so it inspires more people. Let's check out the 5 most popular names for girls and the 5 most popular names for boys in the 80s and see if we can figure out why they were everywhere.
So in the 80s there were A LOT of famous Michaels in the 80s. Of course there was Michael Jackson, George Michael, Brett Michaels, Michael Keaton, and Michael J. Fox. All of these combined might help skew new parents interest to the name.
Christopher seems to have been popular for decades now, but in the 80s it might have been influenced by a few stars. Chris Rock was getting pretty popular, Christopher Reeves's Superman was huge, and maybe even Christopher Lloyd helped parents take notice of the name. Who can really know for sure.
One of the most popular movies in the 80s was Ferris Bueller's Day Off, so it makes sense that Matthew would be a popular name thanks to the star Matthew Broderick.
A couple famous "Joshs" were around in the 80s. We had Josh Brolin in Goonies as well as Josh Saviano in The Wonder Years. Of course you can't forget Josh Baskin, the character Tom Hanks played in the movie Big.
David Bowie was probably the most famous David in the 80s, followed by David Hasslehoff, David Cassidy and David Lee Roth.
Of course a lot of these names have biblical origins which might be the real source, but it's a lot more fun to imagine a bunch of baby David Bowies running around!