Category Archives: Decade Names


Decade Baby Names – the 2000s

“In the year 2000…” is usually followed by an outlandish prediction by TV anchor Conon O’ Brien, all well after 2000 has come and past. It was the turn of a century, the fear of computer systems ceasing to exist and the start of the debate about whether to say “two-thousand” or “twenty.” 2001 was the year iPods were introduced by Apple, and Wikipedia made its Internet debut. In 2004, NASA announced that the Mars rover MER-B confirmed the presence of water on Mars. The United States elected the first African American president in 2009—Barack Obama.

What was your favorite moment? As always, we’ve compiled our favorite names from the decade, and you probably know a few of them!

John (Hebrew): God is gracious; In the Bible, one of the apostles
Ethan (Hebrew): One who is firm and steadfast
Anthony (Latin): A flourishing man; From an ancient Roman family
Jayden (Hebrew): Thankful; God will judge

Alyssa (Greek): Rational
Grace (Latin): Having god’s favor; in mythology, the Graces were the personification of beauty, charm and grace
Mia (Israeli/Latin): Feminie form of Michael; Who is like god/ Form of Mary, meaning “star of the sea/ from the see of bitterness”
Chloe (Greek): A flourishing woman; Blooming



1990s Baby Names

Do you ever think back to a few years ago and need to be reminded that it wasn’t the 90s? No? Just us? The 90s were responsible for some of the best one hit wonders of all time. The Internet gained popularity—something we are so thankful for. The Hubble Telescope was launched into orbit in 1990 and still provides data for us today. Sheep were cloned in 1997, and who could forget the infamous Y2K bug everyone feared nearing the end of 1999? That was also the year the Euro became the new European currency! We’ll be honest; we miss the 90s. Just a little!

Here are our top names from the 90s decade in all of their glory!

Austin (English): Form of August, meaning “one who is venerable; majestic”
Nicholas (Greek): Of the victorious people
Garrett (English): Form of Gerard, meaning “one who is mighty with a spear”
Joseph (Hebrew): God will add

Taylor (English): Cutter of cloth; One who alters garments
Amber (French): Resembling the jewel; A warm honey color
Courtney (English): A courteous woman
Danielle (Hebrew): Feminine form of Daniel; God is my judge


Decade Baby Names – the 1980s

Who doesn’t love the 80s? The introduction of mixing neon colors with super acid washed denim? Anyone? The 80s were more than just modified mullets and brightly patterned wardrobes. It was the decade that saw the U.S. Supreme Court appoint a woman for the first time, and Sally Ride became the first woman in space in 1983. Michael Jackson released his iconic song, Thriller, just a year before in 1982. It was also the decade that featured Pac-Man’s release and the widespread popularity of the Rubik’s Cube. These days, there’s probably an app for Rubik’s Cube instead. In honor of one of our favorite decades of all time, here are some radical 80s baby names!

Zach (Hebrew): Form of Zachariah meaning, “the lord remembers”
Ferris (Celtic): Rock
Kyle (Gaelic): From the narrow channel
Jesse (Hebrew): God exists; A gift from god; God sees all

Ashley (English): From the meadow of ash trees
Kimberly (English): Of the royal fortress
Rebecca (Hebrew): One who is bound to god; In the bible, the wife of Isaac
Holly (English): From the holly tree



Decade Baby Names – The 1970s

The 1970s—boy, how time flies! Do you remember floppy disks? Yeah, those things in Internet pictures of computer artifacts? They were invented in 1970, the same year the Beatles broke up. We’re going to dedicate the 70s to all the technology lovers. Not only did the floppy disk make its debut, but so did pocket calculators, VCRs and a pretty well-known computer company—Microsoft. 1977? Star Wars was released. The 70s was a pretty great decade, but it also had its fair share of low points, and some were exceptionally low. In 1972, the terrorstic attack at the Munich Olympic games took place. Eleven Israeli athletes were killed during the massacre that was organized by Palestinian group, Black September. That was the same year the Watergate scandal began, with both Vice President Spiro Agnew and President Richard Nixon resigning by 1964.

For some of us, the 70s existed purely as a television show starring Ashton Kutcher. Here is a list of baby names spanning throughout the 70s that we think won’t go the way of the floppy disk—extinction.

David (Hebrew): The beloved one
Shawn (Irish): Form of John, meaning “god is gracious”
Douglas (Scottish): From the black river
Robert (German): One who is bright with fame

Shannon (Gaelic): Having ancient wisdom; river name
Rebecca (Hebrew): One who is bound to god; in the Bible, the wife of Isaac
Amanda (Latin): One who is much loved
Christine (English): Follower of Chris


Decade Names – 1960s Baby Names

This decade is brought to you by the year 1960. “Sesame Street” made its first debut in 1969. The episode featured a lecture from Kermit the frog about the letter “W,” which leads us to our next 1960s milestone—Woodstock. Woodstock was held in 1969 in Bethel, New York. “3 days of peace & music,” read a poster advertising the event. The free festival gained so much attention that the expected crowd of 50,000 swelled to nearly 500,000, shutting down the New York State Thruway and causing massive traffic jams. Sullivan County, which is home to the town of Bethel, declared a state of emergency. Unfortunately, the 60s weren’t home to just kid’s programming and a defining moment in music history—it was also the time of assassinations that rocked the United States at its core. John F. Kennedy, Malcom X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were all assassinated between the years of 1963 and 1968. King had just delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, while John F. Kennedy took office in 1961 before Lee Harvey Oswald fatally shot him in 1963.

In honor of one of our grooviest decades, here are some of the top 1960s baby names.

David (Hebrew): The beloved one
Steven (Greek): Crowned with garland
Scott (English): A man from Scotland
Joseph (Hebrew): God will add

Pamela (English): A woman who is as sweet as honey
Donna (Italian): A titled woman; Feminine of Donald; Ruler of the world
Tina (English): From the river
Kimberly (English): Of the royal fortress


Decade Baby Names – The 1950s

The 1950s. What a time to shine. We can attribute many of the luxuries we have today to the 1950s—including some of our parents and grandparents! The decade was home to the first credit card and first running of the “Peanuts” cartoon. The color television was introduced in 1952, while McDonald’s Corporation was founded in 1955. What a stark contrast the decade was from the years before it. Dr. Seuss published The Cat in the Hat and LEGOs made their grand debut. Can we just go back to the 1950s for a few? How exciting would it have been to be the first to witness these things—who knew if they would become milestones back then? Here are some of the first names to ever read Dr. Seuss’ most famous book…and probably the first to stumble onto a LEGO brick with no shoes.

Larry (Dutch): Form of the name “Laurel”
Dennis (English): Variant of Dionysius, the mythical Greek god of wine responsible for winemaking
Gregory (English): On the watch
Scott (Scottish): Scottish; Wanderer

Nancy (English): Favor; Grace
Kathleen (English): Variant of Katherine; Pure
Brenda (Scottish): Sword or torch
Diane (Latin): Of the divine; in mythology goddess of the moon and hunt


Decade Baby Names – The 1940s

Without the 1940s, we wouldn’t be here! Between 1940 and 1945, computers saw enough development to be recognized as useable machines. Machines that took up entire rooms. It was also a time the globe endured war and unrest, while everyday inventions continued to emerge and flourish. Simple items like the Slinky and ballpoint pen made their debut amidst the unstable years the ‘40s sustained. In 1942, the t-shirt was introduced, and three years later brought the invention of microwave ovens. Can you imagine a time when items we take for granted were just being recognized? In honor of those who could never have guessed we’d be microwaving popcorn and ramen today, here are the top baby names of the 1940s generation.

Gerald (German): One who rules with the spear
Raymond (German): A wise protector
Dennis (French): Named for Saint Denys
Gary (English): One who wields a spear

Patricia (English): Feminine form of Patrick; Of noble decent
Linda (Spanish): One who is soft and beautiful
Cheryl (English): One who is greatly loved; A darling
Susan (Hebrew): Resembling a graceful white lily


Decade Baby Names – The 1930s

The 1930s. Pluto, which is no longer considered a planet, had just been discovered for the first time. The United States struggled as it endured the Great Depression for the entire decade. Despite the difficulties the country faced, victories persevered. Inventions, milestones and lives were immortalized in history all while the state of the world moved toward entering its second war. Amelia Earhart made history for women everywhere as the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Just five years later, Earhart would never be seen again after attempting to fly across the globe. 1933 brought the first sighting of a tale still told today—the Loch Ness Monster. 1934 was home to a much more concrete milestone, and one that many of us can appreciate—the cheeseburger. However, there is some speculation about who is the rightful owner for the first grilled patty. It was a time of unknown—if only those who lived it could have imagined the world today. Here are some of the top names from the 1930s—a time that would be stunned at the thought of stacking more than one cheeseburger on a bun!

Fred (Origin): Definition (Fred Noonan was on board with Earhart during 1937 world flight.)
Paul (Latin): A small or humble man
Jerry (Greek): A holy man; Having great strength
David (Hebrew): The beloved one

Venetia (Celtic): Blessed (Venetia Burney was the eleven-year-old credited with naming Pluto!)
Joan (Hebrew): Feminine form of John; God is gracious
Barbara (Latin): A traveler from a foreign land; A stranger
Sandra (Greek): Form of Alexandra, meaning “helper and defender of mankind”


Decade Baby Names – The 1920s

The 1920s. The decade was home to much of what we still hold part of our culture today. The first winter Olympic games were held in 1924—American Charles Jewtraw won the first gold medal for the 500-meter speed skate competition. Time magazine, the world’s largest weekly circulated news magazine, made its shelf debut just one year earlier in 1923. Joseph G. Cannon, the retired Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, was the first person to be featured on the cover of the publication. 1928 was the year to remember—it introduced Mickey Mouse and sliced bread. “Steamboat Willie” aired its first episode that year, while Otto Rohwedder perfected his invention of the bread slicing machine. And yes, it was more advanced than a knife! Wonder Bread starting selling sliced bread nationwide in 1930.

Imagine being the first person to take a bite of a peanut butter and jelly. And when was Mickey Mouse not also a pancake? Here are some of 1920s finest monikers that any baby would be proud to have today!

Robert (German): One who is bright with fame
Ramyond (German): A wise protector
Kenneth (Irish): Born of the fire; An attractive man
Howard (English): The guardian of home

Virginia (Latin): One who is chaste; Virginal; From the state of Virgina
Evelyn (German): A birdlike woman
Lillian (Latin): Resembling the lily
Anna (Latin): A woman graced with God’s favor


Names from Different Decades – The 1900s

Throwback! Who were the movers and shakers 100 years ago? In 1900, Kodak introduced the first camera simple enough to bring photography into mainstream society—the Brownie Camera. It cost only one dollar, and where would we be without it? The Brownie Camera took the first photos of family occasions, special events and ordinary days at the start of the 20th century. Here are the top names from the first 10 years of the century—the people who took the first photos of birthdays, new outfits, first days of school and family pets.

Fred (German): Form of Frederick, meaning “a peaceful ruler”
Willie (English): Resolute; Will
Walter (German): The commander of the army
Harold (Scandinavian): The ruler of an army

Dorothy (Greek): A gift of god
Margaret (Greek/Persian): Resembling a pearl/ The child of light
Louise (German): Feminine form of Louis; A famous warrior
Ruth (Hebrew): A beloved companion