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Top American girls' names of the 1980s

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Alicia

Form of Alice

Gender: Girl | Origin: Teutonic, German, English
Popularity: Popular

Vanessa

Butterfly

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Jamie

Nickname for James

Gender: Either | Origin: Celtic, Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Mary

Bitter

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Erica

Ruler

Gender: Girl | Origin: Norse, Old English, Scandinavian
Popularity: Familiar

Courtney

From the court

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Portuguese
Popularity: Familiar

Kristen

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Shannon

Little wise owl

Gender: Either | Origin: Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
Popularity: Familiar

April

To open

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Katie

Short for Katherine (pure)

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Greek
Popularity: Popular

Lindsey

Linden trees by the water

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Celtic, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Kristin

Christina (follower of Christ)

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek, Scandinavian
Popularity: Familiar

Lindsay

Gender: Either | Origin: Celtic, English
Popularity: Familiar

Christine

Christian

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, Latin, French
Popularity: Familiar

Maria

Bitter

Gender: Girl | Origin: Spanish, Hebrew, Italian
Popularity: Popular

Kathryn

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, Latin
Popularity: Popular

Allison

Gender: Girl | Origin: Teutonic, English, Old German
Popularity: Popular

Jennifer

White wave

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin, Welsh
Popularity: Popular

Amanda

Much-loved

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Sarah

Princess

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Melissa

Honey bee

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Nicole

Victorious people

Gender: Girl | Origin: French, Greek, Latin
Popularity: Popular

Heather

Flowering shrub

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Middle English
Popularity: Familiar

Tiffany

Manifestation of divinity

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Amber

Amber gem

Gender: Girl | Origin: Arabic, French, English
Popularity: Popular

Megan

Form of Margaret (pearl)

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Rachel

Female sheep

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Christina

Christian

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, Latin
Popularity: Popular

Lauren

Laurel tree

Gender: Either | Origin: French, Latin, English
Popularity: Popular

Brittany

From Britain

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Rebecca

Bound

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Danielle

God is my judge

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Emily

Industrious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Angela

Angel, messenger

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, French, Mexican
Popularity: Popular

Kelly

Warrior

Gender: Either | Origin: Celtic, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Sara

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Katherine

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Andrea

Strong

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Jessica

Wealthy

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Ashley

Ash-tree meadow

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Popular

Stephanie

Crowned

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Elizabeth

God's oath

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Michelle

Who is like God?

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew, French
Popularity: Popular

Amy

Beloved

Gender: Either | Origin: French, Portuguese, Latin
Popularity: Popular

Kimberly

Ruler

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Popular

Crystal

Brilliant glass, ice

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin, Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Laura

Laurel tree

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Samantha

Asked of God

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Erin

From Ireland

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Lisa

Elizabeth; consecrated to God

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar