Heads up! Next week is a special celebration of 80s baby names at Appellation Mountain. The profiled names will be two of the most popular girls’ names and two of the most popular boys’ names from the decade.
Why? Most new parents today were either kids during the 1980s or were born during the era. They’re the names that we (wrongly) think of as normal names.
Lastly, we often celebrate names from bygone eras – the Victorians, the 1920s, the mid-century moderns. But it can be difficult to appreciate the choices that are so very familiar to our ears.
And so here goes 1980s week. Please let me know what you think of it, and whether it would be worth visiting other decades to surface their most popular, most dominant names – and maybe try to fall in love with them, even if they’re not the kinds of names we’d necessarily choose for children today.