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Top Baby Names Through The Decades

Looking for baby name ideas but don't fancy following modern trends? Our gallery of popular baby names throughout past decades should help provide you some inspiration. Let us know if you end up choosing a name from our gallery by commenting below!

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2000s : girl names

Ruby (from the name of the precious stone)

Chloe ('green shoot' in Greek)

Olivia (from Latin word oliva meaning 'olive')

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2000s : boy names

Oliver (from Olivier, a Norman French form of a Germanic name such as Alfher)

Harry (Medieval English form of Henry)

Jack (derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of John)

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1990s : girl names

Emily (derived from Latin aemulus meaning 'rival')

Megan (Welsh diminutive of Margaret - derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek (margarites) meaning 'pearl')

Chloe (means 'green shoot' in Greek)

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1990s : boy names

James (from the Hebrew root עקב ʿqb meaning 'to follow, to be behind')

Thomas (Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning 'twin')

Jack (derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of John)

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1980s : girl names

Sarah (means 'lady' or 'princess' in Hebrew)

Claire (derived from the Late Latin name Clarus which meant 'clear, bright, famous')

Nicola (derived from a Greek name which meant 'victory of the people')

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1980s : boy names

Christopher (from the Late Greek name Christophoros meaning 'bearing Christ')

James (from the Old French variation James of the late Latin name Iacomus)

David (derived from Hebrew (dwd) meaning 'beloved')

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1970s : girl names

Sarah (means 'lady' or 'princess' in Hebrew)

Claire (derived from the Late Latin name Clarus which meant 'clear, bright, famous')

Nicola (derived from a Greek name which meant 'victory of the people')

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1970s : boy names

Paul (from the Roman family name Paulus, which meant 'small' or 'humble' in Latin)

Mark (probably derived from the name of the Roman god Mars)

David (derived from Hebrew (dwd) meaning 'beloved')

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1960s : girl names

Susan (derived from the Hebrew word (shoshan) meaning 'lily')

Julie (feminine form of Julius, possibly derived from Greek (ioulos) 'downy-bearded')

Karen (Danish short form of Katherine)

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1960s : boy names

David (derived from Hebrew (dwd) meaning 'beloved')

Paul (from the Roman family name Paulus, which meant 'small' or 'humble' in Latin)

Andrew (from the Greek name (Andreas), which was derived from (aner) 'man')

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1940s : girl names

Margaret (derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek (margarites) meaning 'pearl')

Patricia (from the Latin name Patricius, which meant 'nobleman')

Christine (from the Medieval Latin name Christianus meaning 'a Christian')

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1940s : boy names

John (English form of Iohannes, derived from the Hebrew name (Yochanan) meaning 'Yahweh is gracious')

David (derived from Hebrew (dwd) meaning 'beloved')

Michael (from the Hebrew name (Mikha'el) meaning 'who is like God?')

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