Baby names that rocked the 1990s

Baby names that rocked the 1990s

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SALT LAKE CITY — A decade known for neon, cassette tapes and hair scrunchies, the 1990s were filled with special memories. Pass the spirit of this magical decade on to your little boy or girl by choosing a name that was popular during this time period.

Using data from the Social Security Administration, MooseRoots found the 20 most popular names for each gender during the 1990s, and ranked them from least to most popular based on the total number of babies bearing the name from 1990 to 1999. While some of the names, like Emily and Daniel, remain popular today, there’s nothing stopping you from bringing back an old favorite.

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#40. Amber

[Number of Babies Named Amber Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/15022/Amber)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 115,587 Ranking No. 20 among baby girls in the 1990s, the name Amber was much less common in 2014, holding the rank of 309.

#39. Victoria

[Number of Babies Named Victoria Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/265448/Victoria)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 117,438 Defined as “victory,” the Latin and Romanian name Victoria ranked No. 19 among female newborns in the 1990s and held the same rank in 2014.

#38. Alexis

[Number of Babies Named Alexis Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/11695/Alexis)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 131,169 Alexis, an English, Greek, Latin and Roman name meaning “man of God” and “to defend,” ranked No. 18 among girls in the 1990s, but had tumbled to No. 64 by 2014.

#37. Nicole

[Number of Babies Named Nicole Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/194233/Nicole)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 136,078 The feminine form of Nicholas, Nicole is a French and English name that ranked No. 17 among female babies in the 1990s, but in 2014, it only held the rank of 129.

#36. Jennifer

[Number of Babies Named Jennifer Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/121125/Jennifer)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 147,997 A name of English origin, Jennifer was the 16th most popular name among baby girls in the 1990s, but ranked just No. 220 in 2014.

#35. Rachel

[Number of Babies Named Rachel Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/208919/Rachel)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 149,041 Rachel, a Biblical name meaning “ewe” in Hebrew, has English and Jewish roots. It ranked No. 15 among girls in the 1990s, but fell to the rank of 155 in 2014.

#34. Stephanie

[Number of Babies Named Stephanie Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/242078/Stephanie)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 149,788 Stephanie was the 14th most common name among female newborns in the 1990s, but in 2014, it ranked No. 205.

#33. Lauren

[Number of Babies Named Lauren Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/155068/Lauren)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 153,561 Though the English and French name Lauren ranked No. 13 among baby girls in the 1990s, it only held the rank of 94 in 2014.

#32. Kayla

[Number of Babies Named Kayla Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/137134/Kayla)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 155,873 A form of Kayley, the Yiddish name Kayla was the 12th most popular name among girls in the 1990s, but in 2014, it declined to the rank of 102.

#31. Hannah

[Number of Babies Named Hannah Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/100055/Hannah)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 158,744 Derived from the Hebrew name meaning “\[God\] has favoured me,” Hannah has English and Jewish roots. Landing the 11th most common name among girls in the 1990s, it ranked No. 28 in 2014.

#30. Megan

[Number of Babies Named Megan Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/178956/Megan)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 160,346 Megan, a Welsh version of the nickname for Meg, ranked No. 10 among newborn girls in the 1990s, but had plunged to the rank of 308 by 2014.

#29. Taylor

[Number of Babies Named Taylor Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/250178/Taylor)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 169,008 Defined as “to cut,” the name Taylor ranked No. 9 among female babies in the 1990s, but it ranked only No. 77 in 2014.

#28. Elizabeth

[Number of Babies Named Elizabeth Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/79886/Elizabeth)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 172,561 It was the eighth most prevalent name among girls in the 1990s, and the English and Swiss name Elizabeth was still very popular in 2014, ranking No. 14.

#27. Brittany

[Number of Babies Named Brittany Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/39688/Brittany)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 190,806 Despite ranking No. 7 for baby girls in the 1990s, Brittany fell to the rank of 456 in 2014.

#26. Amanda

[Number of Babies Named Amanda Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/14786/Amanda)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 191,015 Amanda, an English and Latin name meaning “lovable” and “to love,” ranked No. 6 among girls in the 1990s, but dropped to No. 314 in 2014.

#25. Robert

[Number of Babies Named Robert Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/217075/Robert)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 205,382 Defined as “bright,” “fame” and “famous,” the French, German, Germanic and Romanian name Robert ranked No. 20 among boys in the 1990s, but dropped to No. 61 in 2014.

#24. Anthony

[Number of Babies Named Anthony Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/20831/Anthony)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 216,152 A name of Latin origin, Anthony means “flower,” and ranked No. 19 among male newborns in the 1990s. By 2014, it had fallen to the rank of 21.

#23. William

[Number of Babies Named William Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/269080/William)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 217,722 William, an English name meaning “desire,” “helmet,” “protection” and “will,” ranked No. 18 among baby boys in the 1990s. In 2014, however, it was the fifth most popular name.

#22. Justin

[Number of Babies Named Justin Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/129937/Justin)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 220,071 Justin ranked No. 17 among boys in the 1990s, but this English, French and Latin name ranked only No. 96 in 2014.

#21. Samantha

[Number of Babies Named Samantha Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/224080/Samantha)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 223,979 A name of English origin, Samantha was the fifth most common name among female newborns in the 1990s, and in 2014 it ranked No. 33.

#20. Sarah

[Number of Babies Named Sarah Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/225361/Sarah)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 224,191 Meaning “princess,” the English, Hebrew and Jewish name Sarah ranked No. 4 among girls in the 1990s, but tumbled to the rank of 50 in 2014.

#19. Zachary

[Number of Babies Named Zachary Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/275055/Zachary)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 225,244 Although Zachary was the 16th most popular name in the 1990s, it only ranked No. 82 among male babies in 2014.

#18. Emily

[Number of Babies Named Emily Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/82062/Emily)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 237,206 A common name of English origin, Emily ranked No. 3 among baby girls in the 1990s and No. 7 in 2014.

#17. John

[Number of Babies Named John Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/125757/John)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 239,950 Ranking No. 15 among newborn boys in the 1990s, this English, Greek and Hebrew name fell slightly to the rank of 26 in 2014.

#16. Ryan

[Number of Babies Named Ryan Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/221238/Ryan)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 241,165 Ryan, a name or Irish origin, was the 14th most common name among boys in the 1990s, but in 2014, it dropped to the rank of 37.

#15. James

[Number of Babies Named James Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/114729/James)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 244,862 It ranked No. 13 in the 1990s, but James, a name with English and Hebrew roots, surged to the ninth most popular spot among male newborns in 2014.

#14. David

[Number of Babies Named David Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/63980/David)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 253,475 Meaning “darling,” David, a name of English, French, Hebrew and Romanian origins, ranked No. 12 among baby boys in the 1990s. By 2014, it had fallen slightly to No. 18.

#13. Brandon

[Number of Babies Named Brandon Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/37021/Brandon)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 259,372 Brandon means “broom," "gorse" and "hill,” and while this English name ranked No. 11 among boys in the 1990s, it tumbled to the rank of 71 in 2014.

#12. Joseph

[Number of Babies Named Joseph Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/127248/Joseph)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 260,574 A name with English, French and Hebrew roots, Joseph was the 10th most popular name for male babies in the 1990s and was still common in 2014, ranking No. 20.

#11. Tyler

[Number of Babies Named Tyler Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/261126/Tyler)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 262,254 Defined as “covering” and “tile,” Tyler reigned as the ninth most popular name among baby boys in the 1990s, but only ranked No. 72 in 2014.

#10. Daniel

[Number of Babies Named Daniel Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/61707/Daniel)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 272,067 Daniel, an English, French, Hebrew, Jewish and Romanian name meaning “God is my judge,” ranked No. 8 among male newborns in the 1990s. By 2014, it had moved to the rank of 10.

#9. Andrew

[Number of Babies Named Andrew Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/17885/Andrew)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 272,759 Andrew was the seventh most popular choice among boys in the 1990s, but in 2014, this English name meaning “man” and “warrior” only ranked No. 22.

#8. Nicholas

[Number of Babies Named Nicholas Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/194085/Nicholas)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 275,267 Meaning “people and victory,” the English name Nicholas ranked No. 6 among male babies in the 1990s, but by 2014, it had fallen to the rank of 57.

#7. Jacob

[Number of Babies Named Jacob Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/110934/Jacob)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 298,219 The fifth most popular name among boys in the 1990s, Jacob was even more common in 2014, ranking No. 4.

#6. Ashley

[Number of Babies Named Ashley Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/25920/Ashley)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 301,773 The English name Ashley, defined as “ash” and “wood,” ranked No. 2 among female babies in the 1990s. In 2014, however, it only ranked No. 87.

#5. Jessica

[Number of Babies Named Jessica Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/122915/Jessica)
**Gender**: Female **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 303,053 Jessica was the most popular name among newborn girls in the 1990s, but by 2014, this English and Hebrew name had dropped to the rank of 179.

#4. Joshua

[Number of Babies Named Joshua Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/127850/Joshua)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 329,072 Joshua, an English name meaning “God is my salvation” in Hebrew, ranked No. 4 among baby boys in the 1990s, but had tumbled to No. 25 by 2014.

#3. Matthew

[Number of Babies Named Matthew Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/176870/Matthew)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 351,569 A name with English roots, Matthew means “gift of God,” and ranked No. 3 among male newborns in the 1990s, falling by 2014 to the rank of 16.

#2. Christopher

[Number of Babies Named Christopher Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/52611/Christopher)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 360,170 Christopher was the second most common name among boys in the 1990s, but this English and Greek name meaning “Christ” only ranked No. 30 in 2014.

#1. Michael

[Number of Babies Named Michael Born in the U.S. | MooseRoots](http://names.mooseroots.com/l/181255/Michael)
**Gender**: Male **Total Babies Born With This Name in the 1990s**: 462,265 The English form of the Biblical name meaning “Who is like God?” in Hebrew, Michael was the most popular choice among baby boys in the 1990s and ranked No. 7 in 2014.

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