Inspired by the 80s: Baby Names from Favorite Films

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If you've ever found yourself watching The Breakfast Club or The NeverEnding Story just-one-more-time, you're sure to find some great ideas for baby names inspired by those and other 80s favorites in this list.

See if your favorite film, character, or actor made the list!

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Ferris:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a personal favorite, in large part thanks to the charming fun orchestrated by Matthew Broderick's Ferris.

This name has a nice mix of tradition and playfulness.

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Sloane:

Of course, adoring Ferris meant wishing to be like his girlfriend, Sloane.

The name means fighter or warrior, giving it a strong sound and feeling, along with a sophisticated simplicity.

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Cameron:

Before we finish, we can't forget Ferris' faithful, hypochondriac friend, Cameron.

Continuing the feeling of Irish surnames as first names, Cameron is a great, gender neutral option.

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Samantha:

Her parents forget her birthday, but she gets a night with Jake Ryan. Fair trade? Sounds good to me.

The name means listener. It's traditional, but not overly common. Plus it allows for the cute, gender-neutral nickname, Sam.

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Jake:

Dreamy Jake Ryan of the two first names wears this one well. It could be short for Jacob, but the strong simplicity of Jake is a valid choice in itself.

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Atreyu:

The brave adventurer in The NeverEnding Story, he does his best to fight the Nothing.

The name means “son of all” and definitely stands out as unique.

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Bastian:

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The adorable boy behind the story, he discovers himself in the journey to name the Empress.

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Elliot:

The adorable boy who befriends a lost alien is certainly a good source of inspiration. His connection and willingness to help E.T. make the character and the name especially endearing.

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Gertie:

One of Drew Barrymore's early roles, the adorable Gertie is a scene stealer.

Possibly a shortened version of Gertrude, this name has it's own sweet charm.

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Westley:

Even when he is disguised as the Dread Pirate Roberts, it's easy to see why Buttercup is so charmed by sweet Westley.

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Lydia:

While you must use caution when saying the name Beetlejuice, there isn't a risk to the name of his young companion, Lydia.

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Delia:

While she has her issues, Delia also has a certain creative charm, much like her old-fashioned but modern name.

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Oliver:

Based on his role in Annie, you may refer to him as Daddy Warbucks, but the powerful millionaire actually goes by Oliver.

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Tessie:

One Miss Hannigan's many wards with an adorable name. Other great options? Molly, Kate, Duffy, and July. There is also Pepper, but that sounds more like a good suggestion for Sandy's new name to me.

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Charlotte:

In a sea of Mavericks and Icemen, Charlie manages to stand out.

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Kirby:

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Preppy and gender neutral, this one easily fits in with the crowd while still standing out. Much like the characters in St. Elmo's Fire.

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Jules:

Meaning youthful, this is similar in feeling to Julia or Julie, while feeling slightly older and more sophisticated.

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Alec:

Not as common as the similar Alex, it has a familiar feel but a fresh spin.

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Andie:

The creative free spirit of Pretty in Pink has a feminized version of a masculine name, plus a unique spelling. A girl ahead of her time.

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Blane:

The name means slender, but it feels broad – much like the wealthy and popular boy that Andie crushes on.

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Indiana:

Raiders of the Lost Ark established a new hero – the archaeologist adventurer Indy.

With a place name that sounds more exciting than you would expect, this name is worth considering.

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Audrey:

While it is more appealing if you picture the sweet blonde vs the man-eating plant of Little Shop of Horrors, the name has a sweet charm either way.

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Claire:

Despite John Bender's rather obnoxious suggestion, Claire is not a fat girl's name. It's a lovely name – whether a family name or not.

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Ariel:

While The Little Mermaid features a lovely, singing beauty by this name, there is also the troublemaking, dancing Ariel of Footloose to inspire this choice.

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Toby:

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While you don't want a creepy David Bowie to take your baby, you may want to consider this sweet name for a baby boy.

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Lainie:

Another name that has a familiar feel, but a new approach. Much like Elaine or Melanie, but with a sweet spin, Lainie is dreamy.

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Veronica:

In a sea of Heathers, Veronica was a standout. A girly name with a masculine nickname, Roni, it achieves the best of both worlds.

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Darcy:

Molly Ringwald ruled the 80s, even in this lesser-known film about teen pregnancy. Her character takes on the challenges of being a teen and a parent at the same time. This name is strong but feminine.

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Shelby:

Of course it sounds even more charming with the sweet Southern accents possessed by the women of Steel Magnolias, but no matter what the accent, the name has a definite charm.

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You're not limited to the names of the characters from the 80s films when looking for inspiration. Some of the most memorable stars had great names that still sound great today! Try these …

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Ione:

Not only was she the enviable Diane Court who inspired a jukebox-holding-tribute-to-remember, Ione Skye was married to a Beastie Boy. It's like 80s royalty.

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River:

Even in a family of actors, River Phoenix stood out. Nominated for an Academy Award, featuring in films from Parenthood and Stand By Me to Running on Empty, he displayed a raw talent and honesty. Born to parents he described as “hippiesh,” his name fit right in with siblings Summer, Rain, Leaf, Joaquin, and Liberty.

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Corey:

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You can't remember the 80s without remembering Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. Gremlins, The Goonies, Lucas, The Lost Boys … One or both appeared in many of the definitive films of the time. This name works for girls or boys, and allows for a variety of spellings, making it a continuing option.

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Molly:

If there is a single actress who defines the 80s, it would be Molly Ringwald. The name began its popularity long before she brought it to attention, but she certainly wore it well.

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Judd:

The lovable bad boy of St. Elmo's Fire and Breakfast Club, Judd Nelson brought this name a certain charm. With a meaning of “praised” it still possesses a strong and familiar charm.

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Drew:

While typically a name for boys, the adorable Drew Barrymore reminds us that this name is a gender-neutral option that is simple and timeless.

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Inspired by the 80s: Baby Names from Favorite Films

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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