The '90s weren't necessarily known for creating groundbreaking baby names. The most popular baby names from the '90s were either biblical or had been leftover from the decade before. Classics, but not creative, as it was before the fad of inventing names out of nothing. That being said, these monikers had great meanings and admirable namesakes, giving them lots of significance. But most of the names that were popular then have fallen off the popularity charts, creating the perfect opportunity for a name revival. So if you're looking for baby name inspiration, the '90s might just be the perfect place to start.
If meaning behind the name is important to you, you're definitely looking in the right decade. If originality is one of your goals, choosing a popular '90s name with a more obscure middle name would be a beautiful combination.
The '90s gave us inspirational fashion, classic movies and TV shows, and had character to spare. Why not choose from a list of iconic names from the decade we all know and love for your modern baby-to-be? While everyone else is busy inventing new names, your baby will have a name that has stood the test of the '90s. And that may be the best test of all.
A name with Biblical roots that hit its peak in 1998, Hannah means "grace" and is a great option for a baby girl.
According to Nameberry, Matthew was the third most popular name throughout the '80s and '90s. And the name is still going strong for a reason. It means "gift of God," and is one of those classics that will probably never go out of style.
Cassandra means "prophetess," and has roots in Greek mythology. It has several popular nicknames like Cassie and Sandy that were all the rage in the '90s. Since then though, Cassandra has dropped out of sight, but it's really too beautiful to let go of forever.
After years of only being associated with the famous Renaissance painter, Leonardo Di Caprio came along and the name, which means "brave lion," skyrocketed in popularity.
Meaning "free man," Charles has been a popular choice for decades. It also has great gender-neutral alternatives like Charlie and a feminine option in Charlize.
A great twist on James that is gender-neutral and slightly quirky, Jamie means "supplanter."
The success of basketball legend Michael Jordan turned this name into hugely popular unisex name that means "flowing down."
Vanessa was originally a name invented by the 18th century poet Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa. But in the '90s, it was just short of the top 50, making it great name to bring back today.
Despite its less than desirable meaning of "crooked nose," Cameron Diaz almost single-handedly brought the name into the top 100 in the '90s. It's a great gender-neutral choice as well.
This short and sweet plant name was just outside the top 100 in the '90s.
This name was popular for boys in the '90s but could be used for both boys and girls easily. It has Latin roots and means "man from Adria."
Garrett means "spear strength," and is a strong boy's name that definitely deserves a comeback.
Ringing in at number 79 on Baby Center's most popular names of the '90s, Paige refers to the old English raking system where a page was similar to a servant to a lord.