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Retro baby names to resurrect: The best of the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

As classrooms fill up with an overload of Noahs, Masons, Emmas and Sophias, parents look for unique alternatives to help their child's name stand out among the crowd. One way to do this is to look back. Retro names, names that were popular in the 1950s, '60s, '70s and '80s, are not at all common nowadays and provide a welcome deviation from the norm.

Retro baby names for girls


Over the centuries, girl names have reflected the times far more than those of their male counterparts. Each decade is set apart with names that clearly indicate a girl's birth era. We've rounded up some of these decade-defining names here:

  • 1950s:  Barbara, Brenda, Cheryl, Deborah/Debra, Janet, Linda, Nancy, Patricia, Sharon, Susan

  • 1960s:  Cynthia, Donna, Karen, Kimberly, Lisa, Lori, Michelle, Pamela, Sandra, Tammy

  • 1970s:  Amy, Angela, Heather, Jennifer, Jessica, Kelly, Melissa, Nicole, Rebecca, Stephanie

  • 1980s:  Amanda, Amber, Ashley, Brittany, Christine, Crystal, Megan, Rachel, Sarah, Tiffany

Retro baby names for boys


The popularity of baby boy names changes far more slowly. We had to go deeper into the baby name charts to get past the recurring traditional names to those that represent each decade.

  • 1950s: Charles, David, James, John, Mark, Michael, Richard, Robert, Thomas, William

  • 1960s:  Daniel, Donald, Jeffrey, Joseph, Kenneth, Paul, Ronald, Scott, Steven, Timothy

  • 1970s:  Anthony, Brian, Chad, Eric, Gregory, Jason, Jonathan, Kevin, Scott, Shawn

  • 1980s:  Aaron, Adam, Andrew, Benjamin, Brian, Jeremy, Justin, Kyle, Nicholas, Ryan

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