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Popular baby names from the 1970s

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Style and fashion from the 1970s is popular right now -- but what about baby names from the seventies? Jennifer was the top name in 1970 for girls, and more boys were named Michael than any other name. What other names made the list? Read on to find out!
 

1970s child and babyFamiliar names

Names from the seventies may be very familiar to you if you were born in that decade. You may find your name here, or the names of your family members or co-workers. These names may be attractive to you based on your personal relationships -- if your brother is named Steve and he's very special to you, you may consider using that name for your little boy. On the flip side, if your last boss was an unkind woman named Laura you may shy away from using that name. Personal associations with a name is one of the main reasons parents choose to not use it (and is the basis of a lot of parental disagreements over a name) so consider classmates from the past and acquaintances for possible negative connotations.

New retro

Classic names from long ago are very "in" right now, but why not fish through these names for a new kind of retro? For girls, consider this: Your little one will likely not run into another classmate named Brenda, for example. Heather is a beautiful name that isn't currently popular but would make an adorable name for an infant while being suitable for an adult. Cynthia is a name once popular but now sounds unique and cute (not aged and post-trendy).

Some girl names appearing here, like Kathleen, Nicole and Rebecca, have a timeless feel about them as well. Elizabeth is a perennial favorite and will likely never go out of style.

For boys, why not make your son the cool kid in class with a name like Gregory or Eric? Neither is currently super popular but they still are easy to say, spell and remember while seeming to be a little unique. James, #2 on the list, is still riding high popularity-wise at #19 in 2010 but there are other one-syllable names to choose from here, such as Scott, Craig, Troy and Sean.

Get stylin' here with the top names from the 1970s for both boys and girls!

Popular girl names from the 1970s

Jennifer
Lisa
Kimberly
Michelle
Amy
Angela
Melissa
Tammy
Mary
Tracy
Julie
Karen
Laura
Christine
Susan
Dawn
Stephanie
Elizabeth
Heather
Kelly
Tina
Shannon
Lori
Patricia
Pamela
Cynthia
Sandra
Wendy
Rebecca
Nicole
Michele
Donna
Deborah
Teresa
Christina
Denise
Sharon
Linda
Maria
Brenda
Barbara
Stacy
Andrea
Cheryl
Kathleen
Rhonda
Debra
Stacey
Tonya
Nancy


Popular boy names from the 1970s


Michael
James
David
John
Robert
Christopher
William
Brian
Mark
Richard
Jeffrey
Scott
Jason
Kevin
Steven
Joseph
Thomas
Eric
Daniel
Timothy
Charles
Anthony
Paul
Matthew
Kenneth
Gregory
Stephen
Todd
Ronald
Donald
Edward
Andrew
Patrick
Shawn
Gary
Douglas
Sean
Keith
Craig
George
Troy
Jonathan
Larry
Peter
Jerry
Dennis
Bradley
Frank
Raymond
Jeffery
 

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