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70′s Baby Names: Beyond Tiffany & Todd

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When we talk about vintage names, we’re usually harking back to the Gay ’90s or the Roaring  ’20s at the latest. But what about more recent vintage vintages? Are there any names that were popular just a couple of decades ago that are already ready for revival?–or are they all still too me, mom, or grandpa-ish?

The leading  five girls’ names across the decade 0f the 70s were Jennifer, Amy, Melissa, Michelle and Kimberly, and among the boys’ Top 20–mostly dominated by classics–were Jason, Brian, Kevin, Jeffrey and Scott.  I’m not suggesting that we’re quite ready for another generation of little Lisas (#6), any more than I’d suggest hanging a disco ball in your living room, but there are some buried possibilities further down in the mix that just might be getting ripe enough to pick again.

The names below were all in the top half of the popularity list throughout the Swinging 70s, and have either slid off the current list entirely or are very near the the bottom of the Top 1000. Most of them don’t particularly scream 70′s–some are semi-classics that were fading away at that time, a few are the kind of nickname names that are coming back into style.

GIRLS

ALMA

BERNADETTE

BILLIE

CONSTANCE

DEBORAH

DORA

DOROTHY

EDITH

ELLEN

FELICIA

GINGER

JILL

JO

LIZA

LORETTA

LORRAINE

MARIBEL

MARJORIE

MARCIA/MARSHA

MELINDA

PAMELA

PATRICE

PAULINE

PENNY

RAMONA

ROCHELLE

ROXANNE

SALLY

SHEILA

SONJA

TAMARA

TINA

BOYS

CHESTER

CLAUDE

CLAY

CLINT

CLYDE

CORNELIUS

DION

FLOYD

FRED/FREDDIE

GENE

GLENN

GORDON

KENT

KIRK

MICKEY

MORRIS

NEIL/NEAL

OTIS

PERRY

PETE

RALPH

REX

STEWART

TED

THADDEUS

TIM

TY

VIRGIL

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