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Names that Peaked in 1965

MichaelHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "who is like God?"
  • Description:

    Michael was derived from the name Mikha’el, which comes from the rhetorical question mī kā’ēl, meaning "who is like God?" in Hebrew. In the Bible, Michael is the archangel who led the other angels to victory in a war against Satan, one of only two archangels (the other is Gabriel) recognized by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The widespread popularity of Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan were major contributors to its long-running success.

KarenHeart

  • Origin:

    Danish variation of Katherine
  • Meaning:

    "pure"
  • Description:

    Karen is a Danish diminutive of Katherine, an English name derived from the Greek Aikaterine. The etymology of Aikaterine is contested, but generally considered to have arisen from the Greek root katharos, meaning "pure." Kaja is a related name, as it is another Danish variation of Katherine.

MoiraHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, variation of Mary
  • Meaning:

    "bitter; beloved; drop of the sea"
  • Description:

    Well-established Irish and Scottish name that has never really caught on across the pond. Remembered by an older generation as the beautiful red-haired ballerina in the film The Red Shoes, Moira Shearer.

LisaHeart

  • Origin:

    English variation of Liza, diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Elvis naming his daughter Lisa Marie and Nat King Cole's hit song "Mona Lisa" conspired to catapult one of Elizabeth's many offshoots to Number 4 in 1970. Its star barely twinkles now.

KipHeart

  • Origin:

    American diminution of Christopher
  • Description:

    Kip Thorne, nobel laureate and long-time colleague of Stephen Hawking, is just one of several Kips who don't have a longer name.

TonyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Anthony
  • Meaning:

    "priceless one"
  • Description:

    Tony, as in classy. Or To-nyyy, as yelled out a tenement window.

DarrenHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "little great one"
  • Description:

    Darren and wife Sharon shop for fifties memorabilia on eBay. The Connecticut place-name Darien might offer an update.

BrigidHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of Brighid
  • Meaning:

    "strength or exalted one"
  • Description:

    Brigid is the simpler Irish version of the name of the goddess of fire, which may also be spelled Brighid. Other variations include Bridget, the most usual spelling in the U.S., and the French Brigitte.

CarlaHeart

  • Origin:

    Feminine variation of Carl
  • Description:

    While Charlotte and Caroline are considered stylish and classic members of the Charles family, this somewhat severe Germanic form is fading. It reached its apex at Number 76 in 1965.

KelvinHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "narrow or wooded river"
  • Description:

    A tributary of the River Clyde in Scotland, called in Scottish Gaelic Abhainn Cheilbhinn: caol (“narrow”) or coille (“wooded”) + abhainn (“river”). As a surname, it derives from the name of the river.

KippHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "pointed hill"
  • Description:

    Full name that sounds more like a short form; more likely to be spelled Kip.

LynetteHeart

  • Origin:

    French elaboration of Lynn or Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "idol"
  • Description:

    Linda begat Lynn which gave way to Lynette, which peaked in the late 1960s. Lynette has been off the Top 1000 for a couple decades now, and the Lynn variations finding the most favor are those that put the "lyn" part at the end: Evelyn, Madelyn, Brooklyn.

SheilaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of Cecilia
  • Meaning:

    "blind one"
  • Description:

    Sheila peaked in popularity from the 1930s to the 1960s (she reached Number 49 in 1965), along with Maureen and Colleen; parents today would probably go back to the original Cecilia or forward to Shea.

RodneyHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island near the clearing"
  • Description:

    Rodney peaked at Number 33 in 1965 and has been on a steady decline ever since. As its popularity history indicates, this name is more fitting for someone born in the mid-twentieth century instead of the twenty-first century. It's likely this name will continue trending downward for another generation or two before it has its chance to turn back around.

RhondaHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "noisy one"
  • Description:

    "Help Me, Rhonda. sang the Beach Boys -- help me convince my parents not to give me this sixties name.

GinoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, diminutive of Eugenio
  • Description:

    Stalwart Italian classic, completely at home in this country.

BettinaHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Elizabeth
  • Meaning:

    "God is my oath"
  • Description:

    Bettina is a dainty ballerina version of Betty, that has not been heard much since its 1950s-60s heyday. Bettina appeared in the Danielle Steele novel Loving, and in real life as one of Grace Kelly's bridesmaids.

LisaHeart

  • Description:

    Lisa was so popular for girls in the late sixties and early seventies that according to government statistics some parents chose it for their sons, too. Either that or there were some serious mixups in the records bureau.

SaritaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish, diminutive of Sara
  • Description:

    Delicately pretty name all but unknown here.