by Sophie Kihm
Dad Names, like Dad Clothes and Dad Jokes, are total classics. We’re all familiar with them—sometimes to the point of exhaustion. They’re common among middle-aged men—those who are experienced fathers, but not yet old enough to be grandfathers. Most importantly, they’re not trendy among babies born today. The names on this list were most popular in the 1970s in their respective countries.
Just like baby names today, Dad Names vary from country to country. What sounds dated and dad-ish in Norway may be fresh and youthful in the US. So even if the names from your home country make you think of corny jokes, white sneakers and Hawaiian shirts (or whatever your cultural equivalent is), know that somewhere else in the world, it’s a novel idea for a baby boy.
Here are forty-five quintessential Dad Names from around the world: