12 Groovy 70s Names
Heather was the third most popular name in the country in 1975, given to more than 24,000 girls, and now it’s down at 964. But it still retains a gentle Scottish feathery feel and we think its ready to rejoin all those other popular blooms currently out there. Two prominent bearers: Heather Graham, who was born in 1970, and Heather Locklear, who would hit it big on Melrose Place.
- Heather was the third most popular name in the country in 1975, given to more than 24,000 girls, and now it’s down at 964. But it still retains a gentle Scottish feathery feel and we think its ready to rejoin all those other popular blooms currently out there. Two prominent bearers: Heather Graham, who was born in 1970, and Heather Locklear, who would hit it big on Melrose Place." >
- Scott was Number 17 for the whole 70s decade, even higher in some individual years, one of the tanned and muscular lifeguards who had come on duty in the 60s. Scott Baio, aka Chachi, was a teen heartthrob of the era, first in Happy Days and then Joanie Loves Chachi. Of the many single-syllable 70s boys, Scott still retains some substance and flair." >
- Candice Bergen was nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar in 1979, after starring in Carnal Knowledge in ‘71. Candice (wipe the nickname Candy from your mind), also spelled Candace, is an ancient name, a title given to Ethiopian queens referenced in the New Testament. It also has a nice meaning—“pure and sincere.”" >
- Billy Joel’s first album, “Piano Man,” was released in 1973. And since we’re all about reviving old nickname names—especially for girls—I nominate the friendly old standard Billy for consideration. A double-digit name from the 20s to the 70s, it has now sunk to the 800s, given to only a few hundred babies last year. Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton named their son Billy Burton in 2003." >
- Farrah Fawcett, of Charlie’s Angels fame, was a trendsetter of the 70s, from hair style to names, bringing this spelling of the Arabic appellation meaning ‘happiness’ up to Number 177 in 1977. Soft and evocative, Farrah/Farah could be ripe for a comeback." >
- Roger is now just under 600, despite a pleasant association of meaning A-OK, and having many notable namesakes including current tennis champ Federer. Roger Daltry was lead singer of The Who, one of the seminal rock bands of the 70s." >
- Jill St. John was a 1970s Bond Girl named Tiffany in Diamonds Are Forever, 1971, and we’re thinking that cheery, eternally youthful Jill might be ready to join Jack in climbing up the hill. Jill was also the name of Farrah Fawcett’s Angels name. But Bond Girl moniker Tiffany? Not so much." >
- Susannah is the preferred Su name right now, we think the simpler Susan and the more exotic Suzanne have a good chance of rising again. Suzanne Somers, in Three’s Company, was the poster girl for ‘jiggle TV’ in the seventies." >
- Tabitha was still nose-twitching into the 70s, when she got her own spinoff show. Now her New Testament name feels less dated than her TV mom Samantha's. Will its choice by Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick for one of their twin girls help bring it back up from Number 947?" >
- Kurt Vonnegut was a literary idol to many in the 70s, when three of his novels, including Breakfast of Champions, were published. (Kurt Cobain and Nirvana would emerge in the 80s). Just the kind of short, sharp name many of today’s parents of boys are searching for, Kurt--#189 in the 70s and 961 now—could be ripe for rediscovery. Others in his category: Kirk, Keith, Glenn, Craig, and Troy." >
- Claudia Cardinale was one of them. Claudia was a Top 200 name in the 70s, sinking to 741 today. A straightforward but soft name with a hint of Roman splendor, Claudia is definitely ripe for reappraisal." >
- Tina Louise will always be remembered as Ginger in Gilligan’s Island. Another bearer, Tina Turner, born Annie Mae, was one of the hottest performers of the 1970s—and now there’s Tina Fey, born in 1970, when the name was Number 21. Although it has dropped off the list completely now, it’s easy to picture a twinkly little 2016 baby Tina." >
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on June 10th, 2016 at 12:32 am
I had thought I would hate this list, but there are some decent names here. Farrah is a little hard to picture, but I like most of the others.
on June 10th, 2016 at 7:48 am
These are some cute names! my only comment is that Tina Fey’s birth name is Elizabeth. I really like Tabitha and Farrah!
on June 10th, 2016 at 9:06 am
Really happy to see Jill get some love!! Woohoo!
I also like the long history of Candice & Claudia. But Claudia’s meaning isn’t the best ‘lame; enclosure’.
I’m not sure I agree with Heather, Tina, or Suzanne being ready. I think they’ve got quit a few years left to wait.
on June 10th, 2016 at 9:30 am
I like Heather, Candice/Candace, Farrah, Tabitha and Claudia. I would definitely consider using Tabitha or Claudia.
Unpopular opinion maybe, but I think Tiffany is a very pretty name. It sounds very light and carefree; it reminds me of someone dancing through long grass.
on June 10th, 2016 at 10:39 am
I love the name Heather, I think it’s definitely ready for a comeback. I like Claudia and Jill too.
My dog’s name is Billy, so now when I hear the name, I think of my dog and have a harder time seeing it on person.
I work with a guy named Roger, though his name is spelled Rodger. He’s 27, so I can definitely see it on a younger guy.
on June 10th, 2016 at 10:58 am
I love the names Heather, Tabitha and Claudia! I would definitely consider Heather and Tabitha.
on June 10th, 2016 at 11:46 am
I know an 8-year old Claudia and a 4-year old Scott. I love Tabitha!
on June 10th, 2016 at 1:48 pm
I would love to see some babies named Roger. It has so much history and character! Tabitha and Claudia are really interesting, too. I still prefer Susannah to Suzanne.
on June 10th, 2016 at 1:55 pm
on June 10th, 2016 at 2:37 pm
Names that I would use (already on my list):
Names I’d like to see others use:
Jill (I’m frequently recommending this one on here!)
on June 10th, 2016 at 2:41 pm
Oh I forgot Suzanne. I really like Suzanne but it’s been used so often among the large group of French Canadians I’ve known over the years that it does feel exceedingly boring to me.
I think an American or a British or Irish Suzanne would be awesome.
For Canadians, a little Susan might be cool… because any way you look at it Suzy/Suzie/Zuzie and Zuzu are adorable nicknames. I like Suzie better than Sophie and Sadie, which are popular now.
I would sooner use Sharon than Tina.
on June 10th, 2016 at 2:56 pm
When I was expecting, my daughter’s original due date was January 5, just one day off of Epiphany, so I did some research on names that would have been appropriate for that time of the year, & discovered that the name Tiffany was traditionally associated w/Epiphany. We didn’t end up using Tiffany, but I certainly hadn’t expected to find that association.
I’ve always liked Tabitha; Claudia too, although the meaning does make it unusable for me.
Roger is my ne’er-do-well ex-BIL…as well as a British term for the sex act.
on June 11th, 2016 at 4:38 am
Tabitha, Jill and Claudia are the best of this bunch, which are still better than the popular UK 70s names. As a 70s child myself, popular names amongst my peers were: Tracy, Sharon, Darren, Kerry, Kelly, Wayne, Debbie, Donna, Emma, Joanne, Gemma, Karen, Samantha, Nicola/Nicky, Christopher, Becky et al
on June 11th, 2016 at 3:04 pm
You can’t really call Tabitha a seventies name, as it was a quirky, unusual choice when it was given to the Bewitched character — and considerably less popular than it is now, at least in the UK.
Personally, I think Heather is among the loveliest of the seventies names; breezy, unpretentious and very evocative. I also like Billy, Roger, and Jill from this list, although now that I think of it Jill and Roger strike me as being more fourties than seventies.
Some other charming names from the seventies that I would add would be Joanna, Rachel, Claire, and Alison. I rather like Jenifer too.
on June 12th, 2016 at 11:49 pm
Love Candace and wish it were used more often. It is pretty and has a pretty meaning! Also like Farrah, Jill, and Claudia.
on June 14th, 2016 at 3:18 pm
It’s Roger Daltrey. With an E.
on June 16th, 2016 at 12:21 pm
While I feel like several of the names on this list are still dated, I have two very close friends named Candice and Farrah, neither of which were born in the 70s. They are both very wearable and pretty names, as well as unusual.
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