1960s Baby Names: Flower power namesakes for boys

1960s Baby Names: Flower power namesakes for boys

Few eras can claim the kind of mystique that the 1960s have. Flower power, social change, and good music are just a few things that immediately come to mind. 1967 saw the Summer of Love, a reaction against an unpopular war and a celebration of counterculture values. Since the 1967 was 50 years ago, this list contains 25 boy names and name ideas from that time., with 25 girls’ names to follow.

Monterey – Before there was Woodstock, there was the Monterey Pop Festival, which featured the Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead, among others. Monterey is an unexpected but exciting choice, with accessible nicknames Monte and Rey.

Hendrix–-The surname of one of the stars of the Monterey festival, Jimi Hendrix, has become a parents’ favorite–now at #402 nationally, 207 on Nameberry.

Ravi – Sitar artist Ravi Shankar played at the Festival. Short and zippy Ravi could be ready to catch on in the US, as Indian names become more familiar.

Otis – The Festival was also one of the first large-scale performances by soul singer Otis Redding, who tragically died in December 1967. Long seen as old-fashioned, Otis is showing signs of revival, now in the Nameberry Top 100.

Morrison – The ‘rock god’ naming genre has emerged in the past decade: Jagger, Hendrix, Lennon, Presley, and now Bowie count among the pack. The Doors, with lead singer Jim Morrison, released their debut album in 1967.

Manzarek – Ray Manzarek, The Doors’ distinctive keyboardist, could lend his surname to another potential rock god pick.

Ulysses – Cream released the song “Tales of Brave Ulysses” in 1967, and Franz Ferdinand also chose the name Ulysses for a 2009 song.

Stone – Rolling Stone magazine debuted in November 1967, featuring coverage of the Monterey Pop Festival. Stone is a word-name waiting to take off, and would make a particularly snappy middle name.

Francisco – With San Francisco serving as the de-facto capital of the hippie movement, Francisco warrants a place on this list. The song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is an anthem of 1967, and all Francis names are in the spotlight thanks to the current pope.

Braddock – One of the top movies released in 1967, The Graduate centers on Benjamin Braddock. Braddock is a more distinctive alternative to the Beckett, Brayden, and Braxton set.

Paul – In 1967, Paul Scofield won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons. At #206 in the US, Paul is a classic name that is not too popular, not too obscure.

RedfordBarefoot in the Park starring Robert Redford debuted in 1967; his surname is an accessible yet unique one to consider.

Sidney – The film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was notable for its positive depiction of interracial marriage—a controversial topic in 1967. Sidney Poitier starred, and his name, with potential nickname Sid, is ripe for revival.

Tracy – Spencer Tracy was one of Poitier’s costars, and Tracy, like Sidney, was seen as a female name for a few decades. But with nickname Trace as an option, on the heels of popular Ace and Jace, Tracy deserves another look.

Liev – Actor Liev Schreiber was born in 1967, and his name feels just as fresh fifty years later.

Darren – One of the most popular TV shows of 1967 was Bewitched. Darren is a midcentury choice that feels less dated than his counterparts.

Apollo – The first flight for the US Apollo space program was launched in 1967. Though Apollo 1 was ill-fated, the program successfully fulfilled its lunar mission two years later with Apollo 11.

Gus – One of the members of Apollo 1, Gus Grissom, could lend his name to a modern boy.

Mariner – The Mariner was another NASA mission, and is an ancestor of the famous Cassini-Huygens probe. Mariner 5 was launched to Venus in 1967. Mariner is practically unheard of as a given name, but with occupational names and sister-name Sailor catching on, not to mention a famous baseball team, Mariner could be a great unique choice.

Vince – The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl II in 1967, led by famous coach Vince Lombardi. Vince, as a stand alone or as a nickname for Vincent, is a classic sweet-spot name.

The last five names on the list were on the 1967 popularity charts, but haven’t been rediscovered yet. These are worth considering today:

Lance (#152 in 1967)

Clarence (#182)

Roderick (#221)

Carlton (#297)

Wallace (#340)

What names from 1967 appeal to you?

About the Author

Kara Blakley

Kara Blakley

Kara Blakley is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Melbourne. Her interest in names began when she received her first Cabbage Patch doll. Today, Kara’s name obsession is enhanced by her love of nature, history, music, art, and traveling.