1960s Baby Names: Flower power namesakes for boys
By K__ara Blakley
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
What names from 1967 appeal to you?