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70s Dad Names Around the World

Happy Father's Day!

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:

America

Brian

Eric

Jason

Jeffrey

Kevin

Australia

Darren

Gregory

Peter

Shane

Simon

Brazil

Carlos

Fábio

Luiz

Paulo

Rodrigo

France

Frédéric

Jerome

Laurent

Sébastien

Stéphane

Germany

Christian

Andreas

Markus

Matthias

Sven

Italy

Alfredo

Andrea

Arturo

Eduardo

Gerardo

 

Japan

Hiroshi

Kenichi

Makoto

Tetsuya

Tsuyoshi

Norway

Bjørn

Frode

Jan

Lars

Rune

Scotland

Alan

Craig

Mark

Paul

Scott

What are the most popular Dad Names in your city, state, or country?

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Chiara12 Says:

June 14th, 2019 at 8:58 am

I’m wondering where you got the Italian list from? The only name that was popular in the 70s is Andrea.
Alfredo, Arturo and Gerardo were definitely not popular in the 70s, they feel more like grandfather’s names.
Eduardo is not even Italian, the Italian version is Edoardo and it’s actually more popular among babies than dads.
As far as I know there is no official statistics on the most popular Italian names of the 70s.
If I had to guess some names that were more popular back then and are not heard as much on babies I would say Luca, Marco, Stefano, Roberto, Paolo, Daniele, Gianluca, Fabio, Nicola…

elimilton Says:

June 14th, 2019 at 11:00 am

My dad was born in the 70s and his name is Jimmy ( not James, Jimmy ). We live in the USA.

Liberty_Bell Says:

June 15th, 2019 at 4:52 am

Barry, Terry, Bob, Mick, Colin, Jim, John, Alan, Tony, Trevor, Gerry from my part of SW England.

livia Says:

June 15th, 2019 at 6:56 am

I’d say Mark, Paul, Simon, Jeff, Nicholas/Nick, Tony, John, David are popular ones here in England.

Anthiese Says:

June 15th, 2019 at 6:17 pm

In MA in 1969, Kerry was more popular than Carrie. Maureen, Colleen, and Erin were pretty popular, due to the sizeable Irish population. Not only was Kelly in the Top 10, but there were 111 girls named Kellie. Other names that were particularly popular in MA back then were Jean, Lauren, Tara, Joanne, and Lynn(e).

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