Names from the 1960s

Names from the 1960s Top 50 which are relatively rare today include the following.

  • Brenda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    First the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's 1822 novel The Pirate, then a glamorous 1940s debutante, then the troubled twin on Beverly Hills 90210, and now fading in favor of more modern... Read More 

  • Brian

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Brian has long been among the most popular of the Irish imports for boys. It landed on the US popularity list in 1925, entered the Top 100 where it remained for 60+ years, and reached the Top 10... Read More 

  • Bruce

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but... Read More 

  • Cheryl

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    As frozen in the pre-Beatles era as short white gloves. Read More 

  • Craig

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Craig is a single-syllable baby-boomer name, still common in its native Scotland, but most modern Americans would prefer something like Kyle. It's drawing closer and closer to the uncharted waters... Read More 

  • Cynthia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Cynthia is an attractive name -- in classical mythology an epithet for Artemis or Diana -- that was so overexposed in the middle of the twentieth century, along with its nickname Cindy, that it... Read More 

  • Dawn

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    There are more substantial names with the same golden meaning: Aurora (Latin), Zora (Arabic), and Roxana (Persian). Read More 

  • Deborah

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Deborah has suffered from the fact that in the mid-twentieth century there were so many Debbies on the block that the beauty and meaning of the original name got lost. Now this lovely name of an... Read More 

  • Denise

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Denise was a French favorite of the fifties and sixties but is less chic now. Ranked at Number 991 in the US, it may leave the Top 1000 soon enough.

    It ranks Number 104 in Italy.Read More 

  • Dennis

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Although it has come to sound Irish, Dennis is actually of French derivation (St. Denis is the patron saint of France) and harks back even further to Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and... Read More 

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