Top 1960s Baby Names
Origin:Diminutive of Anthony
Description:Tony, as in classy. Or To-nyyy, as yelled out a tenement window.
Origin:English spelling variation of Laurie; diminutive of Laura
Origin:Modern invented name, variation of Cherie, French
Description:As frozen in the pre-Beatles era as short white gloves.
Origin:Diminutive of Randall, Randolph
Description:Ever since Austin Powers enlightened Americans that "randy" meant "horny," it's been hard to take this name seriously, and Randy has declined in popularity since.
Origin:Feminine variation of Paul
Description:Paula still seems somewhat stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula." Two pronunciations are possible—the English "PAW-la" and the Portuguese "POW-la."
Origin:Short form of Deborah or Debra
Description:The quintessential friendly fifties name, nearly epidemic in its day. Now many grownup Debbies have reverted to the full and lovely form of their name, which modern parents often avoid because of the name Debbie ringing too loudly in their ears.
Description:When Gary cracked the Top 10 in 1950, it was one of the first nonclassic boys’ names to do so, largely due to Gary (born Frank) Cooper, who was renamed after Gary, Indiana, his agent's hometown. Now, a 65 years later, Gary isn't particularly high in the charts, and has lost any glitter it had. May we suggest the fuller name Gareth?
Origin:Diminutive of Gerald or Jerome
Description:Rapidly declining in popularity, as most Jerrys have their AARP cards.
Origin:Diminutive of Jeffrey, Jefferson
Meaning:"pledge of peace"
Description:The ultimate dad name.
Origin:English diminutive of Kimberly; Vietnamese; Scandinavian diminutive of Joachima; Soviet name
Description:Kim was the coolest name... of the 1960s. Kim was popularized by actress Kim Novak, and its energy is still maintained by rapper Lil' Kim, but it holds lil' or no appeal for new babies. Parents who like Kim's short, sweet sound might look to a choice such as Sam, Lou, or Belle.
Description:Troy shot to popularity as a first name in tandem with that of 1960s heartthrob Troy (born Merle) Donahue; its image has now, thanks in part to the Brad Pitt-starring epic, Troy, receded back to conjuring up the ancient site of the Trojan wars.
Origin:Diminutive of Terence
Description:One of the first breakaway unisex baby names, Terry, used independently since the days of Terry and the Pirates, is still used for boys though it's faded away for girls.
Description:In the Top 25 in the unisex seventies, these days Tracy would more likely be Gracie.
Origin:English, diminutive of Michael
Description:Unlike Jake or Sam, few parents put Mike on the birth certificate.
Origin:Spelling variation of Deborah
Description:When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back.
Origin:English, diminutive of Laura
Description:Morphed into the more streamlined Lori in the sixties, now feels dated for a girl in either spelling. Update Lauren has been renovated as Laurel or Laura itself.
Origin:Diminutive of Richard or Frederick
Meaning:"dominant or peaceful ruler"
Description:Gone with Richard and Rick, Ricky has been falling since the turn of the 21st century. Probably still suffering from overuse in the 1990s.
Origin:Spelling variation of Jeffrey
Description:Jeffery is common enough to be an accepted variation but not common enough to be the one you should choose. Nonetheless, this spelling has charted since the early-twentieth century, much like its brother name.
Origin:Diminutive of Katherine and Kathleen
Description:There are lots of Kathy moms and grandmas but very few babies, most of whom are now called Kate or Katie.
Origin:Feminine variation of Michael
Meaning:"who is like God"
Description:Onetime superstar name (Number 4 in the seventies) that's now in steep decline. Today's feminine is more likely to be some form of Michaela...or Makayla.