ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Popular Birth Names (1970s) ... Part I

Updated on August 24, 2012

Birth Names

There is always the curiosity of what parents were thinking when they named their child(ren). You can get a range from the most simplest to extraordinary name ... I should know that personally. A lot of people get thrown by my name and take a second glance because it is unique - literally speaking.

Yes, my parents named their eldest daughter Unique ... this was back in 1971, which was a very uncommon name during that time. Five years later, their second and final daughter was born and named Jenise. You are probably scratching your head right about now but it is the absolute truth.

U.S. Social Security Administration

The United States Social Security Administration office conducted research to determine what the top 200 names were during this era. The data that was used to compile their listing consisted of 16,458,215 female and 17,105,187 male births between 1970 - 1979.

I have only listed the top ten names of both females and males during this time. Also, if you would like to view the meaning and/or derivation behind each of name, click here.

Top Ten (Female Birth Names)

According to the United States Social Security Administration website, the top ten female names during 1970-1979 were:

  1. Jennifer - 581,722
  2. Amy - 268,989
  3. Melissa - 253,273
  4. Michelle - 249,112
  5. Kimberly - 229,097
  6. Lisa - 228,644
  7. Angela - 225,188
  8. Heather - 203,912
  9. Stephanie - 160,446
  10. Nicole - 144,643

Top Ten (Male Birth Names)

According to the United States Social Security Administration website, the top ten male names during 1970-1979 were:

  1. Michael - 707,590
  2. Christopher - 475,585
  3. Jason - 462,830
  4. David - 445,843
  5. James - 444,885
  6. John - 402,766
  7. Robert - 397,378
  8. Brian - 322,807
  9. William - 283,521
  10. Matthew - 277,917

I thought these were quite interesting facts and will be posting the most popular names from the 1980s and 1990s to conclude my three-part hub. I would love for you to share your thoughts as these hubs are posted over the next few days.

Until next time ...


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • babynology profile image


      5 years ago from New York

      Your hub became a useful reference for them who looking for baby names. If you should baby names with meaning, you will discover my site on baby names and other babies studies to be useful.

    • UMHiram profile imageAUTHOR

      U M Hiram 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks! I think that nowadays there are some names which have gotten a little bizarre ... it seems as if most names were very simple and easily identifiable back during that time. Parents have definitely put a new spin on the baby names.

    • carol7777 profile image

      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      That brings back some memories. Thanks for sharing long forgotten names. Today you cannot tell if the name is masculine or feminine. And the spelling of simple names is hard to decipher. Great hub.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)