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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 ...


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      babynology 4 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.

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      Unique Hiram 5 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.

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      carol stanley 5 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.