Nostalgic Names: The 1960s Top 15 Baby Names

The 1960s marked a time of great social and cultural change, and this transformation was reflected even in the names given to babies.

Throughout history, names have continuously evolved, changing from decade to decade, making them inherently unpredictable.

How The Data Was Collected

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Drawing from data collected in March 2023 from Social Security card applications, the United States Social Security Administration identified approximately 200 of the most popular names given to male and female babies born during the 1960s.

Most Popular Baby Names Of The 1960s

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In light of this data, we have compiled a list of the top 15 baby names from that era.

15. Karen

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286,051 babies were named Karen.

14. Susan

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287,654 babies were named Susan.

13. Steven

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290,601 babies were named Steven.

12. Jeffrey

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302,019 babies were named Jeffrey.

11. Thomas

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327,078 babies were named Thomas.

10. Mary

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355,235 babies were named Mary.

9. Richard

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373,902 babies were named Richard.

8. William

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421,421 babies were named William.

7. Mark

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441,400 babies were named Mark.

6. Lisa

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496,975 babies were named Lisa.

5. Robert

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650,776 babies were named Robert.

4. James

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684,765 babies were named James.

3. John

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713,407 babies were named John.

2. David

Most Popular Baby Boy Names

733,964 babies were named David.

1. Michael

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833,102 babies were named Michael.

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This article has been produced by TPR Teaching.

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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