Most Popular Baby Names of the 70s

The 1970's were a tumultuous time in the United States. President Nixon resigned, students were shot at Kent State, there were gas shortages, and American hostages were taken in Iran. There were moments of pride and happiness such as when Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals at the Munich Olympics, the Sears Tower was built, and Saturday Night Live and Star Wars premiered. During the decade many changes were seen on the most popular baby names list.

Trendy Names of the 1970s

Boy Names

RankNameIn the 1970sSince 1879
#1Jason463k1,025k
#2Chad114k239k
#3Shawn106k301k
#4Jamie36k85k
#5Shannon25k52k
#6Jody11k31k
#7Heath11k27k
#8Chadwick6k13k
#9Jamey3k7k
#10Shad3k5k

Girl Names

RankNameIn the 1970sSince 1879
#1Jennifer582k1,465k
#2Amy269k689k
#3Heather204k524k
#4Shannon114k295k
#5Tracy96k251k
#6Stacy70k163k
#7Stacey59k147k
#8Tonya58k120k
#9Christy45k98k
#10Misty42k84k

Most Popular Names Of the Decade

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael708k4,338k
#2Christopher476k2,014k
#3Jason463k1,025k
#4David446k3,601k
#5James445k5,136k
#6John403k5,106k
#7Robert397k4,809k
#8Brian323k1,162k
#9William284k4,088k
#10Matthew278k1,579k
#11Joseph245k2,593k
#12Daniel245k1,896k
#13Kevin212k1,163k
#14Eric212k872k
#15Jeffrey203k973k
#16Richard203k2,561k
#17Scott195k771k
#18Mark194k1,348k
#19Steven188k1,278k
#20Thomas187k2,298k
#21Timothy181k1,066k
#22-Anthony175k1,424k
#23Charles163k2,379k
#24Joshua140k1,194k
#25Ryan140k917k
#26Jeremy139k432k
#27Paul136k1,385k
#28Andrew133k1,276k
#29Gregory116k706k
#30Chad114k239k
#31Kenneth112k1,271k
#32Jonathan108k827k
#33Stephen108k855k
#34Shawn106k301k
#35Aaron102k568k
#36Adam92k545k
#37Patrick91k670k
#38Justin87k770k
#39Sean84k415k
#40Edward84k1,286k
#41Todd83k281k
#42Donald82k1,410k
#43Ronald82k1,077k
#44Benjamin81k721k
#45Keith77k434k
#46Bryan71k378k
#47Gary68k900k
#48Jose66k556k
#49Nathan66k535k
#50Douglas65k557k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1Jennifer582k1,465k
#2Amy269k689k
#3Melissa253k752k
#4Michelle249k808k
#5-Kimberly229k833k
#6Lisa229k965k
#7Angela225k662k
#8Heather204k524k
#9Stephanie160k738k
#10Nicole145k584k
#11Jessica143k1,044k
#12Elizabeth143k1,621k
#13Rebecca137k745k
#14Kelly134k471k
#15Mary126k4,121k
#16Christina126k475k
#17Amanda124k784k
#18-Julie122k507k
#19Sarah119k1,070k
#20Laura118k794k
#21Shannon114k295k
#22Christine103k584k
#23Tammy99k332k
#24Tracy96k251k
#25Karen95k985k
#26Dawn92k289k
#27Susan88k1,121k
#28Andrea86k429k
#29Tina85k291k
#30Patricia81k1,571k
#31Cynthia80k708k
#32Lori78k341k
#33Rachel78k561k
#34April77k237k
#35Maria76k540k
#36Wendy74k260k
#37Crystal74k329k
#38Stacy70k163k
#39Erin68k312k
#40Jamie68k267k
#41Carrie67k266k
#42Tiffany65k336k
#43Tara65k174k
#44Sandra64k873k
#45Monica62k247k
#46Danielle61k365k
#47Stacey59k147k
#48Pamela58k594k
#49Tonya58k120k
#50Sara57k421k

Most Popular Names Of 1979

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2Christopher51k2,014k
#3Jason50k1,025k
#4-David42k3,601k
#5-James39k5,136k
#6-Matthew36k1,579k
#7-John35k5,106k
#8-Robert34k4,809k
#9Joshua31k1,194k
#10-Joseph29k2,593k
#11Brian29k1,162k
#12Daniel29k1,896k
#13-William25k4,088k
#14-Ryan23k917k
#15Nicholas21k890k
#16Jeremy21k432k
#17Eric20k872k
#18Timothy19k1,066k
#19Kevin19k1,163k
#20Andrew19k1,276k
#21Anthony18k1,424k
#22Justin17k770k
#23Adam17k545k
#24Jeffrey17k973k
#25Richard17k2,561k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer57k1,465k
#2-Melissa34k752k
#3Amanda32k784k
#4Jessica28k1,044k
#5Amy22k689k
#6Sarah21k1,070k
#7Heather21k524k
#8Angela20k662k
#9Nicole20k584k
#10Michelle19k808k
#11Elizabeth18k1,621k
#12Kimberly18k833k
#13Lisa17k965k
#14Christina16k475k
#15Stephanie16k738k
#16Kelly15k471k
#17-Rebecca15k745k
#18-Crystal13k329k
#19Jamie12k267k
#20Laura12k794k
#21-Erin11k312k
#22Amber11k369k
#23April11k237k
#24-Mary11k4,121k
#25Shannon10k295k

Most Popular Names Of 1978

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael67k4,338k
#2-Jason52k1,025k
#3-Christopher47k2,014k
#4-David41k3,601k
#5-James40k5,136k
#6Matthew34k1,579k
#7John34k5,106k
#8Robert33k4,809k
#9Brian29k1,162k
#10-Joseph27k2,593k
#11-Daniel26k1,896k
#12Joshua25k1,194k
#13William24k4,088k
#14Ryan21k917k
#15Kevin20k1,163k
#16Eric20k872k
#17Timothy20k1,066k
#18Jeremy20k432k
#19-Jeffrey17k973k
#20Anthony17k1,424k
#21Andrew17k1,276k
#22Richard17k2,561k
#23Thomas16k2,298k
#24Steven16k1,278k
#25Nicholas16k890k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer56k1,465k
#2-Melissa28k752k
#3Jessica26k1,044k
#4Amy23k689k
#5-Heather22k524k
#6Amanda21k784k
#7Angela21k662k
#8Sarah20k1,070k
#9Michelle19k808k
#10Nicole17k584k
#11Lisa17k965k
#12Kelly17k471k
#13Kimberly17k833k
#14Elizabeth17k1,621k
#15Christina16k475k
#16Stephanie16k738k
#17-Rebecca14k745k
#18Crystal13k329k
#19Laura11k794k
#20Jamie11k267k
#21Erin11k312k
#22Shannon11k295k
#23Andrea10k429k
#24Mary10k4,121k
#25Rachel10k561k

Most Popular Names Of 1977

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2-Jason56k1,025k
#3-Christopher47k2,014k
#4-David41k3,601k
#5-James40k5,136k
#6-John34k5,106k
#7-Robert34k4,809k
#8-Brian33k1,162k
#9-Matthew32k1,579k
#10Joseph26k2,593k
#11Daniel26k1,896k
#12William25k4,088k
#13Kevin22k1,163k
#14Joshua22k1,194k
#15Jeremy22k432k
#16-Ryan21k917k
#17Eric21k872k
#18Timothy18k1,066k
#19Jeffrey17k973k
#20Richard17k2,561k
#21Anthony17k1,424k
#22Thomas17k2,298k
#23Steven16k1,278k
#24Andrew16k1,276k
#25-Mark15k1,348k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer59k1,465k
#2Melissa27k752k
#3Amy27k689k
#4Jessica25k1,044k
#5Heather24k524k
#6Angela21k662k
#7Michelle20k808k
#8Kimberly18k833k
#9Amanda18k784k
#10Kelly18k471k
#11Sarah18k1,070k
#12Lisa17k965k
#13Elizabeth16k1,621k
#14Stephanie15k738k
#15Nicole15k584k
#16Christina14k475k
#17Rebecca14k745k
#18-Jamie13k267k
#19Shannon13k295k
#20-Laura11k794k
#21Mary11k4,121k
#22Julie10k507k
#23Erin10k312k
#24Andrea10k429k
#25Crystal10k329k

Most Popular Names Of 1976

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael67k4,338k
#2-Jason53k1,025k
#3-Christopher45k2,014k
#4David39k3,601k
#5James38k5,136k
#6John34k5,106k
#7Robert34k4,809k
#8-Brian31k1,162k
#9-Matthew30k1,579k
#10Daniel25k1,896k
#11William24k4,088k
#12-Joseph24k2,593k
#13-Eric21k872k
#14Jeremy20k432k
#15-Kevin18k1,163k
#16Ryan18k917k
#17Jeffrey17k973k
#18Joshua17k1,194k
#19Richard17k2,561k
#20Steven17k1,278k
#21Timothy17k1,066k
#22Anthony17k1,424k
#23Thomas16k2,298k
#24Scott16k771k
#25Mark16k1,348k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer59k1,465k
#2-Amy31k689k
#3Melissa25k752k
#4Heather24k524k
#5-Angela22k662k
#6-Michelle20k808k
#7-Kimberly19k833k
#8Jessica18k1,044k
#9Lisa17k965k
#10Amanda16k784k
#11Stephanie15k738k
#12Rebecca14k745k
#13Nicole14k584k
#14Christina14k475k
#15Sarah14k1,070k
#16Elizabeth14k1,621k
#17Shannon13k295k
#18Jamie13k267k
#19Kelly12k471k
#20-Laura11k794k
#21Julie11k507k
#22Mary10k4,121k
#23Rachel8k561k
#24Erin8k312k
#25Andrea8k429k

Most Popular Names Of 1975

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2-Jason52k1,025k
#3-Christopher47k2,014k
#4James40k5,136k
#5David39k3,601k
#6Robert35k4,809k
#7John35k5,106k
#8-Brian31k1,162k
#9-Matthew29k1,579k
#10-William26k4,088k
#11-Daniel24k1,896k
#12-Joseph22k2,593k
#13-Eric20k872k
#14Jeffrey18k973k
#15Kevin18k1,163k
#16Richard18k2,561k
#17Scott17k771k
#18Steven17k1,278k
#19Mark17k1,348k
#20-Thomas17k2,298k
#21-Anthony16k1,424k
#22-Timothy16k1,066k
#23Ryan15k917k
#24-Jeremy15k432k
#25Charles15k2,379k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer58k1,465k
#2-Amy32k689k
#3Heather24k524k
#4Melissa24k752k
#5-Angela23k662k
#6Michelle23k808k
#7Kimberly20k833k
#8-Lisa18k965k
#9-Stephanie16k738k
#10Nicole14k584k
#11Rebecca14k745k
#12Christina13k475k
#13Jessica13k1,044k
#14Amanda13k784k
#15Elizabeth12k1,621k
#16-Kelly12k471k
#17Sarah11k1,070k
#18Julie11k507k
#19Mary11k4,121k
#20Laura10k794k
#21Shannon9k295k
#22Christine9k584k
#23Dawn9k289k
#24Tracy9k251k
#25April8k237k

Most Popular Names Of 1974

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2Jason55k1,025k
#3Christopher49k2,014k
#4David42k3,601k
#5James41k5,136k
#6-John38k5,106k
#7-Robert37k4,809k
#8-Brian34k1,162k
#9Matthew27k1,579k
#10William27k4,088k
#11-Daniel24k1,896k
#12-Joseph22k2,593k
#13-Eric20k872k
#14-Kevin19k1,163k
#15Jeffrey19k973k
#16Mark19k1,348k
#17Richard19k2,561k
#18-Scott18k771k
#19Steven18k1,278k
#20Thomas17k2,298k
#21-Anthony16k1,424k
#22-Timothy16k1,066k
#23-Charles15k2,379k
#24Jeremy13k432k
#25Ryan13k917k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer63k1,465k
#2-Amy30k689k
#3-Michelle26k808k
#4Heather23k524k
#5Angela23k662k
#6Kimberly22k833k
#7Melissa22k752k
#8Lisa20k965k
#9-Stephanie17k738k
#10-Rebecca15k745k
#11-Nicole13k584k
#12Elizabeth12k1,621k
#13Mary12k4,121k
#14Julie11k507k
#15Christina11k475k
#16Kelly11k471k
#17Jessica11k1,044k
#18Shannon11k295k
#19Christine10k584k
#20Sarah10k1,070k
#21Laura10k794k
#22Dawn9k289k
#23Tracy9k251k
#24Tammy9k332k
#25Tina9k291k

Most Popular Names Of 1973

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael68k4,338k
#2-Christopher48k2,014k
#3Jason47k1,025k
#4James43k5,136k
#5David41k3,601k
#6John39k5,106k
#7Robert39k4,809k
#8-Brian36k1,162k
#9-William28k4,088k
#10-Matthew25k1,579k
#11Daniel24k1,896k
#12-Joseph21k2,593k
#13Eric21k872k
#14Kevin21k1,163k
#15Mark20k1,348k
#16Richard20k2,561k
#17-Jeffrey19k973k
#18Scott19k771k
#19Thomas18k2,298k
#20Steven17k1,278k
#21Anthony16k1,424k
#22Timothy16k1,066k
#23-Charles16k2,379k
#24-Paul13k1,385k
#25-Chad13k239k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer62k1,465k
#2Amy27k689k
#3Michelle27k808k
#4-Kimberly24k833k
#5Lisa23k965k
#6Melissa22k752k
#7Angela21k662k
#8Heather19k524k
#9Stephanie17k738k
#10Rebecca15k745k
#11Nicole14k584k
#12-Julie13k507k
#13Elizabeth12k1,621k
#14Mary12k4,121k
#15Tammy11k332k
#16Christina11k475k
#17Christine11k584k
#18Kelly11k471k
#19Laura10k794k
#20Tracy10k251k
#21Dawn10k289k
#22-Shannon10k295k
#23Karen9k985k
#24Tina9k291k
#25Susan9k1,121k

Most Popular Names Of 1972

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael71k4,338k
#2Christopher52k2,014k
#3James47k5,136k
#4David46k3,601k
#5John43k5,106k
#6Robert43k4,809k
#7Jason37k1,025k
#8Brian36k1,162k
#9William31k4,088k
#10Matthew23k1,579k
#11Scott23k771k
#12Joseph22k2,593k
#13Kevin22k1,163k
#14Richard22k2,561k
#15Daniel22k1,896k
#16Eric22k872k
#17Jeffrey22k973k
#18Mark22k1,348k
#19Steven20k1,278k
#20Thomas20k2,298k
#21-Timothy18k1,066k
#22Anthony17k1,424k
#23Charles17k2,379k
#24-Paul15k1,385k
#25Chad13k239k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer64k1,465k
#2-Michelle29k808k
#3-Lisa28k965k
#4-Kimberly26k833k
#5-Amy26k689k
#6-Angela24k662k
#7-Melissa22k752k
#8Stephanie17k738k
#9Heather16k524k
#10Nicole16k584k
#11Tammy14k332k
#12Julie14k507k
#13Mary14k4,121k
#14Rebecca13k745k
#15Elizabeth12k1,621k
#16Christine12k584k
#17Laura12k794k
#18Tina12k291k
#19Tracy11k251k
#20Dawn11k289k
#21Karen11k985k
#22Shannon11k295k
#23Kelly11k471k
#24Susan11k1,121k
#25Cynthia10k708k

Most Popular Names Of 1971

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael78k4,338k
#2-James55k5,136k
#3-David53k3,601k
#4-John52k5,106k
#5-Robert51k4,809k
#6-Christopher48k2,014k
#7-William35k4,088k
#8Jason34k1,025k
#9Brian33k1,162k
#10Scott31k771k
#11Richard26k2,561k
#12Jeffrey26k973k
#13Mark25k1,348k
#14-Kevin25k1,163k
#15Joseph25k2,593k
#16Steven24k1,278k
#17-Thomas23k2,298k
#18-Eric23k872k
#19Matthew23k1,579k
#20Daniel22k1,896k
#21Timothy20k1,066k
#22Charles20k2,379k
#23Anthony19k1,424k
#24Paul17k1,385k
#25Gregory15k706k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1-Jennifer57k1,465k
#2Michelle33k808k
#3Lisa33k965k
#4Kimberly31k833k
#5-Amy26k689k
#6-Angela26k662k
#7-Melissa24k752k
#8-Tammy18k332k
#9-Mary17k4,121k
#10Julie15k507k
#11Stephanie15k738k
#12Heather15k524k
#13Tracy14k251k
#14Dawn14k289k
#15Karen14k985k
#16Laura14k794k
#17Susan14k1,121k
#18Christine14k584k
#19Elizabeth14k1,621k
#20Tina13k291k
#21Shannon13k295k
#22Kelly13k471k
#23Rebecca12k745k
#24Cynthia12k708k
#25Lori12k341k

Most Popular Names Of 1970

Boy Names

Rank-NameBoysSince 1879
#1-Michael85k4,338k
#2James62k5,136k
#3David62k3,601k
#4-John59k5,106k
#5-Robert57k4,809k
#6Christopher42k2,014k
#7William39k4,088k
#8Brian32k1,162k
#9Mark32k1,348k
#10-Richard30k2,561k
#11-Jeffrey30k973k
#12-Scott29k771k
#13Jason27k1,025k
#14Kevin27k1,163k
#15Steven27k1,278k
#16Joseph27k2,593k
#17Thomas27k2,298k
#18Eric24k872k
#19Daniel24k1,896k
#20Timothy22k1,066k
#21Charles22k2,379k
#22Anthony21k1,424k
#23Paul20k1,385k
#24-Matthew20k1,579k
#25Kenneth17k1,271k

Girl Names

Rank-NameGirlsSince 1879
#1Jennifer46k1,465k
#2Lisa39k965k
#3Kimberly34k833k
#4Michelle34k808k
#5Amy25k689k
#6Angela25k662k
#7Melissa24k752k
#8Tammy20k332k
#9Mary19k4,121k
#10Tracy18k251k
#11Julie17k507k
#12Karen17k985k
#13Laura16k794k
#14-Christine16k584k
#15Susan16k1,121k
#16Dawn16k289k
#17Stephanie15k738k
#18Elizabeth15k1,621k
#19Heather15k524k
#20Kelly15k471k
#21Tina14k291k
#22Shannon14k295k
#23Lori13k341k
#24Patricia13k1,571k
#25Cynthia13k708k
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The data is taken from births that occurred in the United States after 1879. From 1880 to 1936, all births may not be included in the original data set.