Most popular names of your generation?

  1. Hi,

    I thought this might be fun. What were some of the most popular names of your generation? I remember in the 70's/80's we used to have a ton of :


    Less popular, but still notable:


    and you? :chuckle
  2. 31 Comments

  3. by   KRVRN
    Mid-80's... there were always about 5 Jennifer's in my classes in elementary school.
  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    In the late '50s, when I was born, there were a lot of Lindas, Kathys, Debbies, Sandys, Marks, Pauls, Bobbys, Jims, and Bills. I remember my mother bragging to me that she was so smart because she picked a name that would never 'date' me.......well, having a name that's somewhat uncommon, and working frequently with the senior population, I hear a lot of "Oh, I've got a niece/neighbor/daughter-in-law etc. named Marla". So I've done my own informal poll over the past few years, and sure enough, almost all of the Marlas are in their 40s and 50s! :chuckle So much for my mother's omniscience.........

    The funny thing was, there were two Marlas in my school when I was growing up, and the teachers and staff were forever confusing us, despite the fact that we were NOTHING alike and didn't even hang out together much. The other Marla was blond, pale, skinny, quiet, and she had to work hard for good grades, while I was darker, full-figured, loud, and something of a slacker (although I did graduate from HS with a B average).

    Then a couple of years ago, when I went to work for my current employer, there was an LPN named Marlene, and for some reason people confused US, even though she was half my age and half my size. More than once, patients even thought we were mother and daughter! Well, we did look a little bit alike......similar hair and eye color, and the ages were certainly right, but again, it was the NAMES that caused the mix-ups.
  5. by   Mandarella
    I am 29. Jennifers & Jasons were it back when. Also, lots of Chris' & Mike's.
    Last edit by Mandarella on Apr 30, '05
  6. by   elizabells
    Quote from Mandarella
    I am 29. Jennifers & Jasons were it back when. Also, lots of Chris' & Mike's.
    I'm 24 - my parents thought Emily was such a unique name. So did half the other parents having baby girls in 1981, apparently. I got so sick of it I go by my middle name now.
  7. by   live4today
    50's baby first name (Renee) was more popular as a boy's name since it is a french name. I was the only Renee I knew growing up until I turned 13 or 14 when one of my female cousins had a little girl she gave the middle name of Renee to. In the latter part of my senior year of high school, I got a letter informing me I needed to sign up for the draft. My mother had to take my birth certificate in to the post office to prove I was a girl. I threatened to change my name when I turned 18. Nobody EVER spelled my name right when I was a child. Still today, people misspell it because of all the different variations of how the name is spelled today. It's now a very popular name. Now I have a granddaughter named after me.

    Kathy, Debbie, and Mary were popular girls names during my childhood, and Scott, Timothy, and David were popular boys names.
  8. by   ERNURSE4MS
    I grew up in the 80's and it seemed that we had an awful lot of Ashley's, Emily's and Chris's, Jason's, and Tony's, By the way mine was way out there Cassala( pronounces Kay sa la).
  9. by   leslie :-D
    dick, jane and spot.
  10. by   lil' girl
    debbie (which is my name) and mike for boys names
  11. by   perfectbluebuildings
    I was born 1983. For girls, it was my name (I think there were 3 Rachels in my second grade class of 25 or so), plus Jessica, Jennifer, Ashley, Emily, Lindsey/Lindsay. Guys: Jason, Tyler, Matt, Jonathan are the biggest names I remember.
  12. by   mercyteapot
    Most common name in my high school graduating class for girls were Sandy and Linda. We had 4 of them (which meant about one in 13 had one of those 2 names). We also had 3 Lauries, Debbies and Kathys, and 2 of a bunch of names, including Diane, Maria, Judy,Beth, Lynn, Vicki, Lynnette, Tracy, and others that I'm not thinking of, I'm sure.

    Boy's names, I don't recall as well. I can think of 4 Mikes, 3 Eds, 3 Marks, 3 Toms, 3 Bobs, 3 Matts a couple Als, Chrises, Brians, Dougs and it seems there like there should have been some Daves, but only one springs to mind.
  13. by   shopgal
    I am 27 and there are an insane amount of Jennifers and Amandas. I think that I also know about 100 Andreas. My parents also thought that they were being really unique and guess what.. there are about 100 Nicoles too!
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    My poor daughter will someday answer a thread like this with the name . . ...... Caitlin. I swear I read it in an Andrew Greeley novel and I had NEVER EVER heard of it in my life. This was 1989. Now there are so many variations of the original spelling that I pity the poor teachers.

    As to my high school days . . I think Laura and Mark were popular then.