Is Your Name Unique? Check Out The Most Popular Baby Names When You Were Born

Updated March 2, 2017

 

Many parents struggle to pick the perfect baby name for their little boy or girl. Some want something traditional, others strive to pick a unique name. Others want something on trend, while others want to buck the trend and not give their child a name that three others kids in their class will have.

Whether your choose something more traditional or a more standout name, one thing is certain when it comes to baby names. There are distinct trends. For example, in 2017 classic names are emerging once again like Elizabeth. But there are also more trendy names like Brooklyn that are extremely popular.

Do you know what names were most popular in the year you were born? Check out the lists below to find out!

Below we have grouped boys’ and girls’ names by decade. Find your year and see what was popular.

We have statistics from three decades’ worth of people. If you were born between 1945 and 1975, you can find out which baby name was commonest during your time.

Is your name on the list or is yours more unique? Tell us in the comments below. We’ll also offer some tips on choosing baby names at the bottom.

1945-1954

(Women)

Carol

Barbara

Deborah

Linda

Mary

Patricia

Sandra

Susan

(Men)

David

James

John

Michael

Richard

Robert

William

1955-1964

(Women)

Deborah

Debra

Donna

Karen

Linda

Lisa

Mary

Patricia

Susan

(Men)

David

James

John

Michael

Robert

1965-1975

(Women)

Amy

Angela

Heather

Jennifer

Karen

Kimberly

Lisa

Mary

Melissa

Michelle

Susan

(Men)

Christopher

David

James

Jason

John

Michael

Robert

When choosing baby names there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Perhaps, you want to honor a late family member or someone else you love. Perhaps, you want something that could be seen in lights.

Below are some tips from What To Expect for anyone picking baby names right now.

Choose a baby name that flows. A tongue twister might just frustrate others. “Consider the cadence, and be careful about combinations that could turn your child’s name into a joke.”

Short names might not offer as many nickname opportunities, but they make life easier for the child when they fill out forms later in the life. This should be considered especially if the last name is long and complicated.

Don’t try to make your baby’s name unique by changing up the spelling. For example, J-A-K-U-B will forever need to correct the spelling of his name from J-A-C-O-B.

Are you someone who likes the way initials sound? Then you might consider that for the first and middle name. It also gives you another nickname.

“There’s nothing wrong with an exotic, unusual, or creative name — just be careful about going overboard. Apple Paltrow might get teased for her fruity name, but famous mom Gwyneth probably makes up for it. Think hard before saddling your own progeny with a similar moniker.”

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