Most popular boy names in the 70s in New York

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May 8, 2022
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Most popular boy names in the 70s in New York

Names can tell the story of a generation. To learn more about the culture of the 1970s, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys in the 70s in New York using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by number of babies born.

So why were so many parents drawn to a few popular names during this groovy decade? The answers vary from name to name but make total sense when you consider the context of the era.

Bob Dylan’s hits certainly put a spotlight on the name Dylan. Fans of Corey Baker on the late 1960s to early 1970s sitcom “Julia” might have been compelled to put Corey (or the other popular variation, Kory) on their son’s birth certificates. People who came of age during the peace-and-love counterculture revolution may have been attracted to nature-inspired baby names, like Micah, while other newborns of the 1970s may have gotten their names from some of the biggest stars of the decade such as Jamey Sheridan or Ricky Nelson.

Keep reading to see if any familiar boys’ names (or your own!) made our list.

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#50. Vincent

Vincent is a name of Latin origin meaning "to conquer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,833
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,060 (#73 most common name, -36.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #98
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 27,485

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#49. Donald

Donald is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "world ruler".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,067
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 319 (#487 most common name, -93.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #42
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 82,475

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#48. Ryan

Ryan is a name of Irish origin meaning "little king" or "illustrious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,074
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 9,238 (#13 most common name, +82.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 139,756

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#47. Raymond

Raymond is a name of German origin meaning "protector".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,223
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,069 (#195 most common name, -79.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #61
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 49,366

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#46. Luis

Luis is a name of German origin meaning "famous warrior".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,361
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,817 (#122 most common name, -66.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #119
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 23,580

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#45. Craig

Craig is a name of Scottish origin meaning "rocky".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,404
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 162 (#802 most common name, -97.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #56
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 58,823

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#44. Jeremy

Jeremy is a name of English origin meaning "appointed by God".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,466
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,477 (#85 most common name, -54.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 139,357

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#43. Nicholas

Nicholas is a name of Greek origin meaning "victory of the people".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,684
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,150 (#23 most common name, +25.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #51
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 65,095

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#42. Ronald

Ronald is a name of English origin meaning "counsel rule".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,774
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 467 (#370 most common name, -91.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #43
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 81,778

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#41. Todd

Todd is a name of English origin meaning "fox".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 6,023
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 88 (#1219 (tie) most common name, -98.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #41
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 83,384

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#40. George

George is a name of Greek origin meaning "farmer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 6,601
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,133 (#99 most common name, -67.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #53
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 64,754

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#39. Joshua

Joshua is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God Is my salvation".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 6,605
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,008 (#24 most common name, +6.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 140,406

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#38. Frank

Frank is a name of German origin meaning "free man".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 6,960
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 985 (#206 (tie) most common name, -85.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #65
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 46,891

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#37. Shawn

Shawn is a name of Irish origin meaning "God is gracious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 7,003
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 753 (#262 (tie) most common name, -89.2% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 105,831

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#36. Keith

Keith is a name of Celtic origin meaning "wood, forest".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 7,490
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 392 (#415 most common name, -94.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #45
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 76,737

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#35. Patrick

Patrick is a name of Latin origin meaning "nobleman".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 7,593
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,004 (#109 most common name, -73.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 91,309

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#34. Jonathan

Jonathan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God has given".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 8,046
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,087 (#36 most common name, -36.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 107,996

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#33. Kenneth

Kenneth is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "handsome".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 8,271
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,152 (#173 most common name, -86.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 111,551

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#32. Adam

Adam is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "earth".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 8,296
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,188 (#48 most common name, -49.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 91,829

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#31. Sean

Sean is a name of Irish origin meaning "God is gracious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 8,629
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,959 (#113 most common name, -77.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #39
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 83,945

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#30. Stephen

Stephen is a name of Greek origin meaning "wreath, crown".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 8,925
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 949 (#216 most common name, -89.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #33
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 107,880

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#29. Jose

Jose is a name of Spanish origin meaning "God will increase".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 9,242
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,950 (#115 most common name, -78.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #48
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 66,116

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#28. Gregory

Gregory is a name of Latin origin meaning "watchful, alert".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 9,266
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 705 (#281 most common name, -92.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 115,646

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#27. Edward

Edward is a name of English origin meaning "prosperous".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 9,437
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,835 (#121 most common name, -80.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #40
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 83,515

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#26. Charles

Charles is a name of Germanic origin meaning "free man".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 9,545
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,957 (#50 most common name, -58.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 163,117

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#25. Peter

Peter is a name of Greek origin meaning "rock".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 11,177
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,647 (#132 most common name, -85.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #55
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 62,361

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#24. Timothy

Timothy is a name of Greek origin meaning "honouring God".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 11,432
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,615 (#135 most common name, -85.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 181,367

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#23. Andrew

Andrew is a name of Greek origin meaning "brave".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 11,976
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,315 (#27 most common name, -47.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 133,096

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#22. Paul

Paul is a name of Latin origin meaning "humble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 12,632
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,330 (#159 most common name, -89.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 136,498

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#21. Mark

Mark is a name of Latin origin meaning "God of war".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 14,072
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,623 (#134 most common name, -88.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 194,442

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#20. Steven

Steven is a name of Greek origin meaning "crown".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 14,101
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,338 (#91 (tie) most common name, -83.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 188,214

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#19. Jeffrey

Jeffrey is a name of English origin meaning "pledge of peace".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 14,397
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,070 (#194 most common name, -92.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 202,965

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#18. Scott

Scott is a name of Scotland origin meaning "a Scotsman".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 15,400
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 417 (#400 most common name, -97.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 194,707

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#17. Eric

Eric is a name of Norse origin meaning "sole ruler".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 15,526
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,338 (#91 (tie) most common name, -84.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 211,608

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#16. Kevin

Kevin is a name of Irish origin meaning "noble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 16,154
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,913 (#53 most common name, -75.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 212,422

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#15. Richard

Richard is a name of German origin meaning "dominant ruler".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 18,385
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,756 (#126 most common name, -90.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 202,920

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#14. Thomas

Thomas is a name of Greek origin meaning "twin".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 19,026
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,878 (#39 most common name, -74.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 186,901

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#13. Anthony

Anthony is a name of Latin origin meaning "praiseworthy".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 19,441
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,901 (#16 most common name, -54.2% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #22
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 174,951

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#12. Matthew

Matthew is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Gift of Yahweh".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 19,533
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,687 (#7 most common name, -45.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 278,010

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#11. William

William is a name of Germanic origin meaning "vehement protector".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 20,743
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,526 (#21 most common name, -63.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 283,588

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#10. Daniel

Daniel is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my judge".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 21,895
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,024 (#8 most common name, -54.2% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 244,582

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#9. Brian

Brian is a name of Irish origin meaning "noble".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 23,353
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,984 (#111 most common name, -91.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 322,870

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#8. Joseph

Joseph is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "he will add".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 27,992
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,877 (#6 most common name, -61.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 244,939

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#7. Jason

Jason is a name of Greek origin meaning "healer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 27,998
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,125 (#49 most common name, -85.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 462,954

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#6. James

James is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "supplanter".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 29,835
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,701 (#17 most common name, -70.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 444,982

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#5. Robert

Robert is a name of Germanic origin meaning "fame" or "bright".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 31,809
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,663 (#58 most common name, -88.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 397,452

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#4. John

John is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "Yahweh has been gracious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 34,702
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,756 (#25 most common name, -80.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 402,879

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#3. David

David is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "beloved".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 34,703
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,910 (#15 most common name, -74.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 446,004

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#2. Christopher

Christopher is a name of English origin meaning "Christ-bearer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 35,676
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,236 (#22 most common name, -79.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 475,669

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#1. Michael

Michael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "who is like God?".

New York
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 62,282
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 11,974 (#3 most common name, -80.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 707,737

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