Most popular girl names in the 70s in North Carolina

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May 1, 2022
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Most popular girl names in the 70s in North Carolina

While many women throughout history have achieved amazing things, most little girls’ names are popularized by the stars of the entertainment industry: a child actress who was a beacon of hope during the Great Depression; the title of a popular song; or the name fictional characters gave their baby in a sitcom.

Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for girls in the 70s in North Carolina 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—after all, names can tell the story of a generation. Radios blaring the melodies Fleetwood Mac may have inspired parents to name their daughters after the band’s keyboardist, Christine McVie, people who came of age during the peace-and-love counterculture revolution may have been attracted to nature-inspired baby names, like Crystal, April, or Heather. Other newborns of the 1970s may have gotten their names from some of the biggest stars of the decade, like Julie Andrews or Carrie Fisher.

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

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#50. Emily

Emily is a name of Latin origin meaning "to strive".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,532
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,208 (#9 most common name, +109.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #66
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 46,803

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#49. Ashley

Ashley is a name of English origin meaning "ash tree meadow".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,544
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,107 (#84 most common name, -28.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #138
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 20,835

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#48. Tara

Tara is a name of Irish origin meaning "rocky hill".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,545
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 64 (#1114 (tie) most common name, -95.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #43
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 65,075

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#47. Sandra

Sandra is a name of Greek origin meaning "defender of man".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,597
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 112 (#763 most common name, -93.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #44
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 64,310

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#46. Robin

Robin is a name of German origin meaning "fame-bright".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,629
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 60 (#1161 most common name, -96.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #67
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 45,944

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#45. Jamie

Jamie is a name of Scottish origin meaning "supplanter".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,640
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 178 (#530 (tie) most common name, -89.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #40
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 67,812

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#44. Andrea

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,663
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 682 (#149 most common name, -59.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 86,433

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#43. Misty

Misty is a name of English origin meaning "mist".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,677
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: data not available

National
- Rank: #75
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 42,284

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#42. Rhonda

Rhonda is a name of Welsh origin meaning "good lance".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,704
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: data not available

National
- Rank: #86
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 37,843

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#41. Sherry

Sherry is a name of French origin meaning "dear".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,719
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6 (#2472 (tie) most common name, -99.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #94
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 34,127

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#40. Leslie

Leslie is a name of Scottish origin meaning "garden of holly".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,754
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 296 (#341 (tie) most common name, -83.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #70
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 44,816

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#39. Dana

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,827
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 91 (#900 most common name, -95.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #57
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 51,292

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#38. Tiffany

Tiffany is a name of Greek origin meaning "appearance of God".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,887
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 149 (#598 (tie) most common name, -92.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #42
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 65,151

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#37. Lori

Lori is a name of English origin meaning "bay laurel".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,964
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 19 (#1806 (tie) most common name, -99.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 77,784

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#36. Sarah

Sarah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "princess".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,965
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,600 (#42 most common name, -18.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 118,841

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#35. Patricia

Patricia is a name of Latin origin meaning "noble".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,974
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 98 (#850 (tie) most common name, -95.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 81,118

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#34. Jessica

Jessica is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God beholds".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,094
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 466 (#211 (tie) most common name, -77.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 143,488

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#33. Donna

Donna is a name of Italian origin meaning "lady of the home".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,275
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 46 (#1319 most common name, -98.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #64
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 47,310

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#32. Sharon

Sharon is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "a fertile plain".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,360
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 74 (#1033 most common name, -96.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #63
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 47,718

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#31. Teresa

Teresa is a name of Greek origin meaning "huntress".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,370
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 122 (#714 (tie) most common name, -94.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #52
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 56,001

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#30. Julie

Julie is a name of Latin origin meaning "youthful".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,512
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 188 (#503 most common name, -92.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 121,949

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#29. Cynthia

Cynthia is a name of Greek origin meaning "moon goddess".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,532
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 186 (#511 (tie) most common name, -92.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 80,209

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#28. Pamela

Pamela is a name of Greek origin meaning "all sweetness".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,592
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 46 (#1319 most common name, -98.2% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #48
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 58,042

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#27. Laura

Laura is a name of Latin origin meaning "bay laurel plant".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,699
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 313 (#314 (tie) most common name, -88.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 118,216

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#26. Tina

Tina is a name of English origin meaning "river".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,704
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10 (#2246 most common name, -99.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 84,757

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#25. Christina

Christina is a name of Latin origin meaning "follower of Christ".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,717
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 307 (#326 most common name, -88.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 125,747

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#24. Christy

Christy is a name of Greek origin meaning "follower of Christ".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,743
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: data not available

National
- Rank: #71
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 44,559

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#23. Rebecca

Rebecca is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "servant of God".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,841
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 526 (#190 most common name, -81.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 137,312

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#22. Susan

Susan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "lily".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 2,908
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 94 (#877 most common name, -96.8% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 88,327

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#21. Tracy

Tracy is a name of Irish origin meaning "fighter".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,025
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: data not available

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 95,538

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#20. Karen

Karen is a name of Danish origin meaning "pure".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,066
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 194 (#485 (tie) most common name, -93.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 95,185

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#19. Wendy

Wendy is a name of English origin meaning "friend".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,367
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 65 (#1106 most common name, -98.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 74,188

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#18. Kelly

Kelly is a name of Irish origin meaning "bright-headed".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,375
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 247 (#406 most common name, -92.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 133,568

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#17. April

April is a name of Latin origin meaning "to open".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,450
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 183 (#519 (tie) most common name, -94.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 76,935

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#16. Shannon

Shannon is a name of Irish origin meaning "wise river".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,786
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 80 (#979 (tie) most common name, -97.9% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 113,805

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#15. Tonya

Tonya is a name of Russian origin meaning "praiseworthy".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,813
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: data not available

National
- Rank: #49
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 57,768

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#14. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "god is my oath".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 3,876
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,438 (#8 most common name, -11.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 142,869

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#13. Michelle

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,230
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 420 (#235 most common name, -90.1% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 249,140

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#12. Amanda

Amanda is a name of Latin origin meaning "worthy of love".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,332
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 204 (#465 most common name, -95.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 123,920

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#11. Mary

Mary is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "drop of the sea".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,395
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,162 (#78 most common name, -73.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 126,279

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#10. Tammy

Tammy is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "palm tree".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,438
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: data not available

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 98,830

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#9. Heather

Heather is a name of Scottish origin meaning "a variety of small shrubs with pink or white flowers".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,785
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 82 (#967 (tie) most common name, -98.3% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 203,939

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#8. Stephanie

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

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 4,792
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 406 (#247 most common name, -91.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 160,470

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#7. Crystal

Crystal is a name of Latin origin meaning "Earth mineral".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,223
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 186 (#511 (tie) most common name, -96.4% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 73,759

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#6. Lisa

Lisa is a name of English origin meaning "God's promise".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 5,440
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 77 (#1007 most common name, -98.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 228,676

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#5. Melissa

Melissa is a name of Greek origin meaning "honey bee".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 6,460
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 358 (#282 most common name, -94.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 253,291

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#4. Amy

Amy is a name of French origin meaning "beloved".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 7,188
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 599 (#171 most common name, -91.7% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 269,009

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#3. Kimberly

Kimberly is a name of English origin meaning "from the wood of the royal forest".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 7,978
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 719 (#142 most common name, -91.0% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 229,112

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#2. Angela

Angela is a name of Latin origin meaning "messenger of God".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 9,202
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 325 (#309 most common name, -96.5% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 225,222

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#1. Jennifer

Jennifer is a name of English origin meaning "white shadow, white wave".

North Carolina
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 12,523
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 430 (#229 most common name, -96.6% compared to the 70s)

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 581,791

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