Most popular boy names in the 60s in Kentucky

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August 2, 2021
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Most popular boy names in the 60s in Kentucky

Every new parent faces the difficult decision of choosing the perfect name for a newborn. First names rarely get changed after being assigned and carry with them a wide range of meanings and associations. This creates a lot of pressure on expectant parents to pick the perfect moniker for their little ones.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many parents end up choosing the same names over and over. Research suggests that we pick specific names implying desired characteristics about our children, selecting names for boys and girls intended to shape them. Male monikers are commonly inspired by political, cultural, and personal influences that suggest good, masculine, and well-rounded people.

The 1960s are commonly associated with tie-dye-clad hippies, psychedelic experimentation, and rock 'n' roll icons like the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. But underneath the flower power, free love exterior, the ‘60s were a period of radical social and political change—not only in the United States but around the world. The decade was one characterized by a host of juxtapositions; anger and fear over injustice and uneasy political conditions lived alongside notions of musical awakening and pacifist harmony.

Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys in the ‘60s in Kentucky using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by number of babies born. The names in this list represent the distinct intersection of Baby Boomer and Gen X and a reflection of some of the most well-known celebrities, musicians, and trends of the time. Keep reading to see if your name was among the most popular in the ‘60s in your home state.

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#50. Rodney

Rodney is a name of English origin meaning "island near the clearing".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,485
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 38 (#627 most common name, -97.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #48
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 72,173
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#49. Todd

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,488
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 25 (#733 (tie) most common name, -98.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 128,766
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#48. Johnny

Johnny is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is gracious".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,504
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 135 (#319 (tie) most common name, -91.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #69
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 49,677
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#47. Phillip

Phillip is a name of Greek origin meaning "fond of horses".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,513
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 131 (#327 (tie) most common name, -91.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #68
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 50,364
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#46. Eric

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,537
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 296 (#184 most common name, -80.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 152,262
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#45. Jimmy

Jimmy is a name of English origin meaning "supplanter".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,587
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 67 (#499 (tie) most common name, -95.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #78
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 47,234
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#44. Dennis

Dennis is a name of Greek origin meaning "follower of Dionysius".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,615
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 60 (#531 (tie) most common name, -96.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #39
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 94,992
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#43. Barry

Barry is a name of Irish origin meaning "fair-haired".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,667
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 60 (#531 (tie) most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #80
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 47,206
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#42. Edward

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,701
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 237 (#227 most common name, -86.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 144,022
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#41. Randy

Randy is a name of Norse origin meaning "shield-wolf".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,748
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 72 (#475 (tie) most common name, -95.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #40
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 93,889
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#40. Bobby

Bobby is a name of German origin meaning "bright fame".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 1,956
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 86 (#443 most common name, -95.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #81
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 46,257
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#39. George

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,020
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 337 (#169 (tie) most common name, -83.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #33
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 113,063
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#38. Keith

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,027
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 87 (#439 (tie) most common name, -95.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 112,619
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#37. Scott

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,109
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 52 (#563 (tie) most common name, -97.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 266,936
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#36. Roger

Roger is a name of German origin meaning "famous spearman".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,121
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 77 (#461 (tie) most common name, -96.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #49
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 71,449
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#35. Tony

Tony is a name of Latin origin meaning "priceless one".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,129
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 57 (#544 (tie) most common name, -97.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #51
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 70,539
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#34. Douglas

Douglas is a name of Scottish origin meaning "black water".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,135
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 64 (#518 most common name, -97.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 135,047
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#33. Danny

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,337
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 108 (#385 most common name, -95.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #58
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 60,698
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#32. Billy

Billy is a name of English origin meaning "resolute protection".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,445
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 93 (#424 (tie) most common name, -96.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #73
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 48,334
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#31. Daniel

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,480
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,141 (#48 most common name, -54.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 242,161
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#30. Jeffery

Jeffery is a name of German origin meaning "pledge of peace".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,677
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 108 (#385 most common name, -96.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #46
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 79,520
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#29. Jerry

Jerry is a name of English origin meaning "exalted of the Lord".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,711
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 112 (#374 most common name, -95.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #41
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 93,566
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#28. Stephen

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,723
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 289 (#189 most common name, -89.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 152,285
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#27. Ricky

Ricky is a name of German origin meaning "powerful leader".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,008
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 92 (#428 most common name, -96.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #52
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 66,342
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#26. Brian

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,015
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 268 (#200 most common name, -91.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 258,277
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#25. Ronald

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,032
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 101 (#406 most common name, -96.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 182,192
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#24. Larry

Larry is a name of Latin origin meaning "from the place of the laurel leaves".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,047
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 102 (#403 (tie) most common name, -96.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #35
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 108,594
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#23. Terry

Terry is a name of German origin meaning "power of the tribe".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,284
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 85 (#445 (tie) most common name, -97.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 101,440
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#22. Christopher

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,327
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,375 (#32 most common name, -58.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 237,285
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#21. Anthony

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,673
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 924 (#61 most common name, -74.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #22
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 203,192
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#20. Donald

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,690
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 123 (#342 (tie) most common name, -96.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #25
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 172,669
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#19. Paul

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,854
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 261 (#203 most common name, -93.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 242,587
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#18. Gary

Gary is a name of English origin meaning "spearman".

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,904
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 108 (#385 most common name, -97.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 166,046
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#17. Kenneth

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,138
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 376 (#154 (tie) most common name, -90.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 227,552
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#16. Kevin

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,146
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 449 (#123 most common name, -89.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 271,514
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#15. Gregory

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,183
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 170 (#274 most common name, -95.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 187,574
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#14. Steven

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,243
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 411 (#137 most common name, -90.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 290,739
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#13. Joseph

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,391
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,536 (#28 most common name, -65.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 283,162
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#12. Thomas

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,411
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 968 (#58 most common name, -78.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 327,231
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#11. Richard

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,003
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 340 (#168 most common name, -93.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 374,010
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#10. Jeffrey

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,947
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 182 (#265 most common name, -96.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 302,105
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#9. Charles

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,598
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,282 (#41 most common name, -80.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 249,488
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#8. Timothy

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,067
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 537 (#107 most common name, -92.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 276,888
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#7. Mark

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,550
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 254 (#209 most common name, -96.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 441,513
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#6. William

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,638
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,309 (#1 most common name, -65.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 421,610
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#5. Robert

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,934
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,009 (#55 most common name, -89.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 650,975
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#4. John

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,439
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,833 (#10 most common name, -82.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 713,653
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#3. Michael

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,076
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,711 (#18 most common name, -85.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 833,402
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#2. David

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,521
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,273 (#43 most common name, -89.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 734,169
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#1. James

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

Kentucky
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 15,663
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,628 (#4 most common name, -83.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 684,986

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