Most popular boy names in the 60s in New York

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October 2, 2021
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Most popular boy names in the 60s in New York

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 New York 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. Alan

Alan is a name of German origin meaning "precious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,700
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,431 (#150 most common name, -74.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #55
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 61,416
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#49. Sean

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,791
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,959 (#113 most common name, -66.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #77
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 47,263
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#48. Jonathan

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,846
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5,087 (#36 most common name, -13.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #76
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 47,421
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#47. Louis

Louis is a name of French origin meaning "renowned warrior".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,148
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,084 (#192 most common name, -82.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #107
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 33,259
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#46. Bruce

Bruce is a name of Scottish origin meaning "from the brushwood thicket".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,177
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 392 (#415 most common name, -93.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #47
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 74,679
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#45. Philip

Philip is a name of Greek origin meaning "lover of horses".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,394
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 623 (#301 most common name, -90.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #84
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 44,768
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#44. Lawrence

Lawrence is a name of Latin origin meaning "from Laurentium".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,075
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 445 (#382 (tie) most common name, -93.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #66
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 51,359
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#43. Craig

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,112
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 162 (#802 most common name, -97.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #44
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 84,739
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#42. Dennis

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,143
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 476 (#362 most common name, -93.3% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,050
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 88 (#1219 (tie) most common name, -98.9% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,956
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,060 (#73 most common name, -65.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #70
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 49,460
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#39. Jose

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,369
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,950 (#115 most common name, -79.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #89
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 41,663
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#38. Keith

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,434
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 392 (#415 most common name, -95.8% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,570
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,069 (#195 most common name, -88.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #45
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 81,816
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#36. Douglas

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,484
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 273 (#551 most common name, -97.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 11,424
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 302 (#512 (tie) most common name, -97.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 11,498
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,687 (#7 most common name, -7.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 106,041
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#33. Donald

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,138
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 319 (#487 most common name, -97.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,625
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,004 (#109 most common name, -84.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 122,772
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#31. George

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,677
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,133 (#99 most common name, -83.2% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,399
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 705 (#281 most common name, -94.7% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,649
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 467 (#370 most common name, -96.6% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 14,487
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 985 (#206 (tie) most common name, -93.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #43
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 87,181
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#27. Andrew

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 14,575
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,315 (#27 most common name, -56.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #38
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 97,195
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#26. Eric

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 15,581
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,338 (#91 (tie) most common name, -85.0% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 16,724
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 949 (#216 most common name, -94.3% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 17,484
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,957 (#50 most common name, -77.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 18,641
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,835 (#121 most common name, -90.2% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 18,840
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,152 (#173 most common name, -93.9% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 20,181
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,647 (#132 most common name, -91.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #42
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 92,449
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#20. Timothy

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 20,457
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,615 (#135 most common name, -92.1% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 20,715
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,984 (#111 most common name, -90.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 22,469
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 417 (#400 most common name, -98.1% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 23,076
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,070 (#194 most common name, -95.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 24,823
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,024 (#8 most common name, -59.6% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 25,102
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,913 (#53 most common name, -84.4% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 25,647
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,330 (#159 most common name, -94.8% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 26,688
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 2,338 (#91 (tie) most common name, -91.2% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 28,319
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,901 (#16 most common name, -68.6% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 28,535
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,236 (#22 most common name, -74.6% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 32,792
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,623 (#134 most common name, -95.1% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 39,479
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,756 (#126 most common name, -95.6% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 39,629
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 7,526 (#21 most common name, -81.0% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 39,655
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,878 (#39 most common name, -87.7% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 42,731
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10,877 (#6 most common name, -74.5% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 56,047
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,701 (#17 most common name, -84.5% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 59,334
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 8,910 (#15 most common name, -85.0% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 64,393
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,663 (#58 most common name, -94.3% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 76,308
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6,756 (#25 most common name, -91.1% compared to the 60s)

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

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 86,304
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 11,974 (#3 most common name, -86.1% compared to the 60s)

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

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