Most popular girl names in the 60s in New York

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September 20, 2021
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Most popular girl 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. Angela

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,215
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,155 (#154 most common name, -84.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #22
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 159,248

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#49. Maureen

Maureen is a name of Gaelic origin meaning "star of the sea".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,424
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 49 (#2020 most common name, -99.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #116
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 34,195

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#48. Tina

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,556
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 153 (#1007 most common name, -98.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #31
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 126,385

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#47. Melissa

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,574
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 839 (#219 most common name, -88.9% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #33
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 119,212

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#46. Janet

Janet is a name of Scottish origin meaning "God is gracious".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,666
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 123 (#1187 (tie) most common name, -98.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #47
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 89,307

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#45. Suzanne

Suzanne is a name of French origin meaning "graceful lily".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 7,746
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 58 (#1884 (tie) most common name, -99.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #65
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 59,763

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#44. Wendy

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,115
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 238 (#721 most common name, -97.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #48
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 88,970

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#43. Tammy

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,208
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 56 (#1920 most common name, -99.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #13
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 182,218

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#42. Brenda

Brenda is a name of Norse origin meaning "sword".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,454
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 275 (#636 (tie) most common name, -96.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #19
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 164,483

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#41. Julie

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,518
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 471 (#391 (tie) most common name, -94.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #18
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 166,151

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#40. Laurie

Laurie is a name of Latin origin meaning "sweet bay tree".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,535
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 29 (#2448 (tie) most common name, -99.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #58
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 74,452

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#39. Ann

Ann is a name of Latin origin meaning "grace".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,641
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 127 (#1159 most common name, -98.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #60
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 72,090

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#38. Kelly

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,640
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 697 (#276 most common name, -92.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #30
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 128,078

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#37. Cheryl

Cheryl is a name of Greek origin meaning "cherry fruit".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,805
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 48 (#2034 (tie) most common name, -99.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #28
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 135,650

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#36. Catherine

Catherine is a name of Greek origin meaning "pure".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,104
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,236 (#144 most common name, -87.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #56
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 76,791

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#35. Robin

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,212
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 141 (#1072 most common name, -98.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #34
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 118,322

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#34. Amy

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,245
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,677 (#101 most common name, -83.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #35
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 116,789

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#33. Carol

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,349
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 108 (#1303 (tie) most common name, -99.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #38
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 112,341

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#32. Margaret

Margaret is a name of Greek origin meaning "pearl".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,401
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,008 (#186 most common name, -90.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #53
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 81,869

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#31. Kim

Kim is a name of English origin meaning "kingly".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 10,913
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 5 (#4261 most common name, -100.0% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #43
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 94,378

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#30. Jacqueline

Jacqueline is a name of French origin meaning "may God protect".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 11,027
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 730 (#257 most common name, -93.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #51
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 84,366

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#29. Pamela

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 11,361
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 142 (#1066 most common name, -98.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #14
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 181,948

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#28. Theresa

Theresa is a name of Greek origin meaning "late summer".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 11,742
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 188 (#867 most common name, -98.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #42
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 97,120

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#27. Sharon

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 11,857
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 322 (#558 (tie) most common name, -97.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #23
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 154,883

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#26. Kimberly

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,043
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,559 (#112 most common name, -87.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #5
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 259,092

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#25. Cynthia

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,417
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 419 (#435 most common name, -96.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #10
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 196,606

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#24. Michele

Michele is a name of Italian origin meaning "Who is like God?".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,456
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 49 (#2020 most common name, -99.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #50
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 86,992

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#23. Sandra

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 12,644
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 207 (#799 (tie) most common name, -98.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #11
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 183,812

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#22. Dawn

Dawn is a name of English origin meaning "daybreak".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,031
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 51 (#1986 most common name, -99.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #37
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 114,291

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#21. Debra

Debra is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "bee".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,138
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 57 (#1902 (tie) most common name, -99.6% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #24
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 153,776

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#20. Lori

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,339
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 66 (#1756 (tie) most common name, -99.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #15
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 176,561

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#19. Diane

Diane is a name of Latin origin meaning "divine".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,871
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 89 (#1486 most common name, -99.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #36
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 114,441

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#18. Jennifer

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 14,076
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,063 (#171 most common name, -92.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #20
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 164,429

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#17. Maria

Maria is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "sea of bitterness".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 15,135
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,839 (#89 most common name, -87.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #49
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 88,642

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#16. Denise

Denise is a name of Greek origin meaning "to be devoted to Bacchus".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 15,157
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 181 (#900 most common name, -98.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #29
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 128,834

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#15. Barbara

Barbara is a name of Greek origin meaning "foreign".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 16,639
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 218 (#768 (tie) most common name, -98.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #21
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 159,750

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#14. Michelle

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 16,915
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,575 (#110 most common name, -90.7% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #9
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 208,285

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#13. Laura

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 17,092
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 660 (#287 most common name, -96.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #16
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 174,184

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#12. Nancy

Nancy is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "grace".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 17,968
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 267 (#651 (tie) most common name, -98.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #26
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 142,707

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#11. Kathleen

Kathleen is a name of Irish origin meaning "pure".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 18,020
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 281 (#630 (tie) most common name, -98.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #32
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 120,967

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#10. Deborah

Deborah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "bee".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 18,412
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 327 (#549 (tie) most common name, -98.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #12
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 183,434

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#9. Christine

Christine is a name of English origin meaning "follower of Christ".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 19,605
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 345 (#512 (tie) most common name, -98.2% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #27
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 139,333

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#8. Linda

Linda is a name of Italian origin meaning "beautiful".

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 20,203
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 303 (#588 (tie) most common name, -98.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #7
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 225,412

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#7. Elizabeth

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 21,223
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 4,717 (#18 (tie) most common name, -77.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #17
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 168,897

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#6. Donna

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 21,411
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 97 (#1404 most common name, -99.5% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #8
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 213,457

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#5. Patricia

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 25,717
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 219 (#765 most common name, -99.1% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #6
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 231,137

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#4. Karen

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 26,884
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 590 (#315 most common name, -97.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #4
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 286,044

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#3. Susan

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 30,179
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 217 (#771 most common name, -99.3% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #3
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 287,661

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#2. Mary

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 31,463
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,008 (#186 most common name, -96.8% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #2
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 355,223

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#1. Lisa

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

New York
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 44,615
- Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 289 (#610 most common name, -99.4% compared to the 60s)

National
- Rank: #1
- Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 496,980

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