Most Popular Baby Names in 1970

In this article we'll look at what the most popular baby names were for the year 1970. These names are taken directly from the Social Security card applications for births that occurred in the United States.

The table below shows the top 250 most popular baby names in 1970, with a total count for the number of births registered with that given name.

You can also use the links below to research more about the most popular baby names.

Top 1000 most popular boy names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Top 1000 most popular girl names: 1-250 | 251-500 | 501-750 | 751-1000

Boys Girls
Rank Name Count Name Count
1 Michael 85,291 Jennifer 46,157
2 David 61,760 Lisa 38,964
3 James 61,759 Kimberly 34,138
4 John 58,530 Michelle 34,051
5 Robert 57,200 Amy 25,211
6 Christopher 41,775 Angela 24,928
7 William 38,907 Melissa 23,737
8 Brian 31,930 Tammy 19,583
9 Mark 31,488 Mary 19,202
10 Richard 30,452 Tracy 18,467
11 Jeffrey 30,153 Julie 17,159
12 Scott 28,593 Karen 16,700
13 Jason 27,285 Laura 16,494
14 Kevin 26,981 Christine 16,062
15 Steven 26,815 Susan 15,738
16 Joseph 26,732 Dawn 15,681
17 Thomas 26,689 Stephanie 15,388
18 Eric 23,569 Elizabeth 15,115
19 Daniel 23,531 Heather 14,669
20 Timothy 22,437 Kelly 14,611
21 Charles 22,425 Tina 13,864
22 Anthony 21,185 Shannon 13,546
23 Paul 20,207 Lori 13,447
24 Matthew 20,197 Patricia 13,405
25 Kenneth 16,814 Cynthia 12,918
26 Gregory 16,290 Pamela 12,907
27 Stephen 14,772 Sandra 11,248
28 Todd 14,429 Wendy 11,099
29 Ronald 13,616 Rebecca 10,855
30 Donald 12,402 Nicole 10,691
31 Edward 12,292 Michele 10,093
32 Andrew 11,996 Donna 9,968
33 Patrick 11,742 Deborah 9,847
34 Shawn 10,952 Teresa 9,605
35 Gary 10,724 Christina 9,586
36 Douglas 10,412 Denise 9,342
37 Sean 10,352 Sharon 9,176
38 Keith 9,613 Linda 8,730
39 Craig 9,373 Maria 8,677
40 George 8,918 Brenda 8,336
41 Troy 8,448 Barbara 8,027
42 Jonathan 8,203 Stacy 7,772
43 Larry 8,106 Andrea 7,709
44 Peter 8,057 Cheryl 7,439
45 Jerry 7,425 Kathleen 7,407
46 Dennis 7,319 Rhonda 7,379
47 Bradley 6,823 Debra 7,197
48 Frank 6,805 Stacey 7,155
49 Raymond 6,790 Tonya 7,139
50 Jeffery 6,704 Nancy 7,063
51 Chad 6,633 Robin 7,004
52 Aaron 6,584 Jill 6,806
53 Bryan 6,452 Theresa 6,412
54 Terry 6,185 Dana 6,405
55 Rodney 5,859 Tracey 6,230
56 Jose 5,695 Monica 6,187
57 Tony 5,481 Paula 6,054
58 Russell 5,114 Rachel 6,029
59 Randy 5,040 Catherine 6,005
60 Marc 5,013 Sherry 5,917
61 Roger 4,584 Gina 5,875
62 Samuel 4,558 Ann 5,738
63 Chris 4,465 Kristin 5,634
64 Shane 4,452 Leslie 5,623
65 Johnny 4,440 Sarah 5,615
66 Gerald 4,401 Jacqueline 5,579
67 Carl 4,399 Katherine 5,442
68 Jon 4,373 Renee 5,373
69 Travis 4,325 Tara 5,329
70 Jeremy 4,321 Diane 5,185
71 Adam 4,318 Carol 5,064
72 Marcus 4,317 Cindy 5,049
73 Phillip 4,278 Carrie 4,977
74 Brent 4,272 Holly 4,942
75 Darren 4,199 Sheila 4,938
76 Lance 4,163 Tanya 4,861
77 Derek 4,149 Kathy 4,797
78 Billy 4,125 Kim 4,729
79 Vincent 4,027 Tamara 4,721
80 Wayne 4,005 Margaret 4,704
81 Benjamin 3,929 Heidi 4,642
82 Joel 3,844 Kristen 4,604
83 Lawrence 3,825 April 4,601
84 Corey 3,813 Carolyn 4,520
85 Danny 3,766 Victoria 4,460
86 Jimmy 3,658 Regina 4,432
87 Bobby 3,636 Suzanne 4,426
88 Curtis 3,614 Laurie 4,390
89 Walter 3,586 Diana 4,376
90 Joe 3,570 Deanna 4,331
91 Alan 3,560 Melanie 4,329
92 Philip 3,518 Beth 4,247
93 Martin 3,505 Melinda 4,225
94 Bruce 3,483 Carla 4,215
95 Juan 3,475 Jodi 4,184
96 Derrick 3,446 Janet 4,159
97 Jay 3,419 Valerie 4,131
98 Carlos 3,386 Jessica 4,024
99 Brett 3,374 Tiffany 4,000
100 Randall 3,270 Traci 3,854
101 Erik 3,246 Crystal 3,818
102 Darrell 3,148 Anna 3,798
103 Willie 3,139 Shelly 3,751
104 Henry 3,130 Kathryn 3,719
105 Ricky 3,091 Christy 3,714
106 Victor 3,086 Yolanda 3,590
107 Albert 3,074 Sabrina 3,567
108 Roy 3,041 Amanda 3,549
109 Glenn 3,008 Kristine 3,533
110 Dale 3,003 Veronica 3,491
111 Arthur 2,979 Erin 3,480
112 Dean 2,941 Anne 3,439
113 Steve 2,936 Terri 3,402
114 Allen 2,933 Danielle 3,371
115 Frederick 2,890 Kelli 3,331
116 Jeff 2,882 Colleen 3,327
117 Barry 2,797 Connie 3,324
118 Lee 2,793 Alicia 3,321
119 Jesse 2,769 Lynn 3,264
120 Kyle 2,764 Jamie 3,200
121 Antonio 2,743 Julia 3,179
122 Harold 2,725 Sherri 3,166
123 Nicholas 2,700 Kristi 3,149
124 Louis 2,644 Tricia 3,133
125 Jamie 2,642 Kristina 3,126
126 Micheal 2,634 Sara 3,060
127 Christian 2,622 Anita 2,895
128 Shannon 2,571 Annette 2,890
129 Jack 2,570 Erica 2,795
130 Nathan 2,548 Bonnie 2,747
131 Brandon 2,545 Sonya 2,740
132 Tyrone 2,531 Wanda 2,717
133 Ronnie 2,516 Allison 2,630
134 Andre 2,510 Cassandra 2,603
135 Kelly 2,496 Vicki 2,603
136 Alexander 2,468 Krista 2,589
137 Mike 2,467 Cathy 2,586
138 Justin 2,386 Vanessa 2,576
139 Ryan 2,329 Felicia 2,541
140 Brad 2,325 Sheri 2,401
141 Dwayne 2,316 Yvonne 2,374
142 Reginald 2,310 Natalie 2,370
143 Ernest 2,305 Martha 2,368
144 Leonard 2,295 Shelley 2,352
145 Luis 2,285 Janice 2,332
146 Eugene 2,264 Virginia 2,329
147 Ralph 2,249 Tracie 2,327
148 Tommy 2,221 Debbie 2,323
149 Kurt 2,197 Samantha 2,297
150 Joshua 2,173 Beverly 2,248
151 Eddie 2,152 Katrina 2,215
152 Wesley 2,061 Carmen 2,202
153 Marvin 2,035 Jody 2,200
154 Greg 2,006 Marie 2,186
155 Glen 2,000 Darlene 2,176
156 Howard 1,997 Toni 2,166
157 Stanley 1,953 Penny 2,145
158 Kirk 1,919 Kellie 2,130
159 Mario 1,900 Jean 2,109
160 Theodore 1,830 Monique 2,099
161 Daryl 1,795 Becky 2,071
162 Tracy 1,775 Yvette 2,051
163 Duane 1,772 Gloria 2,044
164 Cory 1,761 Joyce 2,031
165 Maurice 1,741 Stacie 2,019
166 Calvin 1,733 Charlotte 1,992
167 Edwin 1,726 Charlene 1,983
168 Jerome 1,723 Shawn 1,971
169 Harry 1,695 Betty 1,965
170 Manuel 1,694 Joanne 1,954
171 Melvin 1,678 Erika 1,942
172 Ricardo 1,652 Trina 1,933
173 Earl 1,629 Emily 1,931
174 Damon 1,622 Peggy 1,900
175 Clinton 1,595 Tammie 1,881
176 Clifford 1,582 Kerry 1,832
177 Karl 1,576 Judy 1,827
178 Neil 1,567 Ruth 1,817
179 Mitchell 1,542 Bridget 1,815
180 Darrin 1,525 Dorothy 1,799
181 Norman 1,522 Kristie 1,792
182 Warren 1,508 Maureen 1,789
183 Fred 1,503 Rose 1,778
184 Jody 1,501 Joy 1,774
185 Jesus 1,484 Kimberley 1,769
186 Ray 1,463 Sonia 1,767
187 Terrence 1,461 Alison 1,764
188 Darin 1,441 Ellen 1,759
189 Wade 1,423 Sylvia 1,727
190 Alfred 1,415 Jeanette 1,725
191 Alex 1,403 Helen 1,718
192 Francis 1,388 Leah 1,672
193 Clarence 1,384 Judith 1,670
194 Lonnie 1,382 Kari 1,667
195 Darryl 1,367 Vickie 1,647
196 Roberto 1,363 Karla 1,634
197 Miguel 1,347 Kristy 1,632
198 Tim 1,327 Shirley 1,629
199 Ruben 1,326 Frances 1,628
200 Adrian 1,296 Alice 1,621
201 Geoffrey 1,287 Belinda 1,621
202 Dustin 1,285 Jane 1,599
203 Don 1,279 Rita 1,589
204 Jim 1,258 Jeanne 1,582
205 Gabriel 1,246 Joann 1,559
206 Byron 1,233 Tami 1,556
207 Leon 1,222 Dina 1,548
208 Franklin 1,220 Dena 1,541
209 Francisco 1,218 Kara 1,502
210 Rick 1,188 Shawna 1,500
211 Bernard 1,187 Kelley 1,497
212 Stacy 1,183 Robyn 1,497
213 Terrance 1,179 Leigh 1,485
214 Gilbert 1,169 Sheryl 1,473
215 Leroy 1,169 Raquel 1,470
216 Kent 1,153 Evelyn 1,466
217 Joey 1,137 Elaine 1,437
218 Nathaniel 1,136 Norma 1,435
219 Tom 1,130 Tonia 1,429
220 Hector 1,127 Candace 1,427
221 Jorge 1,120 Gail 1,425
222 Ian 1,118 Rosa 1,423
223 Alvin 1,088 Kerri 1,416
224 Vernon 1,087 Jenny 1,410
225 Oscar 1,044 Marsha 1,382
226 Dana 1,038 Ginger 1,381
227 Raul 1,037 Aimee 1,376
228 Roderick 1,037 Roberta 1,375
229 Angel 1,035 Caroline 1,372
230 Herbert 1,034 Jackie 1,368
231 Dwight 1,026 Loretta 1,364
232 Bill 1,021 Deana 1,363
233 Dan 1,021 Ronda 1,355
234 Leslie 1,014 Meredith 1,353
235 Guy 1,010 Lara 1,332
236 Lewis 1,000 Joanna 1,330
237 Gordon 991 Lauren 1,311
238 Lloyd 991 Christie 1,311
239 Ramon 991 Sonja 1,310
240 Shaun 988 Audrey 1,309
241 Trevor 986 Joan 1,307
242 Toby 982 Angie 1,295
243 Kerry 967 Amber 1,290
244 Andy 954 Marcia 1,285
245 Rafael 947 Eileen 1,281
246 Ted 944 Megan 1,270
247 Gregg 943 Juanita 1,263
248 Fredrick 941 Marilyn 1,257
249 Jaime 937 Sally 1,248
250 Gene 934 Sandy 1,247

Historical Data for Baby Names

If you're interested to see how the trends and popularity of baby names have changed, you can use the links below to view the historical data by decade.

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Most popular girl names, 1880-present | since 1950 | since 1960 | since 1970 | since 1980 | since 1990 | since 2000 | since 2010

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and excludes any names with fewer than 5 occurrences in any geographic area.

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