Groovy man! These were the most popular boy names in the 70s in Kentucky

Published 11:52 am Saturday, June 19, 2021

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Most popular boy names in the 70s in Kentucky

Names can tell the story of a generation. To learn more about the culture of the 1970s, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys in the 70s in Kentucky 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.

Bob Dylan’s hits certainly put a spotlight on the name Dylan. Fans of Corey Baker on the late 1960s to early 1970s sitcom “Julia” might have been compelled to put Corey (or the other popular variation, Kory) on their son’s birth certificates. People who came of age during the peace-and-love counterculture revolution may have been attracted to nature-inspired baby names, like Micah, while other newborns of the 1970s may have gotten their names from some of the biggest stars of the decade such as Jamey Sheridan or Ricky Nelson.

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

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#50. Bobby

Bobby is a name of German origin meaning “bright fame”.

Kentucky
– Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,295
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 86 (#443 most common name, -93.4% compared to the 70s)

National
– Rank: #93
– Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 28,888

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#49. Brandon

Brandon is a name of English origin meaning “beacon hill” or “crow”.

Kentucky
– Number of babies from 1970 to 1979: 1,306
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 586 (#95 most common name, -55.1% compared to the 70s)