These Were The Most Popular Baby Names In 1971

Caroline Bologna
·Senior Reporter, HuffPost Life
·1 min read
Some of the top baby names from 1971 remain popular today, while others have fallen off the map.  (Photo: Tom Gautier Photography via Getty Images)
Some of the top baby names from 1971 remain popular today, while others have fallen off the map. (Photo: Tom Gautier Photography via Getty Images)

The most popular baby names list doesn’t change too dramatically from year to year, but there are always interesting trends over longer periods of time.

The Social Security Administration has a database with lists of the top baby names for newborns in the U.S. every year going back to the 1880s. We took a look at the most popular names 50 years ago to see how parents’ choices half a century ago compare to the top picks today.

While many of the names are classics that remain popular in 2021 (think William, Michael, Elizabeth), others don’t appear on quite as many birth certificates these days (shoutout to Craig, Tonya and Tammy). But it doesn’t mean they couldn’t be ripe for a comeback.

Below, find the 50 most popular baby names for boys and girls born in 1971.

Girls

  1. Jennifer

  2. Michelle

  3. Lisa

  4. Kimberly

  5. Amy

  6. Angela

  7. Melissa

  8. Tammy

  9. Mary

  10. Julie

  11. Stephanie

  12. Heather

  13. Tracy

  14. Dawn

  15. Karen

  16. Laura

  17. Susan

  18. Christine

  19. Elizabeth

  20. Tina

  21. Shannon

  22. Kelly

  23. Rebecca

  24. Cynthia

  25. Lori

  26. Patricia

  27. Nicole

  28. Pamela

  29. Wendy

  30. Christina

  31. Sandra

  32. Stacy

  33. Deborah

  34. Teresa

  35. Andrea

  36. Denise

  37. Maria

  38. Donna

  39. Michele

  40. Sharon

  41. Stacey

  42. Linda

  43. Brenda

  44. Dana

  45. Tonya

  46. Rhonda

  47. Barbara

  48. Monica

  49. Tara

  50. Cheryl

Boys

  1. Michael

  2. James

  3. David

  4. John

  5. Robert

  6. Christopher

  7. William

  8. Jason

  9. Brian

  10. Scott

  11. Richard

  12. Jeffrey

  13. Mark

  14. Kevin

  15. Joseph

  16. Steven

  17. Thomas

  18. Eric

  19. Matthew

  20. Daniel

  21. Timothy

  22. Charles

  23. Anthony

  24. Paul

  25. Gregory

  26. Kenneth

  27. Stephen

  28. Shawn

  29. Chad

  30. Todd

  31. Ronald

  32. Edward

  33. Andrew

  34. Donald

  35. Patrick

  36. Sean

  37. Keith

  38. Gary

  39. Douglas

  40. Jonathan

  41. Aaron

  42. George

  43. Craig

  44. Larry

  45. Jeremy

  46. Troy

  47. Peter

  48. Bryan

  49. Dennis

  50. Jerry

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