Unlike all the rare names we encounter today (ahem, Apple), parents in the 1960s chose tame but classy monikers for their babies.
Traditional names seemed to be a favorite for boys, so the top 10 male names didn’t change too much from the 1950s. However, there are some surprises when it came to the female names.
The names were all taken from Social Security card applications between 1960 and 1969, see if yours made the cut:
Derived from German and Dutch, Jeffery stems from Godfried which means “God’s peace.” Outside of North America, Geoffrey is a popular alternative spelling.
Cynthia on the other hand has its roots in Greek. The feminine name comes from Mount Cynthus located on Delos Island. It was a by-name for goddess Artemis, who was born on the mountain.
Meaning “twin” in Aramaic, Thomas was the name of one of the apostles mentioned in the Bible.
Michelle is the feminine form of Michael, a Hebrew name meaning “Who is like God?”
A popular name after World War II, Richard means “strong ruler” in German.
As for Donna, it means “lady of the home,” a title of respect given to women in Italy.
The classic name William is derived from Old German and it means “strong-willed warrior.”
Linda, meaning “soft” or “tender,” is another name with German roots. Dubbed the trendiest name in U.S. history, Linda also means “beautiful” in Spanish and Portuguese.
Mark is a form of Marcus, a Latin name for the Roman god of War, Mars. The popular masculine name is also mentioned in the Bible.