Baby Name Timeline: 1970s

The baby names below saw sudden changes in usage during the 1970s thanks to the influence of historical events. I’ve written explanatory blog posts about some of them — please click the links to learn more!

To check out history-influenced baby names from other decades, visit the baby name timeline main page.


1979

gelsey, ballet, baby name, 1970s,

Here are the names for 1979.


1978

qiana, fabric, baby name, 1970s

Here are the names for 1978.


1977

rhiannon, song, baby name, 1970s,

1977 News: Khaalis, Bnai

1977 Politics: Rosalynn

1977 Movie characters: Darth, Logan, Ammar, Hamza

1977 TV characters: Kunta, Kinte, Kuntakinte, Kizzy, Fanta, Jitu, Kairaba, Lamin, Omoro, Yaisa, Binta, Lucan, Sommers, Nakoma, Feather, Varian, Liana, Ibe, Shalon, Tpring, Shonski, Raven, Sabrina, Idania, Amin, Ross, Verity, Marlena

1977 TV show: Atlantis

1977 TV contestant: Davenia

1977 TV personalities: Sonceria, Shawnte, Yarnell

1977 Actors: Levar, Farrah, Jaclyn, Debraca, Mako, Marisa, Kris

1977 Literary characters: Meghann, Shanna

1977 Writer: Haley

1977 African-American magazines: Abimbola, Akwete, Chinue, Efia, Jamila, Kamilah, Layla, Naila, Rashida, Safiya, Sauda, Abdalla, Abubakar, Hasani, Hashim, Idi, Kamau, Kefentse, Khalfani, Kontar, Kwasi, Lateef, Makalani, Mensah, Nuru

1977 Songs: Rhiannon, Londie, Aisha, Sheena, Beth, Fernando

1977 Singers: Loleatta, Champagne, Jarreau, Yolandita, Shaun, Taka

1977 Musician: Cerrone

1977 Sports: Bjorn, Wesley, Graig, Nelli

1977 Products: Cristalle, Jontue, Tamba, Khara, Civona

1977 Advertisement: Tristaca

1977 Celebrity related: Delinah

1977 Beauty queen: Janelle


1976

nadia, comaneci, olympics, baby names, 1970s,

1976 News: Long, Niya

1976 Movie characters: Vulnavia, Josey, Sparkle, Brannigan

1976 TV characters: Delvecchio, Jaime, Draper, Jillian, Isis, Salathiel, Jadrien

1976 TV contestant: Bernnadette

1976 TV personalities: Charo, Thyais, Chevy

1976 TV director: Gerren

1976 Actors: Dwan, Lindsay, Aristotelis, Ronee, Tierre, Paulmichael

1976 Literary character: Kinte

1976 Songs: Tynisa, Rhiannon, Shannon, Sara

1976 Singers: Telma

1976 Sports: Comaneci, Nadia, Jenner

1976 Celebrity babies: Chudney, Kenisha, Shanga, Evin

1976 Beauty queen: Rina

1976 Model: Mesina


1975

benji, movie, baby name, 1970s,

1975 News: Tamika, Nekeidra, Jubilee

1975 Immigration: Chaffee, Viet, Hung, Nam, Huy, Long, Anh, Vu, Phuong, Tran, Duc, Dung, Hoang, My, Nguyen, Thu, An, Luan, Phong, Bich, Linh, Thao, Trang, Binh, Minh, Quoc, Chau, Hoa, Lien, Ngoc, Yen, Hai, Quang, Tien, Yun

1975 Politics: Yasser

1975 Movie characters: Breezy, Foxy, Sheba, Mahogany, January

1975 TV characters: Starsky, Hutch, Fonzie, Joyelle, Conchata, Trapper, Baretta, Benji, Pepper, Christie, Sooner, Taneha, Rhoda, Laura, Quanah, Clifton

1975 TV show: Caribe

1975 TV contestants: Dareth, Chevi, Reiko, Tiana, Altovise, Nalani

1975 Actors: Thalmus, Durville, Janmichael, Udana

1975 Comics: Tchalla

1975 Literary character: Branwen

1975 Songs: Mandy, Azuredee, Azure, Rikki

1975 Singers: Chakakhan, Tennille, Gloryvee, Emmanuelle

1975 Sports: Tiant, Pele, Jamaal

1975 Products: Aviance, Azuree, Cerissa

1975 Celebrity babies: Taryll, Turkessa

1975 Celebrity related: Khalilah

1975 Beauty queen: Summer

1975 Models: Margaux, Azizi


1974

kojak, television, baby name, 1970s,

1974 News: Abeni, Habibah, Halima, Hasina, Salama, Shani, Charnissa

1974 Politics: Sirica

1974 Movie character: Marjoe, Santee

1974 TV characters: Nakia, Makesha, Kojak, Willona, Jobina, Dayanara, Ticey, Jimbob, Pashen, Jill

1974 TV show: Sunshine

1974 TV contestant: Scoey

1974 Actor: Telly, Savalas

1974 Literary character: Rhiannon

1974 Songs: Jolene, Angie, Sundown, Kalimba

1974 Singers: Lacosta, Chaka

1974 Musician: Turiya

1974 Musical group: Tavares

1974 Sports: Condredge, Jaworski

1974 Product: Ciara

1974 Celebrity babies: Kidada, Shalawn, Seandra, Courtney


1973

aubrey, song, baby name, 1970s,

1973 News: Morningstar, Sacheen, Abdu, Bakari, Dalila, Fatima, Hasani, Jabari, Jelani, Kamilah, Yaminah, Zahra

1973 Movie characters: Season, Coffy, Jory, Regan

1973 TV characters: Toma, Snapper, Caine, Hec, Alethea, Bridget, Kiona, Contessa, Gage

1973 TV personality: Cavett

1973 Actors: Cicely, Mackenzie, Yajaira, Vonetta, Tatum

1973 Literary characters: Eowyn, Strider

1973 Comics: Analuisa

1973 Writer: Xaviera

1973 African-American magazines: Loukisha

1973 Song: Aubrey

1973 Singers: Ralna, Airrion

1973 Musical groups: Cymande, Mandrill

1973 Sports: Cedeno, Billiejean

1973 Products: Trevira, Zuri

1973 Celebrity babies: Yohance, Taj, Tracee


1972

brandy, song, baby name, 1970s,

1972 News: Mieke, Tonnica

1972 Movie characters: Chato, Sancho, Billyjack, Cable, Jacy

1972 TV characters: Katina, Vashon, Delta, Demond, Cade

1972 TV show: Trek

1972 TV personalities: Cher, Chastity

1972 Actors: Cybill, Akili, Amitabh

1972 Literary character: Erendira

1972 Songs: Sossity, Brandy, Nikki

1972 Singers: Carly, Melanie, Adaryll, Marlon, Lasalle

1972 Musicians: Manu, Bayete

1972 Sports: Kipchoge, Keino, Kareem, Abdul, Jabbar, Erubey, Keena

1972 Products: Ciara, Cachet, Mitchum

1972 Celebrity baby: Krisinda


1971

shaft, movie, baby name, 1970s,

1971 News: Doria, Janis

1971 Movie characters: Shaft, Bree, Sundance, Tristana, Zachariah, Trinity, Jennifer, Jenny, Oliver, Ginger

1971 TV characters: Uhura, Cissy, Jody, Chad, Yesenia, Bracken, Jamie

1971 TV shows: Alias, Anzio

1971 Actors: Brando, Yaphet, Heshimu, Veleka, Damu, Ali, Ryan

1971 African-American magazines: Shango, Kwabene, Kwame, Diallo, Sekou, Jaja, Azikiwe, Nkenge, Lumumba, Lawanika, Corrice

1971 Songs: Layla, Amoreena, Scotty, Tomorrow, Dindi, Candida

1971 Singers: Jermaine, Lajuane, Sigmund, Shelbra

1971 Musical group: Santana

1971 Musical albums: Abraxas, Thembi

1971 Sports: Unseld, Vida

1971 Products: Corelle, Tamu

1971 Celebrity babies: Ayanna, Shangaleza

1971 Celebrity related: Altovise


1970

shilo, song, baby name, 1970s,

1970 News: Turi, Donzaleigh, Juandalynn, Alprentice, Reeshemah, Celia

1970 Politics: Arafat

1970 Movie characters: Cresta, Shalako, Cassidy

1970 TV characters: Mcgarrett, Mano, Dodie, Tara, Jolyon, Nyree, Loey, Kinita, Erica, Sabrina

1970 TV contestant: Alisande

1970 Actors: Falana, Tatanisha, Brandon, Dyan, Shakira, Saby, Ahna, Marki

1970 Literary characters: Aragorn, Gandalf

1970 Songs: Shilo, Fancy, Cherie, Aquarius, Tracy, Prudence, Cecilia

1970 Singers: Bobbie, Gentry, Toriano, Jermaine, Massiel, Sacha

1970 Musicians: Rahsaan, Pharoah

1970 Musical album: Karma

1970 Sports: Cleon

1970 Products: Torino, Embra, Doral, Malaika

1970 Brands: Shindana, Pepsi, Loreal

1970 Celebrity baby: Rasheda

1970 Celebrity related: Syreeta

1970 Beauty queens: Rewa, Marisol


More Names

Other historically significant baby names bestowed in the U.S. during the 1970s include Antares, Era, and Skylab.