1970's Names

I just read the “Four-Generation [name]Rule[/name]” blog. I have to admit that I am naturally drawn to names that were given to people my age, born in the mid 1970’s! I really wish that it was still fashionable to name my daughter [name]Amy[/name], [name]Jennifer[/name], or [name]Nicole[/name]. Perhaps I was truly meant to have children in a different era. :slight_smile: I love all the names that my adult friends have because I can actually envision them as names of beautiful confident women with popular names. The baby names that are “fashionable” today don’t feel comfortable to me and seem, dare I say it…unattractive. However, I would never want to burden my children with outdated names. So, I pose this question. What are today’s popular equivalents of the 1970’s names that I wish were still fashionably acceptable to name babies? For example, is yesterday’s popular [name]Jennifer[/name] today’s [name]Isabella[/name] or [name]Emma[/name]? The following are the names that I am looking for modern beautifiul popular equivalents for my daughter. If I was in the 1970’s or even the 1980’s this would be my baby naming style:


This really is a dilemma! Thank you so much for your thoughts!

I have to admit I like a lot of these “out of style” names myself. They are familiar and comfortable, and I know a lot of people with these names that I like. I love [name]Shannon[/name] and [name]Brooke[/name]. I think [name]Allison[/name] and [name]Natalie[/name] might be considered out of fashion, but I might use them anyway!

Not sure if this is exactly what you’re looking for, but these are the “jazzed up” names that I think of when I see your list of names. [name]Hope[/name] it helps! :slight_smile:

[name]Amy[/name] - [name]Amelia[/name]
[name]Nicole[/name] - [name]Nicolette[/name]
[name]Jennifer[/name] - [name]Genevieve[/name]
[name]Melissa[/name] - [name]Melina[/name]
[name]Megan[/name] - [name]Marguerite[/name], [name]Mckenna[/name]
[name]Caitlin[/name] - [name]Catalina[/name], [name]Cassidy[/name]
[name]Emily[/name] - [name]Emmeline[/name], [name]Amelie[/name]
[name]Jenna[/name] - [name]Gemma[/name], [name]Giana[/name]
[name]Chelsea[/name] - [name]Chiara[/name] (kee-AHR-a), [name]Chambre[/name], [name]Chesney[/name], [name]Cheyenne[/name]
[name]Lisa[/name] - [name]Lisette[/name], [name]Elise[/name]
[name]Carrie[/name] - Carrington, [name]Carina[/name], [name]Carys[/name]
[name]Shannon[/name] - [name]Shania[/name]
[name]Brooke[/name] - [name]Brooklyn[/name], [name]Brielle[/name], (what if you used the nature theme? ie - [name]Rain[/name], [name]Skye[/name])
[name]Kimberly[/name] - [name]Kinsey[/name]?
[name]Christina[/name] - ???
[name]Kristin[/name]/[name]Krista[/name] - ???
[name]Heather[/name] - [name]Haven[/name], [name]Harper[/name]
[name]Lauren[/name] - [name]Lorelai[/name]

Fun topic!
[name]Amy[/name] - [name]Ava[/name], [name]Evelyn[/name] nn [name]Evie[/name], [name]Edith[/name] nn [name]Edie[/name]
[name]Nicole[/name] - [name]Giselle[/name], [name]Vivienne[/name], [name]Simone[/name]
[name]Jennifer[/name] - [name]Genevieve[/name], [name]Jessamine[/name], [name]Josephine[/name] nn [name]Josie[/name]
[name]Melissa[/name] - [name]Millicent[/name] nn [name]Millie[/name], [name]Madeleine[/name] nn [name]Maddie[/name]
[name]Megan[/name] - [name]Morgan[/name] (but I dislike this name)
[name]Caitlin[/name] - [name]Katherine[/name], [name]Kathleen[/name] nn [name]Kate[/name] or [name]Catherine[/name], [name]Cathleen[/name] nn [name]Cate[/name] or [name]Kathlyn[/name]
[name]Emily[/name] - this is still really popular. It’s #1. You could use this name. Also [name]Emma[/name] (#2)
[name]Jenna[/name] - [name]Gemma[/name]
[name]Chelsea[/name] - [name]Chloe[/name], [name]Gelsey[/name] (a very unusual name)
[name]Lisa[/name] - [name]Mira[/name], [name]Elizabeth[/name] nn [name]Liza[/name]
[name]Carrie[/name] - [name]Rory[/name], [name]Lucy[/name]
[name]Shannon[/name] - [name]Sorcha[/name], [name]Bronwyn[/name], [name]Brenna[/name]
[name]Brooke[/name] - [name]Briony[/name]
[name]Kimberly[/name] - [name]Jocelyn[/name], [name]Cameron[/name]
[name]Christina[/name] - [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Clara[/name], [name]Claire[/name], [name]Susannah[/name] nn [name]Sanna[/name]
[name]Kristin[/name]/[name]Krista[/name] - [name]Freya[/name], [name]Ingrid[/name], [name]Annika[/name]
[name]Heather[/name] - [name]Hollis[/name], [name]Iris[/name], [name]Daisy[/name], [name]Chloe[/name] (means grass)
[name]Lauren[/name] - [name]Laura[/name], [name]Laurel[/name]

The last thing a little girl needs is a Mom name from the '70’s. But here are a lot of choices, everything from super popular to classic to vintage. [name]Hope[/name] you like something here or in another post. Let us know what you like and we’ll think of more ideas. I loved this post so much-it was fun. My fave name from a long time ago before the '70’s was [name]Julie[/name]. Oh, I love my own name [name]Susan[/name], too.

Yes, these names are dated/trendy, and I think it’s great that you’re open to some wonderful classic/vintage/stylish alternatives! :slight_smile: In the end, you need to choose a name you love, regardless of its classification, but I still applaud your willingness to explore! :slight_smile:

[name]Amy[/name]: [name]Amelia[/name], [name]Adeline[/name], [name]Adelia[/name], [name]Audrey[/name], and the following trendy options: [name]Avery[/name], Ainsely, [name]Ashby[/name]

[name]Nicole[/name]: [name]Nicola[/name], [name]Noelle[/name], [name]Nora[/name], [name]Natalie[/name]

[name]Jennifer[/name]: [name]Genevieve[/name], [name]Gemma[/name] ([name]Jem[/name]-ma), [name]Georgia[/name], [name]Georgiana[/name]

[name]Melissa[/name]: [name]Matilda[/name], [name]Miranda[/name], [name]Marissa[/name]/[name]Marisa[/name], [name]Francesca[/name], [name]Larissa[/name], [name]Clarissa[/name]

[name]Megan[/name]: Try another name with a smilar feel, such as [name]Bronwen[/name]/[name]Bronwyn[/name], [name]Margaret[/name], [name]Maisie[/name], [name]Marin[/name]/[name]Maren[/name]

[name]Caitlin[/name]: [name]Catherine[/name], [name]Katherine[/name], [name]Kate[/name], [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Caroline[/name], [name]Clementine[/name], [name]Chloe[/name], [name]Claire[/name], [name]Clara[/name]

[name]Emily[/name]: Although it’s overused, [name]Emily[/name] is a classic name, and will always be a classic. [name]Emmeline[/name] is a lovely alternative, as is [name]Amelia[/name].

[name]Jenna[/name]: [name]Gemma[/name] ([name]Jem[/name]-ma), [name]Genevieve[/name]

[name]Chelsea[/name]: [name]Charlotte[/name], [name]Chloe[/name], [name]Caroline[/name], [name]Celia[/name], [name]Cecilia[/name]

[name]Lisa[/name]: [name]Elizabeth[/name], [name]Eliza[/name], [name]Lila[/name], [name]Lily[/name], [name]Louisa[/name], [name]Lydia[/name], [name]Laura[/name], [name]Anneliese[/name]

[name]Carrie[/name]: [name]Caroline[/name] (you can still use [name]Carrie[/name] as the nickname it is)

[name]Shannon[/name]: [name]Rhiannon[/name], [name]Aveline[/name], [name]Bronwyn[/name]/[name]Bronwen[/name], [name]Darcy[/name], [name]Fiona[/name], [name]Maeve[/name], [name]Quinn[/name], [name]Tiernan[/name], [name]Sophie[/name], [name]Simone[/name], [name]Scarlett[/name], [name]Sasha[/name]

[name]Brooke[/name]: [name]Blythe[/name], [name]Bryn[/name], [name]Belle[/name], [name]Claire[/name], [name]Eve[/name], [name]Faith[/name], [name]Grace[/name], [name]Hope[/name], [name]Jane[/name], [name]Kate[/name], [name]Maeve[/name], [name]Mae[/name], [name]Nell[/name], [name]Paige[/name], [name]Quinn[/name], [name]Rose[/name], [name]Tess[/name]

[name]Kimberly[/name]: [name]Katherine[/name], [name]Keira[/name], [name]Kirby[/name], [name]Karenna[/name]

[name]Christina[/name]: [name]Christina[/name] is a lovely classic name.

[name]Kristin[/name]/[name]Krista[/name]: [name]Christina[/name]

[name]Heather[/name]: [name]Daisy[/name], [name]Violet[/name], [name]Delphine[/name], [name]Rose[/name], [name]Lila[/name], [name]Lily[/name], [name]Laurel[/name], [name]Linden[/name], [name]Willa[/name] (other flower/tree names…), [name]Helena[/name], [name]Hope[/name], [name]Hazel[/name], or the trendy [name]Hadley[/name]

[name]Lauren[/name]: [name]Laura[/name], [name]Laurel[/name], [name]Lorelei[/name]

Best wishes to you!

I’m not going to give alternatives for each name, but these are the current names that give me the same feeling I think your 70s choices would have given me in the 70s… hope that makes sense!


Most of the names you mentioned there I would not hesitate to use. My favorites from those are [name]Amy[/name], [name]Melissa[/name], and [name]Shannon[/name] (the latter I actually prefer for a boy).

I think the “dated” names that are probably best avoided are those that were “new and trendy” in their hayday (e.g. how [name]Brittany[/name] was in the 80s/90s and how [name]Madison[/name] and [name]Nevaeh[/name] are in the '00s). Names that have a history of use but experienced a burst of popularity at a particular time (such as [name]Amy[/name] and [name]Melissa[/name] which I mentioned I like, and from the generation before that names like [name]Nancy[/name] and [name]Susan[/name]) I think can be used at any time without too many problems.

As [name]Pam[/name] resonded to someone in her blog, while names like [name]Amy[/name] and [name]Shannon[/name] are certainly still used, they are no longer considered stylish. The key word is style. They’ll come back again, though. :slight_smile: