The oh-so-awesome JenX67 linked to this article about how passe Generation X first names are, saying that "Jennifer" is now as passe as "Myrtle."
These were the most popular top 10 girl and boy names in 1967.
When I think back on my own classmates and which names were the ones that always had to have last initials after them because there were more than one of them. Dans, Daves, Mikes, Jerrys, Roberts, Kims, Amys, Sarah/Saras -- those are the main ones I remember. And there were names that you just NEVER see any more, like Barb and Brenda and Cheryl. When I went on to a heavily Irish-Catholic girls' school in St. Paul (Derham Hall, represent!), I met a lot of Bridgets and Shannons, too.
The only negative comment I ever heard when we told people we were naming our daughter Kelly was from one person who said "Why would you do that when everyone in the 1970s was named Nicole or Kelly?" I guess I did know some Kelly/Kellis too, but not that many, and I still love the name, so there.
Now, of course, it's all Sophia and Alex and Brayden/Cayden/Jayden/Brayden/Aiden/Peyton. I like most of those names, but they'll mark a generation as sure as our own did, and as sure as Betty and Linda and Mary did for generations before us. (I always joke that half my mom's friends were named Lorraine.)
What names do you remember being the most popular back in the 1970s and 1980s in school? Do you see any babies getting that name today?