By 1960, the United States population was up over 179 million people. Just 16 days after John F Kennedy was elected President, his first child was born — a son, who they named John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (The family is pictured below.)

Also born this year: REM’s Michael Stipe (born John Michael Stipe), Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson (full name: Jeremy Charles Robert Clarkson), and future football legend John Elway.

baby JFK Jr - born in 1960

1960 also marked the start of a new decade of awesome music. Elvis had two #1 singles — Are You Lonesome Tonight? and It’s Now or Never — and other chart-toppers that year include The Drifters’ Save the Last Dance for Me and Chubby Checker’s The Twist.

Check out how kids were being named in the year 1960 with this list of the top 50 names for baby boys and girls. Click on any of the names to find out more — including its meaning, origin and similar names — and tell us what you think!

Top baby names of 1960

Top girl names: 1960 Top boy names: 1960
  1. Mary
  2. Susan
  3. Linda
  4. Karen
  5. Donna
  6. Lisa
  7. Patricia
  8. Debra
  9. Cynthia
  10. Deborah
  11. Sandra
  12. Barbara
  13. Brenda
  14. Pamela
  15. Nancy
  16. Sharon
  17. Cheryl
  18. Elizabeth
  19. Teresa
  20. Lori
  21. Kathy
  22. Diane
  23. Carol
  24. Laura
  25. Debbie
  26. Kimberly
  27. Kathleen
  28. Julie
  29. Denise
  30. Cindy
  31. Tammy
  32. Janet
  33. Robin
  34. Kim
  35. Theresa
  36. Margaret
  37. Laurie
  38. Rebecca
  39. Michelle
  40. Christine
  41. Janice
  42. Catherine
  43. Carolyn
  44. Rhonda
  45. Cathy
  46. Tina
  47. Connie
  48. Judy
  49. Terri
  50. Angela
  1. David
  2. Michael
  3. James
  4. John
  5. Robert
  6. Mark
  7. William
  8. Richard
  9. Thomas
  10. Steven
  11. Timothy
  12. Joseph
  13. Charles
  14. Jeffrey
  15. Kevin
  16. Kenneth
  17. Daniel
  18. Paul
  19. Donald
  20. Brian
  21. Ronald
  22. Gary
  23. Scott
  24. Gregory
  25. Anthony
  26. Edward
  27. Stephen
  28. Larry
  29. Christopher
  30. Douglas
  31. Dennis
  32. Randy
  33. George
  34. Terry
  35. Keith
  36. Mike
  37. Jerry
  38. Ricky
  39. Bruce
  40. Frank
  41. Peter
  42. Craig
  43. Steve
  44. Eric
  45. Patrick
  46. Raymond
  47. Roger
  48. Danny
  49. Jeff
  50. Alan

Source: US Social Security Administration

   

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