Most popular girl names in the 60s in North Carolina

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Stacker compiled a list of the most popular baby names for boys in the ‘60s in North Carolina using data from the Social Security Administration. Names are ranked by the number of babies born. The names in this list represent the distinct intersection of Baby Boomer and Gen X and a reflection of some of the most well-known celebrities, musicians, and trends of the time. Keep reading to see if your name was among the most popular in the ‘60s in your home state.

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#50. Julie

Julie is a name of Latin origin meaning “youthful”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,131
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 188 (#503 most common name, -91.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #18
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 166,151

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#49. Cindy

Cindy is a name of Greek origin meaning “woman from Mount Kynthos”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,132
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 74 (#1033 most common name, -96.5% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #46
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 91,589

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#48. Betty

Betty is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “oath of God”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,146
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 37 (#1448 most common name, -98.3% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #102
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 38,291

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#47. Paula

Paula is a name of Latin origin meaning “small”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,289
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 47 (#1303 most common name, -97.9% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #54
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 80,506

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#46. Kelly

Kelly is a name of Irish origin meaning “bright-headed”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,414
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 247 (#406 most common name, -89.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #30
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 128,078

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#45. Jacqueline

Jacqueline is a name of French origin meaning “may God protect”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,449
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 346 (#289 (tie) most common name, -85.9% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #51
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 84,366

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#44. Tracy

Tracy is a name of Irish origin meaning “fighter”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,473
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 346 (#289 (tie) most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #39
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 103,778

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#43. Debbie

Debbie is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “bee”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,484
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 346 (#289 (tie) most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #52
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 84,193

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#42. Carol

Carol is a name of German origin meaning “free man”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,487
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 30 (#1564 most common name, -98.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #38
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 112,341

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#41. Nancy

Nancy is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “grace”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,491
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 105 (#798 (tie) most common name, -95.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #26
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 142,707

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#40. Rebecca

Rebecca is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “servant of God”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,503
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 526 (#190 most common name, -79.0% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #41
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 99,468

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#39. Stephanie

Stephanie is a name of Greek origin meaning “crown”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,506
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 406 (#247 most common name, -83.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #45
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 92,825

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#38. Cheryl

Cheryl is a name of Greek origin meaning “cherry fruit”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,610
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 406 (#247 most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #28
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 135,650

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#37. Beverly

Beverly is a name of English origin meaning “beaver stream or meadow”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,685
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 13 (#2017 (tie) most common name, -99.5% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #85
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 45,165

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#36. Janet

Janet is a name of Scottish origin meaning “God is gracious”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,722
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 43 (#1354 most common name, -98.4% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #47
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 89,307

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#35. Michelle

Michelle is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “who is like God?”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,839
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 420 (#235 most common name, -85.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #9
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 208,285

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#34. Carolyn

Carolyn is a name of German origin meaning “free man”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,912
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 138 (#636 (tie) most common name, -95.3% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #57
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 75,255

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#33. Wendy

Wendy is a name of English origin meaning “friend”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 2,980
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 65 (#1106 most common name, -97.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #48
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 88,970

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#32. Sheila

Sheila is a name of Gaelic origin meaning “heavenly”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,073
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 26 (#1640 most common name, -99.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #59
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 74,071

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#31. Lori

Lori is a name of English origin meaning “bay laurel”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,116
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 19 (#1806 (tie) most common name, -99.4% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #15
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 176,561

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#30. Kathy

Kathy is a name of Greek origin meaning “pure”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,236
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 29 (#1585 (tie) most common name, -99.1% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #40
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 101,119

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#29. Laura

Laura is a name of Latin origin meaning “bay laurel plant”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,298
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 313 (#314 (tie) most common name, -90.5% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #16
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 174,184

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#28. Debra

Debra is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “bee”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,316
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 313 (#314 (tie) most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #24
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 153,776

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#27. Rhonda

Rhonda is a name of Welsh origin meaning “good lance”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,333
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 313 (#314 (tie) most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #44
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 93,607

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#26. Tina

Tina is a name of English origin meaning “river”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,380
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 10 (#2246 most common name, -99.7% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #31
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 126,385

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#25. Jennifer

Jennifer is a name of English origin meaning “white shadow, white wave”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,464
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 430 (#229 most common name, -87.6% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #20
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 164,429

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#24. Amy

Amy is a name of French origin meaning “beloved”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,488
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 599 (#171 most common name, -82.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #35
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 116,789

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#23. Wanda

Wanda is a name of Polish origin meaning “wanderer”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,577
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 599 (#171 most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #81
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 47,684

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#22. Melissa

Melissa is a name of Greek origin meaning “honey bee”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,653
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 358 (#282 most common name, -90.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #33
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 119,212

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#21. Sherry

Sherry is a name of French origin meaning “dear”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 3,691
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 6 (#2472 (tie) most common name, -99.8% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #55
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 77,521

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#20. Barbara

Barbara is a name of Greek origin meaning “foreign”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,020
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 46 (#1319 most common name, -98.9% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #21
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 159,750

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#19. Robin

Robin is a name of German origin meaning “fame-bright”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,459
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 60 (#1161 most common name, -98.7% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #34
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 118,322

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#18. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “god is my oath”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,582
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 3,438 (#8 most common name, -25.0% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #17
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 168,897

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#17. Brenda

Brenda is a name of Norse origin meaning “sword”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 4,724
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 112 (#763 most common name, -97.6% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #19
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 164,483

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#16. Deborah

Deborah is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “bee”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,341
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 92 (#893 most common name, -98.3% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #12
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 183,434

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#15. Patricia

Patricia is a name of Latin origin meaning “noble”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,572
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 98 (#850 (tie) most common name, -98.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #6
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 231,137

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#14. Linda

Linda is a name of Italian origin meaning “beautiful”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 5,634
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 101 (#828 most common name, -98.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #7
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 225,412

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#13. Sandra

Sandra is a name of Greek origin meaning “defender of man”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,246
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 112 (#763 most common name, -98.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #11
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 183,812

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#12. Susan

Susan is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “lily”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,317
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 94 (#877 most common name, -98.5% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #3
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 287,661

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#11. Pamela

Pamela is a name of Greek origin meaning “all sweetness”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,753
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 46 (#1319 most common name, -99.3% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #14
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 181,948

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#10. Sharon

Sharon is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “a fertile plain”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,804
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 74 (#1033 most common name, -98.9% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #23
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 154,883

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#9. Cynthia

Cynthia is a name of Greek origin meaning “moon goddess”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,878
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 186 (#511 (tie) most common name, -97.3% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #10
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 196,606

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#8. Karen

Karen is a name of Danish origin meaning “pure”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 6,934
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 194 (#485 (tie) most common name, -97.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #4
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 286,044

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#7. Kimberly

Kimberly is a name of English origin meaning “from the wood of the royal forest”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,174
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 719 (#142 most common name, -91.2% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #5
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 259,092

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#6. Teresa

Teresa is a name of Greek origin meaning “huntress”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,230
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 122 (#714 (tie) most common name, -98.5% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #25
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 151,770

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#5. Tammy

Tammy is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “palm tree”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,345
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 122 (#714 (tie) most common name, data not available compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #13
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 182,218

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#4. Donna

Donna is a name of Italian origin meaning “lady of the home”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 8,354
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 46 (#1319 most common name, -99.4% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #8
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 213,457

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#3. Mary

Mary is a name of Hebrew origin meaning “drop of the sea”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,134
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 1,162 (#78 most common name, -87.3% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #2
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 355,223

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#2. Angela

Angela is a name of Latin origin meaning “messenger of God”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 9,430
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 325 (#309 most common name, -96.6% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #22
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 159,248

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#1. Lisa

Lisa is a name of English origin meaning “God’s promise”.

North Carolina
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 13,391
– Number of babies from 2010 to 2019: 77 (#1007 most common name, -99.4% compared to the 60s)

National
– Rank: #1
– Number of babies from 1960 to 1969: 496,980

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