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Many major events that changed the cultural landscape occurred during the 1970s: Apollo 13 made it back to Earth safely, The Beatles broke up, Walt Disney World opened and the Vietnam War ended. If you spent the 1970s rocking bell-bottoms and polyester — or at least wish you did — it’s only fitting that you give your child one of the grooviest names from this time period.

The experts at MooseRoots, a genealogy research site powered by Graphiq, used data from the Social Security Administration to find the most far-out names of the ‘70s. First, they calculated the average annual frequency for all decades — 1920s, ‘30s, ‘40s, etc. Then they found the average annual frequency for all names in the 1970s. Names that were two standard deviations above the inter-decade average during the 1970s were recognized as having a higher performance relative to all other decades. Can you dig it?

Find out which 50 names were the most righteous among boys and girls — 25 for each gender — during the 1970s.

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HOLLY

Gender: Female

1970s Frequency per 1M Babies: 3,040

Inter-Decade Average Frequency per 1M Babies: 724

Derived from the word for the evergreen shrub or tree, Holly is a name of English origin that had an average rank of No. 59 during the 1970s.

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CEDRIC

Gender: Male

1970s Frequency per 1M Babies: 523

Inter-Decade Average Frequency per 1M Babies: 164

Cedric had an average rank of No. 244 during the 1970s, but the name peaked in 1974 when it ranked No. 230.

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DANA

Gender: Female

1970s Frequency per 1M Babies: 3,075

Inter-Decade Average Frequency per 1M Babies: 807

A name of Greek, Hebrew and Slavic origin, Dana had an average rank of No. 57 in the 1970s.

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TOBY

Gender: Male

1970s Frequency per 1M Babies: 598

Inter-Decade Average Frequency per 1M Babies: 133

Toby, a name with English roots, realized its highest level of popularity in 1975, when it climbed to the rank of No. 190.

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