1939 generation

What generation is 1939?

Anyone born in 1939 is a part of the Silent Generation. This name was chosen because the generation's members became adults in the time of political repression. Many of them instead of speaking out their opinion preferred to keep silence. It is a relatively small generation because of the decreased birth rate during the Great Depression and World War II.

Consider reading our dedicated article if you want to know more about the Silent Generation.

Popular names of Silent Generation members born in 1939

RankMale nameFemale name
1Robert (5.26%)Mary (4.84%)
2James (5.26%)Barbara (3.29%)
3John (4.5%)Patricia (2.62%)
4William (3.71%)Betty (2.08%)
5Richard (3.12%)Shirley (1.8%)
Percentage of total number of babies of the corresponding gender
Source: ssa.gov

Famous Silent Generation people born in 1939

  1. MARVIN GAYE, Soul Singer.
    Born on the 2nd of April, 1939 (Aries) in Washington, DC. Died on the 1st of April, 1984, at the age of 44.
  2. IAN MCKELLEN, Movie Actor.
    Born on the 25th of May, 1939 (Gemini) in Burnley, England.
  3. RALPH LAUREN, Fashion Designer.
    Born on the 14th of October, 1939 (Libra) in New York City, NY.
  4. MAURY POVICH, TV Show Host.
    Born on the 17th of January, 1939 (Capricorn) in Washington, DC.
  5. MICHAEL CIMINO, Director.
    Born on the 3rd of February, 1939 (Aquarius) in New York City, NY. Died on the 2nd of July, 2016, at the age of 77.
  6. JOHN CLEESE, Movie Actor.
    Born on the 27th of October, 1939 (Scorpio) in England.
  7. LILY TOMLIN, TV Actress.
    Born on the 1st of September, 1939 (Virgo) in Detroit, MI.
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