1917 generation

What Generation Is 1917?

All people born in 1917 are representatives of the Greatest Generation. Members of this generation became adults during the hard years of the Great Depression and World War II. They were the main cohort that took part in WWII. Therefore sometimes it is also called World War II Generation.

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Popular Names of Greatest Generation Members Born In 1917
Data Source: ssa.gov
RankMale nameFemale name
1John (5.41%)Mary (5.72%)
2William (4.42%)Helen (3.05%)
3James (3.89%)Dorothy (2.57%)
4Robert (3.67%)Margaret (2.27%)
5Joseph (2.58%)Ruth (2.1%)

Famous Greatest Generation People Born In 1917

  1. JOHN F. KENNEDY, US President
    Born on the 29th of May, 1917 (Gemini) in Brookline, MA. Died on the 22nd of November, 1963, at the age of 46.
  2. ELLA FITZGERALD, Jazz Singer
    Born on the 25th of April, 1917 (Taurus) in Newport News, VA. Died on the 15th of June, 1996, at the age of 79.
  3. DEAN MARTIN, Pop Singer
    Born on the 7th of June, 1917 (Gemini) in Steubenville, OH. Died on the 25th of December, 1995, at the age of 78.
    Born on the 19th of March, 1917 (Pisces) in Whittier, CA. Died on the 5th of February, 2009, at the age of 91.
  5. VERA LYNN, Pop Singer
    Born on the 20th of March, 1917 (Pisces) in England.
  6. ZSA ZSA GABOR, Movie Actress
    Born on the 6th of February, 1917 (Aquarius) in Budapest, Hungary. Died on the 18th of December, 2016, at the age of 99.
  7. DESI ARNAZ, TV Actor
    Born on the 2nd of March, 1917 (Pisces) in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Died on the 2nd of December, 1986, at the age of 69.
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