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
Data Source: ssa.gov
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%)

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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