1940 generation

What Generation Is 1940?

Anyone born in 1940 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 1940
Data Source: ssa.gov
RankMale nameFemale name
1James (5.27%)Mary (4.76%)
2Robert (5.16%)Barbara (3.11%)
3John (4.62%)Patricia (2.77%)
4William (3.77%)Judith (1.89%)
5Richard (3.15%)Betty (1.87%)

Famous Silent Generation People Born In 1940

  1. PELÉ, Soccer Player
    Born on the 23rd of October, 1940 (Scorpio) in Brazil.
  2. BRUCE LEE, Movie Actor
    Born on the 27th of November, 1940 (Sagittarius) in San Francisco, CA. Died on the 20th of July, 1973, at the age of 32.
  3. JOHN LENNON, Rock Singer
    Born on the 9th of October, 1940 (Libra) in Liverpool, England. Died on the 8th of December, 1980, at the age of 40.
  4. RINGO STARR, Drummer
    Born on the 7th of July, 1940 (Cancer) in Liverpool, England.
  5. TOM JONES, Pop Singer
    Born on the 7th of June, 1940 (Gemini) in Wales.
  6. AL PACINO, Movie Actor
    Born on the 25th of April, 1940 (Taurus) in New York City, NY.
  7. ALEX TREBEK, Game Show Host
    Born on the 22nd of July, 1940 (Cancer) in Greater Sudbury, Canada.
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