Conventional wisdom holds that baby names tend to follow the Hundred-Year-Rule, cycling back after a century has passed. But with everything speeding up exponentially in modern life, and with the great interest in all things mid-century, weâ€™re thinking maybe we should change that to the Fifty-Year-Rule.
Which prompts us to a close look at the Top 1000 names of 1962.
At first glance, the Top 10 are not very inspiringâ€”mostly classics for boys: Michael, David, John, James, Robert, Mark, William, Richard, Thomas, and Jeffrey, and for girls names very much of the period: Lisa, Mary, Susan, Karen, Linda, Patricia, Donna, Cynthia, Deborah, and Sandra.
But digging deeper into the data, we find an interesting mix of revival possibilitiesâ€”all of them missing from todayâ€™s Top 1000, and most of them gone for decades. Towards the lower end we find vestiges of a still earlier timeâ€”names like Percy and Virgil, Myrtle and Minerva– as well as nickname names that have been lost to time, some ethnic choices no longer prominent here, plus more archetypal midcentury names which might possibly be ready to return.
VANISHED VINTAGE NAMES
Agnes * (already celeb-sanctioned)
MORE MIDCENTURY-ISH–AND MISCELLANEOUS
A TOUCH EXOTIC
*Used by at least one celeb
So which of these do you think could come backâ€”at least into the Top 1000? Any of them already on your list?
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