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The hep, keen TV show Mad Men, set in JFK-era New York, gets all the period details right, including the names. Are parents ready to adopt the show's now-quaint monikers as baby names? Maybe not quite yet, but don't be surprised if you have grandchildren named Don and Betty.
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  • Betty

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    Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men 's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty 's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending return of the name. It... Read More 

  • Bobby

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    Bobby is the quintessential mid-century nickname, the name of the son on "Mad Men" and overused to the point of cliche. Though Robert is still #54, most Roberts today are called by their full name... Read More 

  • Dick

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    Dick was a once-common short form of Richard; replaced by Rick or Richie, and finally by the full name itself. Rude meaning -- make that two rude meanings -- pretty much knocks this one out of co... Read More 

  • Don

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    Short form of Donald -- or more stylishly, Donahue or Donovan -- that's acquired a new sixties-era suaveness thanks to Mad Man Don Draper. The name also carries a Sopranos or Godfather-style doubl... Read More 

  • Francine

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    With the new Pope Francis, all forms of this ancient and saintly name are up for a fresh look. Along with most other -een and -ine (when pronounced like -een) names for girls, Francine has a dated... Read More 

  • Freddy

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    Another old-school nickname getting new attention thanks to TV's "Mad Men." Names like Fred, Pete, and George have been out so long it's time for them to come back in. Read More 

  • Greg

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  • Harry

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    Harry was everyone's elderly uncle until Princess Diana, following British royal tradition, named her son Henry but called him Harry. Then Harry Potter became a rage and Harry Styles of One Direct... Read More 

  • Helen

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    Helen is a name that has connoted beauty since ancient times (the mythological "face that launched a thousand ships," over whom the ten-year Trojan War was fought). The name Helen has moved in a... Read More 

  • Joan

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    Poor Joan. After being the seventh most popular name throughout the 1930s, it hasn't even appeared in the Top 1,000 for a dozen years, and it would take a Joan of Arc to revive it today. These days... Read More 

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