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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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  • Ken

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    Permanently wed to Barbie.  Read More 

  • Midge

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    Sixties-style nickname meant to be cute but really belittling. Your girl deserves more. Read More 

  • Paul

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    Paul is an ancient name -- popular in Roman and medieval times -- that's not very fashionable now, which can work in its favor, scarcity balancing simplicity. Paul also boasts a wide range of name-... Read More 

  • Peggy

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    Just when we had written off Peggy as the eternal perky, pug-nosed prom-queen she projected from the 1920s into the fifties, along came Mad Men , with intriguing mid-century characters with names ... Read More 

  • Rachel

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    Delicacy, softness, and Old Testament importance made Rachel a top biblical choice from the seventies on. For centuries before that, Rachel was a primarily Jewish name.  Read More 

  • Roger

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    In the World War II era, Roger meant "understood," now it's on extended furlough.  Read More 

  • Sally

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    Sally is a cheerful, fresh-faced girl-next-door name that was originally a nickname for Sarah, but has long been used independently. Sally was popular in the eighteenth century and then again from ... Read More 

  • Salvatore

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    For every Tio Salvador in a Latino family, there's a Zio Salvatore in an Italian one.  Read More 

  • Trudy

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    Innocent, sincere, and bright-eyed, and as outdated as its mother name, Gertrude.  Read More 

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