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Midcentury Baby Names

Midcentury furniture may be in, but midcentury baby names, not so much. These are the names of the Baby Boomers, new or about-to-be grandmas and grandpas of today, and their names feel middle-aged to young parents. Wait a generation or two, and given the hundred year rule, you might look for these midcentury names to make a comeback as baby names in the 2040s and 2050s.
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  • Allen

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    Doubling the first consonant doesn't make Alan any more modern.  Read More 

  • Barbara

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    Can the lively young Barbara Bush erase or replace her grandmother's white-haired image? We doubt it. Like other Baby Boomer favorite names -- Patricia, Susan -- Barbara was hugely popular through ... Read More 

  • Barry

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    This Anglicized form of Bearach or short form of Finbarr predates the Gary-Cary tight black pants/white socks era and shows no signs of revival.  Read More 

  • Beth

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    The sweetest and most sensitive of the pet names for Elizabeth, now also one of the most dated.  Read More 

  • Billy

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    Cute kid with freckles, bouncing a Spalding ball. Cool couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton put the name Billy Burton on their son's birth certificate.  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 

  • Bonnie

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    Bonnie is a word the Scots really do use for pretty, thus the root of this name, from the French bonne. Gone With the Wind gave Bonnie a big push when Scarlett and Rhett used it for their daught... Read More 

  • Brad

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    Pitt is the prototypical blond Brad.  Read More 

  • Brenda

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    First a glamorous 1940s debutante, then the troubled twin on Beverly Hills 90210, now fading in favor of more modern Brenna, Briana, and Bryn.  Read More 

  • Bruce

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    Bruce is a Norman place-name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century; it's perennially popular in Scotland, but has... Read More 

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