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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  • Debra

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    When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back.  Read More 

  • Denise

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    Denise was a French favorite of the fifties and sixties, but is not exactly chic now. Denise fell more than 80 places in the past year alone.  Read More 

  • Dennis

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    Although it has come to sound so Irish, Dennis is actually of French derivation (St Denis is the patron saint of France) and harks back even further to Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and debauche... Read More 

  • Diane

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    Like Joanne and Christine, middle-aged Diane has been overshadowed by the a-ending version of her name. Diane has a definite mid-century feel; it was a Top 20 name from 1946 to 1959. Though it h... Read More 

  • Donald

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    Donald has been used for centuries in Scotland, where the Macdonald clan is one of the most ancient and where there have been six early Scottish kings by that name. Donald was a Top 20 name through... Read More 

  • Donna

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    Literally meaning "lady" in Italian, Donna was the perfect ladylike housewife mom name on The Donna Reed Show in the fifties and sixties. And there were plenty of namesakes: Donna was in the Top ... Read More 

  • Doreen

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    Much fresher Irish imports available for colleens now.  Read More 

  • Douglas

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    Douglas, and more particularly its nickname, Doug, had a real romantic swagger in the 1950s and 1960s dating back to swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, but today is more likely to conjure up your mom... Read More 

  • Eileen

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    A bit of a plain-Jane, this Irish name surprisingly gained a bit of momentum in 2013, likely due to the upswing in popularity of old-timey names. Aileen, Ailene, Alene, Aline, Ayleen, Eila, Eilah, ... Read More 

  • Elaine

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    This old French form of Helen has had quite a history, going from appearing as one of the shining heroines of the Arthurian legends, the princess who fell in love with Sir Lancelot and became the m... Read More 

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