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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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  • 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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    Dennis, the Irish-sounding name of the patron saint of France, was near the top of the charts in the 1940s and 1950s but has been slipping ever since Dennis the Menace came along. Denis is a second... 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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    We're sorry, Mr. Trump, but this is not the greatest name in the world. It's been fired. The Irish Donal has a lot more appeal.  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 1... Read More 

  • Doreen

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    Much fresher Irish imports available for colleens now.  Read More 

  • Douglas

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    The surname of a powerful Scottish clan...and your mom's prom date.  Read More 

  • Eileen

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    Plain-Jane Irish name that's so far out it's...still out. Aileen, Ailene, Alene, Aline, Ayleen, Eila, Eilah, Eilean, Eileena, Eileene, Eilena, Eilene, Eiley, Eilie, Eilieh, Eilina, Eiline, Eilleen,... Read More 

  • Elaine

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    Form of Helen popularized in Arthurian legend, in recent times became the archetypal New York neurotic on Seinfeld, and is now unfashionable, except in its a-ending forms.  Read More 

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