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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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  • Ellen

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    Fading fast, in favor of Ella, Eleanor, Ellie, Elle, and even Elena.  Read More 

  • Gail

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    Gail was a mid-twentieth century favorite, which has been far surpassed by its original form, Abigail.  Read More 

  • Gary

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    When Gary cracked the Top 10 in 1950, it was one of the first nonclassic boys' names to do so, largely due to Gary (born Frank) Cooper, who was renamed after Gary, Indiana, his agent's hometown. No... Read More 

  • Glenn

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  • Janet

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    Grandma Janet is knitting booties for baby Janae. Or even, increasingly, Jane. Read More 

  • Janice

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    For a minute or two this sounded more modern than Janet, now equally outmoded.  Read More 

  • Jeffrey

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    Yes, there actually were Jeffreys/Geoffreys in the Middle Ages...but now they're just middle-aged.  Read More 

  • Jerry

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    Rapidly declining in popularity, as most Jerrys have their AARP cards.  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 

  • Joanne

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    A Top 100 name from the 1930s all the way through the 1950s, it's now firmly in Mom -- or Grandma -- land and supplanted for babies by Joanna.....or even great-grandmother Josephine. In its heyday... Read More 

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