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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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  • Judy

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    Judy was the nickname of choice for almost all the Judiths born in the 1940s and 50s; today's little Judiths are much more likely to be called Judith -- or, possibly, Jude.  Read More 

  • Karen

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    Karen, a sweet good-girl Danish import, was so popular during the baby boom (Karen was Number 3 in 1960) that it's locked firmly into fashion limbo today. Parents who want to honor a Karen or choos... Read More 

  • Kathleen

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    Kathleen is the early Irish import version that came between Katherine and Kaitlin, and which hasn't been used in so long it's almost beginning to sound fresh again. It was a surprise pick by one o... Read More 

  • Kathy

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    There are lots of Kathy moms and grandmas but very few babies, most of whom are now called Kate or Katie. Read More 

  • Keith

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    Strong but gentle, Keith is one of the Scottish surnames that, along with Douglas, Craig and Bruce, were considered the epitome of cool in the 1960s and early 1970s, when it was a Top 40 choice. An... Read More 

  • Kenneth

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    Kenneth may have lost much of its luster now, but Kenneth has had its moments of glory. The first king of Scotland was Kenneth, and Sir Kenneth, a Christian crusader, was the hero of the Sir Walter... Read More 

  • Kent

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    Kent is a no-nonsense, brief, brisk one-syllable name, almost as curt as Kurt.  Read More 

  • Larry

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    Your friendly next-door neighbor...not your baby.  Read More 

  • Laurie

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    Morphed into the more streamlined Lori in the sixties, now uncool in either spelling. Update Lauren has been renovated as Laurel or Laura itself. Read More 

  • Leonard

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    Leonard is the name of several saints, including one who is the patron saint of childhood, and another medieval saint who's the patron of prisoners--known for freeing prisoners he deemed worthy of ... Read More 

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