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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, gentle Keith was cool in the 1970s but no longer.  Read More 

  • Kenneth

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    Kenneth may have lost its luster now, but Kenneth has had its moments of glory. The first king of Scotland was Kenneth, and Sir Kenmneth, a Christian crusader, was the hero of the Sir Walter Scott ... 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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    Medieval saint's name -- he's the patron of prisoners -- now popular only in Leo and Leonardo forms.  Read More 

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