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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  • Linda

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    Linda will live forever in baby name history for toppling Mary from its four hundred year reign as Number 1. Queen of Names in 1950, Linda has fallen even further in favor than Mary today.  Read More 

  • Lynn

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    Lynn arrived in the 1940s, spinning off from the wildly popular Linda, to become a top midcentury middle name. Now, Lynn's in limbo.  Read More 

  • Marcia

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    Marcia is an ancient Roman name which derives from Mars, the god of war. It was used byDdante in the Inferno and later by Thomas Hardy and others. Marcia enjoyed a brief run of popularity in the m... Read More 

  • Michelle

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    Onetime superstar name (Number 4 in the seventies) that's now in steep decline, having dropped out of the Top 100. First Lady Michelle Obama keeps it in the spotlight. Today's feminine form of Mi... Read More 

  • Nancy

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    Even if Nancy is now a middle-aged name, it still has a pleasantly light, lacy and airy feel. But that doesn't stop it from sliding precipitously down the charts, more than a hundred places in the ... Read More 

  • Neil

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    Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now s... Read More 

  • Pamela

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    Pam was a somewhat pampered prom queen of the sixties who was never called by her full name, which is a pity because Pamela is so mellifluous and rich in literary history. A Top 25 name from the la... Read More 

  • Patricia

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    Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (Number 4 in 1948) through the sixties, Patricia has been fading ever since--but a ... Read More 

  • Paula

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    Still seems stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula".  Read More 

  • Randy

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    Ever since Austin Powers enlightened Americans that "randy" meant "horny," it's been hard to take this name seriously.  Read More 

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