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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  • Richard

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    A classic old Norman name popular for a thousand years and favored for kings (Richard Nixon was named for Richard the Lionhearted), as well as the hoi polloi (as in every Tom, Dick and Harry), Rich... Read More 

  • Ricky

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    Gone with Richard and Rick, falling from Number 294 in 2000 to Number 496 in 2013. Read More 

  • Roger

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    In the World War II era, Roger had nothing but the most positive associations, actually used by military personnel to mean 'Received and understood'--or A-OK, and though it is now on extended furlo... Read More 

  • Ronald

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    To many people, Ronald is off playing shuffleboard with Donald, though others have brought it to the current ranking of Number 403. In the Top 10 in the late 30s through the mid-40s, the name came ... Read More 

  • Russell

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    One of many R-boys' names that started as a nickname for a redhead, Russell had a measure of popularity from the early twentieth century through the 1950s--but which has now lost much of it s color... Read More 

  • Sandra

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    2012's Hurricane Sandy blew away whatever style currency Sandra retained from its 1960s Sandra Dee heyday. Though in recent years it's been associated with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conno... Read More 

  • Scott

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    A cool, windswept, surfer babe-magnet in 1965, a nice dad -- or even granddad today.  Read More 

  • Sharon

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    This Old Testament place-name was in the Top 10 fifty years ago, now Sharon's off on a cruise with cousin Karen.  Read More 

  • Sheila

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    Sheila peaked in popularity from the 1930s to the 1960s (she reached Number 49 in 1965), along with Maureen and Colleen; parents today would probably go back to the original Cecilia or forward to S... Read More 

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