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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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  • Richard

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    Richard is a far from stylish old Norman name, with a rich royal history, but now not even in the Top 100. All the possible nicknames of Richard -- Richie, Ricky, and especially Dick -- are so over... 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 meant "understood," now it's on extended furlough.  Read More 

  • Ronald

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    Ronald's off playing shuffleboard with Donald. In the Top 10 in the late 30s through the mid-40s, the name came to be associated with the aging President Reagan, along with his nicknames, Ron and R... Read More 

  • Russell

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    One of many names that started as a nickname for a redhead; this has lost its color, except for one dynamic bearer, Russell Crowe.  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 

  • Shelly

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