1930s Baby Names

The Threadbare Thirties. Sourced from the Top 50 of the decade from 1930 to 1940, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.
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  • Barbara

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    If you can get the lively young Barbara Bush to replace her grandmother's white-haired image, you might discover a rhythmic classic with an interesting history. There is the popular third century ... Read More 

  • Betty

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    Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men 's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty 's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending return of the name. It... Read More 

  • Beverly

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    More visible in reference to a posh California community than as a girls' name.  Read More 

  • Billy

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    Cute kid with freckles, bouncing a Spalding ball. Cool couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton put the name Billy Burton on their son's birth certificate.  Read More 

  • Bobby

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    Bobby is the quintessential mid-century nickname, the name of the son on "Mad Men" and overused to the point of cliche. Though Robert is still Number 62, most Roberts today are called by their ful... Read More 

  • Carol

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    A Caroline abbreviation that was wildly popular with Mom's generation...or Grandma's. At one time it was given to girls born around the holidays because of its association with Christmas carols. C... Read More 

  • Carolyn

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    The phonetic Carolyn spelling,which was very popular from the 1920s to the sixties, has been steadily on the wane while Caroline herself has stayed strong. Carolyn Keene was the pseudonymous aut... Read More 

  • Clarence

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    The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming climate. An Eng... Read More 

  • Dolores

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    Though it's related to the Virgin Mary, this name was once perceived as the height of exotic sensuality, a role since taken over by nicknames Lola and Lolita. Dolores is one of the many titles gi... Read More 

  • Donald

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    Donald has been used for centuries in Scotland, where the Macdonald clan is one of the most ancient and where there have been six early Scottish kings by that name. Donald was a Top 20 name through... Read More 

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