1940s Baby Names

The Flying Forties. Sourced from the 1940s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names which are relatively rare today.
  • Beverly

    Gender: F Love Dislike

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

  • Billy

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    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 

  • Bonnie

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Bonnie is a word the Scots really do use for pretty, thus the root of this name, from the French bonne.

    Gone With the Wind gave Bonnie a big push when Scarlett and Rhett used... Read More 

  • Brenda

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    First a glamorous 1940s debutante, then the troubled twin on Beverly Hills 90210, now fading in favor of more modern Brenna, Briana, and Bryn. Read More 

  • Bruce

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but... Read More 

  • Carl

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    This no-nonsense German variation of Charles is strong and still well used, but lacks much sensitivity or subtlety; the Latin forms have far more energy. Read More 

  • Cheryl

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    As frozen in the pre-Beatles era as short white gloves. Read More 

  • Connie

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Sounded cute in the era of Connie Francis and Connie Stevens, i.e., a long time ago.Read More 

  • Cynthia

    Gender: F Love Dislike

    Cynthia is an attractive name -- in classical mythology an epithet for Artemis or Diana -- that was so overexposed in the middle of the twentieth century, along with its nickname Cindy, that it... Read More 

  • Dennis

    Gender: M Love Dislike

    Although it has come to sound Irish, Dennis is actually of French derivation (St. Denis is the patron saint of France) and harks back even further to Dionysius, the Greek god of wine and... Read More 

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