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.
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  • 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 

  • Bonnie

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    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 it for their daught... Read More 

  • Brenda

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    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

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    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 has... Read More 

  • Carl

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    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

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

  • Connie

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

  • Cynthia

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    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 fel... Read More 

  • Dennis

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    Although it has come to sound so 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 debauche... Read More 

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