Names that Peaked in 1950

  1. James
    • Origin:

      English variation of Jacob, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "supplanter"
    • Description:

      James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages that is more popular—and yes, stylish—than ever today. It recently came out Number 1 in a poll of America's favorite boys' baby names, and is the most common male name, counting people of all ages, in the US.
  2. Thomas
    • Origin:

      Aramaic
    • Meaning:

      "twin"
    • Description:

      A solid classic with plenty of history, Thomas strikes the balance between strength and gentleness. A favorite in the UK, a staple in France, and Australia, and never absent from the US Top 100, Thomas feels like a safe bet and a name that fits into any era.
  3. Bonnie
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "beautiful, cheerful"
    • Description:

      Bonnie is an adorable nickname name, heading back up the popularity list after a 50-year nap. A Top 100 girls' name throughout the rest of the English-speaking world, Americans are later to jump on the Bonnie bandwagon but now it's trending here too.
  4. Nancy
    • Origin:

      English diminutive of Ann or Agnes, "grace" "pure"
    • Meaning:

      "pure"
    • Description:

      To some, Nancy is a sweet, sparkly, vintage choice with plenty of energy and style. For it strays too much into '"old-lady" territory to be cool again yet. It's out of fashion in France, New Zealand, and Canada; it lingers towards to bottom of the US charts. In the UK however, Nancy has been a Top 100 name for nearly a decade where it fits right in with Evie, Mabel, and Pippa.
  5. Stephen
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "garland, crown"
    • Description:

      Stephen, also spelled Steven, is a strong and likable classic, with the he's-a-great-guy short form Steve. Though not as well-used or fashionable as it was in its heyday -- it was a Top 25 name from 1946 to 1957 -- it's still a widely used name. It remains an even more popular in Ireland.
  6. Patricia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "noble, patrician"
    • Description:

      Patricia still sounds patrician, though its scores of nicknames definitely don't. Wildly popular from the forties (alternately Number 3 and 4 throughout the decade) to the sixties, Patricia has been fading ever since. But a comeback in its full form is definitely conceivable—just look at Penelope.
  7. Linda
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Portuguese and Italian word name meaning "pretty"
    • Meaning:

      "pretty"
    • Description:

      Linda will live forever in baby name history for toppling Mary from its four hundred year reign as Number 1. Queen of Names in 1947, Linda has fallen even further in favor than Mary today.
  8. Mona
    • Origin:

      Irish
    • Meaning:

      "noble good"
    • Description:

      Mona had more than a moment in the sun, peaking in 1950 at Number 230 but falling off the Top 1000 completely in the late 1980s. Its similarity to the word "moaner" undercuts the appeal of its simplicity. In one recent year, fewer than 100 baby girls received the name, and we don't see it reviving any time soon.
  9. Terrence
    • Origin:

      Spelling variation of Terence
    • Description:

      In the US, this variation is more popular than the original. Terrence has been in the US Top 1000 since 1920, but Terence has been left behind. Alternate spelling Terrance is the most popular iteration of the name.
  10. Marta
    • Origin:

      Italian, Spanish, Scandinavian, Slavic
    • Meaning:

      "lady"
    • Description:

      Sharper and steelier than Martha, but with the same underused vintage appeal.
  11. Phillip
    • Origin:

      Greek
    • Meaning:

      "lover of horses"
    • Description:

      Spelling variation of Philip. Exactly as many baby boys were named with the single 'l' spelling in 2017.
  12. Margarita
    • Origin:

      Spanish, Russian, Greek
    • Meaning:

      "pearl, daisy"
    • Description:

      Margarita is an international form of Margaret that shares its meaning of "pearl", but also directly translates to "daisy" in Spanish and Greek. Despite being widely associated with the alcoholic beverage in English, it has a long history of use in Spanish, Greek and several Slavic languages — most notably being the name of the heroine of Mikhail Bulgakov's 1966 novel Master and Margarita. It currently ranks in the Top 30 girl names in Russia.
  13. Danny
    • Description:

      A diminutive of Daniel that's been immortalized in odes ranging from 'Danny Boy' to 'Danny's Song.'
  14. Marsha
    • Origin:

      Variation of Marcia, diminutive of Marcella
    • Meaning:

      "warlike"
    • Description:

      Marcia is the most common version of this group of names in the U. S., now found more often among moms and grandmas than babies. Marsha was a Top 100 name in the 1950s, when Marcy was its common go-by name.
  15. Bonita
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "pretty"
    • Description:

      Like Benita, had some popularity in the fifties.
  16. Roseanne
    • Origin:

      Combination of Rose and Anne
    • Description:

      Forever -- or at least for a while -- linked to the onetime "Domestic Goddess", Roseanne Barr.
  17. Glynn
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      • Daryl
        • Origin:

          Variation of Darrell, French
        • Meaning:

          "dear one, beloved"
        • Description:

          Actress Daryl Hannah made this a girls' name in theory, though in the most recent year counted, about 75 baby boys in the US were named Daryl...and zero baby girls.
      • Donnie