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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.

  • Allen

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    Allen is the spelling of this name -- other common spellings are Alan and Allan -- most associated with the surname; it might also be the most appropriate if you're trying to steer clear of Al as... Read More 

  • 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. Barbara is undoubtedly among the... Read More 

  • Barry

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    This Anglicized form of Bearach or short form of Finbarr was in the Top 200 in the USA for 50 years until the early 80s when it rapidly fell out of favor. Barry has not yet found popularity in the... Read More 

  • Beth

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    The sweetest and most sensitive of the pet names for Elizabeth, now also one of the most dated. 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. While the classic William, name of the... 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 a highly popular choice, most Roberts today... 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. Bonnie is teetering on the edge of a comeback right now, along with Betty and Bea one of the... Read More 

  • Brad

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    Pitt is the prototypical blond Brad. Read More 

  • Brenda

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    First the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's 1822 novel The Pirate, then a glamorous 1940s debutante, then the troubled twin on Beverly Hills 90210, and now fading in favor of more modern... 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... Read More 

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