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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Doubling the first consonant doesn't make Alan any more modern. Read More 

  • Barbara

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Barry

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This Anglicized form of Bearach or short form of Finbarr predates the Gary-Cary tight black pants/white socks era and , with its Irish roots well hidden, shows no signs of being part of the Gaelic... Read More 

  • Beth

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The sweetest and most sensitive of the pet names for Elizabeth, now also one of the most dated. Read More 

  • Billy

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Bonnie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 

  • Brad

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Pitt is the prototypical blond Brad. Read More 

  • Brenda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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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