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.

  • Carl

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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 

  • Carol

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A Caroline abbreviation that was wildly popular with Mom's generation...or Grandma's. At one time it was given to girls born around the holidays because of its association with Christmas carols. ... Read More 

  • Carolyn

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    The phonetic Carolyn spelling, which was very popular from the 1920s to the '60s, has been steadily on the wane while Caroline herself has stayed strong.

    Carolyn Keene was the... Read More 

  • Charlene

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Charlene is a Charlotte variation that, along with similar names like Arlene and Marlene, spiked in popularity in the 1940s and fifties, reaching a high of Number 100 in 1949. Most parents today... Read More 

  • Cheryl

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Colleen

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Midcentury Irish-American favorite, never used in Ireland itself, being the generic word for "girl"; rarely given today. Read More 

  • Connie

    Gender: F LoveDislike

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

  • Craig

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Craig is a single-syllable baby-boomer name, still common in its native Scotland, but most modern Americans would prefer something like Kyle. It's drawing closer and closer to the uncharted waters... Read More 

  • Cynthia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 

  • Darlene

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Attending crochet classes at the Senior Center with her friends Arlene and Marlene. Read More 

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