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Midcentury Baby Names

  • Debra

    When Deborah seemed too formal in the laid-back sixties, Debra stepped in as a pared-down alternative, but the pendulum is about to swing back. Read More 

  • Denise

    Denise was a French favorite of the fifties and sixties but is less chic now. Ranked at Number 991 in the US, it may leave the Top 1000 soon enough.

    It ranks Number 104 in Italy.Read More 

  • Dennis

    Although it has come to sound Irish, Dennis is one of the most widely-used French names (St. Denis is the patron saint of France)... Read More 

  • Diane

    Like Joanne and Christine, middle-aged Diane has been overshadowed by the a-ending version of her name. Diane has a definite mid-century feel; it was a Top 20 name from 1946 to 1959. Though it... Read More 

  • Donald

    Donald has been used for centuries in Scotland, where the Macdonald clan is one of the most ancient and where there have been six early Scottish kings by that name. Donald was a Top 20 name... Read More 

  • Donna

    Literally meaning "lady" in Italian, Donna was the perfect ladylike housewife mom name on The Donna Reed Show in the fifties and sixties. And there were plenty of namesakes: Donna was... Read More 

  • Doreen

    Much fresher Irish imports available for colleens now. Read More 

  • Douglas

    Douglas, and more particularly its nickname, Doug, had a real romantic swagger in the 1950s and 1960s dating back to swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks, but today is more likely to conjure up your... Read More 

  • Eileen

    Irish Aileen continues to be more popular than Scottish Eileen, though both names have seen an unexpected resurgence since 2012. Nicknames for Eileen include Isla, Lee and Lina. Eileen is an... Read More 

  • Elaine

    This old Scottish form of Helen has had quite a history, going from appearing as one of the shining heroines of the Arthurian legends, the princess who fell in love with Sir Lancelot and became... Read More 

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