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.

  • Linda

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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. Read More 

  • Lynn

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Lynn arrived in the 1940s, spinning off from the wildly popular Linda, to become a top midcentury middle name. Now, Lynn's in limbo. Read More 

  • Marcia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Marcia is an ancient Roman name which derives from Mars, the god of war. It was used byDdante in the Inferno and later by Thomas Hardy and others.

    Marcia enjoyed a brief run of... Read More 

  • Michelle

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Onetime superstar name (Number 4 in the seventies) that's now in steep decline, having dropped out of the Top 100. Former First Lady Michelle Obama keeps it in the spotlight. Today's feminine... Read More 

  • Nancy

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    A name that has always been in the Top 1000, Nancy was in the Top 20 from 1931 to 1962, in the Top 10 for several of those years; in 1940, Nancy was given to about 20,000 baby girls. However,... Read More 

  • Neil

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now... Read More 

  • Pamela

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Pam was a somewhat pampered prom queen of the sixties who was never called by her full name, which is a pity because Pamela is so mellifluous and rich in literary history. A Top 25 name from the... Read More 

  • Patricia

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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... Read More 

  • Paula

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Still seems stuck in the era of duo Paul and Paula bopping out the song "Hey, Paula." Two pronunciations are possible—the English "PAW-la" and the Portuguese "POW-la." It came close to dropping... Read More 

  • Randy

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Ever since Austin Powers enlightened Americans that "randy" meant "horny," it's been hard to take this name seriously, and Randy has declined in popularity ever since.Read More 

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