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Cool Midcentury Baby Names

Cool baby names from the middle of the 20th century are coming into style on the heels of midcentury houses and furniture. True, some baby names popular from the 1940s through the 60s may feel like dowdy, overplayed Baby Boomer names just heading into retirement and not due back in style for another generation or two. But some cool guy and girl midcentury names, with their sleek lines and no-nonsense feel, are starting to feel fresh again to the adventurous baby namer.

  • Art

    Though short and brisk, no nickname name could have a more creative image. Comic actor Chris O'Dowd named his son Art, as in his native Ireland it's used as a name on its own, separate from... Read More 

  • Barbara

    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 

  • Bea

    Bea is a former old lady name that's cute again as a short form -- and is now beginning to stand on its own. Bee is a variation that, like Bea, can work as a diminutive for any name that starts... Read More 

  • Betty

    Combine the popularity of Betty White and Mad Men's glamorous Betty Draper Francis, with the residual sweetness of Ugly Betty's Betty Suarez, and the result is an impending... Read More 

  • Billie

    Billie is a tomboy nickname name, part of the growing trend for using boyish nicknames for girls.

    To track its path from blue to pink, Billie was 100% male in 1880, was 55% female just... Read More 

  • Chet

    Chet is an old-fashioned short form that, ala Ned and Joe, is starting to sound cool again.Read More 

  • Cy

    Where Sam, Max, and Gus may be leading us. Read More 

  • Dean

    Dean may sound to some like a retro surfer boy name, but it is once again climbing up the popularity chart in the USA. For decades it was associated with Dean (born Dino) Martin; more recent... Read More 

  • Des

    The cool clipped Des may be the part of the name wave of the future, with midcentury names like Des and Vic and Stan riding back into style on the heels of big brothers Max and Sam and Ray.Read More 

  • Dot

    Old-fangled nickname could make dot. com era short form or middle name. Read More 

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