Names from the 1930s

Baby names popular in The Threadbare Thirties that are relatively rare today include these, sourced from the Top 50 of the decade from 1930 to 1940.

  • 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 

  • Betty

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    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 

  • Beverly

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    More visible in reference to a posh California community than as a girls' name. 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 

  • 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 

  • Clarence

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    The name of the guardian angel in It's a Wonderful Life is rarely heard the rest of the year because of its studious, near-nerdy image, but this could change in the current naming... Read More 

  • Dolores

    Gender: F LoveDislike

    Though it's related to the Virgin Mary, this name was once perceived as the height of exotic sensuality, a role since taken over by nicknames Lola and Lolita.

    Dolores is one of the... Read More 

  • Donald

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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 

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