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Top 1950s Baby Names

Baby names from the 1950s epitomize the Baby Boom. These are the names of today's grandmas and grandpas, not quite baby-ready for a another generation. Sourced from the 1950s' Top 50, here is a list of popular baby names from that decade which are relatively rare today. If you really want to buck current fashions, you might choose one of these 1950s baby names for your 21st century child.

  • 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 

  • Bonnie

    Bonnie is a word the Scots really do use for pretty, thus the root of this name, from the French bonne. Bonnie is teetering on the edge of a comeback right now, along with Betty and Bea one of the... Read More 

  • Brian

    The origins of the name Brian are not entirely clear, but it is suspected that it evolved from an Old Celtic word related to nobility. In Ireland the name is associated with Brian Boru, the most... Read More 

  • Bruce

    Bruce is a Norman place name made famous by the Scottish king Robert the Bruce, who won Scotland's independence from England in the fourteenth century. It's perennially popular in Scotland, but... Read More 

  • Carl

    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 

  • Christine

    Christine was the dominant feminine variation of Christopher forty or fifty years ago, when French E-endings were preferred over As; it was a Top 20 name for several years, from... Read More 

  • Cindy

    Cindy's gone from cute teenager to peppy soccer mom, but it's not for her daughter. Cindy as proper name has been falling fast in recent years.Read More 

  • Connie

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

  • Cynthia

    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 

  • Dale

    A light and breezy nature name that's currently in style limbo, despite its pleasant meaning.Read More 

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