10 of the Most Popular Baby Names in the 1950s

Robert: A traditional English name that means “Bright Fame,” it should come as no surprise.

James: I wish the internet existed back in the 1950s because I would love to know how many parents named their child James in honor of James Dean.

Sharon: You can argue that no baby name has dropped off the map in popularity since the 1950s more than Sharon.

Charles: Some baby names genuinely stand the test of time.

Mark: If there’s one thing about the 1950s we can all agree on, it’s that baby names were straightforward and unpretentious.

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Karen: Let’s face it: nobody wants to be called “a Karen” in 2024, but in the 1950s, Karen was one of the most popular girl names out there. 

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Michael: Some baby names have staying power; Michael is one of those names. 

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Elizabeth: The name Elizabeth exudes class; I don’t know about you, but I immediately think of the late Queen Elizabeth.

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Gary: In 2024, you don’t hear many parents naming their kids Gary. However, the name Gary was commonplace in the 1950s. 

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Susan: If you’re anything like me, the name Susan lives rent-free in your head as the name of George Constanza’s wife in Seinfeld.

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