7 Baby Names That Were Popular in the 1950s

James, the most popular first name for a US president, is a timeless baby name.

James

Mary, an ancient Hebrew name, was given to nearly 625,000 infant girls in the 1950s. Mary stayed in the top ten until 1971, then dropped out of the top 100 in 2009.

Mary

In the 1950s, guys had it better with great names like Michael that still feel fresh today and plenty of nicknames like Mike, Mikey, Mick, and Mickey.

Michael

Susan sounds dated, and it is. In the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Susan was a popular name for moms and dads, but it has since fallen out of favor, not even making the top 1000 girl names.

Susan

John topped the infant boy name list from 1900 to 1923 and remained in the top five until 1972. How impressive! Nearly 800,000 boys were named John in the 1950s.

John

Ultimate “mom” (now grandma) name. Deborah ranked fifth and Debra seventh on the Social Security baby name popularity list in the 1950s, indicating that many Debbies were born.

Deborah

William has been in the top 20 boys' names since the early 20th century, but never number one. It held at number six throughout the 1950s.

William

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