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Top Mid-Century Baby Girl Names

By michellehorton |

While the popular baby boy names didn’t shift too much throughout the 1900s, there was a lot more turnover for the baby girls.

Especially in the mid-century era.

As I mentioned in my post about mid-century baby names for little boys, the 1930s to 1960s time period has a distinct feel that straddles the line between vintage and modern.

And somewhere between Mildred and Jennifer is a list of classic girls’ names that just might be ready to recycle.

Take a look at the most popular baby names for girls between the 1930s and 1960s. All of these names landed in the Top 10 list for one or all of those decades:

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Top Mid-Century Baby Girl Names


Mary dominated the top of the baby name list from the 1900s to the 1960s, holding strong at #1 and #2 until it suddenly fell completely off the Top 10 list in the 1970s. This was thee mid-century (and early-century) name for girls. Too soon for a revival?

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See all of the Top Baby Names of the Century at The Bump.

Also check out the most popular mid-century baby names for boys.




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6 thoughts on “Top Mid-Century Baby Girl Names

  1. Dwija {House Unseen} says:

    Of all these, my vote is for Helen making the biggest comeback. Mark my words! :)

  2. aelahmass says:

    Betty just made it to our potential-girl list last night!! I tried to sell the idea of Helen or Dorothy (Dotty as a nickname, I mean, cmon – so cute!), but I got a big fat NO from the wife.

  3. Joy says:

    Don’t forget, everyone’s middle name was Anne or Lynn !

  4. Brigid says:

    Margaret and Donna are the names of my grandmothers. I especially love Margaret, and it would be on my list if the husband agreed.

  5. Deborah says:

    In 1989, when I was born, my mom named me Deborah, as you can see. I love the fact that I have a classic name, I just hate the fact that every assums that I am call Debbie or Deb and that it is spelled Debra. Now that I have a daughter, I named her Kimberlie, after my mom, I just spelled it differently.

  6. Lauren says:

    We named our daughter Helen Louise after my grandmother. I love it and it suits her perfectly!

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