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1950s baby names for boys that are cooler than Fonzie

Monica Beyer is a mom of four and has been writing professionally since 2000, when her first book, Baby Talk, was published. Her main area of interest is attachment parenting and all that goes with it, including breastfeeding, co-sleepin...

Rockin', boppin' boy names straight from 1950

If you're looking for a baby name for your little boy, why not take a journey back to the middle of the 20th century to see what gems might lie in wait for you?

While baby names of all shapes and sizes often reflect the trends of the time, girl baby names tend to be more trendy than boy names. For example, one of 2015's top baby names (William) has pretty much always been a top choice of moms and dads. It hit its low mark of the 20th most popular name in the U.S. in the early '90s but remains high on the list at No. 5 in 2015. James is another example of a perennial favorite. It was in the top 10 from 1900 to 1992 but never really dipped down that far. In 2015? It was at No 7.

That said, some boy names do go in and out of style. Many of these names, all in the top 50 in 1950, aren't used much today. You might not hear of a ton of newborns that are bestowed with names like David, Paul or Daniel. And some of these names seem to be straight out of The Walking Dead, where characters like Carl, Dale and Richard (Rick) populate our TV screens.

However, that doesn't mean there aren't a ton of awesome baby names here. Some of these names are charmers of the past that would make an excellent moniker for a newborn boy today, especially considering the ongoing trend of using vintage baby names. Some awesome examples are Arthur, Jack, Walter and Henry. There also may be some names here that are familiar to you because they are names of family members or friends near and dear to your heart. If you're not keen on them as a first name, perhaps these names would fit well into the middle name spot.

Whatever your tastes, your baby's name may be lurking here on this excellent list of midcentury baby boy names.

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Rockin', boppin' boy names straight from 1950
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