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Old-fashioned baby names: Classic and cultured

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Traditional baby names for girls and boys

Looking for an old-fashioned baby name for your girl or boy? These traditional names are classics that will carry your child from infancy to adulthood. We've pulled names from Victorian times, the Roaring '20s and more to give you a great selection when naming your baby girl or baby boy.

World War II baby names from the 1940s

Back in the 1940s, the so-called baby boom started, causing births to skyrocket. With a war happening abroad for half the decade, times were tough and families were torn apart. The men who returned from war got coupled up with women back home and started families. These were the popular baby names, according to the S.S.A., in the 1940s.

Top baby boys names of the 1940s

  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. David
  7. Charles
  8. Thomas
  9. Michael
  10. Ronald
  11. Larry
  12. Donald
  13. Joseph
  14. Gary
  15. George
  16. Kenneth
  17. Paul
  18. Edward
  19. Jerry
  20. Dennis
  21. Frank
  22. Daniel
  23. Raymond
  24. Roger
  25. Stephen

Top baby girls names of the 1940s

  1. Mary
  2. Linda
  3. Barbara
  4. Patricia
  5. Carol
  6. Sandra
  7. Nancy
  8. Sharon
  9. Judith
  10. Susan
  11. Betty
  12. Carolyn
  13. Margaret
  14. Shirley
  15. Judy
  16. Karen
  17. Donna
  18. Kathleen
  19. Joyce
  20. Dorothy
  21. Janet
  22. Diane
  23. Janice
  24. Joan
  25. Elizabeth

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