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Old-Fashioned Baby Names With Modern Appeal

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These classic baby names fit surprisingly well in the modern world

World War II baby names from the 1940s

These classic baby names fit surprisingly well in the modern world
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With a war abroad for half the 1940s, times were tough and families were torn apart. But when soldiers returned from war, the "baby boom" began, with births skyrocketing. These were the most popular baby names in the 1940s according to the SSA.

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

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

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