It’s fascinating to look back at all the popular choices families made over the years while naming their kids — which is possible thanks to some handy lists compiled by the Social Security Administration. While the SSA tracks eras dating all the way back to the 1800s, but we couldn’t help but feel the most nostalgic while looking at the favorite names folks chose during the ‘50s — especially when we saw all the sweet names for baby girls! And because the 1950s sat smack dab in the middle of Baby Boom in the United States following World War II, there were plenty unique names being given out to newborns throughout the decade.
That said, we think that right now, in 2018, it’s time for all of the delightful names listed below to make a comeback. You really can’t go wrong with any of the timeless classics young girls were given back in the day. We even took a look at Nameberry to find out the meaning behind each moniker and were blown away by how special each of one is. Scroll down to see if you had one of the most popular names from the 1950s. Be sure to share with any of your friends who also made the list — and any young couples you know looking for the perfect name for their upcoming bundle of joy!
Here are 15 popular girls' names from the 1950s we think should make a comeback now.
Clocking in as the second-most popular name from the decade, this lovely name has roots in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian that mean “pretty” and “beautiful.”
This name is perfect for any particularly dignified little ladies born with an air of class. Based in Latin, its meaning is “noble.”
As a shorter form of of the name Susannah, this floral name means “lily.” There were plenty of young girls named Lily when it became popular again in recent years, and Susan would be a great vintage twist on the trend!
Girls with this name might expect to have a lot of buzz around them as they grow up — it’s based on the Hebrew word for “bee.”
We have Denmark to thank for this variation on the name Katherine, which is another wonderful choice that was popular in the 1950s. They both mean “pure.”
You might be surprised to learn this classic name, which means “grace,” is a modification of the much shorter moniker, Ann.
This name is definitely appropriate for any super-feminine or “girly girls” as it simply means “lady” in Italian.
Although this Greek name means “woman form from Kynthos,” it could be a great fit for a girl from any part of the globe.
This name modifies Jane with the addition of one little letter, giving it an extra dash of charm. Both names have the beautifully spiritual meaning of “God’s gracious gift.”
Greek and Italian cultures combined to make the name Alessandra which later transformed into this quintessentially ‘50s name with a particularly powerful meaning: “defending men [as in all mankind].”
This sweet name was popularly shortened to Peggy throughout the decade and has the ornate meaning of “pearl.”
As an adorable nickname for Judith, it outranked its original by a few slots throughout the decade. Both also have two meanings taken from the Bible: “He will be praised” and “woman from Judea.”
English speakers switched things up from the Greek name Dorothea by tweaking the ending just a bit. Like Janet, it has a flatteringly spiritual meaning: “gift of God.”
Like the legendary beauty Helen of Troy herself, this name comes from Greek and means “bright, shining light” — a wonderful fit for someone who always sees the sunny side of things!
Like Patricia, this timeless name for ladies means “noble” and will give anyone with it a respectful air of dignity.
Of course, there are so many other incredible names that young girls were given during the decade that didn't quite make it into the top 100 listed by the SSA. If you didn't spot your name here, that just means you're even more unique — or ahead of your time.