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Most Popular Baby Names of the 1950s

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Rank Name Meaning
1 Mary
Hebrew: Bitter; English: Bitter. Variant of Miriam. …
2 Linda
Spanish: Pretty; English: Lime tree, linden tree.; G…
3 Patricia
Spanish: Noble
4 Susan
Hebrew: Lily. Diminutive of Susannah also used as an…
5 Deborah
Hebrew: Bee
6 Barbara
English: Traveler from a foreign land. In Catholic c…
7 Debra
Hebrew: Bee
8 Karen
English: Abbreviation of Katherine. Pure.
9 Nancy
French: Variant of Anne. Favor, grace.; English: Var…
10 Donna
Italian: Lady
11 Cynthia
English: Variant of Cynthia and Lucinda
12 Sandra
English: Defender of mankind. Feminine of Alexander.
13 Pamela
Greek: Honeyed.
14 Sharon
Hebrew: From the land of Sharon
15 Kathleen
English: Variant of Katherine. Pure.; Irish: Innocent
16 Carol
English: Joy, manly; French: Song of happiness
17 Diane
French: Divine
18 Brenda
Irish: Little raven, beacon on the hill
19 Cheryl
German: Manly; English: Dear one, darling
20 Janet
Scottish: Variant of Jane from the French Jeanette; …
21 Elizabeth
English: Bountiful, God of plenty; Hebrew: Bountiful…
22 Kathy
English: Form of the Greek Catherine meaning pure. V…
23 Margaret
Irish: Name of a saint; Arabic: Child of light, pear…
24 Janice
Hebrew: Gift from God
25 Carolyn
English: Joy Also feminine variant of Charles meaning manly

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