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We all love classic films and classic songs – so, how about a classic name for your baby? After all, vintage has never been so popular, whether it’s buying boutique clothing or old vinyl records.
Now, you can channel a Mad Men feeling of your own by calling your baby one of these names from the 1950s. We searched through the archives and picked out 10 names that really capture the era. Is it time to bring them back?
If you’re looking for more baby name inspiration, we’ve got lots of ideas at HuffPost UK Parents. Find out more.
Number one on the baby name list in 1954, Susan can be shortened to ‘Sue’, ‘Susie’ or lengthened to ‘Suzanne’.
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These are just some of the names that peaked in popularity in the 1950 s and '60s that are now under threat of being wiped out. The Baby Centre, which has a database of names for newborns, released a list of 36 monikers that have not been registered by British parents yet this year.
This gender-neutral name was commonplace for boys in the 80s. It means ‘ash wood’. 8. Atreyu While Gary was on a decline in the 1950 s , it did pretty well in the 80s. This name has stayed in the top baby boys name charts for most years. Names with religious links were hugely popular in the 80s.
Make like Christina Hendricks, who played dynamic and voluptuous Joan Holloway in the Mad Men TV series.
Meaning ‘strong’, or ‘valiant’, Valerie has a distinctly French twist to it. Tres belle.
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These are the most popular baby names so far in 2020
These are the most popular baby names so far in 2020Whether you're keen to follow the trends with baby names, or if you're desperate to know what everyone else is calling their newborns so your child won't be one of five in a class with the same name, it's interesting to take a look at what's shaping up to be the most popular baby names for boys and girls in the UK this year, in 2020.
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X Æ A-12 Musk (son of Elon Musk and Grimes)
The Tesla mastermind and the Canadian singer named their son after a made-up formula of their favorite things. Grimes explained in a tweet on May 6, 2020, "
•X, the unknown variable ⚔️ •Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence) •A-12 = precursor to SR-17 (our favorite aircraft). No weapons, no defenses, just speed. Great in battle, but non-violent ???? + (A=Archangel, my favorite song) (⚔️???? metal rat)."
Raddix Chloe Wildflower Madden (daughter of Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden)
The "Charlie's Angels" actress announced on Jan. 3, 2020, that she and her guitarist husband have welcomed their first child together. Diaz shared the news on Instagram, which read: "We are so happy, blessed and grateful to begin this new decade by announcing the birth of our daughter, Raddix Madden." The middle name "Wildflower" is inspired by her "Charlie's Angels" co-star Drew Barrymore, whose biography is called "Wildflower."
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These Popular 1950 s Baby Girl Names Should Make a Comeback. Scroll down to see if you had one of the most popular names from the 1950 s . And be sure to share them with any of your friends who also made the list — or any young couples you know looking for the perfect name for their
Whether it’s the name for a magnificent tree or one reminiscent of a beautiful flower, giving your baby a moniker inspired by nature is bound to invest them with a sense of connection to the world around them. Retro , Baby : These Names Were Popular For Infants In The 1950 s .
True Thompson (daughter of Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson)
The reality TV star gave birth to her first child, daughter True, on April 12, 2018. Grandmother Kris Jenner tweeted out the reason the name is so special: “I’m so excited to welcome my precious little granddaughter True!!! FUN FACT… my Grandfather’s name on my Dad’s side was True Otis Houghton….my real Dad’s name was Robert True Houghton…so i am so excited Khloe named her daughter True!!! #lovebug #familytradition #family."
Cass Mac Rooney (son of Coleen and Wayne Rooney)
The English soccer player and his wife welcomed their fourth son on Feb. 15, 2018. Coleen tweeted: "So Happy to welcome our Baby Boy .... Cass Mac Rooney into the world weighing a healthy 8lb 10oz. He is beautiful."
Strummer Newcomb Cook (son of Julia Stiles and Preston J. Cook)
The "Riviera" actress and her fiancé welcomed their first child in October 2017. She shared the news through an Instagram post: "Strummer Newcomb Cook, born October 20, 2017. Thanks and ever thanks to the extraordinary Doctors, Nurses and staff at Mount Sinai for helping bring this utter joy into our lives. ❤️✨ “Hello, World!"
These are the baby names younger mums in the UK prefer
These are the baby names younger mums in the UK prefer And here are the top 20 baby names for girls among mums under the age of 25 in the UK:AmeliaOliviaAvaIslaHarperIsabellaMiaEllaIvyScarlettEvieLilyWillowPoppyFreyaSophiaLaylaAriaElsieGraceTo find out the baby names that are proving most popular in the UK in 2020 so far, head here.
Dusty Rose Levine (daughter of Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo)
“The name game is a tough game,” said the Maroon 5 frontman on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He admitted that it was DeGeneres who gave him five baby names and Dusty was one of them. DeGeneres, on her part, said she had "already thought of Dusty and then someone said ‘Dusty Rose.’ I said, ‘Oh, that’s her name.’"
Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger (son of Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick)
When Jagger and his partner, Hamrick, welcomed a son in December 2016, they did not reveal the child’s name at the time. But Jagger’s daughter posted a photo on Instagram of her baby brother, with the unique name Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger. Octavian is Latin for “born eighth,” which seems appropriate given that this is Jagger’s eighth child.
Blue Ivy (daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z)
The Queen B posted an extract from Rebecca Solnit's novel "A Field Guide to Getting Lost" on her social media to explain the name choice: "The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost ... This light does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue."
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North West (daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)
Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner explained the directional name and said: “The way [Kim] explained it to me was that North means highest power, and she says that North is their highest point together and I thought that was really sweet.” The couple named their younger son, Saint West.
Dream Renée Kardashian (daughter of Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna)
Kardashian's daughter gets her middle name from her mom (Angela Renée White, professionally known as Blac Chyna). The couple stuck with the name Dream, because early on, Chyna had declared she wasn’t naming her baby with the letter “K” like the rest of the Kardashians.
Kal-El Coppola Cage (son of Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim)
Cage’s love for the red-caped superhero, Superman, is why his son is called Kal-El. He said, "My wife wanted a unique name and originally I thought of the name Kyleand then she said, ‘No, something more unusual but beautiful.’ Then I remembered the old Superman comics and Kal-El was his original name on Krypton. So I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that’s all three. I just thought it was a beautiful name and it had kind of a magical ring to it."
Iyla Vue Hart (daughter of Ashley Scott and Steve Hart)
Hart was responsible for naming his youngest daughter Iyla Vue that is pronounced as "I love you." Scott said, “It took us about four days after she was born to name her because we weren’t 100 percent, and then at the end I thought, ‘I just love it.’”
Bear Blaze Winslet (son of Kate Winslet and Ned Smith)
Winslet and her husband went with Bear Blaze because of how they met. "Bear’s second name is Blaze because my husband and I met in a house fire basically,” said the actress. The first name, Bear was borrowed from a childhood friend of Winslet’s.
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Apple Martin Paltrow (daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin)
There can be so many reasons for this name. The couple could be in love with Sir Isaac Newton or Steve Jobs, or they could have just wanted to keep the doctor away. But none of it is true. According to Paltrow, Martin came up with this name and she found it very sweet.
Stormi Webster (daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott)
The couple welcomed their first daughter in February 2018. Explaining why Jenner named her daughter Stormi, in an interview for the Evening Standard she said: "I really don’t know how we thought of Storm. Her dad insisted it was him, but I feel like it was me. And that kind of just stuck with us. And then I didn’t really like just Storm – I didn’t feel like that was her name. So then it became Stormi. And it just stuck. I feel like there were a lot of other names that I might have even liked better to be honest, but I feel like Stormi picked her own name, like it was just her name."
Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson (daughter of Bono and Alison Hewson)
The couple got her daughter's middle name, Eve (2nd R), from the middle of the word "seven" since she was born at 7 AM. They soon dropped Memphis from the name as they feared that their daughter may get bullied at school.
Kyd Miller Duchovny (son of David Duchovny and Téa Leoni)
Kyd was the "Californication" star's attempt at being funny. The boy now goes by his middle name of Miller.
Audio Science Clayton (son of Shannyn Sossamon and Dallas Clayton)
The "Wayward Pines" actress explained her oldest son's name during an interview and said: "We wanted a word not a name, so my boyfriend read through the dictionary three or four times."
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Zuma Nesta Rock, Apollo Bowie Flynn and Kingston James McGregor Rossdale (children of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale)
The name Zuma (L) reportedly takes after Zuma Beach in Malibu, California, U.S., and lives up to the place-naming tradition that the musicians started with their older son, Kingston (R). The middle names of the children similarly take inspiration from music, with Kingston likely to be a reference to reggae music, Nesta being a nod to Bob Marley and Bowie taking after David Bowie.
Satchel Lewis Lee (daughter of Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee)
The acclaimed director is a huge baseball fan and that's the reason he named his daughter (R) after Satchel Paige, the baseball star.
Speck Wildhorse Mellencamp (son of John Mellencamp and Elaine Erwin)
Wildhorse comes from the musician's well-known love for animals. The senior Mellencamp, whose stage name back in the 1980s was John Cougar, said in his biography that Speck was named after his grandfather.
Bronx Mowgli Wentz (son of Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz)
The musician couple said their son’s first name is after the New York borough and the middle name was inspired from the famous "The Jungle Book" character.
Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, River Rocket, Buddy Bear Maurice and Poppy Honey Rosie Oliver (children of Jamie and Jools Oliver)
The couple's youngest son's name River is thought to be a nod to River Café in Fulham, where Oliver's talent as a chef was first noticed. Jools has said that her children have more than one name because she couldn't decide on one.
Destry Allyn Spielberg (daughter of Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw)
Destry seems to be an unusual combination of destiny and destroy but it means "warhorse" in French, apt for a competitive equestrian.
Rocket Zot Worthington (son of Sam and Lara Worthington)
The Aussie couple chose the name Rocket because "they just liked it." Also, the middle name is an ode to Worthington's father Ronald, who had a similar nickname.
Jermajesty Jackson (son of Jermaine Jackson and Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza)
Jermajesty is pronounced like "Her Majesty," but with a "J" at the start.
Brooklyn, Cruz and Harper Seven Beckham (children of David and Victoria Beckham)
The power couple surely knows how to come up with distinct names, right from Brooklyn (Victoria wanted a "blokey" name) to Cruz (because it means "cross" in Spanish and he was born in Madrid) and Harper Seven (apparently inspired by Posh Spice’s favorite author Harper Lee).
(Pictured) (L-R) Brooklyn Beckham, Hana Cross, Cruz Beckham, Romeo Beckham, Harper Beckham and David Beckham attend the Victoria Beckham show during the London Fashion Week in England on Feb. 17, 2019.
Elsie Otter Pechenik (daughter of Zooey Deschanel and Jacob Pechenik)
The “New Girl” star stated: “We just really liked the name Elsie, and then we both love otters because they’re so sweet and also smart.”
Pax Thien, Shiloh Nouvel and Maddox Chivan Joli-Pitt (children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie)
The name Pax Thien (R) adds up to "peaceful sky" in Latin and Vietnamese, respectively. Shiloh's (L) name is of Hebrew origin and means the "peaceful one" while Nouvel was taken from French architect Jean Nouvel, one of Pitt's favorites. Maddox (2nd right, back) means "son of Madoc" in Celtic or Welsh.
Bluebell Madonna Halliwell (daughter of Geri Halliwell and Sacha Gervasi)
In the last few weeks of her pregnancy, the former Spice Girl saw the spring flower bluebells everywhere in the park and decided to name her daughter that. The middle name is after the music legend Madonna because the baby was born screaming with both her arms in the air, something that Halliwell said was "as though the baby was shouting 'hello Wembley!' "No one else has that name, apart from the Virgin Madonna and the singer, whom I love,” the singer added.
Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof (daughter of Paula Yates and Michael Hutchence)
There is no particular story behind the name, and it was just the result of everyone having a say in the name. While Pixie Geldof, half-sister of Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily (R), chose the name Heavenly, Hutchence came up with Hiraani, and Yates chose Tiger Lily.
Sonnet Noel, True, Ocean and Autumn Whitaker (children of Forest and Keisha Whitaker)
According to "The Butler" actor, he named his children so they could "touch their destiny by their names." In 2007, he told Contactmusic, "Autumn is sort of flighty and Sonnet is much more of an artist... and True was very strong, and Ocean just has a big heart."
Moxie CrimeFighter (daughter of Penn Jillette and Emily Zolten Jillette)
The comedian (L) gave his daughter (2nd R) this interesting middle name because he wants her to say, "we're on the same side. My middle name is CrimeFighter" whenever she's pulled over for speeding.
Rocket Ayer Williams (son of Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh)
Taking a cue from the Indian tradition of naming children after a force or an element, Pharrell named their son after a man-made machine that was meant to go up. Metaphorically, it was because of Stevie Wonder’s "Rocket Love," Elton John’s "Rocket Man" and Herbie Hancock’s "Rocket" – all of Pharrell's favorite musicians. The middle name Ayer takes after composer Roy Ayers.
Pilot Inspektor Lee (son of Jason Lee and Beth Riesgraf)
Lee is hilarious and he proved it. Once he heard a song by the band Grandaddy called "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" and went on to name his son accordingly. He said, "The opening track, 'He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot,' absolutely blew my mind when I first heard it. It was from this track that my wife, Beth, came up with the name Pilot for our son."
Egypt Daoud Dean (son of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz)
Keys said a life-changing trip to Egypt was responsible for her son's name. She said, "When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, ‘Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn’t that be amazing as a name?’"
Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa (children of Frank Zappa and Gail Zappa)
The musician used to call his eldest daughter Motorhead but decided to name her Moon (2nd L). Her middle name Unit came from the term "family unit" to emphasize the fact that they were all a family. Dweezil (R) was actually a nickname Zappa came up with. The other siblings, Ahmet (2nd R) and Diva Muffin, also have special meanings. Ahmet was the name of an imaginary butler and Diva got hers because she was a loud baby.
Princess Tiaamii Crystal Esther Andre (daughter of Katie Price and Peter Andre)
Tiaamii is a fusion of the names of Andre’s mother Thea and Price’s mother Amy. As Price always loved the name Princess, it was added to the mix.
Diezel Ky and Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis (children of Toni Braxton and Keri Lewis)
Diezel (L) is named after the German inventor Rudolf Diesel who made the first diesel engine. Denim (R) was supposed to be spelled Denham but they changed it to the jean after a nurse at the hospital said, "How’s little baby Den-ham?"
Coco Arquette (daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette)
The Jewish tradition did not allow the ex-couple to name the baby girl after her mother, so they opted for a nickname that Cox used to have.
Sunday Rose Kidman Urban (daughter of Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban)
The couple had their reason for choosing this name. "Sunday, that's our favorite day. Because I think there's something to do with Sundays where, if you're lonely, Sundays are a very lonely day. And if you're happy and you've got your family and the things around you, then Sunday's a beautiful day. So our baby's called Sunday,” Urban told contactmusic.
Moroccan Scott Cannon (son of Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon)
The name had sentimental value for Carey since the top of her New York apartment had a Moroccan-inspired decor and was where then-husband Cannon had proposed to her. Their daughter Monroe was named after the Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe.
Also giving off a French vibe, Annette means ‘gracious’ and ‘merciful’.
You can’t think of the 1950s without thinking of screen siren Audrey Hepburn.
David was the most popular boys’ name in 1954 – and it’s still in favour today.
Similarly, John is a main-stay. You can’t go wrong with John. It’s timeless.
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In Latin, Terence means ‘smooth’ and it has a host of likeable nicknames, too. Try ‘Terry’ or ‘Tel’.
A unisex name that was once used as a shortened form of ‘Robert’.
This will conjure up images of American actor and heart-throb Gregory Peck – one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s.