Top 10 baby names of the 50s

Debbie McTaggart
15th May 2012

Pick up the newspaper on any given day and there will be some celebrity who has labelled their child with a ridiculous moniker. If you were born around 1950, it is unlikely that Fifi Trixibell or Slash is how you are known, but what were the popular names of the 50s?

            Girls                           Boys

1.         Jennifer                 Peter

2.         Susan                    John

3.         Christine               Robert

4.         Julie                      David

5.         Margaret                Michael

6.         Helen                    Stephen

7.         Judith                    Ian

8.         Lynette                  Gregory

9.         Robyn                    Paul

10.       Elizabeth                 Gary


Is your name listed above? What is the strangest name you’ve ever heard given to a child?

16th May 2012

Days when the media breathlessly report that two lesbians have had a 'child' and the law allows the lesbian partner to have the father's name expunged from the birth certificate and replaced with her own. 

You know how it is with lesbians, one Campari and reach for the suitcase to move in.  It is all 'love' and hardware (heh, heh).  Next is choose the sex of the 'child'- easier than convincing a boy mistake to 'choose' to become a girl. LOL

Where the taxpayer is paying for it, I would prefer that they use the Target turkey baster than a medico in a white coat with a more expensive alternative.

16th May 2012

Deanna and Nautilus I never took  nuffin serious  at all,  and I was tongue in cheek trust me.

BUT per a million to one chance I ever saw either of your posts because if we do not pan up who knows if anyone ever answers a post a million miles up I ask? I am never going to answer a post within a post ever again as too many never seen as we miss them when we even answer in a new one, much less in another's home hey?

Well I know what I am talking about so there........:)




16th May 2012

No problems Phyl, I should have know you wouldn't have taken it seriously... Cheers

17th May 2012

I live in Goulburn, NSW and the name PATRICIA is prevalent here in the (say) 50-80 age group; does anyone know who Patricia was back then or is it just an ancient name coming down the generations?  What does it mean and where did it originate?

btw, my name is Phileppa and I thought I'd been named for Prince Phillip who'd been in Sydney at the time of my birth.  Not brought up in family so I chose that thought!  While doing a little ancestral search I found that the name Phillipa was VERY common in my Cornish ancestry and a teenager with my exact full name arrived in Australia 100 years before my birth.  So I still don't know who my dad was!  (no no.. I really didn't think that!)

17th May 2012

Love your story Pip,  I was named after Deanna Durbin, unfortunately that's as far as it went. LOL LOL LOL

17th May 2012


Patricia Medina could have popularised the name.  She died recently.

17th May 2012

Thanks for finding that, certainly a possibility as she was born 1922 and was in films from 1935 so babes born from then could have been named for her.. wasn't she a beauty! 

18th May 2012

I was named after the guy who killed Goliith the Gaint with a sling and I've been killing by other means ever since I was born.

19th May 2012

I Was called Patricia but I don' have a clue why ,not a family name on either side ;My grandkids  call me Nan, the greats call me Nanny , as for my kids I called the I..I( injured innocense) M.C.(misplaced confidence and A.B.C.(absolute bloody Carelessness)

20th May 2012

Hi Tadpole Patricia,  did you see the comment from Nautilus about Patricia Medina and my reply?  The fact that you didn't have ancestors of that name may mean you were named for her; worth checking that link.  How fortunate are you to be a Nan and a Nanny; my having had just one (late) child means very little chance of my becoming even a Nan!

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