These Are The Top 10 Baby Names Of The 1950s. Is Yours On It?

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Every few years, new trends in baby names start to appear. More recently, parents have been opting for "unique" names so their children can stand out.

But, do you ever wonder what names reigned supreme in the 1950s?

Here are the top 10 names for male and female babies born between 1950 and 1959, see if yours made the cut:

10. Charles & Donna

The name Charles comes from the Old English world "ceorl" meaning man.

As for Donna, it's derived from the Italian title of respect given to women meaning "lady of the home."

9. Mark & Nancy

Mark is another form of Marcus, a Latin name for the Roman god of war, Mars. The name can also be found in the Bible.

No matter how you spell the ending, Nancy stems from 13th century Britain and it means "grace."

8. Thomas & Karen

In the New Testament, Thomas is the name of one of the apostles. The name was derived from the Aramaic word for "twin." Even in 2017, Thomas is till in the top 100 of popular baby names.

Karen, a short form of Katherine, has its roots in Danish. The name gained popularity in the 1950s, and still remains so. It means "pure."

7. Richard & Debra

Richard means "strong ruler" in German. There was a spike in babies being named Richard in the years following the Second World War, but today it ranks at 233rd on the popularity list.

Debra is a Biblical name meaning "Bee," but it has also seen a drop in popularity since the 50s. In 2017, it holds the 7,792nd position.

6. William & Barbara

William means "strong-willed warrior," and this explains why it such a popular name even today. It's from Old German, but made its way to England in 1066. Many well-known personalities including U.S. presidents and members of the British Royal family have had this name. It currently sits at number 24 on the popularity list.

Barbara is borrowed from the Greek barbaros meaning "traveler from a foreign land." The name first became extremely popular in medieval Britain thanks to martyr St. Barbara before making its way to America.

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