Baby Name Timeline: 1950s

The baby names below saw sudden changes in usage during the 1950s thanks to the influence of historical events. I’ve written explanatory blog posts about some of them — please click the links to learn more!

To check out history-influenced baby names from other decades, visit the baby name timeline main page.


1959

renault, dauphine, car, baby names, 1950s,

1959 News: Prisca

1959 Politics: Nikita, Fidel

1959 Movie character: Gigi

1959 TV characters: Torey, Rowdy, Kookie, Rapunzel, Flint, Quint, Case, Staccato, Babby, Laurieann, Yancy, Elfego, Beaver, Wally, Markham, Josh, Lane, Layne

1959 TV contestants: Perian, Darris

1959 TV personality: Barrie

1959 Actors: Rory, Sondi, Ty, Andra, Wayde

1959 Writer: Ketti

1959 Songs: Donna, Leimomi, Venus

1959 Singers: Dellareese, Kitza, Damone, Fabian

1959 Musical group: Kalin

1959 Sports: Ingemar, Vada

1959 Product: Dauphine

1959 Brand: Renault

1959 Celebrity baby: Tyrone


1958

attila, movie, baby name, 1950s,

1958 News: Tootie, Caril

1958 Movie characters: Perri, Attila

1958 TV characters: Paladin, Hoby, Vint, Delphine, Kitty, Kelly, Bentley, Samantha, Bret, Timmy

1958 TV personalities: Patrice, Elfrida

1958 Actors: Miyoshi, Sal, Brigitte, Arnaz, Tristram, Efrem

1958 Literary characters: Karil, Daintry

1958 Songs: Peggysue, Peggy, Tequila, Sayonara

1958 Singers: Sinatra, Keely, Dion

1958 Sports: Durelle, Yvon, Ryne

1958 Product: Chemise

1958 Celebrity baby: Monsita

1958 Celebrity related: Loray

1958 Beauty queen: Kahne


1957

tammy, movie, baby name, 1950s,

1957 News: Doria, Sindee

1957 Politics: Gamal, Nasser

1957 Movie characters: Zarak, Jordy, Leslie, Jett, Jordan, Vashti, Tambrey, Anastasia, Rhoda

1957 Movie: Peyton

1957 TV characters: Marsheela, Maverick, Colt, Kaseem, Penny

1957 TV contestants: Evonne, Bunny

1957 TV personality: Zsazsa

1957 Actors: Yul, Pippa, Rock, Gia, Tris, Teal, Erin, Dani

1957 Literary character: Cindylou

1957 African-American magazines: Theonita, Clintona, Sherelle

1957 Comics: Bix

1957 Songs: Tammy, Sakeena, Cindy, Marianne, Deserie, Diana

1957 Singers: Gogi, Tab

1957 Musical group: Chantel

1957 Product: Velveeta

1957 Celebrity babies: Tierney, Liza, Caroline

1957 Beauty queens: Bryndis, Sanita


1956

cubby, television, baby name, 1950s,

Here are the names for 1956.


1955

kismet, comic, baby name, 1950s,

Here are the names for 1955.


1954

ferlin, singer, baby name, 1950s,

1954 News: Bobbyetta, Marian

1954 Movie characters: Shalimar, Saadia, Corby, Vicki, Aida

1954 TV characters: Tinker, Topper, Cochise, Jan, Cheryl

1954 TV contestants: Rozana, Zana, Lili

1954 Actors: Darvi, Sheree, Rossana, Brandon, Dirk

1954 Comics: Valinda

1954 Song: Bimbo

1954 Singers: Yma, Eydie, Ferlin, Gayla

1954 Sports: Rahn


1953

finesse, shampoo, baby name, 1950s,

1953 Politics: Dwight, Ike, Oveta

1953 Movie characters: Judalon, Angelique, Shane

1953 Movie: Enola

1953 TV characters: Chata, Tonga, Lucy, Ricky, Ricardo

1953 TV contestants: Barbi, Sunee, Wynelle

1953 Actors: Pier, Angeli, Doretta, Vanessa, Irasema, Lucille, Desi, Jerilou, Luann, Charlton

1953 Song: Haunani

1953 Singers: Joni, Mindy

1953 Sports: Yogi, Tenley, Lastarza, Marciano

1953 Products: Finesse, Capri

1953 Celebrity babies: Taryn

1953 Beauty queen: Neva


1952

faron, musician, baby name, 1950s

1952 News: Vickye, Kennan

1952 Politics: Eisenhower, Adlai

1952 Movie characters: Danon, Pandora, Lygia

1952 TV character: Claudia

1952 TV contestant: Rondi

1952 TV personality: Buff

1952 Actor: Keefe

1952 Literary characters: Gevan, Fancy

1952 Comics: Valeta

1952 Song: Charmaine

1952 Singers: Faron, Adriel

1952 Celebrity baby: Leslie

1952 Beauty queen: Jodell


1951

korla, musician, television, baby name,1950s,

1951 News: Glenalee, Glenna, Samia, Arlynne, Krystal, Kristine, Desnee

1951 Movie characters: Manina, Bathsheba, Kim, Choya, Sonseeahray, Rommel, Roxane

1951: Movie: Vendetta

1951 TV character: Patti

1951 TV personality: Korla

1951 Radio character: Spring

1951 Actors: Mala, Piper, Miroslava, Mitzi, Mitchum, Debralee, Dianalynn, Shaye, Dagmar

1951 Singer: Jilla

1951 Sports: Sugar

1951 Celebrity baby: Romina


1950

frosty, song, baby name, 1950s,

1950 News: Chaneta, Deyanne

1950 Movie characters: Mariette, Roseanna, Samson, Delilah

1950 TV/radio character: Radames

1950 TV personality: Kyle

1950 Radio characters: Grayling, Nona

1950 Actors: Denise, Darcel, Silvana, Zorita, Broderick

1950 Comics: Vallorie, Mardeen

1950 Songs: Monalisa, Frosty, Valencia

1950 Singer: Terrea

1950 Beauty queens: Learta, Jacque


More Names

Other historically significant baby names bestowed in the U.S. during the 1950s include Barbara Gale, Dovima, Hopalong, Liberace, Milton Berle, and Sputnik.