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Top American boys' names of the 1950s

In the 50s, Americans were listening to doo wop, boogie woogie, and rock and roll, and were naming their boys Jeffrey, Kevin, Dennis, Daniel, Larry, Terry, Ricky, Dale, Alan and more

James

Derived from Jacob, supplanter

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Popular

Michael

Who is like God?

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Robert

Famous brilliance

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German
Popularity: Popular

John

God is gracious

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

David

Beloved

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

William

Protector

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, English
Popularity: Popular

Richard

German for rich and powerful ruler

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German
Popularity: Popular

Thomas

Twin

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Mark

Warlike

Gender: Boy | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Charles

Farmer (German), strong and manly (

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Popular

Steven

Crowned

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Gary

Spear carrier

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Familiar

Joseph

God will increase

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Donald

Proud ruler

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Gaelic, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Ronald

Powerful, mighty

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Kenneth

Irish(handsome);English(royal oath)

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Scottish, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Paul

Small

Gender: Either | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Larry

Lawrence (crowned with laurel)

Gender: Either | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Daniel

God is my judge

Gender: Boy | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Stephen

Crowned

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Dennis

Follower of Dionysus, god of wine

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Timothy

Honoring God

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Edward

Prosperous guardian

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Popular

Jeffrey

Divinely peaceful

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Teutonic, Old German
Popularity: Popular

George

Farmer

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Gregory

Vigilant watchman

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek, Latin
Popularity: Popular

Kevin

Handsome

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Douglas

Dark river

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Scottish
Popularity: Familiar

Terry

Short for Terrence, Teresa

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Greek, Old German
Popularity: Familiar

Anthony

Praiseworthy, flourishing

Gender: Boy | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Jerry

Mighty spearman

Gender: Either | Origin: Greek, English, German
Popularity: Familiar

Bruce

Place name; woods

Gender: Boy | Origin: French, Norman
Popularity: Popular

Randy

Short for Randall, Randolph

Gender: Either | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Brian

Strong, honorable

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Irish, Scottish
Popularity: Popular

Frank

Short for Francis

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, German, English
Popularity: Popular

Scott

From Scotland

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Familiar

Roger

Famous spearman

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old German, German
Popularity: Familiar

Raymond

Mighty, wise protector

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, English
Popularity: Popular

Peter

Small rock

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Patrick

Nobleman

Gender: Boy | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Keith

Forest, battle place

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Scottish, Welsh
Popularity: Familiar

Lawrence

Crowned with laurel

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Wayne

Wagon maker

Gender: Boy | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Familiar

Danny

Gender: Either | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Alan

Handsome and peaceful

Gender: Boy | Origin: Celtic, Old German, Irish
Popularity: Popular

Gerald

Mighty warrior

Gender: Boy | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Familiar

Christopher

Christ-bearer

Gender: Boy | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Ricky

Short for Richard, Eric

Gender: Either | Origin: American, Old German, English
Popularity: Familiar

Carl

Man, variation of Charles

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Teutonic, Old German, German
Popularity: Familiar

Dale

Valley

Gender: Either | Origin: English, Old English
Popularity: Familiar