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Top American girls' names of the 1950s

You Love Lucy (and Denise, Teresa, Paula, Gail, Bonnie and more) -- popular girls' names in the 1950s

Mary

Bitter

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Linda

Pretty

Gender: Either | Origin: Spanish
Popularity: Familiar

Patricia

Noblewoman

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Susan

Lily

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Deborah

Bee

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Barbara

Foreigner

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Greek, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Debra

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Karen

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Nancy

Gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Donna

Lady

Gender: Girl | Origin: Italian, Gaelic, Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Cynthia

From Mount Kynthos, moon

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Sandra

Defender of mankind

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Pamela

Honey

Gender: Girl | Origin: English, Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Sharon

Desert plain

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Kathleen

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, Greek, Irish
Popularity: Familiar

Carol

Song

Gender: Girl | Origin: Teutonic, Old German, French
Popularity: Familiar

Diane

Divine

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

Brenda

Sword

Gender: Girl | Origin: Norse, Celtic, Old English, Irish
Popularity: Familiar

Cheryl

Gender: Girl | Origin: French
Popularity: Familiar

Janet

Form of Jane

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar

Elizabeth

God's oath

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Kathy

Short for Katherine (pure)

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, Greek, English
Popularity: Familiar

Margaret

Pearl

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Janice

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Carolyn

Form of Caroline

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

Denise

Follower of Dionysus, god of wine

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, French
Popularity: Familiar

Judy

Short for Judith (praised)

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Rebecca

Bound

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Popular

Joyce

Joyful

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

Teresa

Reaper

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Christine

Christian

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, Latin, French
Popularity: Familiar

Catherine

Pure

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Popular

Shirley

Bright meadow

Gender: Girl | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Judith

Praised

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Betty

Short for Elizabeth

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar

Beverly

Beaver field

Gender: Either | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar

Lisa

Elizabeth; consecrated to God

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Familiar

Laura

Laurel tree

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Popular

Theresa

Reaper

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek
Popularity: Familiar

Connie

Steadfast

Gender: Either | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Ann

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Julie

Youthful

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

Gloria

Glory

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Gail

Lively

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, English
Popularity: Unusual

Joan

God is gracious

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew
Popularity: Familiar

Paula

Small

Gender: Girl | Origin: Latin
Popularity: Familiar

Peggy

Short for Margaret

Gender: Girl | Origin: Celtic, English
Popularity: Unusual

Cindy

Short for Cynthia or Lucinda

Gender: Girl | Origin: Greek, English
Popularity: Familiar

Martha

Lady

Gender: Girl | Origin: Hebrew, Aramaic
Popularity: Familiar

Bonnie

Pretty

Gender: Either | Origin: English
Popularity: Familiar