Blast from the past
In the wake of the roaring 20s, a new generation emerged: the Baby Boomers. Their parents were jazzed up about the future and got creative with their names.
Approximately 39,000 baby boomer girls were named Jan. It peaked in 1954, but the only Jan that still rings a bell is Jan Brady from the Brady Bunch.
Bob was a solid name with a peak in 1930. Over 30,000 baby boomer boys shared this name, including Bob Dylan, who arguably made it cool.
Patty was a hit in the 50s, with around 31,000 girls sharing this name. Patty Duke was a celebrity namesake, but the name has since hit the popularity skids.
Kim for boys, peaked in 1956. About 20,000 baby boomer boys bore this name, including Kim Fowley, a popular music producer.
Lynn was given to about 30,000 boys, peaking in 1942. There’s Lynn Swann, the football great, but these days, Lynn is more likely to be seen on girls.
About 15,000 girls bore this name, peaking in 1933. A famous Deloris is Whoopi Goldberg’s character in “Sister Act,” but the name has since retired from the limelight.
Roughly 12,000 girls were named Pat, peaking in 1947. The only notable Pat we can think of is Pat Benatar.
Delbert sounds like it’s from a 1950s sitcom, and rightly so. About 12,000 boys were named Delbert, peaking in 1920.
Horace is a name of ancient origins, but it has since become as rare as a dinosaur. Peaking in 1904 with about 20,000 bearers like Horace Grant.
Laverne was popular in 1928, with approximately 12,000 girls sharing this name, including the famous actress Laverne Cox.