Would it be possible for teens in 1950 to be named these names?

I'm writing a YA series based in the 1950s but is it possible for teens to have names of my characters? Here's the names I have so far.

Girls:

Ashley

MacKenzie

Delia

Boys:

Evan

William

Adam

Update:

I'll be sure to tell that to MacKenzie Philips who was born in the 50s and born with a silver spoon in her mouth

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  • 8 years ago
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    The boys names all work. You wouldn't find Ashley or MacKenzie in the 1950s. Delia also wasn't common, but there were a few. Typical names for girls in the 1950s were:

    Angela

    Barbara

    Carole

    Debbie

    Diane

    Janice

    Joan

    Judy

    Kathy

    Laura

    Linda

    Marie

    Sandra

    For boys:

    Bill (you wouldn't call him William back in the '50s)

    Charlie or Chuck

    David

    George

    Jim

    John

    Joe

    Larry

    Michael, Mike

    Mitch

    Nick

    Paul

    Peter, Pete

    Richard, Dick

    Steve

    Tom

    Generally, names back then were simple and short. If you had a long name, like Elizabeth, you'd call her Liz or Beth.

  • 8 years ago

    Ashley was typically a family names that was passed on as boy's names until the 1980's when a lot of boy's names were used for girls.

    MacKenzie Phillips was an exception, but Mackenzie is a 1980's name because of her.

    Delia is a much older name that is a good possibility of being passed down.

    You will love this page:

    http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=calvi...

    You are looking for names that would have been given to children in about 1936-1940 to get teens in the 50's.

    Click "boy" and type in "Evan". You'll see it was used in your period of interest but not as much as now.

    Here is another good page:

    http://www.babycenter.com/babyNameYears.htm

    It shows the top 40 baby names by year.

    Good Luck!

  • 8 years ago

    It would be POSSIBLE but probably not very common. Try googling "popular names in the 50s" (Or, the 30s/40s, I suppose, if you want to be really accurate because of their birth) for whatever country this takes place in and see what was commong back then to get a feel. For America or England, William has been really popular forever and Adam and Evan are likely to be up there but the girls names might be a bit strange for the era.

  • 8 years ago

    Of all the names on your list, only William was a common name for teenagers in the 1950s. Try the link below. It's a list of the most common baby names of the1940s (which is when 50s teenagers were born).

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  • 8 years ago

    A better description of MacKenzie Phillips would be to say she was born with a silver spoon held to her nose.

    The year of my birth (yes, I was named Michael):

    http://www.babycenter.com/popularBabyNames.htm?yea...

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