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.
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
- MavistheMavenLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
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:
Bill (you wouldn't call him William back in the '50s)
Charlie or Chuck
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:
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:
It shows the top 40 baby names by year.
- TrivialLv 58 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.
- Word Urge fiendLv 68 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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- GrillparzerLv 78 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):
- Anonymous8 years ago