It's 1955. Who do I invite to my 16th birthday party?

Guest List:

 

Betty

Margaret (Peggy)

Henry

Ralph

Dorothy

Barbara

Walter

Harold

Ruth

Virginia

Eugene

Gerald

Doris

Helen

Jack

Ronald

Dolores

Norma

Lois

 

Okay, so these are some of the top 30 baby names of the 1930's (the people at this "party" were born in the late 30's).

 

Old fashioned names are popular with today's babies (Hannah, Abigail, etc.), but you just don't hear babies with retro 30's to 50's names. Does anybody these days name their newborn Betty, Peggy, or Norma? What about baby Eugene or Ralph?

 

I checked the Social Security name database and Peggy doesn't even make the top 1,000 girls names list. Maybe that's because it's short for Margaret (how it's short for Margaret - I don't know). Still, doesn't it surprise you that a name that doesn't sound at all unusual doesn't even make the top 1,000?

 

Just as with fashion, names go out of style. Peggy just isn't popular anymore. Poor Peg. Isn't it time to give Peggy a chance again? How long must a name be out of fashion for it to come back in fashion again?