The forties didn’t just give us swing dresses and the jive, there were also a number of names that came into their own during that decade.

 

Over the years they have slowly started to decline in popularity, and while sad, it means you won't have a class full of kids with the same name as your child's.

 

If you fancy looking at the forties for baby name inspiration, have a look at these most popular ones from that era:

 

Girls:

1. Ann – meaning priceless

 

2. Bonnie – meaning pretty, charming

 

3. Betty – meaning God is satisfaction

 

4. Catherine – meaning innocent

 

5. Constance – meaning firm of purpose

 

6. Daisy – meaning the day’s eye

 

7. Doris – meaning gift

 

8. Etta – meaning little one

 

9. Evelyn – meaning life

 

10. Edith – meaning riches, blessed

 

11. Florence – meaning Son of Gawain

 

12. Gladys – meaning sword

 

13. Grace – meaning grace

 

14. Harriet – meaning ruler of the home

 

15. Louisa – meaning famous warrior

 

16. Mabel – meaning beautiful, lovable

 

17. Margot – meaning pearl

 

18. Mae – meaning bitter

 

19. Rosalind – meaning beautiful, pretty rose

 

20. Theodora – meaning God given

 

 

Boys:

1.  Alexander – meaning defender of man

 

2. Benjamin – meaning son of the right hand

 

3. Bernard – meaning strong as bear

 

4. Cecil – meaning blind

 

5. Charles – meaning manly

 

6. Clement – meaning gentle

 

7. Daniel – meaning judgment of God

 

8. Douglas – meaning dweller of the dark stream

 

9. Edmund – meaning prosperous protector

 

10. Edward – meaning guardian

 

11. Ernest – meaning serious, determined

 

12. Earl – meaning chief

 

13. Eric – meaning eternal ruler

 

14. Geoffrey – meaning god’s peace

 

15. Gerald – meaning spear strength

 

16. Howard – meaning defender

 

17. Kenneth – meaning handsome

 

18. Laurence – meaning from the place of the laurel leaves

 

19. Robert – meaning famed, bright

 

20. Timothy – meaning God’s honour 

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