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:




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





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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