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How Names Have Changed: Popular '50s US Baby Names

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How Names Have Changed Popular 50s US Baby Names game quiz
"I just had a birthday, and since I was born in the US in 1958, I wrote about how the popularity of baby names has changed since then. See how many popular names from 50 or 60 years ago you remember. Don't worry, there are clues to their meanings to help"

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1. The most popular name for girls in the US in the 1950s begins with the letter "M." Interestingly enough, it comes from a Hebrew word meaning "bitter." That can't have been the reason this name was popular. More likely it is because of a Biblical connection to an time-honored young mother with this name. Which of the following "M" names was most popular in the 1950s in the US?
    Marcia
    Mary
    Martha
    Margaret


2. The second most popular name for girls in the US in the 1950s begins with the letter "L." It comes from a Spanish word meaning "pretty," which is probably one of the reasons for its popularity. Which of the following "L" names was the second most popular for baby girls in the 1950s in the US?
    Linda
    Lisa
    Laura
    Leslie


3. The third most popular name for girls in the US in the 1950s begins with the letter "P." Interestingly enough, it comes from a Roman word meaning "noble" or "aristocratic." It is the female form of a popular boy's name, whose saint's day is celebrated in March with the wearing of the green. Which of the following "P" names was most popular for girls in the 1950s in the US?
    Pamela
    Patricia
    Peggy
    Phylis


4. The fourth ranked name of the '50s for girls in the US begins with "S" and means "Lily of the Valley." It is of Hebrew descent, and is a name near and dear to the writer of this quiz. Can you guess which of the following "S" names ranked 4th for girls in the 1950s in the US?
    Sally
    Shirley
    Sandra
    Susan


5. The fifth ranking name for little girls in the US in the 1950s was "Deborah," which is also the name of the only female judge listed in the old Testament, and means "bee" in Hebrew.
    True
    False


6. But let's hear it for the boys! In the 1950s, the most popular name for boys born in the US starts with the letter "M" and also refers to a celestial being told of in the Bible. This name comes from Hebrew and means "the one who is like the Lord." Which name starting with "M" was the most popular for boys in the US in the 1950s?
    Matthew
    Mark
    Martin
    Michael


7. The second most popular boy's name in the 1950s in the US starts with the letter "J" and means "supplanter" in Hebrew and is a variant of the name "Jacob." What name beginning with "J" was the second most popular for boys in the US in the 1950s?
    Jeffrey
    Juan
    James
    Joseph


8. The third-ranking boy's name in the 1950s in the US starts with the letter "R." It means "bright with fame" and is Germanic in origin. This name has been popular since the Middle Ages and is still popular today. What "R" name was the third most popular for boys in the US in the '50s?
    Randall
    Russell
    Roy
    Robert


9. There was another "J" name that was popular for boys born in the US in the 1950s and ranked fourth among all names: "Jeremiah." True or False?
    True
    False


10. The fifth most popular boy's name in the 1950s in the US starts with the letter "D" and is the name of a Biblical King that was famous for slaying a giant with a slingshot. Do you know what "D" name this is?
    Answer: (five-letter word)


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Compiled Aug 24 14