We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of names from the mid-1950s to the early 1960s rockabilly era that are timeless, southern, and a little bit rock n roll.



Girls

 

ARLENE

Invented name

 

BETTYLOU

Combination of Betty and Lou

 

BILLIE

Meaning: “Resolute protector”

 

BONNIE

Meaning:  “Cheerful” or “Pretty”

 

CHARLENE

Meaning: “Free man”

 

CONNIE

Meaning: “Steadfast” diminutive of Constance

 

DELLA

Meaning: “Noble” diminutive of Adela

 

DINAH

Meaning: “God will judge”

 

DIXIE

Meaning: “Tenth”

 

DOLLY

Meaning: “Gift of God” diminutive of Dorothy

 

DOROTHY

Meaning: “Gift of God”

 

DOTTY

Variation of Dorothy

 

ELLA RAE

Ella Meaning: “Completely”
Rae Meaning: “Ewe”

 

JACKIE

Meaning: “Supplanter” diminutive of Jacqueline

 

JEAN

Meaning: “God is gracious”

 

JUDITH

Meaning: “Women from Judea”

 

KATHLEEN

Meaning: “Pure” variation of Caitlin

 

KITTY

Meaning: “Pure” diminutive of Katherine

 

LAINEY

Diminutive of Elaine
Meaning: “Bright shining one”

 

MAEBRY

Invented name

 

MAVIS

Meaning: “Songbird”

 

MINNIE

Meaning: “Intellect” diminutive of Minerva

 

MOLLY

Meaning: “Bitter”

 

NORMA

Meaning: “Precept”

 

PATSY

Meaning: “Noble” diminutive of Patricia

 

PEARL

Meaning: “Gem”

 

PEGGY SUE

Peggy is a diminutive of the name Margaret, meaning: “Pearl”
Sue comes from Susannah, meaning: “Lilly”

 

RAE

Rae is a diminutive of Rachel meaning: “Ewe”

 

RITA

Meaning: “Pearl” diminutive of Margarita

 

ROBIN

Bird name

 

ROSIE

Diminutive of Rose

 

RUBY

Meaning: “Red gemstone”

 

RUTH

Meaning: “Compassionate friend

 

SADIE

Meaning: “Princess”

 

SALLY

Diminutive of Sarah meaning: “Princess”

 

SHIRLEY

Meaning: “Bright meadow”

 

SUSIE

Diminutive of Susan meaning: “Lilly”

 

WANDA

Meaning: “Wanderer”

 



Boys

 

ACE

Meaning: “Unity”

 

AMOS

Meaning: “Carried by God”

 

BOBBY

Meaning: “Bright fame” diminutive of Robert

 

BEAU

Handsome

 

BUDDY

Nickname

 

BUTCH

Nickname

 

CASH

Word name

 

CHEVY

Diminutive of Chevalier

 

CLYDE

Scottish river

 

CURTIS

Meaning: “Courteous”

 

DALE

Meaning: “Valley”

 

DEAN

Meaning: “Church official”

 

DUDLEY

Meaning: “Duddas meadow”

 

DUKE

English rank of nobility

 

DWAYNE

Meaning: “Swarthy”

 

EARL

English aristocratic title

 

ELROY

Meaning: “The King”

 

ELVIS

Unknown meaning

 

FRANKIE

Diminutive of Frank

 

GARY

Meaning: “Spearman”

 

HANK

Meaning: “Estate ruler”

 

JAMES

Meaning: “Supplanter”

 

JARVIS

Meaning: “Spear”

 

JOHNNY

Meaning: “God is Gracious” diminutive of John

 

KIT

English diminutive of Christoper

 

LARK

Bird name

 

LEE

Meaning: “Meadow”

 

LEROY

Meaning: “The king”

 

LESTER

English place name

 

MELVIN

Meaning: “Council protector”

 

ORBISON

English surname

 

ORTIZ

Meaning: “Son of Orti”

 

RANDALL

Meaning: “Shield wolf”

 

REX

Meaning: “King”

 

RHODES

Possibly a variation of the Greek island name Rhodos

 

ROY

Meaning: “Red-haired”

 

VANCE

Meaning: “Dweller by the marsh”

 

 WILLIAM

Meaning: “Resolute protector”