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

English
Meaning: “Resolute protector” diminutive of Wilhelmina

BONNIE

Scottish
Meaning: “Cheerful” or “Pretty”
Popularity in 2017: #697

CHARLENE

Meaning: “Free man” variation of Charlotte

CONNIE

Meaning: “Steadfast” diminutive of Constance

DELLA

German
Meaning: “Noble” diminutive of Adela

DINAH

Hebrew
Meaning: “God will judge”

DIXIE

Latin
Meaning: “Tenth”

DOLLY

English
Meaning: “Gift of God” diminutive of Dorothy

DOROTHY

English from Greek
Meaning: “Gift of God”
Popularity in 2017: #601

DOTTY

Variation of Dorothy

ELLA RAE

Ella is a German name meaning: “Completely”
Rae is an English diminutive of Rachel meaning: “Ewe”

JACKIE

Meaning: “Supplanter” diminutive of Jacqueline

JEAN

French
Meaning: “God is gracious”

JUDITH

Hebrew
Meaning: “Women from Judea”
Popularity in 2017: #846

KATHLEEN

Irish
Meaning: “Pure” variation of Caitlin
Popularity in 2017: #871

KITTY

English 
Meaning: “Pure” diminutive of Katherine

LAINEY

Diminutive of Elaine
Meaning: “Bright shining one”
Popularity in 2017: #510

MAEBRY

Invented name

MAVIS

French
Meaning: “Songbird”
Popularity in 2017: #806

MINNIE

Latin
Meaning: “Intellect” diminutive of Minerva

MOLLY

Hebrew
Meaning: “Bitter”
Popularity in 2017: #166

NORMA

Latin
Meaning: “Precept”

PATSY

English from Latin
Meaning: “Noble” diminutive of Patricia

PEARL

Latin
Meaning: “Gem”
Popularity in 2017: #652

PEGGY SUE

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

RAE

Rae is an English diminutive of Rachel meaning: “Ewe”

RITA

Spanish
Meaning: “Pearl” diminutive of Margarita

ROBIN

Bird name

ROSIE

Diminutive of Rose
Popularity in 2017: #684

RUBY

Latin
Meaning: “Red gemstone”
Popularity in 2017: #79

RUTH

Hebrew
Meaning: “Compassionate friend”
Popularity in 2017: #265

SADIE

Hebrew
Meaning: “Princess”
Popularity in 2017: #71

SALLY

Diminutive of Sarah meaning: “Princess”

SHIRLEY

English
Meaning: “Bright meadow”

SUSIE

Diminutive of Susan meaning: “Lilly”

WANDA

Slavic
Meaning: “Wanderer”

 

 

Boys

ACE

Latin
Meaning: “Unity”
Popularity in 2017: #290

AMOS

Hebrew
Meaning: “Carried by God”
Popularity in 2017: #704

BOBBY

English from German
Meaning: “Bright fame” diminutive of Robert
Popularity in 2017: #787

BEAU

French
Handsome
Popularity in 2017: #156

BUDDY

Nickname

BUTCH

Nickname

CASH

Word name
Popularity in 2017: #285

CHEVY

French diminutive of Chevalier

CLYDE

Scottish river
Popularity in 2017: #707

CURTIS

French
Meaning: “Courteous”
Popularity in 2017: #612

DALE

English
Meaning: “Valley”

DEAN

English
Meaning: “Church official”
Popularity in 2017: #188

DUDLEY

English
Meaning: “Duddas meadow”

DUKE

English rank of nobility
Popularity in 2017: #538

DWAYNE

Irish
Meaning: “Swarthy”
Popularity in 2017: #936

EARL

English aristocratic title

ELROY

English from French
Meaning: “The King”

ELVIS

Unknown meaning

FRANKIE

Diminutive of Frank
Popularity in 2017: #898

GARY

English
Meaning: “Spearman”
Popularity in 2017: #637

HANK

German
Meaning: “Estate ruler”
Popularity in 2017: #450

JAMES

English from Hebrew
Meaning: “Supplanter”
Popularity in 2017: #4

JARVIS

English
Meaning: “Spear”

JOHNNY

Meaning: “God is Gracious” diminutive of John
Popularity in 2017: #346

KIT

English diminutive of Christoper

LARK

Bird name

LEE

English
Meaning: “Meadow”
Popularity in 2017: #680

LEROY

French
Meaning: “The king”
Popularity in 2017: #930

LESTER

English place name

MELVIN

English and Scottish
Meaning: “Council protector”
Popularity in 2017: #737

ORBISON

English surname

ORTIZ

Spanish
Meaning: “Son of Orti”

RANDALL

English
Meaning: “Shield wolf”
Popularity in 2017: #960

REX

Latin
Meaning: “King”
Popularity in 2017: #609

RHODES

Possibly a variation of the Greek island name Rhodos

ROY

Celtic
Meaning: “Red-haired”
Popularity in 2017: #537

VANCE

English and Irish
Meaning: “Dweller by the marsh”
Popularity in 2017: #838

 WILLIAM

English from German
Meaning: “Resolute protector”
Popularity in 2017: #3

 

1 Comment

  1. You forgot “Geraldine”…. soooo very southern! I have several cousins names Geraldine :>)

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