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Golden Girl baby names: A new take on old classics

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Blanche. Rose. Dorothy. Sophia. The funny ladies from The Golden Girls sported names that were quite popular for their generation. But these are certainly not "old lady" names. In fact, we'd love to see some of these antique gems restored to their former Glory, wouldn't you?

Even the names of the actresses who portrayed The Golden Girls Rue, Betty, Bea, Estellegive us a good idea of what was trendy back in the day. Let's take a look at what other names we might expect to see among the young ladies who are now living out their golden years.

Gals who are just now hitting retirement age are likely to sport names from 1949's top 10 list:

Other favorites of the era include Karen, Donna, Brenda, Shirley, Janet, Joyce, Beverly, Bonnie, Joan and Connie. 

Going back a bit farther to, say, Sophia's birth year, we uncover still more classics. Some of these lovely old names are already finding favor among a new generation of parents:

Other gems of the day include Edna, Gladys, Irene, Josephine, Thelma, Edith, Pauline, Clara, Doris and Mabel.

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