With only two episodes left of season 4 of AMC’s excellent drama series Mad Men, the burning question in many fans’ head is: “What will Pete and Trudy Campbell name their baby?”
Okay, okay so maybe there a re a few more pressing matters, like the loss of the Lucky Strike account, the crumbling of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and the aftermath of Don Draper’s office hookup with his latest secretary, Megan.
But since Mad Men spoilers are virtually nonexistent (thanks- and I say this sincerely- to executive producer Matthew Weiner, who reamed out the New York Times last summer when a journalist leaked detailed spoilers in a review of the show ) one thing that we can at least speculate on is what Pete Campbell and his wife Trudy will name their bouncing baby girl.
The nameless baby was born on last week’s episode, in case you missed it. But don’t feel bad if you missed the birth- Pete missed it too because he was unceremoniously dragged from the hospital waiting room for an emergency meeting at SCDP.
Since the setting for season 4 of Mad Men is 1965, a look back at popular baby girl names of that year is in order. According to Social Security Online, the top 5 baby girl names in 1965 were:
Think about how many 45 year old women you know with those names. But drats- no Britney’s, no Isabella’s, no Mackenzie’s no Sophia’s? Guess we’ll have to get ready for Susan Campbell.
Then again, would a wannabe upper crust snoot like Campbell go ahead and name his daughter something as vanilla as a 1965 Top 5 name? Maybe he and Trudy will go with something a bit more regal, like Elizabeth (which was also a popular name in 1965). Or perhaps Margaret.
All bets are on as to what Pete and Trudy will actually name the kid, but expect the moniker to revealed on next week’s episode of Mad Men.
In the meantime, one name we can probably rule out? Dorothy. Because Pete can’t stand the one woman he knows named Dorothy-his mother.
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