25 Glamorous Baby Names Inspired by Old Time Hollywood

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marilyn monroe hollywood starI’m a big fan of  Hollywood films from the golden era. Most stars back then had their names changed to something that was easy to remember, looked good on a marquee, and sounded like a big STAH! Thus, Archibald Leach became Cary Grant and Norma Jeane Baker became Marilyn Monroe. Some stars, like Elizabeth Taylor, were born with silver screen-ready names. And a few of today's celebs have paid tribute to their favorite old time movie stars by naming their children after them. Mariah Carey chose Monroe, after Marilyn Monroe, and Nicole Richie went with Harlow, after Jean Harlow. Not sure if Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr chose Flynn because of Errol Flynn, but it's a cool name and even comes with its own motto ("In like Flynn").

Forgive the lack of a few major legends on this list, such as Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Norma Shearer and (my fave) Rita Hayworth. Their first names are too common, and no child should be saddled with their last names.

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Below, the world’s most glamorous old time Hollywood baby name list. Here's lookin’ at you, kid!

Do you have a favorite old time movie star you would name or have named your baby after?


1. Ava (after: Gardner)

2. Bacall (after: Lauren)

3. Bette (after: Davis)

4. Garbo (after: Greta)

5. Ginger (after: Rogers)

6. Harlow (after: Jean)

7. Hedy (after: Lamarr)

8. Ingrid (after: Bergman)

9. Lana (after: Turner)

10. Lombard (after: Carole)

11. Loren (after: Sophia)

12. Monroe (after: Marilyn)

13. Taylor (after: Elizabeth)



1. Astaire (after: Fred)

2. Brando (after: Marlon)

3. Burton (after: Richard)

4. Bogart (after: Humphrey)

5. Flynn (after Errol)

6. Gable (after: Clark)

7. Grant (after: Cary)

8. Mitchum (after: Robert)

9. Montgomery (after: Clift)

10. Olivier (after: Laurence)

11. Sinatra (after: Frank)

12. Taylor (after: Robert)


What's your favorite glamorous baby name?

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pupuk... pupukeawahine

I was born in the late 1950s, and my mom had to talk my dad out of naming me Marilyn.  I am SO glad she did.  I have dark brown hair am flat-chested and have a simple, non-descript name, just as I want it to be.  Some of these names are too much to live up to!  I did know a girl in high school, a very pretty honey-blond named Lana--she was able to live up to her name.  I do, however, like the name Ava, and don't think it carries too much Hollywood "weight."

Felly... FellyScarlett

My dad wanted my name to be Marilynn too. My boys name is Clark after Clark Gable. If I had another boy he'd be Grant. And if I had a girl She'd be Vivien, afer Vivien Leigh or Katharine after Katharine Hepburn.

Whitn... WhitneySM

I hope no one names their kids Garbo, Lombard, or Bacall. All the others are nice though.

mande... manderspanders

Why aren't the men's first names "good enough" to be considered vintage baby boy's names? I especially like Marlon and Cary.

Bacall and Garbo for girls??? really???  Aren't there enough weird baby names?

I think Greta, Lauren, Jean, and Carole would be great names due for a comeback.

nonmember avatar ashley

Uh, does the author not realize that the 'motto' "in like Flynn" refers to his love for sleeping with underage girls?

Ashie... AshieNicole

My Daughters are Ava Rose after Ava Gardner my Great Grammas Favorite Actress (she passed 2 years before i had my oldest and we were very close) and Eden Violet After Barbara Eden who's my Grammas favorite actress plus I wanted short girly names :)

Susie19 Susie19

How annoying, why don't they just use the first name!!?? 

 blank stare

Aunt_... Aunt_ning

While I like the name Olivier, the poor child would spend his entire life telling people, my name is not Oliver, its O-liv-e-ay  which definitly sounds more girly that manly.

jessi... jessicasmom1

each to their own .. I like modern names

Ranti... RantingSyko

I would've thought my daughters name would make it, Scarlet, although hers is Scarlette for a bit of difference>.<

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