Vintage names are definitely back in style and where better to look for the perfect old-style name than the big screen? If you just know your little one will be a superstar or even simply an old soul, check out these 24 baby names inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood.
For the gals:
1. Audrey- Audrey Hepburn was not only a talented actor during Hollywood’s finest hours, but also an activist and humanitarian.
2. Ava- After Ava Gardener, the strong-willed American actress who tackled sexism in Hollywood at a time where it was almost impossible. Her beautiful looks were used against her, but she was determined to be taken seriously as an actor.
3. Bette- If your little one has Bette Davis eyes (and we know she will have) this is an adorable choice.
4. Doris- As in Doris Day, another Hollywood star with the voice of an angel. She starred in the iconic on-screen musical, Calamity Jane.
5. Greta- Greta Garbo was known for her solemn sighs and talented acting skills. The name Greta means ‘pearl’ and can be the shortened version of Margareta.
6. Harlow- Jean Harlow, aka the ‘Blonde Bombshell’ of the 1920’s, was feisty and beautiful- the perfect icon to name your golden-haired gal after.
7. Ingrid- The Academy Award winning Ingrid Bergman is probably best known for her role in Casablanca. We think the name Ingrid is gorgeously vintage.
8. Judy- After Judy Garland. Think The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, Meet Me In Saint Louis, and the original, A Star Is Born… what a resume!
9. Lana- This name glows with the glamour of the Golden Age, personified in the pinup legend that was Lana Turner.
10. Marilyn- After Miss Norma Jeane
And for the guys...
1. Al- After Al Jolson. His debut film, The Jazz Singer, was thought to have been the beginning of the Golden Age.
2. Bing- Bing Crosby had a magical voice and also appeared in films like White Christmas, Going My Way and High Society.
3. Carey- As in Carey Grant, the most sought-after actor of the Golden Age.
4. Dean- After James Dean, of course. Get your little man a plain white t-shirt and some blue jeans to really compete the look.
5. Frank- Why not name your little one after old ‘blue-eyes’, Frank Sinatra, the singer who often appeared on the big screen during the Golden Age.
6. Humphrey- After Humphrey Bogart, know for his sultry looks and moody characters such as Rick in Casablanca.
7. Kirk- With his trademark chin-dimple, Kirk Douglas was a household name in the 1950’s. Kirk could be the perfect name for your dimpled little one!
8. Louis- For the jazz genius of the Golden Age, Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. He was known for his role alongside Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Grace Kelly in High Society.
9. Monroe- The gals aren’t the only ones that deserve the honour of being called after the legend that was Marilyn Monroe.
10. Nat- Nat is a gorgeous shortened version of Nathaniel after Nat King Cole. This crooner had a voice like velvet.
11. Sammy- After Sammy Davis Junior. This legend could dance, sing, play instruments and act. He was often hailed as the “greatest living entertainer in the world.”
12. Wayne- This cute option is inspired by the cow-boy king of the Western genre, John Wayne.