Gloria is beginning to move beyond its de-glamorized Grandma image, most recently thanks to glamorous young Hollywood parents Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, who chose it for their second daughter. Gyllenhaal was quoted as saying " “We thought of her name when we were at this concert that Patti Smith played at and she played Gloria and it was a couple of years ago and we thought, ‘We’ll name our daughter that one day’.”
George Bernard Shaw was the first to use this form of the ancient Latin name GLORIANA in his 1898 play 'You Never Can Tell'. It was a Top 25 name in the Gloria (born Josephine) Swanson era of the 1920s, and held on in the Top 50 until 1955.
Most prominent current adult bearers: Gloria Steinem and Gloria Estefan.