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Gender: F Meaning of Harlow: "army" Origin of Harlow: English surname Harlow's Popularity in 2015: #422

Jean Harlow (born Harlean Carpenter), the original platinum blonde bombshell, was a symbol of 1930s glamour, a factor that first Patricia Arquette and then Nicole Richie and Joel Madden probably had in mind when they gave their daughters the distinctive surname name Harlow.

Harlow has been rapidly catching on with other parents, breaking into the Top 500 for the first time in 2015. It hit the Top 1000 for the first time in 2009, one year after the arrival of Ms. Madden. Harlow would fit right in with contemporaries Arlo and Marlow(e).

However, one thing parents should reflect on before choosing this name is how close it is in sound and look to the word 'harlot'.

Famous People Named Harlow

Harlow Olivia Calliope Jane (b. 2003), daughter of actors Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane
Harlow Winter Kate Madden (b. 2008), daughter of musician Joel Madden and TV personality/designer Nicole Richie
Harlow Monroe Harvey (b. 2015), daughter of singer Kimberly Caldwell and Jordan Harvey
Harlow Hexum (b. 2014), daughter of singer Nick Hexum of band 311
Harlow Bourque, daughter of ice hockey player Chris Bourque
Harlow Shapley, American male astronomer
Jean Harlow (born Harlean Harlow Carpenter), American actress
Shalom Harlow, Canadian supermodel
Harry Harlow, American male psychologist
Winnie Harlow (born Chantelle Brown-Young), Canadian model with vitiligo

Pop Culture References for the name Harlow

Clarissa Harlowe, the saintly young heroine of Samuel Richardson's 'Clarissa' (1748)
Harlow, character in 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' by Karen Joy Fowler
Harlow, various places in England.
Means 'mound of the people" or 'protector of the people'. Mound is from Old English mund (hand, hand of protection, protector, guardianship
"I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo" - I've Never Been to Me lyrics