We’ve talked a lot about the Glamour Girl celebrity names of Hollywood’s Golden
Age, but how about their Gorgeous Guy
counterparts? With the ladies, it’s mostly their first names, like Ava
, that have been picked up on by baby namers, plus just a couple of surnames, as in Harlow
. For the boys, we’re focusing on last names only—some of which are already being used for babies, others that would make fresh, creative choices.
Born Joseph Yule, Jr, fireball Mickey Rooney made it big as the teenaged Andy Hardy and is still going strong in his nineties. The top box office star for three years running, his first stage name was Mickey McGuire, but it was Rooney—the warm, rich Irish name that means ‘descendant of the hero’—that stuck, and could now make a cheerful cousin of Rory.