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.
James Cagney, the fiery red-haired tough guy/hoofer, lends his Irish surname a large measure of spirit and spunk, making it a fresher successor to the now dated Casey. Another familiarizing element was the popular eighties female cop show Cagney & Lacey .