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Film Noir Baby Names

Baby names drawn from film noir or "black film," the genre of Hollywood crime dramas that capture the suspenseful happenings of private eyes in distinct black and white form, tend to be dramatic and rooted in an earlier era. Here, our collection of film noir baby names.
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  • Nora

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    Nora is a lovely, refined name that conjures up images of Belle Epoch ladies in fur-trimmed coats skating in Central Park, the independent Ibsen heroine of A Doll's House , and the female half of t... Read More 

  • Paulette

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    Emigrated to the U. S. in the 1930s; its visa is now long expired.  Read More 

  • Pike

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    The field of nature names is constantly expanding to include all species of flowers and trees and animals and birds — and even fish. In addition to its appeal for anglers, Pike recalls Zebulon Pike... Read More 

  • Poppy

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    Poppy, unlike most floral names which are sweet and feminine, has a lot of spunk; Poppy makes an especially good choice for a redhead. Jamie Oliver -- the British "Naked Chef" -- used Poppy for his... Read More 

  • Rex

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    Now that many dogs are named Max, it's safe to use this sleek, sexy, regal name again for your child. And with the charm of its final 'x,' its regal meaning and its offbeat simplicity, Rex is defin... Read More 

  • Rica

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    Pretty but slight.  Read More 

  • Shelby

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    Southern name still occasionally heard in a male context (author Shelby Foote and the son of singer/sitcom star Reba McEntire), but it's much more associated with girls.  Read More 

  • Smith

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    Even if it is the Number one surname in the U.S.--with more than 2.5 million bearers--we still think that Smith would make a cool first or middle name, whether or not it has family history. Though... Read More 

  • Stella

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    Following on the heels of Ella, Gabriella, Isabella et al, Stella manages to be both celestial and earthy at the same time. Stella is wildly popular among the Malibu set and its star is sure to ris... Read More 

  • Storm

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    Asking for trouble.  Read More 

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