Celebrity Names: Hollywood’s Golden Age Glamour Boys

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 and Audrey, that have been picked up on by baby namers, plus just a couple of surnames, as in Harlow and Monroe. 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.

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maggiemary Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 7:34 am

I wonder if Crosby’s gradual climb into the Top 1000 is anything to do with Sidney Crosby?

southern.maple Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 8:47 am

Goodness, I’d forgotten how dashing some of these men were.

I’m honestly very surprised that Clark hasn’t taken off yet. I think it’s much more likely to become popular than Gable. I like it a lot.

whitefeather01 Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 9:10 am

Crosby and Olivier are my favorites. They sound so adorable.

Mischa Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 10:18 am

These photos bring back a lot of memories for me. I used to watch the old Hollywood films with my parents. I had crushes on Ronald Colman (and his little moustache), Errol Flynn (he even seemed “dangerous” on screen) and my mother was a big Robert Mitchum fan (he of the cleft chin and sleepy eyes). But my all-time favourite actor was Sir Laurence Olivier. I love both names Laurence and Olivier. That wonderful actor had it all at one time including a glamorous wife named Vivien Leigh (aka Scarlett O’Hara). I can’t help but think that they don’t make “stars” like they use to. Thank you for a wonderful walk down memory lane! 🙂

elliebean13 Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 10:30 am

Didn’t you post this a few weeks ago? I’m getting serious deja vu right now.

iwillpraise Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

I really like Autry, but people would slaughter it unknowingly with Audrey, and to me, that’s got to be the worst, especially for a boy; same with Olivier– but because of my love for Oliver, I have already asked my husband if he could consider Olivier (love his lead role in Pride and Prejudice!!). He won’t – lol.

I also love Bing Crosby, but could never use the name; however I can certainly see the draw towards Mitchum. I like that myself.

Never thought much of Rooney, but that would work well as a middle. Love that it means, decendant of the hero. Now that is cool….

tarynkay Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I know a little Clark- he is almost two now. I also think it might take off. I would love to see some little Fredericks running around!

What about Tyrone, after Tyrone Power? He epitomized Old Hollywood Glamour.

KateMP91 Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I love Brando, Crosby (and Bing!), and Autry. I think they are all just grand!

Saracita00 Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 2:58 pm

*gasp* I’m SO happy to see Cagney here. I actually met a real-life, grown-up man named Cagney a couple of years ago and I was beyond thrilled. I’m also loving Connery, and Crosby too. I don’t find March appealing, but Frederick would be pretty wonderful.

namesage Says:

August 2nd, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Oh, this is such a great group of names. Lots of my favorites here. Gable, Crosby, Flynn, and Holden are all on my list. Used to love Hudson, but it had a big surge in popularity here in the Midwest over the last few years and it’s lost some of it’s charm for me.

I wonder how Rooney Mara will influence Rooney for girls.

Also I think Crosby’s increase in popularity is at least in part attributed to the character on the show Parenthood.

stephykneejo Says:

August 3rd, 2013 at 8:50 am

@elliebean I was having deja vu too. I’ve definitely read this before, but good names nonetheless.

niteowl13 Says:

August 3rd, 2013 at 9:53 am

Why are you repeating this? Boo! I wanted a new blog!

brynnash Says:

August 3rd, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I love the name Rooney…we actually named our female dog Rooney a few months ago. Gable is handsome, but I would love to see Clark climb in popularity too 🙂

sarahmezz Says:

August 3rd, 2013 at 10:49 pm

I’m not sure why you’re advocating their surnames as first names when their first names are pretty great, too. The only surnames I think are particularly usable are Brando, Flynn, Holden, Hudson and Valentino (and Olivier if you’re French). The first names I think are lovely and either currently popular or could easily become more popular are: James, Clark, Bing, William, Fredric, Laurence and Gene. I agree, Clark is very underrated, but my first thought when I hear this name is always Clark Griswold!

karateleshi80 Says:

August 5th, 2013 at 11:47 am

Gable and Connery great names

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