Celluloid Cowboy Baby Names–Cody & Cheyenne
From 1957 to 1962, Maverick was must-see-TV starring James Garner as Bret Maverick, who had brothers named Bart and Brent and a cousin named Beau (a pre-James Bond Roger Moore). These short B-names got into the zeitgeist; and in the 21st century surname Maverick took off as a first.
- Maverick was must-see-TV starring James Garner as Bret Maverick, who had brothers named Bart and Brent and a cousin named Beau (a pre-James Bond Roger Moore). These short B-names got into the zeitgeist; and in the 21st century surname Maverick took off as a first." >
- Cheyenne was one of many western place names (Laredo, Dallas, Nevada, Austin) used for characters; this was an eponymous black-and-white TV show that ran from 1955 to 1963, the first hour-long western. It starred Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie and featured many actors who went on to stardom, from Ron Howard to Dennis Hopper to Ellen Burstyn." >
- Clay just may be the name featured in the most media cowboy shows—I’ve counted at least six leading characters. Probably the most prominent was heartthrob Errol Flynn as Clay Hardin in the 1955 feature film San Antonio. Colt is another similar choice." >
- Stoney Burke, there was a character named Cody Bristol—who gave the name a decided western drawl. Stoney was played by Jack Lord, who went on to star in Hawaii Five-O. Also in the cast lists were Dick Clark (yes!), James Coburn, Bruce Dern, Ed Asner and Leonard Nimoy." >
- Flint, Cooper (rare then), Barnaby and Duke. Guest stars included Bette Davis, Charles Laughton, Peter Lorre, Mickey Rooney—and Ronald Reagan in one of his final acting roles." >
- Zebulon and Jedediah) all over the cactus-strewn filmic landscape, including Clint Eastwood as Marshall Jed Cooper in the 1968 Hang ‘em High." >
- Henry Fonda played a Jethro in the star-studded 1962 How the West was Won, which also included a Zebulon, a Zeb and a Jeb. Jethro would later take on more of a Beverly Hillbillies image." >
- Burt Reynolds played what was referred to as a ‘halfbreed’ character named Quint Asper in the iconic Western series Gunsmoke for three years starting in 1962. Probably no coincidence that he named his only son Quinton." >
- Reno Smith was a leading character in the 1955 feature film Bad Day at Black Rock and there were other Renos in flicks with titles like Colorado Territory and TV’s The High Chaparral." >
- Alan Ladd, was ranked as Number 3 on the American Film Institute’s Top 10 Westerns list." >
- Arizona lawman and gambler Wyatt Earp, the subject of countless movies and the TV series Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, the first Western series aimed towards adults. Later, in 1969, Peter Fonda played the biker cowboy named Wyatt in Easy Rider." >
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on May 28th, 2015 at 11:17 pm
I want to like these names, but I have taught over 25 years of them, grades 3-12, and find myself groaning when I see them on attendance rosters. Why? Because virtually every Bret, Cheyenne, Clay, Cody, Shane, Jesse, etc. I have taught has either flunked or not graduated or gotten into big trouble. Don’t ask why b/c I don’t know.
There are some Western names I like though for males: Prairie, Zebulon, Jethro, Moab, Houston, Durango, Laramie, Beau, and a few others. Maybe Gale which summons up images of storms and prairies. Zane is OK.
on May 29th, 2015 at 12:21 am
I love Jed and Jethro so much! Jeb/Zeb is another absolute favorite.
on May 29th, 2015 at 7:53 am
I love the name Errol! But is it too out there for a newborn? I would love to use it for a son one day
on May 29th, 2015 at 11:19 am
I love Shane, Wyatt and Jed.
on December 3rd, 2015 at 11:55 am
My husband is Colt, and my grandpa was Walker. We’ve got a good start for l’il gunslingers! 🙂
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