Film Noir Names

The shadowy world of film noir, those stark black-and-white, often low-budget films with single-word titles—Possessed, Pursued, Trapped, Tension, Decoy, Detour, Breakdown, Blackmail—produced in Hollywood from roughly the early 1940s to the late 1950s, were populated with smoldering femmes fatale, hard-boiled detectives, corrupt cops, cynicism, intrigue and suspense

A lot of the female characters had a distinctive style of forgotten two-syllable names like Veda, Velma, Verna, Meta, Mida and Nita, while the tough guys who weren’t named Nick or Tony or Barney were occasionally given some wildly eccentric monikers.

Here, from both classics of the genre like The Maltese Falcon to barely remembered B-movies, some of the more interesting examples:



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Elle Says:

October 18th, 2010 at 11:00 am

Some of these are very fun! I really like Brigid, Cecily, Cora, Evangeline, Leonora, Millie, Nora, Poppy, Vivian for the ladies.

Crane, Miles, Noll, Smith, Torsten and Ward for the guys.

Jennie Says:

October 18th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

This is so funny! I just barely had my husband get me a bunch of film noir movies. I’m excited to hear all of these.

Bella Says:

October 18th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I’ve loved Evangeline since I was nine!

Torsten is very cool.

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chakrateeze Says:

December 20th, 2010 at 2:36 am

Humphrey Bogart is my favorite film star of all time! (Sigh!) Why does his name have to have the word “hump” in it?

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