Great Redheads with Great Names

Looking for a name for a red-haired baby? The most common method is to go through the long list of names that mean, well, red-haired, from Rory to Rufus, Flynn to Flanagan. An alternative is to find yourself a worthy titian-tressed namesake, either from the pages of history or a current celeb. So, at the risk of offending by omission such ordinary-named notables as Helen of Troy, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, James Joyce, and Margaret Sanger—here are our nominations for best-named redheads of all time. Oh — and where is the most famous redhead of all? Turns out Lucille Ball’s natural hair color was mousey brown.


Clara Bow

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Though silent screen ‘It Girl’ Clara Bow’s films were all in black-and-white, she was known for her flaming tresses, a trait played up in her 1928 film Red Hair, one sequence of which was actually filmed in Technicolor.

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ruolan Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 12:33 am

I love this list. Sometimes old images and faded memories distort our idea of what these famous people looked like!

alzora Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 1:35 am

Opie Taylor is another! Do fictional characters’ names count? My husband and I are watching The Andy Griffith Show at nights right now. It’s in black and white, of course, but we all know that actor Ron Howard is a redhead. The show has made me want my own Opie, and the name has made it onto my list of favorites despite its teasing potential (“opium,” “oh pee,” “Dopie”…). I know all the reasons not to use it, but still I just can’t get over how much I love the sound of Opie–not as a nickname but as a full name–and every time I see little Ron Howard on the show, barefoot and carrying his fishing pole, I fall a little more in love with it. Guilty pleasure or real option? Someday I will post that question on the forums!

linda Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 1:47 am

We didn’t forget Ron Howard–he’s mentioned right there as the father of Bryce Dallas.

sarahmezz Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 1:49 am

Lucille Ball

linda Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 1:50 am

Only born redheads!

sarahmezz Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 1:52 am

Oh, and if we’re talking fictional characters, Anne Shirley!

alphabetdem Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 2:01 am

Copperknob is dirty, for the record. It’s slang for red-tinted pubes. haha.

But, I love the love for gingers!

Pam Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 7:08 am

As a redhead, I appreciate this salute to a great hair color….though completely understand that Pam doesn’t make the grade these days as an equally great name.

Saracita00 Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 9:16 am

I expected to see fictional redheads here, but was pleasantly surprised to find all natural-born redheads. Fun post!

ejs82 Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 10:33 am

It’s funny to think of Winston Churchill with any hair, let alone red hair! My little red head is named Betsy. We almost went with Ruth, but it didn’t seem spunky enough with her hair.

UselessKitty Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 10:56 am

I love red hair! Hubby is a red head and we are hoping that at least one of our children end up with red hair!

lucy101 Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 11:02 am

Ed Sheeran didn’t get a slide :'(

AnuthriumInvidia Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 11:08 am

My husband is related to Ginger Rogers. 🙂

AnuthriumInvidia Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 11:11 am

Some of my favorite red-heads
Karen Gillan
Catherine Tate
Bonnie Wright

MeleriHaf Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

My favorite red-headed actress is Myrna Loy, aka Nora Charles from the Thin Man movies. I probably wouldn’t use Myrna, but Nora is fun and pretty.

ottilie Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Bernadette Peters
Julianne Moore
Karen Elson
Rose McGowan
Jenny Lewis

Star_Girl Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

you forgot Scarlett Johanssen, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in The Avengers. I’m pretty sure she’s a redhead.

joel613 Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

No Susan Hayward! Famed for her fiery roles and temper as well as her equally flaming red hair. She was born Edythe Marrener, a Brooklyn broad.

linda Says:

April 12th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

@joel613–I just couldn’t fit all of them in, so focused on those with the more interesting names. I really liked Susan Hayward–she always retained a bit of her Brooklyn accent.

iLoveNamesx Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 9:26 am

Axl Rose is another one. 🙂

Fernweh Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Benedict Cumberbatch is another one.

littleredone Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Ed Sheeran is one.

shinysarah11 Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for including Clara Bow! I’m a huge fan of hers and the name Clara is vintagely lovely in general. She’s awesome and I remember dying my hair red as a teenager when I discovered her. Maybe I should dye my blond hair back red….

VelvetCyberpunk Says:

April 13th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

My step-daughter has beautiful bright red hair, and her name is Skylar…well, actually her name is Erica Skylar, but she goes by Skylar and is contemplating dropping the Erica as her older brother is Eric (he has strawberry blonde hair). Also, they are indeed Scandinavian.

Flick Says:

April 14th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Piper Laurie wasn’t mentioned, I love seeing her back in the day, she was very classy and beautiful – because of her, I associate Piper as a red-head name. I also had a little red headed girl in my daycare class named Piper and solidified it – Piper is definitely a red-head name in my book!

tori101 Says:

April 15th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I’ve always been a fan of red-hair! Such a gorgeous colour. I also love the names that go with the beautiful hair colour are also lovely. These people are so lucky!!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:

March 20th, 2015 at 2:57 am

I must say I am very surprised Ed Sheeran didn’t make the list! Especially considering how popular he is at the moment.

natasha8 Says:

February 9th, 2016 at 11:09 pm

Robert Redford. He even has the name.

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