Iconic Movie Character Names: Ladies First

Some movie characters have a long afterlife, remembered way beyond their release dates, their names firmly attached to the actor who inhabited the role. In our collective memory, for instance, Judy Garland will always be Dorothy and Diane Keaton forever Annie Hall. Here’s a look at just a few of these iconic characters—and whether or not their names had any impact on naming.  Might one be right for your new baby girl?


Woody Allen’s 1977 hit movie Annie Hall starred Diane Keaton as the quirky Annie. (Hall being Keaton’s real last name), winning her a Best Actress award. Annie has been one of the all-time most popular nickname names for girls, but Annie Hall gave it an injection of style. Still adorable, but no longer one of the freshest choices on the list.

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lalala__lauren Says:

July 11th, 2014 at 8:41 am

No mention that Holly Golightly is actually Holiday! Love the full name, not a fan of the nn. As for the other names, I like Margo(t), Isla, Nora, and Scarlett, and I’m very intrigued by Velvet as a name.

niteowl13 Says:

July 11th, 2014 at 8:58 am

Holly Golightly’s name was actually Lula Mae Barnes.
I disagree that Bree is not usable for a 2014 baby. Names that are just outside the top 1000 are appealing to me and to others. Bree is short and snappy and pretty. I love it!

bowtiful Says:

July 11th, 2014 at 11:28 am

So many lovely choices. My personal favorites are:

Annie – though I would use it as a nickname for Anna or Annabel
Dorothy – I think it would be refreshing to see a little Dorothy running around today, plus the nn Dottie is adorable.
Ingrid – Not a fan of Ilsa, but the Ingrid is stunning. It’s strong but strikingly feminine
Margo – One of my favorites of all time! So gorgeous and spunky, hopefully Margo won’t catch on too quick…I would love to use it someday
Scarlett – Scarlett has a beauty and sass about her that cannot be matched. Plus, I love the nicknames Scout and Red.

SparkleNinja18 Says:

July 11th, 2014 at 4:19 pm

I didn’t understand the comment about Bree… In my opinion it’s one of the most baby-ready name on the list! What’s wrong with it? Bree is cute, spunky, short, feminine, easy to spell, and shares qualities with many of the top names such as Brianna. Plus Disney XD’s Lab Rats character Bree Davenport is a nice boost to the name. Bree was my favorite girl name just a couple years ago. It works perfectly fine and is better than Dorothy and Gilda for a 2014 baby.

Also, while this was fun to look at, I’ve only ever heard of three of these movies… The Wizard of Oz, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Gone with the Wind.

miloowen Says:

July 11th, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Perhaps Laura or Barbara might be added to this list? Or maybe Gene as in Gene Tierney, the actress who played Laura? Barbara, as in Barbara O’Neill, a great actress, in All This and Heaven Too. Or perhaps Clover, from Inside Daisy Clover, to accompany Velvet?

linda Says:

July 11th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

@miloowen: I did consider Laura, Daisy and Clover—but the list was just getting too long!

cgwaltney Says:

July 12th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Love Ilsa!

crystaleyes85 Says:

July 12th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I have a Lorelei and a Scarlett. I also love Margo, but we’re done having babies. 🙂

hanbow Says:

July 14th, 2014 at 9:42 am

I love the name Lolita and it is such a shame that a beautiful name is tainted, maybe beyond repair? I secretly hope not. Lita Margot is a lovely combination that I like but slightly disappointing at the shortness. X

shellezbellez Says:

May 4th, 2015 at 7:14 am

Great list. I would love to see most of these names gain some traction. I’m iffy about Holly, though–I have more friends named Holly than I do Jennifer on my FB friend’s list–and I am a 70s Jennifer!

Also, I’m not too keen on Lolita. I had to read the book for class and I won’t ever get over that, even though the first paragraph is arguably one of the most beautiful pieces of prose ever written–and that it’s written about a name! The creep factor is way too strong. Plus, one of the fashion subcultures of Japan is the Lolita, and so there is a secondary association with that. (It’s not really based on the story–the look is about dressing like a very wealthy Victorian child–frilly, knee-length dresses, high necks, stockings, bonnets or large hair bows, parasols, and stuffed animals or dolls. There are variations, but it’s still kind of the idea of an adult woman dressing as a child. http://img.buzznet.com/assets/imgx/2/1/0/6/1/2/9/0/orig-21061290.jpg)

shellezbellez Says:

May 4th, 2015 at 7:17 am

@crystaleyes: Great sibset! I love Lorelei and Scarlett together! I agree that Margo would be a great choice for a third!

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