Movie Character Names: When Bogey played Baby Face

You don’t have to be a rabid movie buff to associate certain names with classic movie stars. For many people, Judy Garland will always be Dorothy, Clark Gable is forever Rhett and Humphrey Bogart lives on as Rick. But obviously they all inhabited any number of other movie character names throughout their careers, many of which now seem bizarrely unlikely. For example, Clark Gable played a character named Candy, Marilyn Monroe was Sugar Kane, Barbara Stanwyck a Sugarpuss, Sophia Loren, Bonbon, and Hedy Lamarr, Sweets.

So here are some iconic stars, and what we consider to be their two best character names—in Nameberry baby name terms— together with the one that stands out as the most incongruous and the movie in which he/she answered to that name.


Marilyn Monroe

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Best: Pola

Runner-up: Lorelei

Most unlikely: Elsie-- The Prince and the Showgirl, 1957

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CountryLizB Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 2:26 am

For Marilyn Monroe, I think the most unlikely would be Sugar, from Some Like It Hot.

EssJay Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 8:07 am

I disagree with Elsie being unlikely. I can see it making a comeback as a natural successor to the Emily/Emma/Ella/Ellie trend, and it’s close to Elise, which is also popular. It’s cute and girly and Elsa, Elspeth and Elisabeth are all good choices for people wanting a full name.

skizzo Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 10:50 am

I’d love to see Madison make a comeback for boys, it so ugly on a girl. Candy however, lol.

My favs are Rio and Sky for boys, just my style of names. Perfect.

For girls I do enjoy Vienna, I’m surprised it hasn’t caught on

dovah Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 11:58 am

This was fun to read, but I was a little disappointed to not see Jimmy Stewart.

Of course, I’m sure the article could have gone on for days with all the classic movie actors people are disappointed to not see, so I won’t complain too much.

One of the reasons I’m seriously considering George for a son is because of Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life.

linda Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

@Dovah: Yes, I would have loved to have had the space to add Jimmy Stewart–he had some other great character names in addition to George–Guthrie, Glyn, Macaulay, Jefferson, Mace, Wyatt, Clovis,Linus–plus the unlikely Azel and Ransom.

foodie Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I also disagree that Elsie is unlikely. It seems right on track to be huge, actually.
I also LOVE Philadelphia and think Minnie could come back.

Agent99 Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Respectfully disagree about my favorite actor Clark Gable, his best onscreen names have been Jules, Duke and Giovanni imo 🙂

Scrambledmegs Says:

November 30th, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Cary Grant as Madison is dreamy! I also agree that Philadelphia is fresh. It gives me the same feel as the rising Delphine, but with different nicknames… On second thought, you can’t call a little girl “Philly,” can you?

BerryBry Says:

December 1st, 2012 at 6:26 am

I love Soledad but Solidad seems nicer to me. Elsie and Minnie are on their way up, I think. I Know a Philly (Phyllis). It’s lovely!

R_J Says:

December 2nd, 2012 at 9:13 am

Still can’t get over how good-looking Frank Sinatra was. Wowsa.

So glad to see you still pushing for Dinah which is a fabulous name. Despite that silly song…

linda Says:

December 2nd, 2012 at 11:14 am

R_J–I’ve been pushing for Dinah since Pam and I started writing name books–glad to see I’ve finally found an ally!

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