Nameberry Picks: 12 Best Glamour Girl Names
From the early days of silent pictures to the present day, a sprinkling of stardust has stuck to the names of some of the most iconic glamour girls. Whether their allure was sexy or serene, these superstars’ names make Nameberry’s top dozen.
Audrey— The radiant Belgian-born actress (born Edda), style icon and humanitarian lent a luminous glow to her name– an Old English saint’s appellation– which is being appreciated anew by modern parents, who have brought it into the Top 50.
Ava – One of the great hits of the decade, Ava still calls up the image of sultry Hollywood beauty Ava Gardner. Beginning with Heather Locklear, and Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe in the late 90s, it’s has been a wildly popular celebrity fave.
Charlize—Contemporary actress Charlize Theron was born in South Africa to parents of German, French and Dutch ancestry, and was given her distinctive name in honor of her father, Charles. It has just started to be used in this country in the past few years, with that ‘z’ adding sizzle to Charlie.
Greta – Early film icon Greta Garbo had an exotic and mysterious aura which still clings to her name. A German diminutive of Margarethe, Greta has been used for their daughters by David Caruso, and by Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline.
Harlow—This is one rare case where the last name is more glamorous than the first—Jean—of the sensual 1930s Platinum Blonde. Patricia Arquette was the first to use it for her daughter, followed by Nicole Richie and Joel Madden—and it’s sure to catch on with other parents.
Ingrid—One of the few Scandinavian girls’ names to enter the American mainstream, thanks to luminous Swedish-born beauty, Ingrid Bergman. It has remained underused, though, and would make a fine fitting in/standing out choice.
Sophia—originally spelled Sofia—Loren’s name telegraphed Latin sensualità when she was at her peak several decades ago, but now, since there were well over 16,000 American Sophias born last year, the name has a much more diversified image.
Tallulah—For decades this haunting Choctaw name was associated with the witty, husky-voiced, somewhat outrageous Tallulah Bankhead, who was named for her paternal grandmother who, in turn was named after the Georgia town, Tallulah Falls. It was revived by quirky babynamers Demi Moore and Bruce Willis for their youngest daughter, and is now an accepted option for all.
Would you use any of these names? Do you have any other favorite glamour girl names?
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Charlotte Vera Said
on December 23rd, 2010 at 3:07 am
I’m definitely more attracted to the German/Scandinavian/French names in this list — Brigitte, Greta, and Ingrid are all fabulous in my opinion!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 3:33 am
Greta and Raquel have been on my list for a while now – I love them! Brigitte is also great, a great alternative to the spelling ‘Bridget’.
on December 23rd, 2010 at 6:38 am
While reading “Beyond Jennifer and Jason, Madison and Montana” in 2000, some wise, insightful authors saw fit to remind their readers that despite a lovely namesake, St. Audrey was the inspiration for the word “tawdry.” So, pretty sure it was aesthetically dead, I felt free to name my black Standard poodle that….
Don’t get me wrong, my Audrey Girl IS an Audrey. All goofy grace, a slight overbite, and prancing one minute and stumbling the next, she was a Fair Lady. But… 🙁
Ditto for Rosalie, my poodle-mix rescue. Which I named thinking the melodious name would forever be unfashionable.
on December 23rd, 2010 at 8:15 am
I can’t see Audrey as glamorous at all. Maybe it’s a UK thing, but Audrey is still one of those quintissential old lady names to me.
on December 23rd, 2010 at 9:54 am
I agree that Audrey isn’t that glamourous. Although Audrey Hepburn was glamourous!!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 9:57 am
Love this list!
I adore Audrey, Brigitte, Tallulah, Scarlett and Penelope.
I like the idea of Ingrid and Greta but they sound a little rough.
Sophia and Ava are lovely but far too popular now.
I have a friend named Rakel (she is 27)…pronounced the same as Raquel. Rakel is the Scandinavian version.
on December 23rd, 2010 at 10:02 am
Ava and Scarlett are high on my list to actually use!!!
If only Ava weren’t so popular…
on December 23rd, 2010 at 10:22 am
I’ll give you Audrey, but Harlow? Blergh! Not only surnamey, but 1 letter off a nasty word. Should NOT be on this list! 🙂
I adore Tallulah & Scarlett. The first was one of my G.Grandmas, the other for GWTW, not Johannsen, who doesn’t strike me as particularly glamorous but rather ordinary with an attitude. I’d actually use Tallulah, but Scarlett’s strictly a middle because of her.
As for Ava, I’d much rather classic Eva. Eva, so pretty!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 11:11 am
I adore Audrey! Great topic!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 1:21 pm
That is 6 of my top ten, Tallulah, Brigid, Scarlett, Sofia, Penelope and Harlow! I love old movies!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm
I would happily use Ingrid, Greta, or Penelope (no accent) without hesitation.
The inclusion of Scarlett reminds me of another favorite Glamour Girl name: Vivien!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 4:18 pm
Barbara Stanwyk, one of my favorite of all time, was born Ruby Catherine Stevens. And Ruby is definitely a GG name.
on December 23rd, 2010 at 4:22 pm
Audrey, Ingrid, and Raquel are the names here that I like. (I really like Raquel, but I’ve wondered how well it would work on someone who has no Hispanic background?)
on December 23rd, 2010 at 4:49 pm
I love Audrey and it’s high on our list for #3. Sophia was our first pick for a girl until we discovered how popular it is. Love Ava, too, but again with the popularity. That makes me worry for Audrey, that it’s headed in the same direction as Sophia and Ava.
Namefan – I have a cousin named Raquel (18 years old) who is not Hispanic and now I can’t imagine the name on anyone else. So in my opinion, it works fine!
on December 23rd, 2010 at 11:27 pm
Namefan – like I said my friend’s name is Rakel and she is of Norwegian decent. That is the Scandinavian spelling. It fits her really well…she is very spunky!
on December 25th, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Audrey is at the top of my girl names list.
on December 26th, 2010 at 9:32 pm
Just a comment about Audrey Hepburn. I think she was born Audrey, but her parents changed her name to Edda during her childhood, believing Audrey was too English and therefore conspicuous (the last thing you wanted to be in Europe WWII). I’m about 90% sure on this.
on January 26th, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Harlow is my favorite. I knew a girl at University whose first name was Garbo and I absolutely loved it. Although I never find it listed anywhere as a real girl’s name.. I love Ava too but it is far too popular.
on February 28th, 2011 at 2:18 pm
If we have a girl, we would like to use Audrey as the middle name, since it is my husband’s grandmother’s name. Any suggestions for a first name? So far we like Lily Audrey…
on March 10th, 2011 at 4:03 am
Isn’t that funny. We named our daughter Ava but it isn’t that popular here in New Zealand, maybe in the top 50 which I guess is still pretty common but not nearly as common as Sophie or Jack (number 1 for 7 years or so). In fact I didn’t even know Ava was that popular in the States until I started searching for a name for the current bun in the oven.
on April 20th, 2011 at 3:32 pm
Harlow is the name equivalent of skinny jeans and Ugg boots. It’s currently trendy and cool but will seem hopelessly dated and ridiculous (a la Madison) 20 years from now.
I love Raquel, though. I find it a lot more attractive than Rachel. I went to school with a Raquel who was half Spanish, half German. She was gorgeous and very personable. Audrey used to be on my favorites list but it’s lost its appeal for me.
on October 9th, 2011 at 2:33 pm
We are missing Ginger on here! Here are 2 amazing glamour girl references:
1st – Ginger Rogers
2nd – Ginger, who plays ultimate Glamour Girl on Gilligan’s Island.
Professor Plum Said
on March 10th, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Harlow, Penelope, and Tallulah have been on my short list for some time! This is a great list of lovely names, actually. Since I’ve had students with these names, though, I would not use them myself: Audrey, Ava, Raquel, Sophia.
on April 13th, 2012 at 11:20 am
I love Harlow, Sofia and Scarlett. They have been on my list for a long time! 🙂 This list is pretty good!
on May 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 pm
I like the classic GG names, I named my little sweetie pie after another icon, Marlene Dietrich. I spell her name Marlayna.
on July 3rd, 2012 at 5:01 pm
I think it’s funny that so many people like Tallulah when Bruce & Demi named their daughter this and she hates her name. I feel there’s a major difference between what you like for someone else and actually living with the name yourself.
on October 5th, 2012 at 9:02 am
we have a tallulah belle violette and a scarlett ruby rose 🙂 if we had another girl she would be harllowe ivy magnolia so we would have a trifecta!
on April 23rd, 2013 at 7:18 am
Only just discovered this really interesting post 🙂
One of my favourite’s is Vivien i.e. Vivien Leigh, I also think Marilyn feels very glamour girl along with Elizabeth in association of Elizabeth Taylor.
Out of the names listed I like; Audrey, Ava, Brigitte, Greta, Ingrid, Penelope, Scarlett, Sophia, and Tallulah.
Harlow is ‘cool’ but she doesn’t feel sensually glamorous like Greta and Scarlett for example.
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