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    Golden Age of Hollywood - Surnames!

    I've been thinking a lot about new surnames as firsts ideas for my list, and lately have been drawn to my love of Monroe and Harlow as inspiration for new ideas. I've always been enamored with film stars, ranging from the silent era onward, and since Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow were both Golden Age film stars, I figured some Golden Age lists would be my best bet for inspiration.


    Of course, there are choices like Taylor (Elizabeth Taylor) and Kelly (Grace Kelly) which I do really like, but a) can't use as they're already in S/O's family, and b) feel a bit less tied to the actresses than choices like Monroe and Harlow do, and, while I do quite enjoy the first names of iconic film stars, currently I think surnames are a bit more my style.

    So far, other than Harlow and Monroe, all I've come up with are Havilland (Olivia de Havilland - who I was very nearly named after, actually), and Hepburn (after my all-time favourite iconic film star, Audrey Hepburn).

    What do you think, could Havilland or Hepburn work in a classroom alongside Monroe and Harlow?

    Any suggestions are welcome - if anyone's curious, the Golden Age is widely accepted as being from the end of the silent era (circa 1927) to the early 1960s!

    Thank you!
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    I love both Monroe and Harlow!

    Although it's a fictional character, I also love the idea of O'Hara but i don't like the apostrophe and Ohara doesn't quite feel right but I'm warming up to it.

    I think Hepburn and Havilland could work. Havi is a cute nn that makes the latter more approachable.

    Other ideas:
    Gardner
    Loren
    Hayworth - for a boy?
    Davis
    Turner
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    Adler ~ Arlo ~ August ~ Watson ~ Wells ~ Wilder

    Annalise ~ Astrid ~ Connolly ~ Hadley ~ Harlow ~ Lyra ~ Thea ~ Vaila ~ Winslow

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    I think Havilland works, perhaps more so than Hepburn.

    Some other names that might have potential:
    Swanson
    Stanwyck (maybe more for a boy?)
    Talmadge
    Loy (maybe more as a middle?)
    Keeler

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    Hello! I agree with pp that Havi is a cute nickname for Havilland and I can picture that on a child more than Hepburn. How about:

    Kitt -- yes with 2 t's! I already liked Kit for a girl but this one has a more feminine feel imo. I like it! (as in Eartha Kitt)
    Tierney (as in Gene Tierney)
    Angeli (as in Pier Angeli)

    The other ones I thought of are more suited for boys and are possibly already in use.

    Hayworth
    Gable
    Brando

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    So i just looked up some improtant figures during the golden era of hollywood and these are some i found:

    Berkeley (director Busby Berkeley)
    Kazan (Elia Kazan-a director)
    Astaire (Fred Astaire - if Adair works maybe?)
    Arden (Eve Arden)
    Astor (Mary Astor)
    Garland (Julie Garland)
    Dove (Billie Dove)
    Holliday (Judy Holliday)
    Miller (Ann Miller)
    Reynolds (Debbie Reynolds)
    Ginger (Ginger Rogers)
    🌈Grace🌈
    Sarai Matilda|Mabli Charlotte|Una Adele|Cherith Eliza
    Sloane Felicity|Flora Penelope|Juno Delilah|Lois Aurelia
    Sholto Felix|Tristan Rafferty|Percy Evander|Bram Atticus
    Otto Elias|Linus Theodore|Jude Amadeus|Jesse Peregrine


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    Ooh, O'Hara is intriguing! I don't know if I'd use it, but I do quite like Maureen O'Hara. My parents had this thing when they were pregnant with me about using classic/Golden Era actress/character names as firsts - they tossed around Sophia (Loren), Olivia (de Havilland), Haley (Hayley Mills), and Samantha after the character from Bewitched (and Sixteen Candles), so I feel like I may have inherited this pattern somewhat from them.

    Havi's one I never really considered, but it is cute! I was thinking Lani as a nn for Havilland, but I almost prefer Havi! Loren and Gardner are lovely (I adore Ava Gardner)!

    Thank you! Stanwyck would be interesting, as would Talmadge. I don't know that I'd use either, but I'm intrigued by both!

    Thank you! Kit(t) is rather cute, and I love Tierney!! Gable would make for a pretty cool boys name, haha, I have Clark and Rhett, but never actually thought about Gable!


    Ooh, I like Berkeley, Holliday, Miller, Ginger, Astair and Arden! Thank you!!
    haley.
    future little darlings

    addison/ avery / aubrey / berkeley / blakely / brinkley / bristol
    cambrie / collins / destiny / ella / finley / gracelyn / hadley
    irelyn / jersey / journee / kamryn / kendall / laikynn / mckinley
    quinnlyn / remington / riley / sydney / tinley / waverly / zoey

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    I adore Harlow.

    Other ideas:

    Girls
    Ava (Ava Gardner)
    Fay (Fay Wray)


    Boys
    Grant (Cary Grant)
    Douglas (Kirk Douglas)
    Gene (Tierney and Hackman (who may not count))
    Curtis (Tony)

    Unisex
    Leigh (Vivian Leigh)

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    hey I just thought of another one for you! Charisse. As in Cyd Charisse.

    I like Tierney too and saw your signature and I think Tierney London is a cute combo! This thread was fun, had to come back to it.

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    Although I likely wouldn't use this style myself, I do appreciate it. Some I would generally prefer on a boy, but my favourite names in this category (including Directors & Producers) would have to be Blyth, Garland, Astor, Balsam, Chevalier, Faye, Disney, Hope, Sidney, Day, Rooney, Quinn, Holliday, Presley, Dove, Oberon, Hale, Bellamy, Fontaine, Lake, Rainer, Astaire, Lupino, Brooks, Renoir & Welles.

    Gaia . Atlas . Freyja . Emrys . Aviva . August . Juno . Freyr . Ariadne . Octavian . Sarai . Dawson . Nimue
    Ambrose . Sunniva . Aurelian . Artemisia . Hawthorne . Idony . Jesper . Leocadia . Peregrine . Amity . Wren
    Juniper . Ari . Adelaide . Tadhg . Ianthe . Jessamy . Galateia . Blythe . Noa . Malachy . Athena . Atticus

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