The Hollywood baby names that are making a comeback

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  • More and more parents are turning to old Hollywood for inspiration, and the resulting monikers, chosen in honour of actors and actresses of the past, are some of the most beautiful we've heard.

    The trend means that those expecting little girls are likely to consider Audrey (after Audrey Hepburn), Marilyn (after Marilyn Monroe), Greta (after Greta Garbo) and Bette (after Bette Davis) for their daughter, whilst mums and dads of sons are looking at names like Gene (after Gene Kelly), Cary (after Cary Grant) and Buster (after Buster Keaton).

    According to users of, a popular baby naming website, the increase in these throwback choices could be down to a sense of nostalgia for names that mirror that of our relatives.

    ‘They were names closely associated with our grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generations. I think that the comeback is partly due to people’s associations with the names,’ one user commented.

    Others added that they felt Hollywood names, particularly from the 1940’s and 1950s, were ‘safe’ and ‘not-made-up sounding’ options, unlike the modern alternatives of the current day.

    One even added that she was considering calling her second daughter Margaret, Greta for short, ‘appreciating the fact that it’s definitely in the realms of the old lady’.

    Whether you’re a fan of old-fashioned actors, or just looking for a classy, classic choice, here’s all of the Hollywood baby name inspiration you need:

    Hollywood baby names for girls

    • Ava
    • Audrey
    • Bette
    • Clara
    • Ginger
    • Gloria
    • Grace
    • Greta
    • Jeanne
    • Joan
    • Judith
    • Katharine
    • Ingrid
    • Mae
    • Marilyn
    • Marlene
    • Rita
    • Simone
    • Sylvia
    • Vivien

    Hollywood baby names for boys

    • Boris
    • Burt
    • Buster
    • Cary
    • Clark
    • Errol
    • Flynn
    • Fred
    • Gene
    • Glenn
    • Humphrey
    • Kirk
    • Laurence
    • Marlon
    • Montgomery
    • Orson
    • Sidney
    • Spencer
    • Vincent
    • Wallace

    Would you ever choose a Hollywood-inspired baby name for your new arrival? Let us know what you think of the trend in the comment box below.