Let’s have some fun! I threw together a little name generator designed to produce the kind of names silent actresses sported in the 1910s and 1920s.
Here’s a random name generator, if you want to gamble a bit, and here is a chart if you prefer to be more scientific:
I noticed that as far as surnames are concerned, actresses in the silent era often adopted names of famous hotels, adjectives describing traditionally feminine qualities, names that could double as a second given name and names that sounded aristocratic or French.
First names tended to be either in the top ten for the year of the actress’s birth, a popular nickname or an attempt to sound exotic. Cutesy names and rhyming names were perfectly acceptable.
And, of course, some actresses really were named that. I am thinking of Blanche Sweet and Clara Bow, who were both blessed with perfect silent actress names.
This is by no means scientific, just observations. And as this list is based on actresses in the American film industry, it will skew you in a Hollywood direction. I hope you have fun and be sure to share your name!
(If you want to be a cowboy, do try out my William S. Hart name generator as well!)
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