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On My Mind: 12-5-18

Lots of Name Sightings - I've heard so many great names lately at work. Annabelle Ruth, siblings named Viola, Coco, Savannah, and Reed, and a little boy named Thor.

Lorelei - A friend of mine became an Uncle a while back and I just finally got to meet her. Her name is Lorelei, which I think is gorgeous. Lorelei is German and means "luring rock". In German folklore a Lorelei was a sort of mermaid or siren who would lure fishermen to their deaths. Lorelei is also the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River.

Edna - I've been watching "SS-GB" which is set in an alternate history Great Britain where the Germans won WWII. One of the main characters is played by German actor Lars Eidinger, who in real life has a daughter named Edna. I just thought it was so refreshing to see. Edna in Hebrew means "pleasure", and it is also an anglicized version of Irish Eithne, which means "kernel" or "grain".

Silent Star Names

I've been entranced by silent films ever since I saw the 1926 "The Scarlet Letter" starring Lillian Gish and Lars Hanson early one morning. I loved the heavy makeup and the over the top performances, the glamor and the fashion. The names are also really great, especially the women's, which were really spunky. I tried to feature a lot of the more prominent stars of the time so we could get an idea of what was popular, but a few of the more unusual names of lesser known stars slipped in! If you comment, please let me know what your favorite silent film is!


Anita Page
Lila Lee
Jobyna Ralston
Madge Bellamy
Betty Bronson
Renée Adorée
Madlaine Traverse
Nita Naldi
Billie Dove
Marguerite De La Motte
Leatrice Joy
Texas Guinan
Zena Keefe
Lillian and Dorothy Gish
Bessie Love
Teddy Sampson
Anna May Wong
Theda Bara
Mae Marsh
Alta Allen
Francelia Billington
Minta Durfee (real name was Araminta)
Louise Brooks
ZaSu Pitts
Clara Bow
Marion Davies
Thelma Todd
Norma Shearer
Bebe Daniels


Nils Asther
John Barrymore
Rod La Rocque
Charlie Chaplin
Gary Cooper
Antonio Moreno
Rudolph Valentino
Lon Chaney
Monte Blue
Ronald Colman
Adolphe Menjou
Wallace Reid
Douglas Fairbanks
John Gilbert
Ramon Navarro


  1. My favourite names:
    Billie Dove
    Bessie Love
    Clara Bow

    Favourite pretty faces/actresses:
    Lillian Gish
    Bebe Daniels <3
    Zasu Pitts
    Theda Bara


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