Female Names from Early Cinema, Part 1

Many of the movie-influenced baby names I’ve posted about within the last few months (like Ormi) are names I discovered looking through old issues of Photoplay magazine.

They’re just a fraction of all the names I discovered there, though, so today and for the next few weeks I’ll be posting some of the others — the names that didn’t see increased usage thanks to early cinema, but that I still found interesting.


Actress Alatia Marton appeared in about 8 films (all shorts) in 1917 and 1918, but the name Alatia has never appeared on the SSA’s list.

Alatia Marton, Photoplay, 1916
Alatia Marton, Photoplay, July of 1916

Photo caption: “Alatia Marton is a Texan, and a resident of Dallas, which has more attractive girls to the block than — but comparisons are poor taste. She is just 21 years of age, of American-Scotch-Irish descent; 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 125 pounds, and has gray eyes; telephone operator, and not athletic — but she could learn; you never saw a Texas girl who couldn’t.”


Actress Aleta Doré appeared in a single film in 1925, but she had no influence on the usage of the name Aleta.

Aleta Doré, Photoplay, 1919
Aleta Doré, Photoplay, June of 1919

The article claimed Aleta Doré was the adopted sister of famous actress Marguerite Clark (who was in The Seven Sisters) but I couldn’t find any proof of this.


Actress Byrdine Zuber (also known as Bernadine) appeared in about 7 films (a mix of feature-lengths and shorts) from 1911 to 1919, but the name Byrdine name has never appeared on the SSA’s list.

Byrdine Zuber, Photoplay, 1914
Byrdine Zuber, Photoplay, Dec. of 1914

Photo caption: “Byrdine Zuber is the dainty, blonde little girl who will soon endear herself to the picture-going public in films released by the Oz Film Manufacturing Company, which is engaged in filming Frank L. Baum’s delightfully fantastic stories. She was chosen from a great number of candidates for the role she interprets in the initial production, and her work in that picture easily proves the discernment of those who chose her.”


Actress Clarine Seymour (1898-1920) appeared in about 20 films (a mix of feature-lengths and shorts) from 1917 to 1920, but I don’t believe she influenced the usage of the name Clarine. (It’s hard to tell with this one, though.)

Clarine Seymour, Photoplay, 1919
Clarine Seymour, Photoplay, Aug. of 1919

Photo caption: “Clarine Seymour worked harder and longer for her Big Chance than — possibly — any other young girl in motion pictures. This summery vision was snapped in her dressing room during her lark in Christie comedies.”

More female names from early cinema: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

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