Names Worn by Mae Murray

Mae Murray

Called "The Girl with the Bee Stung Lips", Mae Murray first got her start in show business in the chorus line of the "Ziegfeld Follies" in 1908, and eventually became the headliner. Her first film was "To Have and to Hold", in 1916, and Universal could see that they had something special on their hands. Critics were occasionally underwhelmed with her over-the-top acting, but she was a favorite among movie goers. Unfortunately, with the invention of "talkies", her glamour started to fade. She eventually left MGM at the urging of her husband, which ended up being a costly mistake. In the 40's she started working at a club, where her performances were not all that great. Sadly, after many tribulations, she died at the age of 79 in an retirement home. She has a star on the Walk of Fame.

Jocelyn - "To Have and to Hold" - This unisex name is thought to come from a German male name, that comes from the name of a tribe, the Gauts. This name was common in the Middle Ages.

Dora - "A Mormon Maid" - Although this name is mostly associated with the little girl in "Dora the Explorer", I would love to see it come back. It comes from the Greek doron, meaning "gift".

Rosalie - "Broadway Rose" - This pretty rose name has gotten a recent boost from the "Twilight" series, in which she is the rather catty sister of Edward Cullen. Rosalie is thought to be a French and German form of Rosalia. It is currently #404.

Ninon - "Jazzmania" - Ninon is the sweet French diminutive of the name Anne, where it ranks #93. I'd love to see it get adopted in the States.

Circe - "Circe, the Enchantress" - Circe is Greek, and possibly means "bird". In mythology, she was the sorceress who turned Odysseus' men into pigs. It is pronounced "SUR-see".

Valencia - "Valencia" - This name comes from the Latin valentia, which meant "power". If Valentina can catch on, why can't Valencia?


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