Names Worn by Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich is one of the greatest actresses of all time, the American Film Institute ranking her number nine in 1999. She remained popular for many years, but first got her start in 1920's Berlin in the cabaret scene. With her role as Lola-Lola in "The Blue Angel" in 1930, she was introduced to the world, and was whisked away by the director to Hollywood. Known for her "bedroom-eyes", low voice, and affinity for wearing men's clothes, Marlene drew people in to her movies like no other. Throughout WWII she entertained troops, and took a strong stance against Nazism, for which she received a medal, and was the first ever German actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Later in life, Marlene became a recluse, rarely leaving her Paris apartment. She died in 1992, at age ninety.

Helen - "Blonde Venus" - Helen comes from the Greek helene, meaning "torch", or "corposant"; The most famous bearer being Helen of Troy, who was kidnapped by Paris, and was the cause of the Trojan war.

Domini - "The Garden of Allah" - Domini, pronounced "DOH-mee-nee", comes from the Latin word meaning "of the Lord".

Frenchy - "Destry Rides Again" - A nickname for someone of French nationality, Frenchy, or Frenchie, could be a great nickname for Francesca.

Bijou - "Seven Sinners" - Bijou means "jewel" in French, and would make a lovely middle name, if you can get past the overwhelming ties to Bijou Phillips.

Jamilla - "Kismet" - A variant of the Arabic Jamilla, or Jamillah, which is a feminization of Jamil. It means "beautiful".

Altar - "Rancho Notorious" - An unusual word name, that I actually sort of like. The word altar perhaps comes from the Latin altus, meaning "high".


  1. I love all of these!

    I particularly adore Domini, Helen and Altar. Jamilla is also beautiful, and although I recognize that Bijou is lovely, I personally don't care for it all that much.

    Loving the idea of Frenchy/Frenchie as a nn for Francesca.


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