Giallo Names

Below is a guest post written by my sister, Abby, who occasionally blogs over on The Beautiful Strange. We hope you enjoy this post and have a fun and safe Halloween!

What exactly is Giallo? The Italian word for yellow, originally a term to used to describe cheap mystery books with yellow covers that enjoyed an immense amount of popularity in Italy, but in the late 1960s, a genre of film emerged that would take the same name. 

A traditional Giallo film includes many themes that would ensure its skyrocketing popularity in the early-to-mid 1970s: mystery elements, thrills, psychological horror, sometimes with black-gloved slashers or wide-eyed mediums. While all of these aspects are not always guaranteed to be featured, and many critics argue about how to define a genre so unique and with so many archetypes, one thing you’re certain to find in every film is great style and European aestheticism. If you’re a big fan of the 70s’ and 60s’, horror films, and intriguing thrills, be sure to give these a go!

Below I’ve listed a selection of the most interesting names from a few famous Giallo films. I’ve split them into character and actress names, as there are many fascinating real-life names, too!


Solange Beauregard (What Have You Done to Solange?)

Herta Rosseni (What Have You Done to Solange?)

Mirta Ricci (Black Belly of the Tarantula)

Minou (The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion) 

Floriana (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

Fausta (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key)

Franziska Wildenbrück (The Red Queen Kills Seven Times)

Ginevra Storelli (Who Saw Her Die?)

Mizar Harrington (The Case of the Bloody Iris)

Corringa (Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eye)

Federica Donati (A Bay of Blood)

Tilde (Tenebrae) 

Arletty (Messiah of Evil)

Dalia (Four Flies on Grey Velvet)

Gloria Ducci (The Psychic) 

Bruna (The Psychic) 

Clorinda (Spasmo) 

Naiba Campbell (Eyeball)

Flavia (A Quiet Place in the Country)

Egle (A Quiet Place in the Country)

Orchidea (The Perfume of the Lady in Black)

Fabienne Béranger (The Designated Victim)

Gioia (Delirium)

Nevenka (The Whip and the Body)


Edwige Fenech

Nieves Navarro 

Rada Rassimov

Dagmar Lassander 

Rosella Falk 

Helga Ursula “Uschi” Glas 

Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

Alida Valli 

Eufemia “Femi” Benussi

Solvi Stubing

Lorella De Luca 

Merle “Mimsy” Farmer 

Dalila Di Lazarro

Eleonora Rossi Drago (born Palmira Omiccioli)

Rosita Torosh

Semka Sokolović-Bertok

Ermelinda De Felice 

Macha Méril (born Princess Maria-Magdalena Vladimirovna Gagarina) 

Isa Miranda (born Ines Isabella Sampietro)

Mirella D’Angelo 

Elke Sommer 

Sylva Koscina (born Silvija Košćina)

Ewa Aulin 

Niké Arrighi

Rosalba Neri

Florinda Bolkan

Ania Pieroni 

Claudine Auger 

Marina Malfati 

Noel Gallagher Welcomes Second Child!

Lliana and Noel

Comedian and host of The Great British Bake-Off, Noel Gallagher, has recently welcomed his second child with British Radio Host Lliana Bird, a girl who they named Iggy. Their other daughter is named Dali.


"The Three Daughters of King Lear" by Gustav Pope
Origin: English, Celtic
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: N/A
Pronunciation: RAY-gehn, REE-gehn
Other Forms: Reagan, Raegan

Note: Hello! I hope you've been enjoying my Halloween names so far! I was hoping to do more but my cockatiel that I've had since I was sixteen has been having some health issues and I've just been wracked with worry over him! But I do have a really special guest post that will be coming out on the day of Halloween which I hope you'll all enjoy! Much love, Bree.

Growing up, Regan was just the sort of name I would have wanted. Short, strong, frills-free and tomboyish, Regan isn't just a popular "Surname" style of name - it also has the esteem of being a character from Shakespeare's "King Lear". But what it's most famous for is the reason I chose it for my series of Halloween names, and I bet it's the namesake you thought of as well. That of Regan MacNeil from "The Exorcist".

Regan as a surname is believed to be the Anglicized version of the Irish Ó Ríagáin, meaning "descendant of Ríagáin". Ríagáin itself is thought to be derived from the word ríodhgach, which means "impulsive". Other suggestions include a root in the element ri, "soverign, king", and the diminutive suffix -in, giving the meaning of "The King's Child". Ideas of Regan's origin as a first name differ, with some citing an influence from the Latin name Regina - "Queen". Shakespeare is said to have named the character of Regan, Lear's second daughter, after a King of the Britons from Monmouth's "Historia regum Brittaniae". She, like her elder sister Goneril, is cruel and calculating.

In "The Exorcist", Regan MacNeil is the unfortunate victim of the demon who presents himself as the playful "Mr. Howdy." It opened up on the day after Christmas in 1973, and has shocked and haunted people ever since. Proving a rather unpleasant namesake (and unpleasant President) does not a name make, Regan still sits proud at #102 in the US.


"The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane" by John Quidor

Gender: Male
Meaning: "No Glory"
Pronunciation: IK-eh-bahd
Other Forms: N/A

Ichabod has been a guilty pleasure of mine since I can remember - something about the strong C sound and it ending with with the equally strong D I think. It's just fun to say!

Ichabod is roughly translated to mean "no glory", which at first seems like a rather horrible meaning for a name. But in actuality there is so much more to it. In the Bible, Ichabod is the son of the priest Phinehas and an unnamed woman. His mother went into labor hearing that the Ark of God, also known as the fabled Ark of the Covenant, had left Israel and fell into Philistine hands. In the Book of Samuel it is explained his name means "the glory has departed from Israel".

Of course the most well-known Ichabod is Ichabod Crane, the protagonist of Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Crane, the local schoolmaster, has a strong belief in anything supernatural, which includes the legend of the "Headless Horseman", the ghost of a Hessian soldier who was decapitated by a cannonball during the American Revolution.. He later becomes interested in Katrina Van Tassel and angers Abraham "Brom Bones" Van Brunt. After proposing to her he heads home alone at night, only to encounter the famous Headless Horseman, and never be seen again.

There are several proposed inspirations for Ichabod Crane, from the US Army Colonel of the same name whom he meet in Sackets Harbor, New York, in 1814, to a schoolmaster in Kinderhook named Jesse Merwin. Whoever it was, they helped create a character that has captured the imagination for centuries.


"At Harvest Time" by Jules Bastien-Lepage

Origin: English
Gender: Unisex
Meaning: "The Season for Gathering Crops; To Gather or Catch"
Pronunciation: HARR-vist
Other Forms: N/A

This is the first of my Fall/Halloween inspired posts this year! If you have any suggestions on ones you'd like to see, drop a comment below.

I've always had a love for word names, the more unusual the better, and Harvest is no exception. I love the image it evokes, autumn leaves, the warmth of a fire, full moons, and the cozy feeling it gives me. I also love how well it would work for either a boy or a girl!

The word Harvest has comes from the Old English hærfest, meaning "autumn" or "harvest-time", eventually evolving into the Middle English hervest. Harvest has been celebrated all over the world, from Thanksgiving in the States and Canada, to the week-long Jewish festival called Sukkot. In Britain, since Pagan times, a good harvest has traditionally been celebrated on the Sunday nearest, or on the night of, the harvest moon. Like many cultures they celebrated with singing, praying, and sometimes weaving the blades of the cereal into a "dolly", which they would keep safe for good luck until they would sow seeds the following year. Until about the 20th-century, farmers would celebrate the end of harvest by having a big meal called the "harvest supper", and all who helped with that year's harvest would be invited to eat.

In China there is the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, one of the largest and most widely spread harvest festivals in the world. It is the second most important celebration following the Chinese New Year and has been celebrated for 3,000 years, dating all the way back to when the Emperors would worship the moon in the hopes of a bountiful harvest. Lanterns are displayed as beacons meant to light the way to prosperity and good luck, and the traditional Mooncakes, pastries filled with sweet-bean or lotus-seed paste are eaten. 

Harvest would make a lovely, and surprising, name for any Autumn-born baby! Not as adventurous as that? It works just as well in the middle.

Lucky Blue Smith Welcomes Second Daughter!

Nara and Lucky

Model Lucky Blue Smith has just welcomed his second child, a girl, the first child for his wife, model Nara Pellmann. They named her Rumble Honey. He previously had a daughter, Gravity Blue, with Stormi Henley.

If You Like Noah, Then You'll Love...

"The Entry of the Animals into Noah's Ark" by Jan Brueghel the Elder

Hello! I'm back with more alternatives to popular names and this time we're talking about Noah. Biblical, classic, and catchy, there's no surprise Noah shot up the charts all the way to #2. For the US, Noah has featured in the Top 1000 since its inception in 1880, when it sat comfortably at #126, and only ever dipped as low as #696 in 1963. When I think of Noah I think specifically of how it has an ending which is most often found in girls names, and of a wholesome, quiet sort of strength.

Noble - Noble has to be my favorite virtue name for boys (#2 being Valor!), and I think it's just a great alternative to Noah. It comes from the Latin nobilis, meaning "well-known, excellent, superior, of high-birth", which in turn came from the earlier gnobilis, "knowable". Originally used mostly to refer to a well-known, well-to-do family during Ancient Rome, the later meaning of "superior" or "excellent" is first thought to have been used as far back at the 13th-century. It hasn't ranked since 1954, making it ripe for revival.

Ike - This diminutive of the Biblical Isaac, which means "he will laugh, he will rejoice", has always been one I've been surprised hasn't been used more. It's short, has a strong sound, and a sort of homespun handsomeness that I think is adorable. Dwight D. Eisenhower's nickname was Ike, based on the first syllable of his last name, and it was even worked into his campaign with the famous "I Like Ike" slogan. Funnily enough, his mother chose the name Dwight so he wouldn't have any nicknames! Ike's last appearance in US's Top 1000 was in 1957, when it ranked #861.

Hosea - Coming from the Hebrew Hoshe'a, meaning "salvation", Hosea is a perfect choice for parents looking for an unusual name from the Bible! Hosea is the name of one of the twelve minor poets of the Old Testament, the author of the Book of Hosea, and in the form of Hoshea, was the name of the 8th-century BC King of Israel who was the ruler before it was conquered by Assyria. It also does double duty as being a nature name; Hosea lobbii is a flowering plant endemic to Borneo. Hosea last ranked in 1963 at #970.

Saul - Another lovely, soft, Biblical name, Saul is derived from Hebrew Sha'ul, which means "asked for, prayed for". The most famous Saul from the Bible is King Saul, who eventually fell out of favor with God and was succeeded by David. A lesser known Saul is actually the Apostle Paul, who was originally called Saul of Tarsus until Jesus changed his name. Paul is widely regarded as one of the most influential people of Apostolic Age, which lasted from 33 AD-100 AD, and founded several Christian communities in Asia Minor and Europe. Thirteen of the twenty-seven books of The New Testament are also attributed to him. Saul currently ranks at #530.

Asa - I love the meaning of this name, "healer", and I expect to see it being used more and more, especially since British actor Asa Butterfield, currently starring in Netflix's "Sex Education", but probably best known as the protagonist of the movie "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas", is becoming more well-known. In the Bible Asa was the third King of Judah, a man who at his death was respected by his people and regarded as a righteous man. Welsh Saint Asaph, is sometimes called Asa. Story goes Saint Kentigern, also known as Saint Mungo, founded the Celtic Monastery of Llanelwy in Wales, and among the many disciples was the young Asaph. Kentigern would often pray in the icy river Elwy, and one day requested Asaph bring a brand of burning wood to warm him. Asaph went above and beyond and brought him back live coals which he held in his apron, which would not burn. Later Asaph would become the first Welsh Bishop of the see. Asa ranked #510 as of 2019.

On My Mind: 10-4-20

Hermine from GBBO Season 8

Bona -
I stumbled across the unusual name while researching royals and found out there is not only one but two Princess who bore it! The first Princess was Bona of Savoy, Duchess of Milan, who lived from 1449 to 1503 and married into the famous Sforza family. The second was Princess Bona, or Maria Bona, of Savoy, who married Prince Konrad of Bavaria. She lived from 1896 to 1971. Bona is Latin and means "good", "noble", or "kind". In Italy when you call a girl "Bona" you mean that she is beautiful.

Hermine and Sura - I've started the newest season of the Great British Bake Off, one of my favorite shows ever, and as usual there are some interesting names in the mix! I'm especially intrigued by Hermine, the French and German feminine form of Herman, meaning "army man", and Sura, which is Arabic and means "Highness of Status" or "Glory".

Gudrid - Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir (Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir), a Viking born in Iceland and the granddaughter of a Scottish slave, is considered one of the most well-traveled people of the Middle Ages. She and her husband, Thorfinn Karlsefni, traveled to "Vinland", an area of coastal North America 500 years before Columbus would set foot there. It was in Vinland where she would eventually give birth to their son, Snorri, in what is considered the first European birth in the Americas outside of Greenland. Gudrid comes from the elements guð, meaning "God", and fríðr, which means "beautiful". In Iceland she is known by her byname - víðförla - "far-traveled".