Choosing Your Burlesque Name: A Fun And Fabulous Step-By-Step Guide!

Burlesque is all about self-promotion! Here’s your ultimate guide to choosing an absolutely perfect, sexy, sassy, over-the-top, and utterly-unforgettable name that will make you shine!

When choosing a name for yourself in the burlesque world, there are three big factors to keep in mind: 1) Is it original?, 2)Is it memorable?, and 3) Does it fit your personality?

1) Originality

Yes, being mistaken for another performer is very embarrasing! So do yourself a favor and don’t choose a name that’s already been taken (or even come close).

First off, there are only a few big-name stars in this business, and their titles are very recognizable. Don’t try to copy them or your own name will sound like a pale shadow compared to their dazzling brilliance (and no one wants that). Greats like Dita Von Teese, Catherine D’Lish, and Michelle L’Amour are in a category by themselves, so avoid adding “Dita”, “Von Teese”, “D’Lish”, “L’Amour” and other ultra-famous burlesque tags to your own.

Also, google the hell out of your moniker before you settle on it. For example, if you’re considering Honey White, google “Honey White”, “Honey White burlesque”, “Honey White pinup”‘ “Honey White (name of your city)”, etc and if other burlesque-related performers, troupes, pin-up models, or businesses come up, skip it.

No one wants a name or tagline that is the same as a popular local establishment (like a bakery, coffee shop, or venue). And no one wants to copy the name of any pin-up or burlesque related business, either. (For example, you don’t want to be accused of copying a clothing company such as Deadly Dames, Pinup Girl, or Lux DeVille.  And you also want to steer clear of the names famous pin-up models such as Masuimi Max, Doris MayDay, etc).

Search for your name on Red Hot Annie’s Burlesque Performers List and The Burlesque Stage Names Yahoo Group to make sure your name is not taken. If you don’t find your name, enter it to make sure others know you’re using it. These are certainly not exhaustive lists of all burlesque performers, but they’re the closest thing we have to a real database of names, so give them a look.

By taking just a little care at the beginning, you can ensure that your burlesque name is yours and yours alone. Not only will you be prouder of your spectacular new title, but it will be much much easier to market!

2)Is it memorable?

The number one rule of marketing?: Make yourself stand out!

You want your name to be different. You want it to be catchy.  You’re craving something that sounds cute, sexy, dangerous, vaudevillian, or utterly incredible. Your burlesque name should be over-the-top, risky, and bold. Have fun with it!

Monikers like The Dirty Blonde, Blaze, Ali Oops,Vera High Voltage, Cardinal Cyn, La Cholita, and many many more are each superb because they really stand out from the crowd…

3) Does it fit your personality?

Plan your on-stage persona before you name yourself.

Will your acts be silly or sultry, traditional or modern, high energy or graceful? Will you have a signature such as ballet, playing the bongos, or tap dancing? Do you want to draw attention to a physical characteristic such as your boobs, your six-foot-tall frame, or your electric blue hair? Then do it with your name!

Let your name tell us something about yourself.

Now that you’ve got the basics down, here are a few lists to get those creative juices flowing. If you’re stuck on a name, try combining some of the following words and see where that takes you. Have fun and good luck!

A Color(in English or another language):

like Red,  Scarlet, Rouge, White, Black, Noir, Pink, Rose, Purple, Blue, Bleu, Azure, Green, Turquoise, Gold, Silver,…

A Place:

Like Paris, London, Texas, Dallas, Shanghai…

An Animal:

Poodle, Panther, Wolf, Doe, Peacock, Songbird, Tiger…

A Body Part:

Claw, Fangs, Boobs, T&A, Curves, Bottom, Fanny, Heart, Blood, Mustache…


Ruby, Platinum, Diamond, Jewel, Emerald, Pearl…

A Food:

Cheesecake, Cupcake, Ginger, Chocolate, Cocoa, Candy, Plum, Peach, Bon Bon…

A Weapon:

Bazooka, Stiletto, Blade, Magnum, Whip

An Emotion:

Danger, Love, Shock…

An Alcoholic Drink:

Champagne, Bubbly, Whiskey, Vermouth, Vodka, Bourbon, Cognac…

(But stay away from “Martini”, as Dirty Martini is already a very famous burlesque star!)

An Old-fashioned Name:

Patty, Rose, Roxy, Trixie, Clara, Lucy, Lily, Beatrice, Sue, Missy…

A Time Of Year:

Winter, Summer, Spring, March, April, May, August, All Hallows Eve, Holiday…

A Recognizable Word In Another Language:

Bella, Amour, Du Jour, Muerte…

A Dance: 

Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing…

A Flower or Plant:

Mistletoe, Holly, Iris, Rose, Petal, Blossom, Magnolia,

A Material:

Satin, Velvet, Fur…


Bubbles, Valentine, Star, Sparkler…

Posted on December 5, 2011, in Burlesque and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi there, Sydni Deveraux “The Golden Glamazon” here to throw in my two cents:

    I really like your advice, and it might be nice to include that there are A LOT of repeated names in burlesque (and drag). The most offending (repeated names)

    wordplays on D’Ville (like the very famous Kitten D’Ville)

    wordplays of VERY famous people like Marilyn Monroe, Ava Garder, Ella Fitzgerald….that aren’t necessarily respectful.

    I also find it troubling when I google a persons name to find that there’s already a porn star, a movie or a drag queen with the same name. This ultimately means that when people are searching for this performer, all of these things are always going to pop up on search engines before this performers name. Unless they become famous like a Dita, their name already kind of banishes them into oblivion before they’ve even started.

    Think about what your name will look like in print. Can people pronounce it? Are you comfortable with people calling you just the first name of it in conversation? How will you feel about your name in 5 years? 10? It’s good to remember that as you age in this business, your act changes as well. You definitely want something that represents you, as changing your name later in the game is VERY difficult and confusing to others if you’ve established yourself.

    It seems that everyone wants a clever name…be careful, it might not be as clever as you think.

    Thank you for your post!


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