Gwili – Another Hollywood Baby Name

Gwili Andre

Here’s an unusual name I recently discovered on the SSA’s baby name list:

  • 1934: unlisted
  • 1933: 9 baby girls named Gwili
  • 1932: 10 baby girls named Gwili [debut]
  • 1931: unlisted

Gwili was only listed for 2 years before disappearing again.

The influence? Danish actress Gwili Andre (1908-1959), born Gurli Andresen.

Hollywood was on the lookout for the next Greta Garbo, and many thought Gwili fit the bill. Newspaper articles introducing her to readers in the early ’30s noted that Gwili was pronounced jee-lee.

Unfortunately, Gwili Andre’s career never really took off. She appeared in a string of B movies until the early ’40s, then apparently stopped acting altogether. (One of her movies, Meet the Boyfriend, is available online if you want to check it out.)

P.S. Jinx, Sivi and Donivee are three more forgotten Hollywood actresses who left their mark on the U.S. baby name charts.

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