Pop Culture Baby Name – Sivi

Sivi ÅbergThe name Sivi appeared on the SSA’s baby name list for just four years:

  • 1971: unlisted
  • 1970: 7 baby girls named Sivi
  • 1969: 5 baby girls named Sivi
  • 1968: 8 baby girls named Sivi
  • 1967: 27 baby girls named Sivi [debut]
  • 1966: unlisted

The inspiration? Actress Sivi Aberg.

Siv Märta “Sivi” Åberg placed 4th — er, “3rd runner up” — in the 1964 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant. After that, she moved to America to give acting a try.

In 1967, Sivi won the title of “The Hollywood Star of Tomorrow” on a pageant-like American TV show. (Previous winners included Raquel Welch, Sally Field, Carol Lynley and Kim Novak.)

She also appeared on several American television shows (e.g. Hogan’s Heroes, Batman, M*A*S*H, The Gong Show) and in a handful of forgettable films during the 1960s and 1970s.

Sivi’s birth name, Siv, can be traced back to Norse mythology. It’s a form of Sif, the name of Thor’s wife. Sif was the singular form of the Old Norse word sifjar, which meant “relatives” — relatives either by blood or by marriage.

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

Sources:

  • Engels, Friedrich. The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. Chicago: Charles H. Kerr & Company, 1909.
  • Sivi Aberg @ Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen
  • Television: Jan. 26, 1968.” TIME Magazine 26 Jan. 1978.

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