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The Baby Name Ketti

ketti frings, look homeward angel

The name Ketti appeared for the first time in the U.S. baby name data in 1959:

  • 1960: unlisted
  • 1959: 8 baby girls named Ketti [debut]
  • 1958: unlisted

This was the year after writer Ketti Frings won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Look Homeward, Angel, which ran on Broadway from 1957 to 1959.

The play, set in North Carolina in the mid-1910s, is an adaptation of the 1929 Thomas Wolfe novel of the same name:

Concentrating on the last third of Wolfe’s story, the play vividly portrays Eugene Gant, his mother, who is obsessed by her material holdings and who maintains barriers against the love of her family, his father, a stonecutter imprisoned by his failures, and the brother who never breaks away.

The author was born Katherine Hartley in Ohio in 1909. In 1938 she married German lightweight boxer Kurt Frings, who who gave her the nickname “Ketti.” (Kurt went on to become a Hollywood agent representing stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball, and Desi Arnaz.)

Do you like Ketti as a nickname for Katherine?

Sources: Ketti Frings, Stage and Film Writer – NYTimes.com, Look Homeward, Angel – Samuel French, Inc.

P.S. In 1962, a singer named Ketty Lester (born Revoyda Frierson) had a hit on the charts called “Love Letters,” but it doesn’t look like the song influenced the usage of the baby name Ketty.


Female Names from Early Cinema, Part 2

The next batch of interesting female names I found in old issues of Photoplay:

Conchita

Conchita Cordova was played by actress Gladys Brockwell in the silent film A Branded Soul (1917), but the film had no influence on the usage of the name Conchita.

Conchita (character), Photoplay, 1918
Conchita, Photoplay, Jan. of 1918

Photo caption: “What have I to do with love, Senor? I have come to buy the life of Juan Mendoza. I have kept my word; I trust you to keep yours.”

Gerda

Actress Gerda Holmes appeared in about 63 films (a mix of feature-lengths and shorts) from 1913 to 1918, but I don’t think she influenced the usage of the name Gerda. (It’s hard to tell, though.)

Gerda Holmes, Photoplay, 1916
Gerda Holmes, Photoplay, Mar. of 1916

Photo caption: “Gerda Holmes came from Denmark, began the study of music in New York, and soon gravitated to the stage, where she first tasted success in Klaw and Erlanger’s “The Round Up.” She then ascended to the screen in Thanhouser’s “Robin Hood,” later appearing in several Essanay productions. She is the wife of Rapley Holmes, and is now an Equitable feature-personage. She is dark and slight.”

Ketty

Actress Ketty Galanta appeared in about 3 films in 1917 and 1918, but she had no influence on the usage of the name Ketty.

Ekaterina De Galantha (Ketty), Photoplay, 1919
Ekaterina De Galantha (Ketty), Photoplay, Apr. of 1919

Photo caption: “Ekaterina De Galantha — sometimes called Ketty — will be recalled by picture-goers as the lustrous Russian lovess in Herbert Brenon’s “The Fall of the Romanoffs.” Otherwise, or on the stage, she is a dancer.”

Mahlee

Mahlee was played by actress Alla Nazimova in the silent film The Red Lantern (1919), but the name Mahlee has never appeared on the SSA’s list.

Mahlee (character), Photoplay, 1919
Mahlee, Photoplay, June of 1919

Story subtitle: “Telling of Mahlee, the half-caste Eurasian girl, and her futile love for one of her father’s people.”

More female names from early cinema: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5