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Katinka, Sari, Ella, Mici, Terka, Liza and Klara were the names of the seven sisters in the lost silent film The Seven Sisters (1915), which was based on a Hungarian play.
A 1916 advertisement for the movie, which was a vehicle for silent film actress Marguerite Clark, offered the following summary:
The story is as simple and as sweet and dainty as Little Marguerite herself. She is the fourth of a family of seven sisters. Under an old Hungarian marriage law she must not marry until the elder sisters have gone off. How she and her lover clear the way with the aid of that young man’s marriageable friends affords scope for some delightful comedy amid the quaintest and most beautiful old-world surroundings ever portrayed.
The names Katinka, Sari, Ella, Mici, Terka, Liza and Klara are Hungarian versions (or diminutives of Hungarian versions) of the names Katherine, Sarah, Eleanor (or some other El- or -ella name), Mitzi, Theresa, Elizabeth and Clara.
And now for today’s question…
Bacon, George Vaux. “Seven Sisters.” Photoplay Magazine Sept. 1915: 112-120.
If you’re a huge Oz fan — or just a fan of old-fashioned names generally — here’s a list of (most of) the people who played Munchkins in the legendary 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”:
While the majority of the 132 Munchkins in the film were played by little people, a handful of the female Munchkins were actually played by child actresses.
I read something about actress Mitzi Gaynor today, and it reminded me about a post I wrote a few months ago about “tz” names.
Mitzi was one of only two “tz” baby names to be among the top 1,000 baby names in the nation during the mid-1900s. Interestingly, while it barely ranked most years in the 1940s, it suddenly became very popular in the early 1950s.
I wonder: did Mitzi Gaynor have anything to do with it? Her films began coming out about 1950, and her name jumped in popularity from 1951 to 1953. She retired from films in the early sixties, and the first year her name dropped out of the top 500 was in 1965.
I don’t know much about Mitzi Gaynor (whose birth name was actually Francesca), so I’m only postulating. Anyone else know if she was famous enough to hold sway over the tastes of expectant parents?