Where did the baby name Senta come from?

Actress Senta Berger in the movie "The Victors" (1963).
Senta Berger in “The Victors

The name Senta first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in the mid-1960s:

  • 1966: 18 baby girls named Senta
  • 1965: 12 baby girls named Senta
  • 1964: 12 baby girls named Senta [debut]
  • 1963: unlisted
  • 1962: unlisted

The source?

Austrian actress Senta Berger, who moved to Hollywood in the early ’60s and was appearing regularly in movies and on TV by 1964.

Around that time, for instance, she could be seen in the movie The Victors (released in late 1963), the TV anthology series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (Mar. 1964), and the TV spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Nov. 1964).

Perhaps the most interesting thing she was in, from a historical perspective, was NBC’s See How They Run (Oct. 1964), which involved orphaned siblings being chased by spies. The show was marketed as the very first made-for-TV movie. One contemporary reviewer said “that even if the execution of the idea was not exceptional–it came out the way Walt Disney might have written the Ian Fleming books–the experiment was still extremely worthwhile.”

The name Senta is a diminutive of the German name Kreszentia, which ultimately comes from the Latin name Crescentius. The root word is the verb crescere, meaning “to grow.”

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