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How popular is the baby name Al in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Al and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Al.
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The baby name Toosdhi debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1969:
1972: 7 baby girls named Toosdhi
1969: 5 baby girls named Toosdhi [debut]
Where did it come from?
It’s not a variant of Tuesdee, which happened to debut the same year.
Instead, Toosdhi is one of the dozens of baby names that debuted thanks to minor television characters (e.g. Ibe, Alethea).
In Toosdhi’s case, the character was featured on a single episode of the late ’60s TV show It Takes a Thief.
In “To Catch a Roaring Lion,” which first aired on the very last day of 1968, main character Alexander Mundy (played by Robert Wagner) is sent to the fictional African country of Zambutiko to recover a set of ancient scrolls. In Zambutiko, Mundy meets Toosdhi Mboto (played by Denise Nicholas). After introducing herself, Toosdhi spells out her unique name:
“Well, this is the first time that Monday’s ever going to follow Tuesday.”
“As with your name, it’s spelled differently. T-o-o-s-d-h-i. Toosdhi Mboto. My identification.”
“I don’t think I can read this out here, the sun is so bright. Why don’t we go to some dark spot, with rum in it.”
“I will be your personal guide while you’re here, Mr. Mundy.”
“You can call me Al.”
The name made a second appearance on the national list in the early ’70s, likely because of reruns, but hasn’t been back since.
‘Veronica’ refers to Costello’s grandmother (not sure if it’s her real name).
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Which song(s) do you like best? Choose up to 2:
"Rock Me Amadeus" (1986) by Falco (63%, 15 Votes)
"You Can Call Me Al" (1986) by Paul Simon (33%, 8 Votes)
"Luka" (1987) by Suzanne Vega (29%, 7 Votes)
"Veronica" (1989) by Elvis Costello (29%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 24
Anyone care to guess which of the name-songs above will be crowned the winner in a couple of weeks?
*”Billie Jean is kind of anonymous. It represents a lot of girls. […] They would hang around backstage doors, and any band that would come to town they would have a relationship with, and I think I wrote this out of experience with my brothers when I was little. There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there.” -MJ, via MTV
**”Where did you get the name from?” “A 9-year-old boy who lives in my building. Who is not abused, by the way. I like the name Luka, it’s universal. It could be a girl or boy and it could be any nationality.” -SV, via NYT