The Sandy-like name Sondi debuted in the U.S. data in 1959 and saw the most usage during the early 1960s:
1962: 7 baby girls named Sondi
1961: 26 baby girls named Sondi
1960: 10 baby girls named Sondi
1959: 5 baby girls named Sondi [debut]
Where did it come from?
A beauty queen from Thailand who trying her hand at acting in America.
There was no Miss Thailand contest held in 1959, so Sodsai Vanijvadhana was hand-picked to represent her country at the 1959 Miss Universe contest in Long Beach, California. She competed as “Sondi Sodsai,” and though she didn’t place, she was voted Miss Friendship (aka Miss Congeniality) by her fellow contestants.
The same year, she started making appearances (still as Sondi Sodsai) on U.S. TV shows like Mike Hammer, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, and Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life. She also released an album of exotica music on Liberty Records called Sondi.
Her most notable TV role was on the series Adventures in Paradise (1959-1962) as the recurring character “Sondi,” who appeared primarily in 1960.
She eventually returned to Thailand and became a renowned drama teacher (as Sodsai Pantoomkomol, which is her married name). The drama school at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok is now named the Sodsai Pantoomkomol Centre for Dramatic Arts. In 2011, Sodsai was named a National Artist of Thailand.
So which Thai beauty queen baby name do you like better: Sondi or Apasra?
According to the Tasmanian Government, the most popular baby names in Tasmania in 2019 were Willow and Oliver.
Here are Tasmania’s top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names of 2019:
Willow, 53 baby girls
Charlotte, 44 baby girls
Ava, 33 baby girls
Oliver, 62 baby boys
George, 41 baby boys
Charlie, 40 baby boys
In the girls’ top 10, Harper, Ivy, and Lucy replace Matilda, Olivia, and Grace. In fact, it’s interesting to contrast Matilda (which dropped all the way from 2nd to somewhere outside the top 10) to Willow (which jumped from 8th all the way to 1st).
In the boys’ top 10, George, Charlie, Archie, Theodore, and Harrison replace William, Mason, Hudson, Hunter, and James.
In 2018, the top two names in Tasmania were Charlotte and Oliver.