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Popularity of the Baby Name Tuesdee

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Where Did the Baby Name Toosdhi Come From?

Toosdhi from To Catch a ThiefThe baby name Toosdhi debuted on the SSA’s baby name list in 1969:

  • 1973: unlisted
  • 1972: 7 baby girls named Toosdhi
  • 1971: unlisted
  • 1970: unlisted
  • 1969: 5 baby girls named Toosdhi [debut]
  • 1968: unlisted

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:

“I’m Toosdhi.”

“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.

Source: It Takes a Thief – Season 2, Episode 12: To Catch a Roaring Lion – TV.com


The Jockey-Inspired Baby Name Tuesdee

Tuesdee TestaAmerican Pharoah winning the Triple Crown earlier this month reminded me of a baby name that was popularized by a horse race nearly 50 years ago.

Tuesdee debuted on the charts in 1969:

  • 1970: unlisted
  • 1969: 10 baby girls named Tuesdee [debut]
  • 1968: unlisted

Where did it come from specifically?

A female jockey named Tuesdee Testa.

She became the first female jockey to win at a major American Thoroughbred track (Santa Anita Park) on March 1st of that year. She was 27 years old at the time.

Tuesdee was her legal name, but it wasn’t her birth name. She was born a Helen. But she preferred “Tuesdee” — a nickname bestowed by her grandmother — and eventually had it changed.

In April of 1969, Tuesdee Testa took part in the all-female “Lady Godiva Stakes.” I’m not sure how long she continued to race professionally, but fellow female jockey Diane Crump has since noted that Testa and others left the sport because of sexism: “They couldn’t take the pressure from the fans.”

(The name Tuesday was already being given to dozens of babies per year by the late ’60s, thanks to actress Tuesday Weld.)

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