Where did the baby name Alisande come from in 1970?

Alisande Ullman and Leslie Nielsen on the TV game show "It's Your Bet" (early 1970s)
Alisande and Leslie Nielsen on “It’s Your Bet

The rare name Alisande appeared in the U.S. baby name data for four years straight in the early 1970s before disappearing again:

  • 1974: unlisted
  • 1973: 5 baby girls named Alisande
  • 1972: 12 baby girls named Alisande
  • 1971: 6 baby girls named Alisande
  • 1970: 13 baby girls named Alisande [debut]
  • 1969: unlisted
  • 1968: unlisted

Where did it come from?

Alisande Ullman, the wife of actor Leslie Nielsen (from 1958 to 1974).

Alisande and Leslie appeared together on several TV game shows during that period. They were on five sequential episodes of It Takes Two in June of 1969, and at least five episodes (non-sequential) of It’s Your Bet from 1970 to 1972.

What are your thoughts on the name Alisande? Would you use it?

P.S. More than a decade earlier, Leslie Nielsen played the male lead in the movie Tammy and the Bachelor, which had a big influence on U.S. baby names in the late 1950s…

Sources: SSA, IMDb

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