Where did the baby name Myzel come from in 2003?

myzel, television, baby name, 2000s

The rare name Myzel debuted impressively in the U.S. baby name data in 2003:

  • 2005: unlisted
  • 2004: 5 baby boys named Myzel
  • 2003: 20 baby boys named Myzel [debut]
  • 2002: unlisted
  • 2001: unlisted

Where did it come from?

A TV commercial.

Specifically, one of the four 2003 Nike shoe commercials that were built around the tagline, “There’s more fast out there.”

Three of the commercials featured professional athletes, but the fourth featured 14-year-old actor Myzel Robinson confidently rattling off all the people/things he’d race, and beat:

I’ll race my coach. I’ll race my dog. I’ll race any dog. I’ll race your dog. Pick the animal, I’ll race it and beat it. I’ll race you, your cousin, your auntie, your mom, your dad, your nephew, your nieces, whoever. You name somebody, and I’ll race ’em. I’ll race an all-American, all-state, world-class athlete. Point him out to me. I’ll race Lance Armstrong on his bike — 100 meters. 200 meters. Anybody. Anywhere. Anytime. Put ’em next to me, you say ‘go,’ I’ll race ’em. And I’ll beat ’em.”

His full name is on the screen for the first few seconds of the commercial:

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