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Popularity of the Baby Name Alethea


Posts that Mention the Name Alethea

Inconspicuous Anagram Baby Names

I recently updated my old Anagram Baby Names post to make it much more comprehensive. As I worked on it, though, I noticed that many of those sets of names had obvious similarities, such as the same first letters and/or the same rhythm.

So I thought I’d make a second, shorter list of anagram names that were less conspicuously similar. Specifically, I wanted the second list to feature sets of names with different first letters and different numbers of syllables.

And that’s what you’ll find below — pairs of anagram names that are relatively distinct from one another. So much so that, at first glance (or listen), some might not even strike you as being anagrammatic at all. :)

Click on any name to check out its popularity graph…

Most of the names above have a clear number of syllables, but a few do not. (I categorized them according to my own interpretation/accent.) So, if you’re interested in using any of these pairings, just remember to test the names out loud first!

Which of the pairs above do you like best?

Where did the baby name Toosdhi come from?

Toosdhi from To Catch a Thief

The 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

What gave the baby name Alethea a boost in 1973?

Actress Jodie Foster as character Alethea on the TV show "Kung Fu" in 1973.
Jodie Foster in “Kung Fu

I recently noticed something interesting about the name Aletheia and the related names Alethia and Alethea.

In 1973, not only did the name Aletheia (Greek for “truth”) debut in the SSA’s baby name data, but the names Alethia and (especially) Alethea both saw spikes in usage.

Aletheia usageAlethia usageAlethea usage
1975.22 baby girls101 baby girls
19747 baby girls46 baby girls201 baby girls
19735 baby girls [debut]74 baby girls [peak]322 baby girls [peak]
1972.27 baby girls66 baby girls
1971.29 baby girls104 baby girls

Alethea’s usage boosted that particular spelling of the name into the girls’ top 1,000 for two years in a row (1973 and 1974).

What caused the sudden interest in these names?

Jodie Foster, believe it or not.

In March of that year, a 10-year-old Jodie Foster guest-starred as a character named Alethea Patricia Ingram on an episode of the TV show Kung Fu (1972-1975).

The theme of truth is prevalent throughout the episode, which itself was called “Alethea.”

Two-hit wonder baby names (in the top 1,000)

The following names ranked among the top 1,000 U.S. baby names only twice from 1880 through 2006:

Girl NamesBoy Names
Adriene (1962, 1967)
Agusta (1882, 1884)
Aili (1909, 1910)
Alcie (1880, 1886)
Alethea (1973, 1974)
Alexina (1881, 1882)
Almedia (1881, 1885)
Aloma (1942, 1943)
Alwina (1882, 1886)
Alys (1880, 1910)
Ama (1881, 1885)
Amalie (1881, 1883)
Amma (1881, 1887)
Anastacia (1880, 1896)
Angeles (2003, 2004)
Anie (1881, 1882)
Anona (1904, 1905)
Antonetta (1910, 1915)
Araminta (1880, 1884)
Ardath (1905, 1923)
Arkie (1883, 1889)
Arta (1881, 1884)
Ayesha (1979, 1982)
Abbott (1880, 1888)
Adron (1901, 1904)
Albertus (1880, 1883)
Alferd (1891, 1899)
Alfie (1967, 1968)
Amado (1883, 1932)
Ananias (1883, 1889)
Arnett (1893, 1897)
Atlas (1883, 1890)
Aurthur (1880, 1891)
Bebe (1923, 1932)
Bertina (1882, 1893)
Bethann (1965, 1967)
Brigid (1965, 1966)
Brinda (1951, 1952)
Britny (1989, 1990)
Bryn (1999, 2004)
Bayard (1882, 1884)
Bilal (1991, 2002)
Bjorn (1977, 1980)
Blas (1880, 1911)
Bryton (1994, 1995)
Burgess (1884, 1890)
Burrel (1884, 1889)
Carlota (1887, 1892)
Celie (1880, 1887)
Cena (1881, 1883)
Chaney (1880, 1888)
Channie (1884, 1885)
Chante (1977, 1993)
Charlotta (1880, 1884)
Chelsy (1991, 1992)
Cherelle (1986, 1989)
Cherilyn (1972, 1975)
Chimere (1980, 1981)
Ciarra (1995, 1997)
Cicely (1973, 1974)
Cielo (2000, 2001)
Ciji (1983, 1984)
Cinthia (1991, 1996)
Cleva (1884, 1885)
Clevie (1884, 1885)
Columbia (1882, 1893)
Consuela (1971, 1972)
Contina (1972, 1973)
Coralie (1880, 1929)
Cornie (1885, 1887)
Cressie (1889, 1899)
Crete (1881, 1882)
Cuba (1898, 1899)
Cyntha (1881, 1884)
Captain (1883, 1887)
Cato (1880, 1891)
Ceasar (1883, 1900)
Chancey (1883, 1885)
Charls (1886, 1892)
Chauncy (1883, 1890)
Claudius (1890, 1893)
Clemon (1894, 1899)
Clide (1883, 1901)
Colie (1911, 1912)
Collis (1899, 1900)
Colon (1885, 1886)
Coolidge (1924, 1925)
Crockett (1880, 1883)
Daja (1995, 1996)
Danyel (1974, 1976)
Danyell (1973, 1974)
Davante (1992, 1993)
Dawne (1962, 1965)
Deliah (1880, 1883)
Delinda (1964, 1965)
Dellia (1881, 1888)
Dorthey (1932, 1934)
Dossie (1881, 1885)
Darryn (1965, 1968)
Daulton (1994, 1997)
Dejon (1991, 1992)
Demian (1971, 1974)
Demonte (1993, 1994)
Desean (1991, 1994)
Desi (1956, 1970)
Dink (1883, 1892)
Dionicio (1882, 1887)
Dozier (1884, 1892)
Duff (1880, 1882)
Durell (1985, 1986)
Durrell (1985, 1986)
Dustan (1980, 1984)
Echo (1983, 1984)
Edla (1882, 1889)
Ednah (1880, 1887)
Edra (1905, 1908)
Elana (1960, 1966)
Eleonore (1882, 1887)
Elfie (1883, 1888)
Elwanda (1921, 1922)
Epsie (1881, 1888)
Eris (1923, 1924)
Erykah (1997, 1998)
Estefany (1996, 2002)
Evelena (1885, 1910)
Ever (1893, 1901)
Ebbie (1881, 1882)
Elick (1880, 1890)
Encarnacion (1892, 1895)
Ephram (1881, 1887)
Epifanio (1885, 1888)
Eustace (1882, 1885)
Everet (1897, 1905)
Ewin (1882, 1883)
Farah (1976, 1977)
Flavia (1881, 1884)
Floretta (1908, 1916)
Franc (1882, 1883)
Francisqui (1883, 1892)
Ferman (1886, 1893)
Fitzgerald (1964, 1965)
Flint (1959, 1960)
Florencio (1882, 1889)
Fredy (1993, 2005)
Fremont (1882, 1899)
Georgeanna (1883, 1884)
Gidget (1966, 1967)
Glennis (1936, 1939)
Gracia (1880, 1887)
Gwyn (1961, 1962)
Gaines (1882, 1885)
Gasper (1911, 1917)
Gennaro (1911, 1913)
Geoff (1962, 1969)
Gibson (1882, 1897)
Gorge (1880, 1900)
Grayling (1957, 1959)
Hasel (1895, 1901)
Hennie (1882, 1883)
Hortensia (1927, 1928)
Halbert (1881, 1907)
Hansel (1905, 1917)
Harl (1880, 1897)
Harrie (1880, 1890)
Hartley (1895, 1909)
Hartwell (1881, 1883)
Holmes (1880, 1903)
Horton (1888, 1895)
Hoy (1880, 1910)
Hurbert (1891, 1903)
Ilo (1898, 1899)
Ingeborg (1901, 1905)
Ivonne (1992, 1993)
Illya (1966, 1967)
Imanol (2001, 2006)
Ingram (1883, 1890)
Jacquelynn (1943, 1947)
Jenniffer* (1972, 1973)
Jerilynn (1941, 1942)
Jesenia (1987, 1990)
Jinnie (1881, 1882)
Joell (1966, 1967)
Judyth (1941, 1944)
Jarett (1997, 1998)
Jeb (1978, 1981)
Jerrad (1984, 1985)
Jerrel (1934, 1940)
Jessee (1880, 1887)
Jethro (1899, 1913)
Jobe (1882, 1887)
Jordi (1998, 1999)
Joshuah (1985, 1989)
Kadijah (1993, 1994)
Kaleena (1982, 1983)
Kanisha (1990, 1991)
Kiarra (1999, 2000)
Kylene (1979, 1980)
Kanye (2004, 2005)
Kavon (2000, 2001)
Keenen (1990, 1991)
Kenji (1978, 1979)
Keshaun (2000, 2001)
Kiefer (1990, 1991)
Knox (1881, 1888)
Lakendra (1987, 1988)
Lalla (1885, 1888)
Lashunda (1977, 1980)
Lasonya (1971, 1972)
Latifah (1990, 1992)
Lavonda (1965, 1968)
Lavonia (1880, 1898)
Leafy (1893, 1894)
Leitha (1880, 1906)
Lempi (1899, 1904)
Leoma (1901, 1908)
Lesta (1883, 1892)
Lethia (1886, 1893)
Leyla (2005, 2006)
Liane (1959, 1969)
Lilianna (2005, 2006)
Liller (1880, 1885)
Lisbeth (2002, 2003)
Litha (1883, 1885)
Livia (2004, 2005)
Lorayne (1920, 1922)
Lorean (1901, 1920)
Loria (1961, 1962)
Loris (1935, 1936)
Louanna (1881, 1891)
Leandro (2005, 2006)
Lemmie (1900, 1903)
Levern (1954, 1955)
Lillard (1885, 1890)
Lindbergh (1927, 1928)
Linden (1943, 1947)
Linn (1882, 1891)
Lish (1889, 1893)
Littleton (1882, 1896)
Lydell (1977, 1978)
Madora (1880, 1883)
Mahalia (1880, 1881)
Mallorie (1986, 1987)
Malorie (1986, 1987)
Manila (1898, 1899)
Maralyn (1936, 1938)
Margene (1929, 1935)
Margeret (1880, 1882)
Marget (1882, 1883)
Margrett (1885, 1888)
Margy (1929, 1930)
Markita (1984, 1985)
Marlana (1978, 1979)
Marlen (2000, 2003)
Marnita (1961, 1962)
Martika (1989, 1990)
Marylouise (1922, 1923)
Melony (1963, 1966)
Mena (1880, 1887)
Merrilee (1942, 1943)
Mila (1881, 2006)
Milda (1896, 1897)
Moesha (1996, 1997)
Mora (1881, 1887)
Myla (2005, 2006)
Macarthur (1942, 1943)
Mace (1883, 1902)
Makai (2005, 2006)
Mal (1880, 1883)
Mansfield (1890, 1909)
Manson (1886, 1892)
Messia (2005, 2006)
Michial (1950, 1954)
Mikhail (1988, 1990)
Minoru (1920, 1926)
Mustafa (2001, 2002)
Naima (2005, 2006)
Nakita (1986, 1987)
Norita (1935, 1937)
Nyree (1973, 1975)
Nobie (1890, 1908)
Namon (1884, 1899)
Needham (1890, 1893)
Nile (1896, 1905)
Odette (1899, 1905)
Olinda (1893, 1895)
Oliva (1889, 1894)
Oneida (1919, 1922)
Opha (1887, 1897)
Orlena (1881, 1891)
Ota (1881, 1882)
Octavius (1987, 1991)
Olof (1883, 1891)
Orren (1880, 1886)
Ott (1882, 1891)
Ovid (1894, 1907)
Owens (1890, 1896)
Pamelia (1949, 1954)
Pearly (1884, 1904)
Pheobe (1885, 1889)
Porsche (1987, 1988)
Posey (1889, 1896)
Prentiss (1907, 1943)
Purl (1884, 1885)
Quint (1964, 1965)
Rafaela (1903, 1909)
Rennie (1880, 1885)
Rinda (1882, 1885)
Roena (1880, 1884)
Ruie (1884, 1886)
Randolf (1953, 1955)
Ras (1890, 1891)
Rayfield (1904, 1906)
Reubin (1892, 1898)
Reynolds (1895, 1901)
Ridge (1988, 1989)
Rishi (2004, 2005)
Romello (1995, 1996)
Ruffus (1881, 1884)
Rustin (1979, 1980)
Salena (1977, 1995)
Sanjuana (1949, 1950)
Sebrina (1967, 1970)
Selah (2005, 2006)
Serina (1970, 1998)
Shanelle (1989, 1992)
Shanequa (1991, 1992)
Shaquita (1985, 1986)
Sharman (1949, 1950)
Shaunna (1978, 1979)
Shelvia (1937, 1938)
Sheyla (2001, 2006)
Shirl (1963, 1964)
Shirlie (1926, 1935)
Shona (1969, 1970)
Shyla (1999, 2006)
Siena (2005, 2006)
Signa (1890, 1892)
Soledad (1919, 1929)
Stephani (1987, 1989)
Saint (1896, 1897)
Severt (1882, 1896)
Shan (1968, 1969)
Sie (1888, 1890)
Sing (1890, 1905)
Tamya (2003, 2004)
Tayla (1998, 2006)
Tea (1997, 1998)
Thresa (1883, 1888)
Tinie (1881, 1885)
Tobi (1974, 1975)
Torrie (1976, 1977)
Toshiko (1919, 1923)
Tahj (1998, 1999)
Taj (1976, 1998)
Talan (2005, 2006)
Tandy (1883, 1899)
Tavion (1999, 2002)
Tayshaun (2004, 2005)
Terell (1985, 1986)
Theodis (1952, 1955)
Tilman (1881, 1884)
Toshio (1921, 1925)
Treyton (2002, 2003)
Tuan (1982, 1983)
Tyriq (1998, 1999)
Tyrus (1912, 1916)
Valery (2005, 2006)
Velia (1929, 1930)
Vonetta (1973, 1974)
Vander (1884, 1887)
Vashon (1973, 1974)
Vidal (1972, 1973)
Vinie (1885, 1895)
Wanita (1924, 1931)
Winter (1978, 1979)
Waino (1904, 1909)
Wells (1881, 1886)
Wess (1883, 1890)
Wirt (1881, 1886)
Wood (1881, 1882)
Xena (1996, 1997)
Yahaira (2003, 2005)
Yuridia (2005, 2006)
Yaakov (1986, 1987)
Yehuda (2001, 2005)
Zana (1888, 1994)
Zara (2005, 2006)
Zhane (1994, 1995)
Zaid (2003, 2004)

Which of the above do you like most? How about least?

P.S. Here’s a list of the top 1,000’s one-hit wonder names.