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Quick Facts on Todd

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 966
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Todd

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Todd

Todd is the transferred use of an English surname which originated as a nickname from the Middle English northern dialect “todde” which meant “fox”. Such a nickname would have been given to someone who demonstrated traits of slyness or cleverness, or else a person who displayed some physical characteristics of a fox (such as having red hair). The nickname-turned-surname was most common in Northern England and Scotland (usually rendered as Todde or Tod, respectively). The surname first appeared in writing in the mid 12th century but it was also one of the early 17th century surnames in America. It really wasn’t until the 20th century that Todd converted into a given name.

Popularity of the Name Todd

Todd appeared briefly on the masculine charts in the late 19th century but for all intents and purposes this really wasn’t a name that came into circulation until 1936. It only took 22 years for Todd to land a position on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names (1959). Todd’s real popularity occurred in the 1960s and 70s, reaching his highest position ever at spot #28 (1968-1970). Naming trends during the late 60s and early 70s definitely favored quick and strong one-syllable masculine names like Mark, Scott, Sean, Keith, Craig and Troy. So we weren’t surprised to see Todd achieve his greatest status on the charts during the same period. Unfortunately what goes up generally comes down, and Todd is no exception to this rule. In fact, since the 1990s, this is a name that has descended down the charts at the same pace it once ascended. When we hear the name Todd today we assume it belongs to a 40-something year old man. Those strong one-syllable names all the rage when Gen Xers were babies have since been replaced with newer versions of the one-syllable male names: Luke, Jack, Max, Sam, Chase, Bryce and Cole. Regardless, there’s a lot to be said about Todd. He’s quick. He’s sly. He’s clever. He’s cute. He’s a fox!
Popularity of the Boy Name Todd
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Todd

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Todd

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Todd

    Mr. Tod (The Tale of Mr. Tod) Mr. Tod is the title character of Beatrix Potter’s 1912 children’s book, The Tale of Mr. Tod; Miss Potter had already published the Peter Rabbit series. The “nice” thing about this book and its sequel is that Mr. Tod, a fox, and his arch-enemy, Tommy Brock, a badger, are not very nice, at all. Tommy Brock kidnaps Benjamin and Flopsy Bunny’s children and hides them in Mr. Tod’s oven, and goes to take a nap in Mr. Tod’s bed. Definitely not very mannerly behavior. Mr. Tod arrives home and, seeing Tommy in his bed, becomes very angry. The two of them fight so energetically that they barge out of the house and roll down the hill, all the while engaging in “dreadful bad language”. This enables Benjamin Bunny, with the help of his cousin, Peter Rabbit, to rescue his children and return home. Small wonder that, whereas Miss Potter’s books had earlier appealed mainly to little girls, the Mr. Tod books acquired quite a large, young masculine audience, who clamored for more. Miss Potter obliged, with more about her “two disagreeable people”, in 1913’s The Tale of Pigling Bland.

    Tod (The Fox and the Hound) Tod is the red fox in Daniel P. Mannix’ 1967 novel, The Fox and the Hound, which was also made into a very successful Disney animated movie of the same name in 1981. It is a highly realistic tale of a domesticated fox, Tod, who returns to the wild, and a hunting bloodhound, Copper, who pursues him relentlessly for having been responsible for the death of the Master’s favorite hunter, Chief. Tod is a wily combination of instinct and thought, who manages to outwit the hound for years, as he is pursued by the vengeful Master and his avenging dog. Tod mates with a vixen who presents him with a litter, but the Master kills them all. He also sets traps that catch the vixen, killing her as well. Tod escapes and mates again the next year, with the exact same outcome – the new mate and the newborn kits are killed as well. As time goes by, the terrain changes as human civilization encroaches upon the animals’ territory. Tod refuses to be pushed out, and even begins to rather enjoy avoiding death at the hands of the Master and Copper, as it remains the only constant in his life of upheaval. And one day, Copper is successful in his quest – after chasing Tod all day and throughout the night, Tod falls dead of exhaustion, and Copper collapses upon him. It might be said that nature is cruel, but at least it abides by some standards that rely upon animal instinct, not on human brutality. The fate of Tod is the direct result of the Master’s manipulation of his hound and by his own cruel human hand. Small wonder that the Disney version lightened up this story line!

  • Popular Songs on Todd

    Popular Songs on Todd

    Todd - a song by Belvedere

    Todd - a song by I Voted For Kodos

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Todd

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Todd

    Even Steven and Odd Todd (Kathryn Cristaldi) - The arrival of Cousin Odd Todd greatly upsets Even Steven who likes everything to come in even numbers, his pets, his library books, and even his pancakes. Includes an activities and games section. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ms. Todd Is Odd! (Dan Gutman) - Something weird is going on! Ms. Todd is subbing, and A.J. and his friends are sure she kidnapped Miss Daisy so she could take over her job. They’re going to have to do the detective work to get the goods on her. But it won’t be easy! Ms. Todd is the weirdest substitute teacher in the history of the world! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Todd Goes for the Goal (Stuart A. P. Murray) - "Coach wants me on Varsity?" Todd can't believe it when he gets a chance to play for the Highfield High varsity soccer team. As a freshman, he will have to prove to the older players that he deserves his spot. But he hates how the bullies on the team cheat to win games. When Todd's family moves to a new town, he must confront these bullies on the field. Even worse, he must score against his best friend, Will, who is the best goalie in the state. Can Todd lead his new team to victory? Recommended for ages 12-14.

    Todd's Box (Paula Sullivan) - Todd's mom is in a hurry, so she can't stop every time Todd sees something interesting. But Todd has a wonderful surprise for her--a box full of treasures that he's collected along the way. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Todd's TV (James Proimos) - This is Todd. These are Todd's parents. And this is Todd's TV. Todd's parents are always busy. But Todd's TV isn't busy. It just sits there. So one day, Todd's TV decides to lend a helping hand. This is the heartwarming story of that day, and what happened afterward. You'll laugh, you'll cry—but most of all, you'll be giving your TV a break. It probably needs it. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Todd

    Famous People Named Todd

    Famous People Named Todd - Todd Woodbridge (Australian tennis player); Todd Rundgren (songwriter and music producer); Todd Martin (tennis player); Todd McFarlane (cartoonist); Todd Bodine (NASCAR); Todd Beamer (noted passenger on Flight 93)

  • Children of Famous People Named Todd

    Children of Famous People Named Todd

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Todd - Debbie Reynolds (singer/actress); Eddie Fisher (singer/actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Todd - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Todd - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Todd.

Personality of the Boy Name Todd

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Todd

  • No Variations Found.
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