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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tod
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  1. A bush; a thick shrub; a bushy clump.(R)"An ivy todde." [Spenser.]"The ivy tod is heavy with snow." [Coleridge.]
  2. An old weight used in weighing wool, being usually twenty-eight pounds.
  3. A fox; -- probably so named from its bushy tail."The wolf, the tod, the brock." [B. Jonson.]

Etymology: Akin to D. todde a rag, G. zotte shag, rag, a tuft of hair, Icel. toddi a piece of a thing, a tod of wool

verb Tod
To weigh; to yield in tods.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A unit of weight for wool equal to about 28 pounds
  2. Alone and on your own ("don't just sit there on your tod")
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  1. (now Britain dialect) A fox.
    1. A male fox; a dog; a reynard.
  2. Someone like a fox; a crafty person.

Apparently cognate with East Frisian todde (“bundle”), dialectal Swedish todd (“mass (of wool)”).

  1. A bush; used especially of ivy.
  2. An old English measure of weight, usually of wool, containing two stone or 28 pounds (13 kg).

    tod was also found in the following language(s): Lojban, Old High German, and Slovene

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    Tod Williams is a director, producer, screenwriter, film director, and film producer. His ongoing career started in 1998. Tod was given the name Tod Culpan Williams on September 27th, 1968 in New York City. Tod is also known as Kip Williams.

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    Tod Browning was a film, actor, film director, screenwriter, filmactor, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1915 to 1939. Tod was given the name Charles Albert Browning, Jr. on July 12th, 1880 in Louisville, Kentucky. He died on October 6th, 1962.

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    Tripp Eisen is an industrial metal, nu metal, alternative metal, and hard rock musician. He plays Guitar. He was most prominent from 1986 to 2005. Tripp was given the name Tod Rex Salvador on June 29th, 1965 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. Tripp is also known as Tripp Rex Eisen and Rex Eisen.

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    Tod Slaughter was an actor. He was most active from 1905 to 1956. Tod was given the name Norman Carter Slaughter on March 19th, 1885 in Newcastle upon Tyne. He died on February 19th, 1956.

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    Tod Andrews was an actor. Tod was born Tod Andrews on November 10th, 1914 in Buffalo, New York. Tod is also known as Michael Ames and Tod Williams. He breathed his last breath in 1972.

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    Tod was born on January 12th, 1960.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tod

    James Tod was a political agent; historian; cartographer; numismatist and political resident. James was born on March 20th, 1782 in Islington, London, UK. He passed away on November 18th, 1835.

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    David Tod was a Governor of Ohio. He was most active from 1862 to 1864. David was born on February 21st, 1805 in Youngstown, Ohio. He died on November 13th, 1868.

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    Ronald was born on November 3rd, 1905. He breathed his last breath on April 5th, 1975.

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    His military service ended in 1997. Jonathan was born on March 26th, 1939.

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    Isabella was born on May 18th, 1836 in Edinburgh. She passed away on December 8th, 1896.

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    Joanne Tod is a painter, artist, lecturer, and painting. Joanne was born in 1953 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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    How popular is the baby name Tod in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1915 12 0 12
    1918 5 0 5
    1920 5 0 5
    1923 5 0 5
    1924 6 0 6
    1926 5 0 5
    1929 8 0 8
    1930 5 0 5
    1931 5 0 5
    1933 9 0 9
    1934 5 0 5
    1936 11 0 11
    1937 6 0 6
    1938 15 0 15
    1939 16 0 16
    1940 30 0 30
    1941 24 0 24
    1942 22 0 22
    1943 37 0 37
    1944 23 0 23
    1945 20 0 20
    1946 25 0 25
    1947 37 0 37
    1948 37 0 37
    1949 38 0 38
    1950 60 0 60
    1951 62 0 62
    1952 92 0 92
    1953 90 0 90
    1954 107 0 107
    1955 148 0 148
    1956 145 0 145
    1957 185 0 185
    1958 298 0 298
    1959 264 0 264
    1960 307 0 307
    1961 507 0 507
    1962 568 0 568
    1963 558 0 558
    1964 543 0 543
    1965 337 0 337
    1966 277 0 277
    1967 303 0 303
    1968 302 0 302
    1969 294 0 294
    1970 284 0 284
    1971 205 0 205
    1972 152 0 152
    1973 133 0 133
    1974 96 0 96
    1975 63 0 63
    1976 65 0 65
    1977 51 0 51
    1978 55 0 55
    1979 37 0 37
    1980 43 0 43
    1981 50 0 50
    1982 49 0 49
    1983 32 0 32
    1984 47 0 47
    1985 21 0 21
    1986 29 0 29
    1987 28 0 28
    1988 30 0 30
    1989 33 0 33
    1990 32 0 32
    1991 22 0 22
    1992 16 0 16
    1993 24 0 24
    1994 30 0 30
    1995 21 0 21
    1996 26 0 26
    1997 16 0 16
    1998 20 0 20
    1999 12 0 12
    2000 12 0 12
    2001 9 0 9
    2002 6 0 6
    2003 9 0 9
    2004 7 0 7
    2005 8 0 8
    2006 10 0 10
    2007 6 0 6
    2008 7 0 7
    2009 10 0 10
    2010 8 0 8
    2011 6 0 6
    2012 5 0 5
    2014 6 0 6
    2016 5 0 5
    2017 6 0 6

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tod U.S.
      White 86.26% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.44% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.44% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tod

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    Fun Facts about the name Tod

    • How Popular is the name Tod? Tod is the 2,921st most popular name of all time. As a last name Tod was the 73,911th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Tod have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,700 babies born with the first name Tod in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tod to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tod? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
    • When was Tod first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tod is Saturday, July 1st, 1876.
    • What year had the most people named Tod born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tod was in 1962 with a total of 568 babies.
    • Random Tod Factoid: According to the 1964 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tod is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 70 babies in California have the same name as you in 1964.
    • Weird things about the name Tod: Your name in reverse order is Dot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dto. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Tod? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 262 people with the last name Tod.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tod? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tod as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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