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Topsy (1875-1903) was a female Asian elephant who was infamously poisoned, electrocuted, and strangled in front of a small crowd. Her brutal death was unfortunately filmed, said film being one of the oldest surviving films.
A namesake is the singer Topsy (real name Gunnel Frankl, from Sweden) of the duo Hai & Topsy, famous for their repertoire of Yiddish songs.
I always think of the song "Topsy Turvy" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Ick, I don't know. I think it sounds like a common name for a disease that has an unpronounceable scientific name. Weird, but it's what I think of when I see this "name".
Sounds like a good name for a rabbit, hamster or some other sort of small animal.
Reminds me of a potential name for Peter Rabbit's siblings. Flopsy, Mopsy, why not Topsy?
Topsy from the old children's programme Topsy and Tim.
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I think it makes a sweet nickname for Topaz.
Even if you ignore the obvious fact that this name would lead to topsy-turvy jokes, the name sounds really silly, unattractive, and immature.
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Not famous, pretty nugatory actually, but there is, or was, a South African author of kiddies' fiction called Topsy Smith.
Two things: Smith is pronounced Smit, and this Topsy is a man.
Little Topsy from Uncle Tom's Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. I think that's where it originated from.
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