NASCAR might seem like an unlikely place to look for baby name inspiration. But if moms suggest ideas while dads exercise veto power, maybe choices with a tie to the racetrack are more likely to pass muster than those from Jane Austen novels.
Here are some choices culled from the current season, which kicked off earlier this month, as well as some from NASCAR’s history. They’re more wearable than you might think.
Elliott – A gentle name ultimately derived from the Biblical Elijah, Elliott picks up his racing stripes thanks to veteran driver Elliott Sadler. The Elliot spelling is slightly more popular today, but both versions are rising quickly.
Cale – Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 four times between 1968 and 1984. Only Richard Petty has more wins. Cale and Kale sound very current today, but for the driver it was a nickname. Yarborough was born William Caleb.
Harley – Harley is better associated with motorcycles, but the winner of the Daytona 500 walks away with the Harley J. Earl Trophy, named after a former NASCAR commissioner and famed Corvette designer.
Rex – White was an early NASCAR star, earning the title Grand National Champion in 1960. My favorite part of his bio? He fell in love with cars while working on his family’s Model T.
Winston – Before it was the Sprint Cup, drivers put pedal to the metal to take home the Winston Cup. Today the name conjures up the British prime minister, but the racing reference lends him a touch of Americana, too.
If it turns out that you’re expecting a daughter? Well, there’s always Danica.