Category: athlete baby names
While the country’s attention will be focused on football this Super Bowl Sunday, some of us may be more interested in another aspect of the action: The crazy names of the players, of course! Nameberry’s new intern Robert Harclerode breaks down the most interesting names on both teams:
The Super Bowl has displayed a vast amount of talent and drama, but it has also showcased some of the most unique names on one of the biggest stages in all of professional sports.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers both boast their own separate historic franchises, as well as their own fascinating names within the Super Bowl’s past. In Super Bowl I & II, which both ended in Green Bay victories, Bart Starr was named the Most Valuable Player. Other great Packers in those first Super Bowls include Forrest Gregg, Boyd Dowler, Elijah Pitts, Max McGee, Lionel Aldridge, and Zeke Bratkowski.
Here are some distinctive names to listen for in this year’s Super Bowl showdown:
ATARI Bigby – #20 – Safety
DARYN Colledge – #73 – Guard
DIYRAL Briggs – #53 – Linebacker
JARIUS Wynn – #94 – Defensive End
TRAMON Williams – #38 – Cornerback
ARNAZ Battle – #81 – Wide Receiver
BRYANT Mcfadden – #20 – Cornerback
BYRON Leftwich – #4 – Quarterback
CREZDON Butler – #28 – Cornerback
FLOZELL Adams – #71 – Offensive Tackle
KEYARON Fox – #57 – Linebacker
LAMARR Woodley – #56 – Linebacker
MAURKICE Pouncey – #53 – Center
MEWELDE Moore – #21 – Running Back
RASHARD Mendenhall – #34 – Running Back
TROY Polamalu – #43 – Strong Safety
ZIGGY Hood – #96 – Defensive End
Nameberry intern Robert Harclerode is a student at Montclair State University where he majors in communication studies and minors in business and journalism. Robert is in the process of writing and managing his own sports blog.
The World Cup means many things to many people–mostly rooting for their country’s team–but to name nerds it also means a chance to sample a smorgasbord of international names. They’re all here–Slavic names, Norse names, Hispanic names, African, Asian and Anglo names…
Here’s a selection of some that we found particularly intriguing and possibly exportable, together with the team they play for (understanding that it doesn’t necessarily represent their own ethnnicity). In some soccer cultures–especially Portugal and Brazil–there’s a tradition of using only one name (one Brazilian superstar moniker I’m NOT including is Kaka, even if the accent is on the second syllable), and some of the choices below are the nicknames the players are known by.
ABOU Diaby (France)
ACHILLE Emana (Cameroon)
AURELIEN Chedjou (Cameroon)
BECARY Sagna (France)
BOJAN Jokec (Slovenia)
BROU Angoua (Ivory Coast)
BROWN Ideye (Nigeria)
DANILO Turcios (Honduras)
DANKO Lazovic (Serbia)
We’ve talked about the names of great poets and painters and musicians and worthy political and social namesakes, but one area we’ve somewhat neglected is athlete names.
The names of tennis champs are interesting because they include both genders and are international in scope. And since the US Open (then called the US Men’s Singles Championship) dates back to 1881and the Women’s to 1887, with Wimbledon starting in 1877 and the Davis Cup to 1900, there’s plenty of opportunity to look back and include some cool vintage names as well.
DAPHNE Akhurst Cozens
EVONNE Goolagong Cawley
Two of the biggest success stories in boys’ names in recent years have been Peyton and Eli, which are of course the names of the football-playing Manning brothers. Names of sports stars often prove inspirational, and in this Super Bowl weekend it makes sense to look at football names.
As with other celebrities, being attached to a fantastic player with personal appeal is not enough to catapult a name to stardom. The name itself has to have something going for it too.
LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers is one of the best players today, for instance, but parents are hardly rushing out to honor him by using his less-than-easy name for their sons. Plus, many football greats just have regular guy names, like Larry Fitzgerald and Ben Roethlisburger, two of the stars of this weekend’s contest.
Still, football abounds with creative names you might find inspiring for your own little athlete-to-be. Here, some fascinating choices from the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the teams playing this weekend.
DONOVAN Woods (McNabb made this appealing name famous)
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