Category: athlete baby names
By Tiana Putric
The Boston Marathon, rooted in ancient Greek history, is the oldest modern annual marathon in the world: it was established in 1897 – 119 years ago! Taking place every year on Patriots’ Day, it falls this year on April 18th, when tens of thousands of marathoners from around the world will run while hundreds of thousands of spectators will watch, applaud, and shout words of encouragement.
Meet the interesting names of eight past Boston Marathon winners from Ellison Brown in the men’s open to Jacqueline Gareau in the women’s open to Marcel Hug and Edith Hunkeler in the men’s and women’s wheelchair division.
Spring is here, and along with it comes the arrival of the Major League Baseball season. All thirty clubs have left spring training behind in Arizona and Florida, and now the regular season has begun. While the big names associated with large contracts garner the most attention, there are a number of talented players whose entrance into sports fame could be right around the corner.
Below are some interesting names of baseball’s top prospects. These are players who may not be in the big leagues quite yet, but their talent has them knocking at the door. It wouldn’t be surprising to see some of these players make their major league debuts this season.
We can all think of people we’d be proud to have our children named after (beloved grandmothers, influential mentors) and those who turn us off of certain names (students you taught, your quirky next-door-neighbor), but today I want to focus on well-known athletes and their power to influence (or wreak havoc) on our baby naming.
By Tiana Putric
Some describe extreme athletes as careless, reckless, and dangerous because their passion-driven sports expose them to unimaginable risks; others characterize them as being born with a ‘daredevil gene’. Here are six extreme athletes with bold names, from Loïc Jean–Albert to Rush Sturges, whose extraordinary in-air, on-cliff, in-water, and on-land feats will leave you awestruck.
Back before the World Series in October, I did a post on the elements of a classic baseball name. The upshot: The sport favors colorful nicknames (Scooter, Bullet, Coco Crisp), and players frequently go by their initials (there were eight AJs on active Major League rosters last year). Casey also was disproportionately popular.
With the Super Bowl coming in a few days, it seems fitting that I now turn my attention to football.
What makes for a quintessential NFL name?
To start, that playfulness you see in baseball doesn’t exist as much in football. It’s a tough sport and perhaps that requires a serious moniker. Players rarely go by cute nicknames. And though initials aren’t unusual, they’re not nearly as prevalent as in baseball.
That said, the names still have swagger — just with more of a straight face.