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By Denise K. Potter

This Sunday February 2nd, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will go head-to-head at Super Bowl XLVIII. And while the U.S.A. is in a complete football frenzy, loyal name nerds everywhere will be questioning which team wins—the name-game that is. Take a look at the 12 most enthralling names of Super Bowl XLVIII. Which is your MVP?

From Seattle

Byron Maxwell – The name of Seahawks’ cornerback is arguably the dreamiest of the league, with its romantic, windswept aura stemming from images of the poet Lord Byron.

Golden Tate – recognized as an All-American player for the University of Notre Dame, Golden H. Tate III was drafted for the NFL in 2010 and became the Seahawks’ wide receiver. With its shimmering metallic connotation, this unisex color name is almost too stunning for an ordinary boy.

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By Tara Ryazansky

The men hoping to compete for the US Olympic Team have names that are just as winning as the women.’s  I put together a list of some boy names that might win over new parents in 2014.

LeifAs in Biathlon team member, Leif Nordgren.  This name has a strong Scandinavian vibe, but feels usable here in the US because of its well known connections to Leif Erikson and Leif Garrett.  I think it’s a great choice, but I must admit, I am guilty of the mispronunciation “Leaf“.  Its authentic pronunciation is more like “Layf”.

Stokes- Stokes Aitken of the US bobsled skeleton federation has a compelling name.  This very unusual choice could be inspired by any of the counties and towns across America called Stokes.  It is a fairly common English surname with variants that date back to the Middle Ages.

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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.

The Steelers also had their share of unique names that have won the Super Bowl MVP in the past such as Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw and Santonio Holmes.

Here are some distinctive names to listen for in this year’s Super Bowl showdown:

Green Bay Packers

ATARI Bigby – #20 – Safety

CLAY Matthews – #52 – Linebacker

CULLEN Jenkins – #77 – Defensive End

DARYN Colledge – #73 – Guard

DESMOND Bishop – #55 – Linebacker

DIMITRI Nance – #23 – Running Back

DIYRAL Briggs – #53 – Linebacker

GRAHAM Harrell – #6 – Quarterback

JARIUS Wynn – #94 – Defensive End

JARRETT Bush – #24 – Cornerback

JORDY Nelson – #87 – Wide Receiver

KOREY Hall – #35 – Fullback

MASON Crosby – #2 – Kicker

QUINN Johnson – #45 – Fullback

TRAMON Williams – #38 – Cornerback

Pittsburgh Steelers

ANTONIO Brown – #84 – Wide Receiver and Kick Returner

ANTWAAN Randle El – #82 – Wide Receiver

ARNAZ Battle – #81 – Wide Receiver

BRYANT Mcfadden – #20 – Cornerback

BYRON Leftwich – #4 – Quarterback

CREZDON Butler – #28 – Cornerback

EMMANUEL Sanders – #88 – Wide Receiver

FLOZELL Adams – #71 – Offensive Tackle

HEATH Miller – #83 – Tight End

HINES Ward – #86 – Wide Receiver

IKE Taylor – #24 – Cornerback

ISSAC Redman – #33 – Running Back

KEENAN Lewis – #23 – Cornerback

KEYARON Fox – #57 – Linebacker

LAMARR Woodley – #56 – Linebacker

MAURKICE Pouncey – #53 – Center

MEWELDE Moore – #21 – Running Back

RAMON Foster – #73 – Offensive Tackle

RASHARD Mendenhall – #34 – Running Back

STEVENSON Sylvester – #55 – Linebacker

TRAI Essex – #79 – Guard

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.

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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)

ALOU Diarra (France)

ARJEN Robben (Netherlands)

AURELIEN Chedjou (Cameroon)

BECARY Sagna (France)

BOJAN Jokec (Slovenia)

BROU Angoua (Ivory Coast)

BROWN Ideye (Nigeria)

CACAU (Germany)

CLEMENTE Rodriguez (Argentina)

CRISTIANO Ronaldo (Portugal)

DANILO Turcios (Honduras)

DANKO Lazovic (Serbia)

DECO (Portugal)

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Athlete Names: Tennis, anyone??


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.

These are the names of tennis champs (and a few high-ranked contenders who didn’t quite make it to the very top) with possess distinctive names—so sorry John, Bill and Billie-Jean.


ALICE Marble



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