Category: athlete 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:
If there’s one arena that may have been kind of neglected in the nameberry search for cool namesakes, it would probably be the wide, wide world of sports.
But we’ve dug through the archives and managed to come up with the following group of more out-of-the-ordinary monikers:
BIBB FALK – played for the Chicago White Sox
DORNE Dibble – wide receiver for the Detroit Lions
NILE Kinnick – won the 1939 Heisman Trophy
PAAVO Nurmi – Finish track star, outstanding long-distance runner of his time
VALMY Thomas – major league catcher
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.
In the wild and wooly barnstorming, daredevil days of aviation from its beginnings to World War II, there were few occupations outside the home open to women other than teaching, nursing and secretarying. That’s when a group of adventurous females—some of them girls still in their teens– took to the skies, risking their lives flying flimsy wooden aircraft in open cockpits. Often disparaged and mocked by the male pilots, there was both camaraderie and competitiveness among these flygirls as records for speed, distance and altitude were swiftly set and broken, and there was a constant succession of ‘firsts’.
Here are their names, some common and some unusual, any of which would make an admirable namesake. (btw, some of these ‘first’ claims might appear to be contradictory).
ADRIENNE Bolland, a Frenchwoman who was the first to fly across the treacherous Andes mountains.
ANESIA Pinkeiro Machado was Brazil’s first female pilot.
BERYL Markham was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.
BESSICA Medlar Raiche constructed a biplane in her living room and made her first solo flight in 1910.