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Baby Names Inspired by Olympians

Olympian baby names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

The names of some Olympic greats get a second chance at stardom as popular baby names. The Russian name Nadia, for instance, vaulted from nowhere to Number 360 in the US in 1976, after Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci charmed the world and won three gold medals. And American skier Bode Miller nudged his unusual name along with the original Sanskrit Bodhi back onto the Top 1000 for boys.

This year, the baby name possibilities introduced by Olympic athletes are more varied and fascinating than ever. Our picks for the dozen Olympic names most likely to make it to the baby names popularity list:

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Golden Names: 24-karat names


Of course, we all hope our kids will be good as gold, follow the Golden Rule, find the Golden Mean in life, win lots of gold medals and gold stars, and all that other good golden stuff.  So why not give them a leg up by bestowing on them one of these golden names?

The most obvious are those with the word front and center.  Goldie is an old showgirl name legitimized by and long associated with Goldie Hawn, who was named after a great aunt.  The fact that the name Goldie was recently chosen for her baby by Ione Sky sends out signals that it could make a return à la Sadie and MabelGolda is one step removed, not heard much since the demise of American-raised Israeli Premier Golda Meir, who was in fact born GoldieGilda is sleeker and slimmer, linked forever to the sexy image of Rita Hayworth in the eponymous film classic, then lightened by beloved original SNL cast member Gilda Radner.

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