Category: baby names from sports
By Tara Ryazansky
The roster of US athletes hoping to compete in the Olympic games is a name list as diverse as the nation itself. Here I have curated a list of some girl names that feel like winners for a 2014 baby.
Petra- As in Petra Acker, college student and speed skater. This feminization of Peter is from the Greek word for “rock” or “stone”. I’ve always thought that Petra sounds elegant and sophisticated, yet wearable for a little one.
Lolo- Like the track star turned bobsledder, Lolo Jones (born, Lori). Lolo is a diminutive of Caroline, but I could see it working for plenty of other names including favorites like Charlotte and Eloise. More playful and friendly than Lola, maybe Lolo will pick up speed as a nickname in the years to come.
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