Category: baseball names
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
When Henry was chosen as the #1 favorite boy’s name on the collective 5-star lists of the nameberry community, I was somewhat surprised and yet somewhat not. Because in many ways Henry is the perfect boy’s name—as classic and historic as James and John and William –yet with a quirkier edge that makes it seem modern, and even hip.
Henry has a lot going for it. Let us count the ways:
HENRY IS POPULAR, WELL-LIKED, BUT NOT EPIDEMICALLY TRENDY.
At #78 on the Social Security list last year, Henry was given to fewer than 4,000 boys across the country. It was much more commonly heard in the past, having been #10 in 1900, 12 in the 1910s, 18 in the twenties, 25 in the thirties, then dipping to a low of 146 in 1994, after which it started its edge back up.
With the World Series fast approaching and the baseball season coming to a fever pitch, the sports pages are filled with the names of players. Irresistible lists of names. So though I’m far from what anyone would call a dedicated sports fan, I’ve become mesmerized by the rosters of team players’ names. After parsing those of all the major league teams, I have now made my picks of a favorite first name from each–my own personal MVPs. You might like to do the same.
Oh, and a bonus for me–I finally see what’s behind the popularity of the boy’s name Jacoby–probably the last person to know.
Here they are:
GIO Gonzalez – Oakland Athletics
KENDRY Morales – Los Angeles Angels
MICAH Hoffpauir – Chicago Cubs
OCTAVIO Dotel – Chicago White Sox
OMAR Aguilar – Milwaukee Brewers
ORLANDO Cabrera – Minnesota Twins
ROBINZON Diaz – Pittsburgh Pirates
YONDER Alonso – Cincinnati Reds