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This week, AppellationMountain‘s Abby Sandel finds baby-name inspiration racing around the Daytona International Speedway.

Did you see newcomer Trevor Bayne win the Daytona 500 last week? 

Me neither. 

NASCAR might seem like an unlikely place to look for baby name inspiration.  But if moms suggest ideas while dads exercise veto power, maybe choices with a tie to the racetrack are more likely to pass muster than those from Jane Austen novels.

Here are some choices culled from the current season, which kicked off earlier this month, as well as some from NASCAR’s history.  They’re more wearable than you might think.

CURRENT SEASON

ColemanColman is a saintly Irish heritage choice.  Coleman Pressley is part of a family of NASCAR drivers.

Elliott – A gentle name ultimately derived from the Biblical Elijah, Elliott picks up his racing stripes thanks to veteran driver Elliott Sadler.  The Elliot spelling is slightly more popular today, but both versions are rising quickly.

Kelly – Could Kelly make a comeback for boys?  Pro surfing gave us Kelly Slater, while NASCAR includes Wisconsin-born rookie Kelly Bires.

Kurt – Sure, Kurt sings with Finn and Quinn on TV’s Glee.  But he’s also part of the Busch family.  Both Kurt and younger brother Kyle have followed in their father’s footsteps.

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