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9 Great Sports-Inspired Baby Name Stories

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By Abby Sandel

How far would you go to show your loyalty to your team?

You’ll buy season tickets, of course. Play the team’s signature song at your wedding reception? Maybe. Name your pet after a star player? Possibly.

But give your kiddo a name that clearly honors the team?

That’s devotion.

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By Nick Turner

Baseball is a game of statistics and trivia, but there’s one area that often goes unexamined: the names of baseball players.

So with the World Series starting next week, it seemed like a good time to explore the rich trove of amazing names that the sport has to offer.

I took to this task by poring over the active rosters of all 30 major league teams, looking for naming patterns that were unique to the sport. I also studied the 300-plus players inducted into the Hall of Fame. That’s where you’ll find the real motherlode of naming awesomeness.

Many classic baseball names may be a tough sell for today’s parents (Honus, anyone?). But they could provide inspiration if you’re looking for offbeat choices associated with America‘s pastime. And who knows…maybe with the right fate-sealing name, your kid will be able to support you later as a shortstop for the Astros.

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Guest blogger Paula Thomas finds lots of  inspiration in the roster of the 99th Tour de France names.

Almost two hundred riders from 31 nations, 22 teams and two managers for each team. It’s the Tour de France, having begun once again its manic three-week-long dash through fields, up and down mountains and, of course, the grandstand finish that is the final stage in Paris.

But what has that to do with names? you may ask. Well, with so many different nationalities competing, cycling fans are bound to find a name to suit. Whether it’s Mark for top sprinter Mark Cavendish, Bradley for this year’s favorite Bradley Wiggins, Fabian for the winner of Saturday’s opening prologue, Swiss ace Fabian Cancellara, or Cadel Evans, last year’s champion, your son (or daughter, if you’re daring) can bear the name of a competitor in Le Tour 2012.

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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.


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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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)

ALOU Diarra (France)

ARJEN Robben (Netherlands)

AURELIEN Chedjou (Cameroon)

BECARY Sagna (France)

BOJAN Jokec (Slovenia)

BROU Angoua (Ivory Coast)

BROWN Ideye (Nigeria)

CACAU (Germany)

CLEMENTE Rodriguez (Argentina)

CRISTIANO Ronaldo (Portugal)

DANILO Turcios (Honduras)

DANKO Lazovic (Serbia)

DECO (Portugal)

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