Category: unusual boys’ names
While the country’s attention will be focused on football this Super Bowl Sunday, some of us may be more interested in another aspect of the action: The crazy names of the players, of course! Nameberry’s new intern Robert Harclerode breaks down the most interesting names on both teams:
The Super Bowl has displayed a vast amount of talent and drama, but it has also showcased some of the most unique names on one of the biggest stages in all of professional sports.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers both boast their own separate historic franchises, as well as their own fascinating names within the Super Bowl’s past. In Super Bowl I & II, which both ended in Green Bay victories, Bart Starr was named the Most Valuable Player. Other great Packers in those first Super Bowls include Forrest Gregg, Boyd Dowler, Elijah Pitts, Max McGee, Lionel Aldridge, and Zeke Bratkowski.
Here are some distinctive names to listen for in this year’s Super Bowl showdown:
ATARI Bigby – #20 – Safety
DARYN Colledge – #73 – Guard
DIYRAL Briggs – #53 – Linebacker
JARIUS Wynn – #94 – Defensive End
TRAMON Williams – #38 – Cornerback
ARNAZ Battle – #81 – Wide Receiver
BRYANT Mcfadden – #20 – Cornerback
BYRON Leftwich – #4 – Quarterback
CREZDON Butler – #28 – Cornerback
FLOZELL Adams – #71 – Offensive Tackle
KEYARON Fox – #57 – Linebacker
LAMARR Woodley – #56 – Linebacker
MAURKICE Pouncey – #53 – Center
MEWELDE Moore – #21 – Running Back
RASHARD Mendenhall – #34 – Running Back
TROY Polamalu – #43 – Strong Safety
ZIGGY Hood – #96 – Defensive End
Nameberry intern Robert Harclerode is a student at Montclair State University where he majors in communication studies and minors in business and journalism. Robert is in the process of writing and managing his own sports blog.
Here, five ways to choose unusual names that have all the best qualities of the genre and avoid the worst.
1. Spell them the, uh, normal way.
Okay, let’s say you want to name your child Atticus. Unusual, yes; weird (at least in today’s terms), no. But change it up to Attykus and you tip it over the line to weird.
2. Keep your gender-bending within bounds.
Using an androgynous name like Taylor or Mason, for a boy or a girl, is one way to be distinctive. You can even push the limits by choosing an all-boy name like Eric, say, as a daughter’s middle name to honor an ancestor, or reclaiming a name such as Sasha for your son. But using Eric as your daughter’s first name or letting your son’s name veer too far into the feminine camp starts to get weird.
3. Choose unusual names that have regular old nicknames.
Rosamund might be unusual-in-a-good way, but one of the best things about it is that you can always call your daughter Rosie if, for whatever reason, you think she needs a name option that’s a little less unusual.
4. Make sure people can pronounce and understand them.
You may be interested in an unusual name that fits your ethnic identity, and that’s great, but if people in the country where you live are going to have endless trouble pronouncing or remembering it, you’ve got a problem. Xanthipe may be lovely if you live in Athens, but in Athens, Georgia, you’d do better with Cynthia.
5. Pick names that will last your child a lifetime.
Sure, your friends think Floyd is a cool name, in a retro hip, so far out it’s in kind of way. But how’s Floyd going to sound when yelled out on the soccer field? Can Floyd get a blind date? Even if a three-year-old or a 30-year-old would deem it the best kind of unusual, if a 13-year-old would call it weird, it’s out.
We’ve obviously been spending too much time in the depths of nameberry, checking out which names our visitors have been checking out.
And while Finn and Charlotte are the most-searched names for the first nine months of the year, and while we recently brought you our own nameberry Top 100 Baby Names 2010 for both boys and girls, we know some of you still want more.
What’s number 101, for instance? Which names are flying below the official nameberry radar, not attracting enough views to make our 2010 most popular names lists, but still attracting thousands of views?
Here’s a selection. This group does not include all the names right below the official Top 100, just those we found the most interesting.
There are lots of unusual and intriguing choices here, but for nameberry, that’s normal.
A lot of people use the term unique baby names when what they really mean is unusual baby names. Names such as Romeo, Romilly, and Roxana may be distinctive, attractive, and uncommon, but they’re hardly unique.
But what about those names that truly are unique, as in one-of-a-kind?
Along with checking out which names were most popular on nameberry so far this year, we took a look at the names that were searched just once last quarter – nameberry’s own truly unique baby names.
Of course, there were many more unique baby names on nameberry, but these are our picks for the cream of the seldom-searched.
Might one be right for your truly unique baby?