By Tara Ryazansky
The men hoping to compete for the US Olympic Team have names that are just as winning as the women.’s I put together a list of some boy names that might win over new parents in 2014.
Leif- As in Biathlon team member, Leif Nordgren. This name has a strong Scandinavian vibe, but feels usable here in the US because of its well known connections to Leif Erikson and Leif Garrett. I think it’s a great choice, but I must admit, I am guilty of the mispronunciation “Leaf“. Its authentic pronunciation is more like “Layf”.
Stokes- Stokes Aitken of the US bobsled skeleton federation has a compelling name. This very unusual choice could be inspired by any of the counties and towns across America called Stokes. It is a fairly common English surname with variants that date back to the Middle Ages.
Lowell- Like Lowell Bailey, the Biathlon team member. To me, this name can skew as laid back and casual, but it’s also sophisticated and upper-class. Lowell’s namesakes include a few poets and characters on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy. Is Lowell a biker or an aristocrat?
Abraham- Abraham Morlu, the US bobsledder, goes by Abe. With nickname options like Abe or Bram, I think that Abraham could be a great choice for a 2014 baby. It has a rich history in the Old Testament and in the White House, but manages to feel fresh and new.
Tucker- As in Tucker Fredricks, the long-track speed skater. This name manages to have a classic, preppy feel plus a bright and spunky vibe. It feels somewhat unexpected when compared to the surname and occupation names that have been trending for several years now.
Sage- This nature inspired name feels wise, but young and fresh all at once. US Snowboarder, Sage Kotsenburg, would make a perfect namesake. This one has a hippie vibe, but is definitely hip enough for 2014.
Emery- Emery Lehman, the speed skater, has a great unisex name. It’s more popular for girls whose parents are likely see it as a more modern Emily variant, but I think it feels fresher on a boy. It could be an option for fans of Emmet.
Joss- This name could be a great update for lovers of Josh. Joss Christensen of the US Ski Team shares the name with Joss (born Joseph) Whedon, making the name a great choice for those of us who are Buffy fans.
Brooks- Like Brooks Orpik, US hockey defensemen. This name feels preppy via its connection to Brooks Brothers, and country for its tie to Brooks & Dunn, and Garth. I guess that makes it a versatile pick for parents who hope for a son with Ivy League potential and rugged charm.
Benji- As in Benji Farrow, US Snowboarder. I love this one as a nickname for Benjamin, but it certainly has stand-alone potential. It feels cool and casual to me. A great choice for a boy born in 2014.
What do you think? Pick your own gold, silver & bronze winners and share your ranking in the comments below. Feel free to add a list of favorites from another country’s team.