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Looking for unusual baby names? You might find some of the choicest while watching a football game or a tennis match. While the legendary stars of sports history usually had regular guy names like Joe and Jimmy and Michael and Mickey (not to mention Billie Jean), some of the newer luminaries, as well as the surnames of classic athletes, offer options for baby names that go beyond the perimeters of that limited playing field.
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  • Plaxico

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    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress brought this name, which was inherited from an uncle, into the mix, adding to the category of names with peaceful meanings.  Read More 

  • Priest

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    An extreme example of the newly possible ecclesiastical brotherhood that includes Deacon and Bishop. This one might work better in the middle spot.  Read More 

  • Reese

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    The sassy, steel magnolia appeal of Oscar-winning Reese (born Laura Jeanne--Reese is her mother's maiden name) Witherspoon has single-handedly propelled this formerly male name into mass girls' pop... Read More 

  • Rigby

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    Rigby is a rather stiff British surname, which might call to mind the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" or, from the recent past, Cathy Rigby, the first American woman to win a medal in World Gymnastics comp... Read More 

  • Rio

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    Rio is a reductive ranchero place-name with an attractive Tex-Mex lilt. No Doubt's Tom Dumont has a son named Rio Atticus. Also a South American place name, and associated with the Rio Grande, i... Read More 

  • Ryne

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    Baseball player Ryne Sandberg's nickname is RYNO. Need we say more?  Read More 

  • Sabo

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    A possible last-name-first name represented by former first baseman Chris Sabo. Read More 

  • Sebastian

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    Sebastian is an ancient martyr's name turned literary, and "Little Mermaid" hero -- think Sebastian the Crab -- that's entered the Top 70 as a classic-yet-unconventional compatriot for fellow Briti... Read More 

  • Serena

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    Serena, a name used since Roman times, was given fresh life by tennis star Williams, and then again with the leading character on Gossip Girl , Serena van der Woodsen. There have also been Serenas... Read More 

  • Shaquille

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    No longer a one-person name, as a number of parents have been inspired by basketball great Shaquille O'Neal to adopt it for their own future athletes.  Read More 

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