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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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  • Tai

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    Skater Tai Babilonia brought this sleek modern name to the world's attention. Pronounced "tie." Read More 

  • Takeo

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    Well used in Japan, appreciated for its powerful meaning.  Read More 

  • Thierry

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    Thierry, which is very popular in France, would make an interesting import; it's somewhat familiar through designer Thierry Mugler and international soccer star Thierry Henry. It almost sounds like... Read More 

  • Thorpe

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    Brusque and charmless, two things you don't want your son to be.  Read More 

  • Thurman

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    Found as a first name primarily in baseball books giving the stats on the late New York Yankee Thurman Munson.  Read More 

  • Tiger

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    If it's a choice between golf champ Woods's real name Eldrick or nickname Tiger, we'd have to go with the latter. But while animal names are becoming more familiar and stylish, we'd recommend Wolf... Read More 

  • Troy

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    Troy shot to popularity as a first name in tandem with that of 1960s heartthrob Troy (born Merle) Donahue; its image has now, thanks in part to the Brad Pitt-starring epic, Troy , receded back to c... Read More 

  • Tyson

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    As parents were finding too many Tylers at the neighborhood playground, they began looking to Tyson as an alternative, no longer concerned with possible connections to Mike Tyson or Tyson chicken.  Read More 

  • Ventura

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    Ventura started life as a shortening of Bonaventura, Spanish for good luck or good fortune, but now stands on its own. It has a pleasant sound and the stylish 'V' ending, but Angelenos would assoc... Read More 

  • Venus

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    The name of a heavenly planet and the Roman goddess of beauty and love was an intimidating no-no until tennis champ Venus Williams put an athletic, modern spin on it. Associated with the Greek Ap... Read More 

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