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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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  • Branch

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    Branch is an attractive name with associations both with trees and with branching out into brave new worlds. Baseball's Branch (born Wesley, with Branch as his middle name) Rickey broke the color ... Read More 

  • Brett

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    Football great Brett Favre has single-handedly kept the muscle in this name, though it continues to sink in popularity. It's dropped nearly 300 places in the past five years.  Read More 

  • Bronson

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    This neglected surname has a modern yet old New England feel, perhaps because of the association with the transcendental teacher and reformer Bronson (born Amos Bronson) Alcott, father of Louisa Ma... Read More 

  • Brooks

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    Surname name, with more masculine heft than Brook or Brooklyn, that remained in the Top 400 this year. Brooks Robinson was one of the greatest third basemen ever, playing for the Baltimore Orioles ... Read More 

  • Cal

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    A homey sitting-by-the fire-type nickname name.  Read More 

  • Carew

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    Noted bearers of this surname include a metaphysical poet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a baseball Hall of Famer, so there's plenty of hero-name inspiration.  Read More 

  • Carmelo

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    Carmelo is a well used Hispanic name associated with Mt. Carmel, home of the prophet ELIJAH, and where the convent for the order of Carmelites was built. Carmelo is also a saint's name and--in mod... Read More 

  • Clemens

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    This surname related to CLEMENT is strongly associated with Major League pitcher Roger Clemens, winner of more Cy Young awards than any other pitcher in baseball history, and has a softer sound tha... Read More 

  • Clemente

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    No one will know whether to pronounce that final e, so you might want to stick with the more familiar form. Read More 

  • Coe

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    In keeping with other short names like PO/POE and BO, Coe is a surname that could easily move into first place. It has a sports hero factor as well, in Olympic runner Sebastian Coe--who later beca... Read More 

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