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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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  • Colt

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    Colt is the kind of unconventionally macho name that is so trendy right now, because of or despite its association with horses and guns. Colt rose about a whopping 200 places in popularity over th... Read More 

  • Cooper

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    The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option. Cooper began his rapid climb in 1982 and has been in the ... Read More 

  • Corbett

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    This British surname has a somewhat aristocratic air, which ties in to its association with the early American boxing champ "Gentleman Jim" Corbett. CORBIN, which has the same meaning, is slightly... Read More 

  • Darko

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    If you're a movie fan or a sports fan, you might be attracted to this name, via the film "Donnie Darko" or the Serbian-born basketball star Darko Milicic. It is kind of dark, though. Read More 

  • Deion

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    Elaboration of Dion publicized by the football and baseball star Deion Sanders -- aka Neon Deion.  Read More 

  • Deltha

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    This unusual name belonging to three generations of Deltha Lee O'Neals, the third being a football cornerback for the New England Patriots, could equally--or better--be used for a girl. Read More 

  • Dempsey

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    Spunky Irish surname that still has a pugnacious feel from its lingering association with one of boxing's greatest champs, Jack Dempsey.  Read More 

  • Dexter

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    The jazzy, ultra-cool Dexter, like most names wih xs, has a lot of energy and sex appeal. Over the years, it's been attached to a number of diverse real and fictional personalities--C. K. Dexter H... Read More 

  • Dmitri

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    Exotic, artistic and attractive Slavic version of the name of the Greek god of fertility and farming. Read More 

  • Dublin

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    With Galway and Ireland in play as names (not to mention Shannon and Kerry), there's no reason this one can't work, too.  Read More 

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