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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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  • Isiah

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    Streamlined spelling of the biblical name, as in basketball great Isiah Thomas, falling fast from its height in the charts.  Read More 

  • Ivan

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    One of the few Russian boys' names to become fully accepted into the American naming pool, though some might find it a bit harsh and heavy-booted. Inevitable: Ivan the Terrible teasing.  Read More 

  • Jackson

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    Cool name Jackson is one of the celebrisphere's top favorites, having been chosen by, among others, Spike Lee, Poppy Montgomery, Carson Daly, Maria Bello, Natalie Maines, Scott Wolf, Maya Rudolph, ... Read More 

  • Jordan

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    Jordan became a huge unisex success in the heyday of basketball's Michael Jordan, and is still Number 48 for boys, 222 for girls. First used by Crusaders recently returned from the river Jordan, t... Read More 

  • Joss

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    A short form that could be used independently, a la the singer Joss Stone.  Read More 

  • Kareem

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    A favorite Muslim name, identified with basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lewis Alcindor).  Read More 

  • Katarina

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    The Russian version of Katherine is usually Ekaterina, but this form is used throughout Eastern Europe and may be more friendly to the American ear. Read More 

  • Kenyon

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    Kenyon is a very engaging British surname name, the middle y giving it a kind of southwestern canyonesque undertone. Though Kenyon appears in English records as far back as the fourteenth century ... Read More 

  • Knute

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    A strong, powerful choice, ancestor of the modern Superboy Names. KNUT is the name of the patron saint of Denmark; Knute Rockne was a legendary Notre Dame football coach. VARIATIONS: KNUT, KNUD, C... Read More 

  • Kobe

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    Basketball hero/antihero Kobe Bryant, whose name was inspired by a Japanese steak house, brought this energetic and appealing name into -- and out of -- the mix.  Read More 

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