Daredevil Baby Names: Extreme athletes Laird and Wyn
By Tiana Putric
Some describe extreme athletes as careless, reckless, and dangerous because their passion-driven sports expose them to unimaginable risks; others characterize them as being born with a ‘daredevil gene’. Here are six extreme athletes with bold names, from Loïc Jean–Albert to Rush Sturges, whose extraordinary in-air, on-cliff, in-water, and on-land feats will leave you awestruck.
Loïc Jean–Albert: Loïc is a wingsuit proximity flier who rather than steering clear of mountains soars towards them. Loïc says “We are risk junkies! It needs a lot of willpower to stop chasing the adrenaline.”
Loïc is a French name whose origins are debated. Some believe it is a French variation of Louis, meaning ‘famed warrior’, while others believe it is a form of Lucas. Although well loved in Belgium, Loïc has never entered the U.S. Top 1000 making it an extremely rare choice.
Espen Fadness: One of the world’s fastest flying humans, Espen is a death-defying air sportsman and freeride skier. When asked about plunging off high altitude cliffs Espen says “I’m terrified. I’ve just developed techniques and methods to cope with the fear.”
Laird, a Scottish title given to owners of large estates, is an uncommon regal name meaning ‘lord’ and ‘lord of the land’. Laird is both a first and last name and is pronounced ‘leyrd’ and sometimes ‘lord’. Spelling variations include Lairde, Layrd, and Layrde.
Wyn, a Welsh surname meaning ‘fair’ and ‘blessed’, brings to mind, of course, the victorious word ‘win’. Also spelt Wynn and Wynne, this strong appellation could be a nickname for male names Winston and Winthrop and for female names Winifred and Winslet.
Ueli Steck: Ueli, pronounced ‘oo-lee’ with a long ‘o’ sound, is a solo speed ice mountaineer who ascends and descends frozen waterfalls and glaciers using picks and ropes but no supplemental oxygen. He says, “It’s simple. You climb as fast as possible . . . If you make a mistake, you’re gonna’ die!”
Ueli is a Swiss name meaning ‘prosperity and power’. A diminutive of Ulrich, Ueli is a rarely heard moniker but one that shares its ‘lee’ ending with popular names Bradley, Charlie, Marley, and Riley.
Rush Sturges: Rush is a fearless big water charger who kayak-dives down near-vertical waterfalls and performs stunts in the rapids. “Probably the most common thing that people tell me is I’m crazy”, says Rush.
Rush is both a first name and a surname with English roots and means ‘dweller by the rushes’ and ‘red-haired’. Also a nature and place name, Rush is an adventurous one-syllable appellation that has not appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 since 1903, and is most commonly associated with Rush Limbaugh.
Here are a few other bold male appellations from the world of extreme sports:
Tao Berman (extreme kayaker)
Kilian Jornet Burgada (‘sky runner’)
Halldór Helgason (extreme snowboarder)
Nyjah Huston (extreme skateboarder)
Harley Ingleby (longboard surfrider)
Bjorn Leines (all-terrain snowboarder)
Reinhold Messner (extreme mountaineer)
Herbert Nitsch (world record deep freediver)
Trennon Paynter (freestyle skier)
When you think of ‘extreme’ boy names which monikers come to mind?
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on March 2nd, 2016 at 1:38 pm
Ooh, I like Loic, Espen and Rush especially! I enjoyed reading this round-up of names – some lovely international ones here.
Isn’t it odd how most of these names actually sound like they would belong to a daredevil athlete?! They’re mostly quite short, strong and punchy (Laird, Wyn, Rush, Tao, Jeb…) Only Herbert surprises me, since he sounds like he’d be more at home in an armchair with a nice cup of tea than breaking freediving records.
Names that I can imagine on extreme sportsmen would be more of the same, basically – short, bold names like Ace, Dash, Jett, Briggs, Wade, Otto, Dax and Red.
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