Athlete Names: Football faves

Two of the biggest success stories in boys’ names in recent years have been Peyton and Eli, which are of course the names of the football-playing Manning brothers.  Names of sports stars often prove inspirational, and in this Super Bowl weekend it makes sense to look at football names.

As with other celebrities, being attached to a fantastic player with personal appeal is not enough to catapult a name to stardom.  The name itself has to have something going for it too.

LaDainian Tomlinson of the San Diego Chargers is one of the best players today, for instance, but parents are hardly rushing out to honor him by using his less-than-easy name for their sons.  Plus, many football greats just have regular guy names, like Larry Fitzgerald and Ben Roethlisburger, two of the stars of this weekend’s contest.

Still, football abounds with creative names you might find inspiring for your own little athlete-to-be.  Here, some fascinating choices from the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the teams playing this weekend.

ANQUAN Boldin

BYRON Leftwich

CALAIS Campbell

CHIKE Okeafor

DESHEA Townsend

DEUCE Lutui

DONOVAN Woods  (McNabb made this appealing name famous)

EARLY Doucet

EDGERRIN James

ENOKA Lucas

FERNANDO Bryant

HEATH Miller

HINES Ward

IKE Taylor

KARLOS Dansby

KEYARON Fox

LEVI Brown

MEWEDDE Moore

ORPHEUS Roye

SANTONIO Holmes

TRAI Essex

TROY Polanalu

And in case you’re wondering, the football above is a real birth announcement.  Football fan expectant parents can order it at Lullabye Baby.

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Lola Says:

January 30th, 2009 at 2:21 pm

ooooh, Orpheus! Awesome. There’s a little Byron around the corner from me, I can see that easily working on just about any boy. And Fernando’s got serous charm. Warm to. My kid brother’s a huge Steelers fan and has a picture of himself with Mewedde Moore. He’s actually taller than Mewedde Moore too. Cool dude, cool name!

Tirzah Says:

January 30th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I know a female Brady, named after Tom Brady.

Pam Says:

February 1st, 2009 at 11:10 pm

I’m sitting here watching the Super Bowl, and I have to admit that having made this list makes it (marginally) more interesting. Troy! Santonio! Larry! I know them.

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