Super Bowl XLVIII Names: Byron, Britton & Brock

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By Denise K. Potter

This Sunday February 2nd, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will go head-to-head at Super Bowl XLVIII. And while the U.S.A. is in a complete football frenzy, loyal name nerds everywhere will be questioning which team wins—the name-game that is. Take a look at the 12 most enthralling names of Super Bowl XLVIII. Which is your MVP?

From Seattle

Byron Maxwell – The name of Seahawks’ cornerback is arguably the dreamiest of the league, with its romantic, windswept aura stemming from images of the poet Lord Byron.

Golden Tate – recognized as an All-American player for the University of Notre Dame, Golden H. Tate III was drafted for the NFL in 2010 and became the Seahawks’ wide receiver. With its shimmering metallic connotation, this unisex color name is almost too stunning for an ordinary boy.

Kam ChancellorKameron Darnel prefers to be called “Kam” when he’s running up and down the field. The Seahawks’ strong safety has a Scottish surname originally meaning “crooked nose,” but don’t let that fool you—in its traditional spelling, Cameron was ranked #54 in 2012.

Red BryantJoseph Anthony Bryant was nicknamed by his mother, who noticed a reddish tone to his skin as a baby. Now an NFL defensive end, he goes exclusively by “Red,” a fiery color-name that is used as a nickname for redheaded little boys and girls.

Russell Wilson – The Seahawks’ starting quarterback was born Russell Carrington long before he was voted the 2012 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. Beginning as a French nickname for a redhead, Russell now yields its own nicknames such as Russ, Rush, and Rusty.

Sidney Rice – After tearing his ACL in October, this Seahawk wide receiver will be benched for the Super Bowl. His name, however, sees a lot of action; it relates to Dionysius, the god of fertility and wine. Spelled Sydney, it becomes a Top 100 girls name.

From Denver

Britton Colquitt – a spelling variation of Britain transformed this place name into a first, which was given to Denver punter Britton Colquitt.

Brock Osweiler – The traditional name given to a badger in folk tales, Brock combines a rock-solid sound with preppy sophistication. Training behind Peyton Manning, the Broncos quarterback was quickly drafted as a starter. 

Champ Bailey – Now here’s a name for a sportsman. Champ is actually Roland Bailey’s middle name, given to him long before he became the Denver cornerback and regarded as one of the best pass defenders in the NFL.

Julius ThompsonDenver’s tight end shares his name with the emperor Julius Caesar and Pope Julius I of Rome. This Latin name means “youthful, downy-bearded.”

Peyton Manning – The Broncos quarterback name which means “fighting-man’s estate” has actually become more popular for girls than boys at last count, at 68% female versus 32% male in the 2012 statistics. It ranked Number 53 for girls on 2012.

Von Miller  — the Norse name meaning “hope” was given to the Broncos linebacker as a short form of his birth name, Vonnie, which might be thought of as a nickname for…..Von.

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befx217 Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 5:40 am

I quite like Britton, Brock & Peyton but would never go for them as real life baby names! Really not a fan of Golden.

jessamine13 Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 8:02 am

I like Byron and Peyton.

katybug Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 10:26 am

I was hoping you’d include Wes Welker! Wes and Wesley are very on-trend right now.

mill1020 Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I like Russell and Red. In high school I had a wonderful, lovely, eccentric British Lit teacher who played the piano; she’d named her piano and referred to the instrument as “Byron”. And I recently met a Byron in real life who is probably about 25-30 years old.

sdsurfmama Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

I am a HUGE NFL fan, and I pay very close attention to football players’ names. I find a lot of inspiration in names I see around the league. If you knew me and my deep feminist values, you’d see what a walking contradiction I am 😉

Names for this list I like are Champ Baily, Von Miller, Julius Thomas, Russell Wilson, Golden Tate, Kam Chancellor, Red Bryant, Peyton Manning.

My son Desmond Sanders was named because we loved Desmond and because Sanders is after my mom, Sandy, who has passed away, but I can’t deny that Desmond is a popular name in the NFL. I love its NFL connection, primarily to Desmond Howard, the Super Bowl XXXI MVP from the Green Bay Packers- the People’s Team. And my team!

Superbowl Baby Names | In Name Only Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

[…] plenty of other players on both teams whose names might be worth borrowing, as our friends over at Nameberry noted. I’m liking Von and […]

oboeplayer1 Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I do like some of the Broncos’ names but all I have to say is GO HAWKS!!!

faithnamer Says:

January 30th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

WOO! GO HAWKS! SEATTLE PRIDE!! Also, I really like the name Russell, but I’m worried that it’s too much of a dog name.

Klouie Says:

January 31st, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Huge NFL fan so I love this blog post! Favorite names (as a whole) are Golden Tate, Von Miller, & Champ Bailey. I am surprised that Percy Harvin & Montee Ball weren’t included! I have a friend that recently named her son Montee and thought it was on trend with many other “old-fashion” sounding names that are coming back.

orphanedhanyou Says:

February 4th, 2014 at 9:22 am

no one has noticed it’s last years NFL teams used for the picture….

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