Baby Names Inspired by Athletes

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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  • Asante

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    Although Ashanti is a much better known name via the female hip-hop singer, Asante makes an appealing abbreviated form, associated with the Philadelphia Eagles footballer Asante Samuel.Read More 

  • Ashe

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    Although usually spelled without the final 'e', this version commemorates tennis immortal Arthur Ashe.Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin -- a name with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the solid base of having long been an Anglo-Saxon surname and a first name since medieval times --reached the Top 10... Read More 

  • Becker

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    One of the less common members of the currently popular craftsmen's guild, Becker once had a self-named sitcom, and is also associated with Wimbleton tennis legend Boris Becker.Read More 

  • Beckham

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    Who knew there were so many soccer fans in the U.S.? Beckham -- as in British sensation David -- has exploded onto the baby name scene in the past decade. It's now at a peak position of Number... Read More 

  • Bjorn

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    Bjorn is one of the most recognizable Scandinavian names, thanks in large part to tennis great Björn Borg, winner of five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles and six French opens and something of... Read More 

  • Bo

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    A popular name in Denmark, in this country Beau would have more substance. Read More 

  • Boris

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    Boris is one of the old Russian names being revived by chic Europeans; it hasn't quite made a comeback yet in the U.S., but it does have potential.

    For a long time the name has been... Read More 

  • Bradman

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    Most parents would prefer BRADLEY or BRADFORD to get to eternally cool nickname BRAD--unless they wanted to honor cricket legend Donald Bradman, considered the greatest batsman of all time.Read More 

  • Brady

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    The name given to Miranda Hobbes's son on the dearly departed Sex and the City is a friendly and energetic choice. You well might want to make your son part of the Brady bunch. ... Read More 

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