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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  • Early

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    A word that's been used, very infrequently, as a name for hundreds of years. Interesting sound and meaning. Read More 

  • Emmett

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    Emmett has had an interesting and unusual gender history. A long-obscure masculinization of Emma, Emmett is now rising as a boys' name as a companion to the very popular Emma and Emily. And at... Read More 

  • Evander

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    Evander is a name that could build on the popularity of shorter form Evan, and could work and play well with schoolmates like Zander and Xander.

    Evander was prominent in Greek and Roman... Read More 

  • Evert

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    Though you might have been a fan of tennis star Chris Evert, stick with EVERETT, which everyone will think you're saying anyway.Read More 

  • Evonne

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    A variation made famous by Australian Aboriginal tennis champ Evonne Goolagong.Read More 

  • Ewing

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    A surname very rarely heard as a first, associated with Hall of Fame basketball star Patrick Ewing and, in the 1980s, the oil-rich Ewing family on the nighttime soap, "Dallas"Read More 

  • Faldo

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    Unless you're pro golfer Nick Faldo, drop the "f" and make it ALDO.Read More 

  • Fisk

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    Unusual alternative to Fisher with a brisker surname appeal. Read More 

  • Frazier

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    Stylish way to name your son after basketball great Walt -- though Walt is sounding fresh again too.Read More 

  • Gabriella

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    Gabriella -- a strong yet graceful feminine form of Gabriel -- is on the rise, given to more than four thousand baby girls last year, with the double L spelling more popular. For more variations... Read More 

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