Baby Names Inspired by Athletes

basketball babyAre you an avid sports fan? Are you dreaming of the day your child becomes a professional athlete?

Well why not give him or her a head start by choosing a fitting name.

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Check out these great names inspired by athletes of past and present!

Girl Baby Names

Athlete

Sport

Aileen
Aileen Riggin Soule
Swimming / Diving
Allyson
Allyson Felix
Track and Field
Althea
Althea Gibson
Tennis / Golf
Alona
Alona Bondarenko
Tennis
Bonnie
Bonnie Blair
Speed Skating
Brandi
Brandi Chastain
Soccer
Cammi
Catherine “Cammi” Granato-Ferraro
Hockey
Candace
Candace Parker
Basketball
Cappie
Cappie Pondexter
Basketball
Cynthia
Cynthia Cooper
Basketball
Dara
Angelena Dara Grace Torres
Swimming
Deanna
Deanna Nolan
Basketball
Dominique
Dominique Dawes
Gymnastics
Flávia
Flávia Delaroli
Swimming
Flora
Flora “Flo” Hyman
Volleyball
Florence
Florence Griffith-Joyner
Diving
Francesca
Francesca Piccinini
Track and Field
Fu
Fu Mingxia
Volleyball
Gail
Yolanda Gail Devers
Track and Field
Heather
Heather Mitts
Soccer
Hope
Hope Solo
Soccer
Ila
Ila Borders
Baseball
Janet
Janet Dykman
Archery
Jelena
Jelena Jankovic
Tennis
Jennie
Jennie Lynn Finch
Softball
Juliana
Juliana Veloso
Diving
Kara
Kara Goucher
Long-Distance Running
Laure
Laure Manaudou
Swimming
Leryn
Leryn Franco
Track and Field
Lisbeth
Lisbeth “Libby” Trickett
Swimming
Lori
Lori “Lolo” Jones
Track and Field
Marlene
Marlene Bauer / Hagge
Golf
Mia
Mia Hamm
Soccer
Misty
Misty May-Treanor
Volleyball
Myriam
Myriam Bédard
Track and Field
Nadia
Nadia Comaneci
Gymnastics
Nastia
Nastia Liukin
Gymnastics
Picabo
Picabo Street
Alpine Skiing
Rita
Rita Drávucz
Water Polo
Rosemarie
Rosemarie “Rosi” Mittermaier
Alpine Skiing
Seimone
Seimone Augustus
Basketball
Sheila
Sheila Young
Speed Skating / Track Cycling
Silken
Silken Laumann
Rowing
Sonja
Sonja Henie
Figure Skating
Susanna
Susanna Kallur
Track and Field
Svetlana
Svetlana Abrosimova
Basketball
Swin
Swin Cash
Basketball
Tatiana
Tatiana Golovin
Tennis
Tegla
Tegla Loroupe
Long-Distance Running
Tenley
Tenley Albright
Figure Skating
Venus
Venus Williams
Tennis
Victoria
Victoria Pendleton
Track Cyclist
Wilma
Wilma Rudolph
Track and Field
Yolanda
Yolanda Griffith
Basketball
 

Boy Baby Names

Athlete

Sport

Arnold
Arnold Palmer
Golf
August
Gus Mancuso
Baseball
Babe
Babe Ruth
Baseball
Breaux
Breaux Greer
Track and Field
Brett
Brett Favre
Football
Calvin
Calvin Borel
Jockey
Cornelius
Cornelius Bennett
Football
Deion
Deion Sanders
Football
Denton
Denton “Cy” Young
Baseball
Derek
Derek Sanderson Jeter
Baseball
Desmond
Desmond Howard
Football
Earnest
Earnest Byner
Football
Earvin
Earvin “Magic” Johnson
Basketball
Edwin
Edwin Moses
Track and Field
Elgin
Elgin Baylor
Basketball
Ellis
Ellis Burks
Baseball
Ernie
Ernst “Ernie” Els
Golf
Franco
Franco Harris
Football
Gale
Gale Sayers
Football
Harlond
Harlond Clift
Baseball
Hazen
Hazen “Kiki” Cuyler
Baseball
Ignacio
Ignacio Ambríz
Soccer
Isaac
Isaac Bruce
Football
Jay
Jay Buhner
Baseball
Johannes
Johannes “Honus” Wagner
Baseball
Julius
Julius Erving
Basketball
Kareem
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Basketball
Keyshawn
Keyshawn Johnson
Football
Kirk
Kirk Gibson
Baseball
Lance
Lance Armstrong
Cycling
Lawrence
Lawrence Taylor
Football
LeBron
LeBron Raymone James
Basketball
Leonel
Leonel Álvarez
Soccer
Leroy
Leroy “Satchel” Paige
Baseball
Luke
Luke Appling
Baseball
Mahendra
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Cricket
Marcus
Marcus Allen
Football
Mario
Mario Lemieux
Hockey
Max
Max Baer
Boxing
Mickey
Mickey Mantle
Baseball
Millard
Millard “Dixie” Howell
Football/Baseball
Nnamdi
Nnamdi Asomugha
Football
Oscar
Oscar Robertson
Basketball
Otto
Otto Graham
Football
Rafer
Rafer Johnson
Track and Field
Reggie
Reginald “Reggie” Bush
Football
Rocco
Rocky Marciano
Boxing
Sachin
Sachin Tendulkar
Cricket
Sanford
Sandy Koufax
Baseball
Tajuan
Tajuan “Ty” Law
Football
Thom
Thom Evans
Rugby
Tiger
Tiger Woods
Golf
Tom
Tom Brady
Football
Troy
Troy Polamalu
Football
Tyrus
Ty Cobb
Baseball
Usain
Usain Bolt
Track and Field
Vernon
Vernon “Lefty” Gomez
Baseball
Walter
Walter Payton
Football
Wilton
Wilt Chamberlain
Hockey

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Baby Names Inspired by Athletes

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17 comments

  1. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    tnx good my husband is not so much of sports fan

  2. Profile photo of TaKeisha TaKeisha says:

    I like a few of these

  3. Profile photo of Lynna Lynna says:

    tyrus is kinda cute but i surely not a sports fan.

  4. Profile photo of Dario Dario says:

    Don’t like any

  5. Profile photo of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I don’t like any on here :/

  6. Profile photo of Lulu Lulu says:

    Some lovely names in those lists!

  7. Profile photo of TheSaneMom TheSaneMom says:

    Some great names. If I named my child any of these names it would be based off the meaning of the ones I like not the athlete that shares the name.

  8. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    great names………………….some already run in my family

  9. Profile photo of Jenessa Jenessa says:

    I would name after and athlete or famous person…As long as it was an awesome name!

  10. Profile photo of Mayra Mayra says:

    I wouldn’t name my baby by celebrity I would make a big mistake.

  11. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’d hesitate to name my child after a celebrity, especially one with an unusual name… if they become involved in a publicized scandal, it could follow and embarrass the namesake!

  12. Profile photo of Brittney Brittney says:

    I wish there was more than three names from Hockey.

  13. Profile photo of SimplyAZ SimplyAZ says:

    i like how helpful this is

  14. Profile photo of tiffy tiffy says:

    some of these are very unique

  15. Profile photo of SammysMOMMY SammysMOMMY says:

    This is neat to see other people with the same names!

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