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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.

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

Boy Baby Names

Athlete

Sport

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

Girl Baby Names

Athlete

Sport

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

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17 comments

  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    tnx good my husband is not so much of sports fan

  2. Avatar of TaKeisha TaKeisha says:

    I like a few of these

  3. Avatar of Lynna Lynna says:

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

  4. Avatar of Dario Dario says:

    Don’t like any

  5. Avatar of Marilyn Marilyn says:

    I don’t like any on here :/

  6. Avatar of Lulu Lulu says:

    Some lovely names in those lists!

  7. Avatar 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. Avatar of verochka31 verochka31 says:

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

  9. Avatar of Jenessa Jenessa says:

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

  10. Avatar of Mayra Mayra says:

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

  11. Avatar 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. Avatar of Brittney Brittney says:

    I wish there was more than three names from Hockey.

  13. Avatar of SimplyAZ SimplyAZ says:

    i like how helpful this is

  14. some of these are very unique

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

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