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30 Baby Names Inspired By Sports Stars!
My husband loves sports and all year long it seems like there’s some important playoff or preseason game to watch and a new player to keep an eye on. While I may not share the same enthusiasm as he, for all things sporty, I can appreciate the common love of sports teams, and the players that represent them. I will say though, that every 4 years I set aside plenty of time, and DVR space, to watch the Olympics. For those sports lovers, I made up a list of some of the most famous, most memorable, most talented sports stars around, and how they just may inspire the next name of your future baby. Or maybe they already have? Here are my personal picks for some of the best and most cherished baby names, inspired by sports stars.
Whether you’re having a boy or a girl, there’s a famous sports star name to inspire your future star!
The tennis star is a fellow Southern California native, attending a local Long Beach High School and Cal State LA. King went on to tennis stardom, winning 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles! A unique name for an outstanding champion!
While you most certainly could name your son a strong name like Tom, you could also go for a bit of a unique twist by naming him Brady, after the star New England Patriots quarterback.
As a former track and field runner and hurdler, the track star Carl Lewis is particularly special to me and conjures up lots of great memories of me watching him go for gold in the Olympics. He attained gold, 9 times to be exact, and is a great, classic name for your future track star!
David Beckham is the international super star and soccer star, now known as much for his modeling career and famous wife, as he is for his soccer skills. But either way, you can’t go wrong with a classic name like David, and it just may inspire your little one to someday “bend it like Bekham”.
Derek Jeter is the New York Yankees shortstop who has helped lead his team to success and victory for 18 seasons now! The name Derek is a popular name, consistently in the top 200 of all names for 5 years running now, and would be a great, strong choice for a future sports star!
Jackie Robinson was and is as much of an inspiration as he was a great baseball player. He became the first African American baseball player to play in the Major Leagues, and helped lead his team the LA Dodgers to World Series victory in 1955. A great name to live up to for sure!
Janet Evans swam for gold, and won, in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics. Whether a future swimmer or not, Janet is a lovely, classic woman’s name that means God’s gracious gift.
Hall of Famer Joe Namath spent most of his time as a successful quarterback for the NY Jets, and ended his career with the now debunked LA Rams. Meaning God is gracious, Joe is a classic name, and often a shortened version of Joseph.
You could go for Michael, after one of the greatest NBA stars of all times, or you could go for a bit of a twist by naming your son, or daughter Jordan.
Kelly Slater is a famous surfer, who may not be as common of a household name across the world, but California, he’s sports star royalty. A great gender neutral name that means farm by the spring.
There will be no guessing who your little one is named after with a name like Kobe, after the famous NBA star Kobe Bryant. Surprisingly, it is a Russian name meaning supplanter.
Lisa Leslie is the famous woman’s basketball star who went on to win 4 Olympic gold medals and become a 3-time WNBA MVP.
An American League 1st baseman who played 17 seasons of MLB for the New York Yankees, the name is a form of Louis, a German name.
Martina Navratilova rivals fellow tennis star Billie Jean King for the most number of Wimbledon wins, an amazing 20 titles each! Her name is of Latin descent and means warlike. No doubt, with tennis skills like that!
Mary Lou Retton is one of the most beloved American Olympians of all time, winning fans and hearts when she became the first gymnast from outside of Eastern Europe to win Gold in the All Around competition. Can be shortened to just Mary, or put together to read Marylou. Either way, it’s a great name for an all American type of girl.
Mia Hamm is the world famous soccer star who helped the US win Olympic gold in 1994. The name is Latin and means mine, and was the 6th most popular girl’s name in 2012.
The all star US swimmer Michael Phelps has not only won the most Olympic medals, making him the most decorated Olympian of all time, he also has one of the most common and oldest names of all time. Of Hebrew origin, it means “who is like God”.
Mickey Mantle, also nicknamed Mick, played 18 seasons as a center-fielder for the NY Yankees. Regarded as one of the best switch hitters and greatest players of all time, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1974. The name is a form of Michael.
Misty May-Treanor is the other half to the dynamic duo beach volleyball team who won Olympic gold three Olympics in a row. The name is Old English and means covered with mist.
Nadia Comaneci is the Romanian gymnast best known for her 3 Olympic gold medal wins in the 1976 Olympics, and was also the first gymnast to ever be awarded a perfect 10. The name is Russian and means hope.
Nolan Ryan is a famous baseball player with a cool name, and is currently the owner of the Texas Rangers. The name is Gaelic and means royal and noble, and is one of the most popular names for the last few years, coming in the top 100 3 years running.
Peggy Fleming is the elegant figure skater who won the hearts of fans during the 1968 Olympics where she won gold. Peggy is a Greek name and is actually a form of Margaret.
You could go with either Peyton or Eli, the 2 famous NFL quarterbacks, who also happen to be brothers! Peyton is a Latin name and means noble, and Eli is a Hebrew name and means ascended.
Picabo Street is the former US alpine ski racer who won gold at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Her name is definitely unique, in fact only 5 girls were given the name in all of the US in 2012, and means town in Idaho.
You could go with either Ray or Leonard, after Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the most famous and best US boxers of all time. He was actually named after Ray Charles, his mother’s favorite singers. The name Ray is of French origin and means kingly.
Serena is a Latin name that means calm, but Serena Williams is anything but calm, the way she goes after and crushes her opponents on the tennis court.
Tony Hawk is the professional skateboarder who brought good looks and charm to the sport. A form of the name Anthony, it is a Latin name that means priceless.
Venus Williams, the other famous sister who happens to be another great professional tennis player, one of the best in fact. Her name is Latin and means love.
I couldn’t leave out the sport of hockey. Wayne Gretzky, one of the most famous hockey players, and also considered to be one of the greatest, played for the LA Kings, the Rangers, the Oilers and the Blues. The name is English and means wagoner.