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14 Popular Baby Names Inspired by Athletes

Although my daughter is technically not named after Gwen Stefani, it’s no secret that I love me some Gwen Stefani tunes and I love her girl-powerness. And yeah, if I hadn’t been binge-watching The Voice with my husband when I was pregnant, maybe the name wouldn’t have been so in our brains.

It’s all about the timing, right?

So, I totally get how people would watch something on TV, get inspired and name their little after someone they see. Especially athletes doing incredible things.

Like, if you’re going to name your kid after someone, why not do it with a name that’s synonymous with breaking records and overall greatness?

Turns out, I’m not alone in that thought process because naming babies after athletes is a thing. And this fun infographic from Names.org showcase the top 14 baby names inspired by athletes of late.


14 Athletes Whose Fame Inspired Baby Names

Bonus fun fact: When Mia Hamm’s career began in 1987 there were 544 babies named Mia. In 2016 there were 14,336 babies!

Did you name your kiddo after someone: athlete, family member, celeb, friend or otherwise? Spill the name-inspiration beans, please. —Jenn

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