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Baby names for your future sports star

From famous athletes with cool names to baby names that sound like a future basketball star or Olympian, we rounded up the best sporty baby names for your boy or girl. While we can’t guarantee a professional sports career, these athletic baby names just might help steer them in the right direction.

You could give your child a popular baby name like Jacob or Isabella, but these sporty baby names are much more fun and unique! Even if your child ends up watching sports more than playing sports — he or she will still have a cool name.

Famous athletes with cool names

Be inspired by some of the best athletes in the world with our list of famous athletes with cool names. While you may not want to name your son Tiger or your daughter Picabo, use these names as inspiration when searching for a name. For instance, instead of the name Tiger, consider animal-inspired names like Falcon or Jag (Jaguar). Some of the last names would make cool first names like Elway or Blair. Check out more of our favorite athletes for inspiration.

Boy names from famous athletes

  • Lou Gehrig
  • Gordie Howe
  • Michael Jordan
  • Joe Namath
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Wilton (Wilt) Chamberlain
  • Bo Jackson
  • Dave Winfield
  • Jerry Rice
  • John Elway
  • Deion Sanders
  • Tiger Woods
  • David Beckham
  • Tiger Woods
  • Mario Andretti
  • Bjorn Borg
  • Arthur Ashe
  • Tom Brady
  • Julius Erving
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Kelly Slater

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Girl names from famous athletes

  • Martina Navratilova
  • Marion Jones
  • Serena Williams
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  • Babe Didrikson
  • Picabo Street
  • Jennie Finch
  • Mary Lou Retton
  • Peggy Fleming
  • Billie Jean King
  • Bonnie Blair
  • Lisa Leslie
  • Nadia Comaneci
  • Steffi Graf
  • Mia Hamm
  • Annika Sorenstam
  • Anna Kournikova
  • Sage Erickson
  • Coco Ho
  • Layne Beachley

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Sporty boy names

When searching for the perfect sporty baby boy name, consider All-American names, such as Tom Brady or Bo Jackson. Names that have the same first letter as the last name, such as Tim Tebow, also have a cool sound perfect for your budding sports star. Check out more sporty boy names below:

  • Breeze
  • Shine
  • Speedman
  • Slate
  • Maximus
  • Atlas
  • Ryker
  • Jax
  • Zane
  • Hawk
  • Knight
  • Archer
  • Ace

One more tip: Initial names, such as JP or MJ also have a cool sporty sound to them. Many parents will use the first letter in their child’s first and middle name for the initials. For instance, Christopher John becomes CJ.

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Sporty girl names

Shortening a traditional girl name, such as Alex from Alexandria or Roxy from Roxanne, will instantly give your girl name a more sporty sound. All-American girl names, such as Lisa or Jennifer, would also make a great sporty name, especially if your last name starts with that same letter (even though most married women eventually change their last names). Check out more ideas below:

  • Alex
  • Toni
  • Dani
  • Bryn
  • Riley
  • Payton
  • Devin
  • Bailey
  • Gabby
  • Rian
  • Andie
  • Maddy

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