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One of our favorite topics is what sports teams were almost called. The other finalists included Rubber Puckies, Screaming Squids, Salty Dogs, and Blades. Fans voted Cavaliers the team nickname in 1970 in a poll conducted by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. A name-the-team contest was held and fans voted on a list of finalists that included Wizards, Dragons, Express, Stallions, and Sea Dogs. Jean Faut, in her nine years in the AAGPBL, was named an All-Star 4 times. And as a name, Annie is one of the most optimistic variation of Ann.

So, whether you’re a golf-aficionado or a fanatical football fan, you can pay tribute to your favorite sportsman by naming your baby after him or her. Then Dempsey could make a fresher pick of you. Lisa Leslie is the former American women’s basketball player, who played in the WNBA. Retrievers. This moniker is enjoying a revival currently. Tokyo 2020 . In October 1986, the owners of Miami's expansion NBA franchise selected Stephanie Freed's Heat submission from more than 20,000 entries, which also included Sharks, Tornadoes, Beaches, and Barracudas. In the early 1990s, Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin became frustrated with the association of his team's nickname and gun violence.

There were 1,700 unique names submitted for a name-the-team contest for Seattle's NFL franchise in 1975, including Skippers, Pioneers, Lumberjacks, and Seagulls. Do you love the name Anne, but are worried about it being too common?

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At the age of 16, she is the youngest goalie to appear in the world cup. Baseball, basketball, football, hockey, fantasy football, and virtually every other sport are covered. We believe both can be considered. All photos courtesy of Getty Images. Road Hogs. Scotty Stirling, a sportswriter for the Oakland Tribune who would later become the team’s general manager, had a more practical objection to the name: “We don’t have the accent mark for the n in our headline type.” Responding to the backlash, Soda changed the team’s nickname to Raiders, which was a finalist in the contest along with Lakers.

Cristiano is a Latin name and translates to ‘Christian’. In 1995, the expansion franchise's ownership group asked fans to vote from among a list of nicknames that included Coyotes, Diamondbacks, Phoenix, Rattlers, and Scorpions. What better way to show your love for basketball than by naming your child after the second name of the greatest basketball players of all time- Michael Jordan. In 1970, Portland was granted an NBA expansion franchise and team officials announced a name-the-team contest. If you want to give your offspring a fun and unique name, use Lori ‘Loro’ Jone’s name for inspiration. Fortunately for you, there is a wide array of sports baby names to choose from. Reddies. Beijing 2022 . The Chiefs began play in the AFL in 1960 as the Dallas Texans.

(Voyageurs were the working-class employees of fur trading companies in the region during the 1700s.). If you want a German name for your little daughter, we’d suggest you go for Almuth, the German footballer. Achille Emana is a Cameroonian soccer player playing for Gimmnastic de Tarragona, the Spanish club. Dawn is also one of our favorite nature-inspired baby names. Rockets. It also belongs to Anna Sorenstam, the world famous golfer. Did you know that Julie Croteau sued her school for snatching her right to play baseball? This fine, power boy name that parents are using too much these days, has actually been around 1980s. Cameron is very popular with parents of Scottish and English origins. Rosey Brown, from the New York Giants, has a moniker that would sound much sweeter on a baby girl. Rebels. “The falcon is proud and dignified, with great courage and fight,” Elliott wrote.

And, in many cases they have. Danilo is the Ukrainian version of Daniel and means ‘God is my judge’. Sharks was chosen from 2,300 entries in San Jose's name-the-team contest. It sounds way better on its own. Shortly after insurance executive Rankin Smith brought professional football to Atlanta, a local radio station sponsored a contest to name the team. Avalanche eventually beat out Black Bears, Outlaws, Storm, Wranglers, Renegades, Rapids, and Cougars. There were 1,700 unique names submitted for a name-the-team contest for Seattle's NFL franchise in 1975, including Skippers, Pioneers, Lumberjacks, and Seagulls. Achille is the French spin on Achilles, the name of the great Homeric hero with a vulnerable heel. Blades was the most popular entry, but ultimately rejected because of its gang implications. Cecilia Santiago is the goalkeeper for the Mexico women’s national team. Cameron is the moniker of not one, but two football players. Previously, she had played for Australia, Sweden and across five different teams. Sheryl Swoopes is one of the greatest basketball names of all time. [ Read: Celebrity Baby Names With Meanings ]. If you a soccer mom-to-be, you might want to consider the moniker of the United States soccer superstar, Landon Donovan. Other names considered included the Sharks and Stingrays. This baby name nods to the female Canadian Olympian, Kallie Humphries. The three finalists in the name-the-team contest for Charlotte's 2004 expansion franchise were Bobcats, Dragons, and Flight. And if you wish to keep it traditional, go with the first name. Sharks won out for being both fierce and local - seven species of shark made their home in a stretch off the California coast called The Red Triangle. Raptors. This name shines even after so many years. Marta is the forward player of the Brazil Women’s National Team. Annie is a term baseball players call their groupies.

The moniker Lisa is a diminutive of Elizabeth and means ‘pledged to God’. All rights reserved. Baseball Baby Names; Diehard fans of sports are passionate. Ila Borders was the left-handed pitcher who went on to become the second woman to begin a men’s NCAA baseball game. When the team relocated to Memphis before the 2002-03 season, FedEx was prepared to offer the Grizzlies millions to rename the team the Express, but the NBA rejected the proposal. She even won the Player of the Year award. But, can these fanatics name their children after their favorite sports or sports stars? This name is a tad similar to Indian the name Arjun and means ‘bright and shining’. The Jaguars nickname was selected through a fan contest in 1991, two years before the city was officially awarded an NFL expansion team.

She’s also the winner of the Golden Boot in the Women’s World Cup. Andre de Grasse blasted past to win 100 and 200-meter events at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Competition. And the surname Palmer has a double reference- as an athlete and the executive of the “Mad Men”. Fewer people know that the Hornets were originally going to be called the Spirit.

… He can be held solely responsible for making Landon one of the fastest rising surnames in America. They personalize license plates, paint their bodies, and tailgate in sub-zero temperatures. There is not one, but two football stars named Jacoby, Jacoby Ford, and Jacoby Jones. But you have to agree that she has an equally lovely name. Americans often use Josh as a nickname for Joshua, but in Britain, it’s common as a stand alone name. Pepper is a term used for an exercise done in pre-game. That’s more than any other soccer player in the history.

Suggestions included Peaches, Vibrants, Lancers, Confederates, Firebirds, and Thrashers. The meaning of this endearing name is ‘song of joy’. It is associated both, with Cleveland Browns quarterback, Colt McCoy, and an entire football team. We hope you find our compilation helpful. Marina Navratilova is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. (Sports team names that begin with the letter “R”) Racers. It’s an ideal name for parents looking for a feminine name with a kickass meaning. Future surely holds plenty of other treasures for Miss ‘Misty’.

The winning nickname, an allusion to the old Spanish settlers of northern California, was so loudly ridiculed in the weeks that followed that fans claimed that the contest was fixed. This one’s truly unique. In 1998, Wild was chosen from a field of six finalists, which also included the Blue Ox, Northern Lights, White Bears, Freeze, and Voyageurs. Gothams also got some consideration, but the team didn’t like the idea of having it shortened to the Goths because “you know they weren’t such nice people.” The last finalist to fall was the New York Borros, a pun on the city’s boroughs; the team worried that opposing fans would make the Borros-burros connection and derisively call the squad the jackasses.

Well, of course, they can. Well, of course, they can. If you want to make this name more modern and stylish, do not use it as a nickname for Henry. The rival of Ronaldo, Messi’s first name is a strong contender in the baby name game. This name’s association with a disease might repel some parents. Royals. Another popular entry was Trail Blazers, whose logo is supposed to represent five players on one team playing against five players from another team.

But when the martial artist Ronda Rousey started making headlines, the name started leaping up the charts. When Vancouver was awarded an expansion franchise in 1994 to begin play the following season, the team's owners had tentative plans to name the team the Mounties. If you find Juliet old-fashioned, you can try Juliana or Juliet. After Pollin's friend, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated, Pollin decided to take action and announced his plans to rename the team. Dara is the name of one of our favorite Olympic swimmers. She even led China to win the Women’s Asian Cup three times in a row. It was the 53rd most used name in the year 2014. The moniker Homare belongs to the one of the greatest female midfielders. The last name of the David Beckham sounds much cooler than the first name (no offense to those named David). Nadine Angerer is the goalkeeper and captain of the German National Team. Olympic Games; Olympic Winter Games; Youth Olympic Games; All .