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11 Kentucky Derby-Themed Baby Names For Your Future Horse Lover

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There comes a time in every pregnancy when, like it or not, you have to choose a name. You can turn to your family tree, the top 100 charts, celebrity baby names, or even make up your own baby's name out of thin air. With the Kentucky Derby fast approaching though, perhaps you weren't aware of the vast array of naming possibilities from the race's participants. Yes, the horses. If people can find inspiration from celebrities, I see no reason at all why Kentucky Derby themed baby names can't be a thing.

I know what you're thinking. "There's no way in heck that I'm naming my child Seabiscuit. Or any of the other ridiculous horse names they come up with." And I understand. Really, I do. I mean, Danzing Candy is one of the contenders this year. But, the key word here is inspired by. If you want to name your future child Danzing Candy or Trojan Nation, then by all means, go for it. But I'm a firm believer in seeing creativity in every situation— horse races and all.

In fact, some of the horses of this year and of previous years have downright inspirational names that wouldn't require too much of a stretch for a baby name. Others, will probably take a little bit of creativity. But in today's age, creativity is the whole point, right?

1. Nyquist

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Exercise rider Jonny Garcia takes Nyquist over the track during training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 05, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Currently the horse with the highest odds and earnings, Nyquist has taken first in every race he's been in. If naming your child after a horse with a name all too close to a common over the counter sleep aid, maybe try Nick or Nicole instead.

2. My Man Sam

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: My Man Sam runs on the track during the morning training for the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Or just, you know, Sam for short. And then you can call him "my man Sam" or "my girl Sam" because gender neutral names are in for horses too.

3. Lani

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As cute as it is feminine (despite the fact that Lani is a colt), this name could actually conceivably be given to a child. It's pretty darn adorable, in fact. Just don't tell the horse I said so.

4. Ferdinand

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The 1986 Kentucky Derby winner is named for the German word meaning, "bold voyager."

5. Tom's Ready

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The number 12 horse this year, Tom's Ready could easily be nodded at with the name Thomas or Tom. See also: Mo Tom. Apparently Tom's are big in the horse world too.

6. Shagaf

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Shagaf trains on the track for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 03, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Shagaf is the Urdu word for "break" and is a very interesting, albeit powerful, sounding choice.

7. Mohaymen

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: Mohaymen trains on the track for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Meaning "protector" in Latin, Mohaymen is a grey thoroughbred with an impressive history. If you love the meaning but are hesitant to go with a name you can barely pronounce, William and Alex both mean protector as well.

8. Apollo

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You can't go wrong with Greek Mythology. The 1882 Derby winner was named Apollo after the Greek god of music, truth, and prophecy.

9. Destin

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Destin gets a bath after training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 03, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

A quirky spin on the more common name Destiny (or the Florida city...), Destin is a contender for this year's race.

10. Whitmore

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A horse whose name has serious British undertones, Whitmore is similar to more common names like Whitney or even Whit or Walt.

11. Brody's Cause

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Or just Brody, which is the Scottish word for "ditch."