When you're choosing a name for your future baby, it's normal to turn to people you admire for inspiration. If you're an athlete, or even just an avid sports fan, looking to the greats is the perfect place to start. There are plenty of baby names inspired by famous athletes that would make a great choice for your future sports lover.
Whether you're hoping to raise the next Olympic athlete, instill a sense of competition or work ethic in your child, or just give them a name from someone you look up to, your favorite athlete is the perfect place to start.
Though I was never very good at sports as a child, to my husband, sports were his life. He grew up playing every sport he could squeeze into his schedule. He looked up to his favorite athletes and aspired to be like them. After seeing the influence not only playing baseball and football (and everything else) but watching his favorite athletes had on my husband's childhood, the thought of naming a baby after one of them doesn't seem out of the question.
Some of these names are common enough that they wouldn't be obvious namesakes, while others are more or less trademarked by the athlete. Whichever route you choose, there is something inspirational about these names and the athletes they represent.