With the 2016 Olympic games kicking off this week, sports fans all around the world are gearing up to watch their favorite athletes from their favorite country go for the gold. Though the last four years have seen many of the athletes win tournaments and other varied championships, it is the 2016 summer Olympics that everyone has been waiting to witness. For moms-to-be, this worldwide sporting event can serve as a way to find e games can be a good way to find boy names inspired by the 2016 Olympic.
Featuring more than 11,000 athletes, this year's summer games has a plethora of players from many countries and sports. This means that you have a ton of options to chose from when it comes to baby names. Although naming your child after a pro player in the sport you love won't guarantee that they will have the same stamina or be gifted in the same areas, using the name as inspiration could lead them down the same path.
If you're expecting a little boy this year and are hoping he'll stand on the podium some day (or just have the inner strength of an olympian), these 27 Olympic-inspired boy names will help him on the path to greatness and gold.
Harrison Barnes of the Dallas Mavericks landed a spot on the U.S. Olympic basketball team this year. The English name, which was made popular by actor Harrison Ford, means "son of Harry."
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving helped his team win the 2016 NBA Championship, and will take his talents to Rio as a member of the U.S. Olympic team this summer. Originating in Greek, the lesser-known religious name Kyrie means "the Lord," and can be unisex.
Pro-basketball player Klay Thompson played an integral part in the Golden State Warriors winning the 2015 NBA Championship, and this year he'll be assisting the U.S. Olympic basketball team, too. Klay, which is a variation of the name Clay, is a shorthand version of the name Clayton, which means "place with good clay."
Prior to becoming a U.S. Olympic rugby sevens team player, Perry Baker played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. The unisex English name Perry means "dweller near a pear tree."
American rugby player Carlin Isles has been noted as the fastest rugby player in the world, according to The San Diego Union Tribune, and will be playing on this year's U.S. Olympic rugby team. The Irish name Carlin can be a name for either boy or girl and has a fitting meaning — "little champion."
According to USARugby.org, Zack Test currently leads all active players in tries scored in the World Rugby Sevens Series. The name Zack is a variation of the Hebrew name Zechariah and means "the Lord has remembered."
Garrett Bender is also on the U.S. Olympic rugby team and was recruited to play on the U.S. national team in 2012. His name, which is an variation of the Irish name Gerard, means "spear strength."
Men's indoor volleyball team player Micah Christenson was a gold medalist at the 2015 World Cup. Micah is a unisex name and has a Hebrew meaning of "who is like the Lord."
William Reid Priddy is an Olympic veteran. Also a unisex name, Reid means "red-haired" and originates from the English language.
Erik Shoji is a volleyball player who won a gold medal in the 2015 World Cup. A spelling variation of Eric, the name has an Old Norse origin and means "eternal ruler."
Lucas Tramer is a Switzerland rower who will make his first appearance in the Olympic games since 2012 this summer, according to Olympic.org. A Latin form of the name Luke, Lucas means "man from Lucania."
TeamUSA.org noted that professional sailer Charlie Buckingham will make his first appearance in the Olympic games this summer at Rio. Charlie, which is a form of the English name Charles, means "free man."
USAWaterPolo.org wrote that water polo player Jesse Smith is one of the game's most naturally gifted athletes. Originated from the Hebrew language, the name Jesse means "gift" and can be used for a boy or girl.
Bret Bonanni, who is on the 2016 U.S. Olympic water polo team, told NBC Olympics that if he were not an athlete, he'd be spending time with his friends traveling, surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. The name Bret is a variation of the Celtic name Brett and means "from Brittany."
According to the Olympic website, Brazilian swimmer Nicolas Oliveira previously attended the Olympic games in 2008 and 2012. Nicolas, which is a spelling variation of the Greek name Nicholas, means "people of victory."
Olympic swimmer Connor Jaeger currently holds the American record in the 1500 meter freestyle and 1650 yard freestyle, USASwimming.org wrote. The Irish name Connor means "lover of hounds."
U.S. table tennis player Timothy Wang has represented the U.S. in many competitions over the years, including the 2012 Olympics, according to TeamUSA.org. Timothy, which means "honoring God," comes from a Greek origin.
Olympic runner Javere Bell will represent Jamaica on the track and field team , alongside Usain Bolt. Javere is a variation of the name Xavier, which means "bright."
According to NBC Sports, Brazil gymnast Arthur Zanetti became the country's first gymnastics medalist. The Celtic originating name means" bear."
Julian Ayala is a professional fencer from Mexico. His name, which is an English variation of the Latin name Julius, means "youthful, downy."
According to Rio2016.com, both Felipe Sancery and his twin brother Daniel will be competing in this year's Olympic games. The name Felipe is a Spanish variation of the Greek name Phillip, which means "lover of horses."
Jordan Silva is a professional Mexican soccer player, playing for Deportivo Toluca in the Liga MX. The unisex Hebrew name Jordan means "flowing down."
Victor Guzman is also a professional Mexican soccer player, and will make his first Olympic appearance at the 2016 games. The name Victor means "conqueror" and come from the Latin language.
Mexican footballer Arturo Gonzalez will be playing alongside formerly mentioned pro players Victor Guzman and Jordan Silva in the 2016 Rio games. Like the name Arthur, Arturo means "bear."