Are you hoping to give birth to a star athlete? If you’re looking for an athletic name that will stand out from the crowd, consider one of these ten unusual names from today’s sports stars.

Boys’ Names

1. Peyton – Peyton Manning of the Indiana Colts has received the most MVP awards in the NFL to date. His masculine name is definitely a winning pick for any future athlete.

2. Evander – Boxing champion Evander Holyfield has a name that comes from ancient times. Evander is a name common to Greek and Roman mythology, with the most famous Evander being the one who founded the city that preceded Rome.

3. Jacoby – Jacoby Ellsbury plays baseball for the Boston Red Sox and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to play in the American major leagues.

4. Landon – US soccer star Landon Donovan of the LA Galaxy has brought unusual popularity to his name. It has recently risen to as high as #36 on the list for baby names.

5. Colt – Single-syllable names have become more popular in recent years, as they seem to denote power and decisiveness. Colt McCoy is the quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. The name Colt also has connotations with another football team, the Indiana Colts.

6. Lleyton – This unusual spelling of the name Leighton is the moniker of Australian tennis star Lleyton Hewitt. The double l at the beginning has Welsh origins, like the names Lloyd and Llewellyn.

Girls’ Names

1. Danica – As the first woman to win an Indy Car race, Danica Patrick is passionate about racing. She is attractive and brave, especially for competing in a male-dominated sport. Danica is a Slavic name that means “morning star.”

2. Annika –Swedish golf champion Annika Sorenstam has added a new twist to the names Ann and Anna. Annika was also the name of Pippi Longstocking’s friend and a character in Star Trek Voyager.

3. Sasha – Sasha Cohen is a popular figure skater who won the Olympic silver medal in 2006. The name is a Russian nickname for both Alexander and Alexandra and is also the name of President Obama’s youngest daughter.

4. Venus – One of the greatest female tennis players of all time is undoubtedly Venus Williams. Venus was originally the name of the Roman goddess of love and beauty, but Williams has added an athletic spin to the name.

This article was written by Nathan Henley. He is a sports psychologist who specializes in performance improvement and injury rehabilitation. He also owns the site Sports Psychology Degree for students interested in getting a degree in sports psychology.

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