Baby Names Inspired by Sporting Stars from Around the World


2018 is shaping to be an impressive year for sport, particularly in the summer. Starting with the Football World Cup in Russia, Wimbledon, the British F1 Grand Prix in Silverstone, Golf Open, Tour de France, women’s hockey World Cup and ending with the European Athletics Championships in Glasgow and Berlin.

Sporting stars are typically high achievers and have the ability to be focused on their goals as well as being highly disciplined. They provide great inspiration for baby names, for those who want to encourage a sense of discipline and passion within their children.

Read on to discover 10 baby names, inspired by some of the world’s highest achieving sporting stars…

Baby Boy Names Inspired by Sporting Stars


Considered to be one of the greatest racers of all time, Michael Schumacher’s name is closely connected to Formula 1. He won seven championships in total and was known as being the most statistically sound driver of all time.

Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time with 28 medals achieved in swimming. He also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals (23) and won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games alone and continued winning medals for four Olympics in a row.

Michael is a Hebrew name meaning ‘who is like God?’


Diego Armando Maradona Franco has been suggested to be the greatest football player of all times. Diego is famous for one of football’s most iconic moments, in the 1986 World Cup and won the World Cup for Argentina. When he retired as a footballer, he continued his work in football as a manager. Lionel Messi a fellow Argentinian international footballer now holds the mantle of best player in the world.

The name Diego is of Spanish origin, and is the Hispanic version of James, meaning ‘Supplanter’.


Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Clay) was an American professional boxer, activist and philanthropist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarising figure both inside and outside the ring. Ali drew record global television audiences, including 1 billion viewers for “The Rumble in the Jungle” (1974) and “Thrilla in Manila” (1975), and 2 billion for Ali–Spinks II (1978) and “The Last Hurrah” (1980).

Sir Mohamed Muktar Jama “Mo” Farah, CBE is the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history. He is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in both the 5000 m and 10,000m and is the second athlete in modern Olympic Games history, to win both the 5000 m and 10,000 m titles at successive Olympic Games.

Muhammad (also spelt Mohamed or Mohammed) is an Arabic name meaning ‘Praiseworthy’ and ‘Glorified’.


Kobe Bryant is a highly influential basketball player and has been suggested to be ‘one of the greatest competitors to live.’ Kobe is said to be blessed with skill and charisma and has left a major mark on the NBA since entering in 1996.

The name Kobe originates from Japan and translates as ‘God’s door’.


The former professional boxer Lennox Lewis competed from 1989 to 2003. The British boxer is a three-time heavyweight champion and a two-time lineal champion.

Lennox is a Gaelic name, and is said to mean ‘Lives near the place abounding in elm trees’.

Baby Girl Names Inspired by Sporting Stars



Athlete and Olympic Heptathlon Champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is an Olympic champion and British record-holder in the heptathlon. Known to be an inspiring role model, Jessica is also active in politics.

Jessica is a Hebrew name, meaning ‘rich’ and ‘god beholds’.


Founder of the 30 Per Cent Club, Helena Morrissey was instrumental in moving the women’s Boat Race onto the same course on the same day as the men, resulting in 4.8 million people watching the live BBC coverage. Helena is a Cambridge graduate and mother of nine, and through her work she has created a template for the future of women’s sport.

Helena is a Greek name, meaning ‘light’ and ‘bright’.


This unique name is that given to BT’s managing director of sport, Delia Bushell. In addition, Delia is a champion of Action Woman of the Year Awards, which celebrates the top 10 performances by British athletes.

The name Delia is a Welsh baby name, meaning ‘dark’.



Hope Amelia Solo is an American soccer goalkeeper and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Since 2000 she has been the goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team and is renowned for her achievements in sport.

Hope is an English baby name and is one of the three Christian virtues: Hope, Faith and Charity.



Currently ranked number one in women’s singles tennis by the Women’s Tennis Association, Serena Williams is famous worldwide for her achievements in tennis. She has been ranked number one in the world a total of six times since 2002.

A Latin name meaning ‘serene’ and ‘calm’.

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