Before You Name Your Kid After a Sports Star

New Orleans newspaper The Times-Picayune ran a story yesterday about a baby boy named Payton Brees after New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. His mom, Jon Lauren Blair, had decided on the name long before she knew the baby’s gender. (And she said she would have used the name regardless of gender.)

Now, I don’t know anything about Sean Payton, and I know very little about Drew Brees, but I do know this: naming children after modern public figures (like pro athletes) is risky business. These people might seem cool to you now, but they probably won’t seem cool to you forever. I mean, what if the person ends up…

You see where I’m headed with this.

I’m not saying Sean Payton and/or Drew Brees will end up doing any of the things above, but you never know. (Remember what happened to Tiger Woods?)

And that’s the risk.

Do you really want to take a risk like that with your child’s name?

Source: Drew Brees, Sean Payton a winning combination — for baby’s name


6 thoughts on “Before You Name Your Kid After a Sports Star

  1. At least Payton has some other notable associations, so one could downplay the coach connection if need be. Brees, not so much.

  2. Another recent example: South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, charged a few days ago with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    And — this is hilarious — my husband just told me about Sean Payton being suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season due to his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. I wonder how the mom of little Payton Brees felt about that…

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