In the winter of 1986, after the Montreal Canadiens won the Stanley Cup, a baby boy in Haiti was named Mats Naslund Civil after Swedish player Mats Naslund.
The name was his godmother’s idea. “While Civil’s mother agreed to name her baby Mats Naslund, in private she called him Jean-Loup, a name she preferred and found easier to pronounce.”
Mats now lives in Montreal. He works and a bank, and the topic of his name frequently comes up. “Every day, at least two or three customers would ask me about it. They would say: ‘Is that your real name?’ Some of them thought it was a joke.”
Despite this, he likes his name. “It is a great conversation starter. It makes people smile. I have even been asked for my autograph.”
(The “Loup” in Jean-Loup is derived from lupus, Latin for “wolf.” Same with the “Lupe” in Guadalupe.)
Source: Wilton, Katherine. “Say hello to Mats Naslund.” Montreal Gazette 19 May 2010.