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Baby Names from Hockey

A reader named Elizabeth has sent me a rather cool list of hockey-inspired baby names. She writes:

I’m a name enthusiast and a hockey fanatic, and my husband and I have been tossing around the idea of naming our son after hockey players.

They haven’t seen any lists of hockey names for babies, though, so they decided to compile one themselves. It includes “both all-time greats and current players.”

I thought I’d pass it along to share with fellow rink rats who may be reading your blog and can’t think of anything other than Wayne (Gretzky), Herb (Brooks), or Patrick (Roy).

Or Bobby (Orr), whose statue was recently unveiled outside the Garden! But I digress…

Here is the list:

Andreas (Andreas Lilja, Andreas Nödl)
Aurèle (Aurèle Émile Joliat)
Bentley (Max Bentley, Doug Bentley)
Bourque (Ray Bourque, Rene Bourque)
Briere (Danny Briere)
Brooks (Herb Brooks, Brooks Laich)
Crosby (Sidney Crosby)
Dryden (Ken Dryden)
Eaves (Patrick Eaves)
Elias (Patrik Elias)
Émile (Aurèle Émile Joliat)
Ennis (Tyler Ennis)
Evgeni (Evgeni Malkin, Evgeni Nabokov)
Ilya (Ilya Kovalchuk, Ilya Bryzgalov)
Kane (Patrick Kane)
Lach (Elmer Lach)
Lemieux (Mario Lemieux)
Luca (Luca Caputi)
Malkin (Evgeni Malkin)
Malone (Joe Malone, Ryan Malone)
Marek (Marek Svatos)
Mario (Mario Lemieux)
Marleau (Patrick Marleau)
Michal (Michal Handzus)
Milan (Milan Hejduk)
Modano (Mike Modano)
Nikolai (Nikolai Khabibulin)
Parise (Zach Parise)
Pavel (Pavel Datsyuk)
Rene (Rene Bourque)
Savard (Serge Savard, Marc Savard)
Shore (Eddie Shore)
Stephane (Stephane Yelle)
Turco (Marty Turco)

Thanks so much for sharing, Elizabeth!

Another good source of hockey names is the Legends of Hockey website, which is affiliated with the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Which hockey names are your favorites?

Baby Name Needed – Boy Name for Hudson’s Brother

A reader named Tamela wrote to me yesterday. She has one son named Hudson and is expecting her second son in a couple of months. She’d like some name suggestions for baby boy #2.

Hudson comes from a surname, so the first place I’d look is other surnames. Here are a few ideas:


(At first I was only going to omit names ending with -son. Then I decided to cut all names with n-endings, just to get a good range of sounds in there.)

Do you like any of the above with Hudson? What other names would you suggest to Tamela?

UPDATE (3/14): Tamela has to get some adoption paperwork squared away, so she needs to select a name within the next few days.

Here are a few more facts:

  • The baby’s surname will be a Spanish name that starts with an S. Think Silva, or Santos. (Neither of these is the actual surname.)
  • Because the baby is coming from Russia, Tamela would really like something that’s “at least a little Russian.”
  • Current favorites include Maxwell, Luis (nn Louie) and George (Tamela’s father’s name). She also mentioned Matteo in this comment.

I really like both George and Maxwell with Hudson. I think either one would sound great as a first name.

Matteo doesn’t strike me as being a great match to Hudson, in terms of style. (Fits perfectly with the surname, though.)

I’m undecided on Luis. I don’t think it’s a terrible match, but I don’t think it would fit as well with Hudson as Maxwell or George would.

As for Russian names, let’s see…Maksim or Maksimilian are both similar to Maxwell. Yuri is a version of George. (Also a cosmonaut!)

Or perhaps one of these Russian names would work as a middle:


(I picked these because they’re so close to their English equivalents. Almost like they’re just English names with a Russian twist.)

As far as combinations go, I’m partial to George Maksim and George Maksimilian. Both are similar to George Maxwell, which Tamela mentioned in her comment, but they look and sound a bit more Russian.

What other thoughts/ideas do you have for Tamela?

UPDATE (12/1): The baby’s name has been chosen! Scroll down to the last comment to see what it is.

Most Popular Baby Names in Malta in 2007

Malta seems to be having some trouble tallying baby names. According to the island’s National Statistics Office, these were the top boy names for 2007:

1. Luke/Luca
2. Matthew/Matteo/Matthias
3. Jake
4. Julian
5. John/Gianni/Jean/Juan/Sean
6. Nicholas/Nikolai & Aiden
7. Kieran
8. Isaac
9. Andrew/André/Andrea & Zack
10. Nathan/Nathaniel
11. Jeremy/Jerome & James/Jamie & Jayden
12. Daniel & Gabriel & Miguel
13. Liam
14. Alexander/Alessandro/Alejandro & Neil
15. Michael/Mikiel/Mikail/Michele & Carl/Carlo/Karl & Kyle
16. Benjamin & Thomas/Tommaso
17. Christian/Kristian
18. Mark/Marc/Marco
19. Dejan & Denzel
20. Kayden
98 babies
37 (tie)
33 (tie)
31 (tie)
29 (tie)
26 (tie)
24 (tie)
20 (tie)
16 (tie)

There’s nothing wrong with the list itself. But problems begin when you try to compare this list with the 2006 list.

For instance, in 2006, 49 boys were named Michael or Michele. A year later, there’s no way to tell if either of these names has became more or less popular — all we know is that 24 boys were named Michael, Michele Mikiel or Mikail, and that 29 boys were named Miguel specifically.

And that’s just the beginning. Between 2006 and 2007, Nicholas became Nicholas/Nikolai, Thomas became Thomas/Tommaso, and James became James/Jamie. Alexander became Alexander/Alessandro/Alejandro, while (accent-less) Andre became Andrew/André/Andrea. All of these odd groupings make it impossible to draw conclusions about how the popularity level of a specific name has changed over time.

I am also suspicious about spelling. Aidan (#6) and Jaydon (#19) from the 2006 list seemed to morph into Aiden (#6) and Jayden (#11) in 2007.

Finally — and this may be nit-picky — I dislike how Jeremy and Jerome were lumped together. The names may look alike, but they are unrelated.

I have issues with the girl names as well:

1. Maria/Mariah
2. Martina
3. Julia/Giulia
4. Christina/Kristina/Christine/Christa
5. Elisa/Eliza/Elizabeth
6. Sarah
7. Emma & Maya
8. Nicole/Nicola/Nicolette
9. Amy & Jasmine/Yasmine
10. Michela/Michelle
11. Katrina/Katie & Shania
12. Aaliyah & Hayley & Jade
13. Alexandra/Alessandra/Alessia
14. Francesca/Ylenia
15. Kylie
16. Kaya
17. Emily & Kayleigh
18. Kelsey & Leah & Rihanna & Thea
19. Ella & Elena & Kiera & Kyra
20. Hannah
73 babies
34 (tie)
30 (tie)
27 (tie)
19 (tie)
16 (tie)
15 (tie)
14 (tie)

Between 2006 and 2007, Julia became Julia/Giula, Nicole became Nicole/Nicola/Nicolette, Jasmin (sans e) became Jasmine/Yasmine, and Elisa/Eliza became Elisa/Eliza/Elisabeth. Michela went from being grouped with Michaela to being grouped with Michelle.

And, as with the boys, I don’t think spelling stayed consistent. Hailey (#10, 2006) became Hayley (#12, 2007) and Kaylie (#17, 2006) became Kayleigh (#17, 2007).

Malta, you’re driving me crazy! I hope the top names of 2008 are listed more logically (i.e., using name-groupings that have been used before). I’m keeping my eye on you… :)