While researching the name Deneen, I happened upon a 1997 article from University of Minnesota campus newspaper The Minnesota Daily about hurdler Niles Running Deneen.
Ironically, but his middle name wasn’t inspired by sports:
“My mother had an art professor in college named Orville Running,” Deneen said. “She really admired him and was a very influential person in her experience in art. She wanted to pass that name on, and she gave it to me, not thinking I was going to be a runner or something.”
Do you think the middle name “Running” made it more likely that Niles would become a runner?
(Nowadays, Niles Running Deneen is running his family’s pottery business.)