Are you a soccer fan? Here are some baby names that have debuted in the SSA’s baby name data thanks to soccer players:
The baby name Pele debuted as a boy name in 1975 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pelé. He joined the New York Cosmos in 1975 and helped them become the NASL champions in 1977.
- 1977: unlisted
- 1976: unlisted
- 1975: 5 baby boys named Pele [debut]
- 1974: unlisted
- 1973: unlisted
The baby name Eder debuted in 1982 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Éder Aleixo de Assis, who played for Brazil in the 1982 World Cup.
- 1984: 28 baby boys named Eder
- 1983: 37 baby boys named Eder
- 1982: 48 baby boys named Eder [debut]
- 1981: unlisted
- 1980: unlisted
The baby name Josimar debuted in 1986 thanks to Brazilian soccer player Josimar Higino Pereira, who played for Brazil in the 1986 World Cup.
- 1988: unlisted
- 1987: 6 baby boys named Josimar
- 1986: 10 baby boys named Josimar [debut]
- 1985: unlisted
- 1984: unlisted
The trendy baby name Xavi was probably inspired by Spanish soccer player Xavier “Xavi” Hernández. Though I can’t link the name’s debut to any particular event, I can tell you that the name saw peak usage in 2010 and 2011, at the height of Xavi’s career.
- 2007: 21 baby boys named Xavi
- 2006: 18 baby boys named Xavi
- 2005: 6 baby boys named Xavi [debut]
- 2004: unlisted
- 2003: unlisted
The baby name Sneijder debuted in 2008 thanks to Dutch soccer player Wesley Sneijder, who played in the Euro 2008.
- 2010: 14 baby boys named Sneijder
- 2009: 5 baby boys named Sneijder
- 2008: 10 baby boys named Sneijder [debut]
- 2007: unlisted
- 2006: unlisted
Which of the above names do you like best?