Score Big with These Sporty Baby Girl Names!
If you’ve set your heart on choosing sporty baby girl names, we’re here to help!
There are so many baby names to pick from, simply because there a lot of super amazing sportswomen who set the bar as inspirations. Gymnasts, swimmers, soccer players, athletes, golfers, figure skaters—we haven’t even gotten off the starting blocks yet, to be honest!
BabyNamesPedia has rounded up 15 fantastic sports-inspired girl names that can give you a head start in your search for the perfect name. Ready, steady, go!
Bubbling over with energy and cheer, Gail is a Middle English name that means ‘jovial.’ Positivity is a hallmark of this name, in the same way that American sprinter Gail Devers overcame Graves’ Disease to win a silver medal during the 1991 Olympics’ 100 meter hurdles. You go, girl!
Even if soccer isn’t your sport, chances are, you’ve heard of America’s soccer icon, Mia Hamm. The face of women’s soccer, Mia is also one of this sport’s most bankable athletes. We’ve always thought Mia had a bit of a celebrity ring to it. Interestingly, it means ‘star of the sea’ from its Latin roots.
America’s sweetheart on skates, Tara Lipinski was the youngest person to win a world figure skating title. Her name comes from the Celtic origins, meaning ‘hill.’ Tara also has Sanskrit roots and means ‘star’ in several Indian languages.
Some may consider Florence a bit old-fashioned, but it’s hard to associate anything slow with one of its most famous namesakes ever. Sprint queen Florence Griffith Joyner, or Flo Jo, still holds the record for the world’s fastest 100-meter dash for women at the time of this writing.
Long before Tara Lipinski glided into fame, the grand dame of the international figure skating circuit was Norwegian skater, Sonja Henie. Sonja was the first to transform skating into the glamorous and alluring sport it is today. Sonja has Old Greek origins and means ‘wisdom.’
Who wouldn’t like baby girl names that embody strength and beauty? Just look at former professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece or Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas for inspiration. Gabrielle is a name with Hebrew origins that means ‘woman of God or God is my strength.’
This sporty baby girl name means ‘hope’ in Russian. Nadia became popular with the stunning win of gymnast Nadia Comaneci during the 1976 Montreal Olympics. It’s a perfect ten of a name, straddling well on the balance beam of a familiar yet foreign sound.
Don’t let the sweet ring of this name fool you. Amanda is the ultimate tough cookie of baby girl names! If you’re into ice hockey, you’d be familiar with Amanda Kessel or Amanda Pelkey, both of whom are sensational ice hockey players. Amanda is a Latin name that means ‘lovable.’
We’re completely mad about this name, and not just because American freestyle skier Maddie Bowman makes skiing look so cool and effortless. Maddie is a diminutive of both baby names, and we’re bowled over by how all-American this name is.
Angelique is a variation of Angel, and also the name of the German professional tennis player, Angelique Kerber. This name has Old Greek origins and means ‘messenger of God, angel.’
There’s so much success pumped into this name which sounds like a blend of Dan and Monica. It is so unique that American professional racing driver Danica Patrick is globally known just by her first name. Meaning ‘morning star,’ Danica has Slavonic origins.
From Hebrew roots, Simone or Simona means ‘God has heard.’ Famous sportswomen include gymnast Simone Biles and Romanian tennis player Simona Halep.
For a beautiful Scandinavian name, look no further than Annika. Champion golfer Annika Sorenstam made the name famous throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s. This name means ‘God was gracious’ in Hebrew.
Australian swimmer, Leisel Jones, is considered one of the finest breaststroke swimmers of her generation. Leisel is a pet form of Elizabeth, which means ‘God is my oath.’
Stepping Up to the Plate
Taking name inspirations from these sportswomen sets out a strong foundation for your baby girl. They can empower young girls to reach their fullest potential and tear down gender norms on and off the field.
While names do play a significant role in your child’s life, it’s still our responsibility as parents to plant the right seeds so they can achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.