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10 Baby Names Inspired by the Olympics

10 Olympics-Inspired Baby Names

With Olympic athletes gearing up to do their thang this summer, you’d think I’d be inspired to get out there and sweat. Not so much. Instead, these awesome athletes have inspired me to do what I currently enjoy the most: Search for baby names.

There are a few that didn’t make my list simply because they are just a little too out there for a baby in today’s world. But their links to the Olympics are too strong to ignore, so here are some worthy of an honorable mention: Zeus, Hera, Hyleas, Appolo, and Vulcan (I mean, really. Who’s going to name their son Vulcan?).

After the jump, check out 10 Olympics-inspired baby names that could be used for today’s tots.


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  • Mia 1 of 10
    Mia
    Origin: Latin, Italian, Israeli
    Meaning: My; Wished-for child
    Mia Hamm is perhaps the most famous soccer athlete of all time, having scored more international goals during her career than any other player — male or female. With a record like that, who wouldn't be honored to be named after her?
    Photo: The Zygo Soccer Report
    Name Source: SheKnows Baby Names
  • Olympia 2 of 10
    Olympia
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: From Mount Olympus, home of the ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses
    Considering that Olympia is the city in Greece that was the site of the ancient Olympic Games, this female name is strongly rooted in Olympic history. It's also one I'm trying to convince my spouse to add to our list ... but that task isn't going over so well.
    Photo: Wikipedia
    Name Source: Think Baby Names
  • Venus (aka Aphrodite) 3 of 10
    Venus (aka Aphrodite)
    Origin: Latin, Greek
    Meaning: Goddess of love
    Aphrodite was one of the goddesses who ruled the universe from Mount Olympus, and the Romans called her Venus. Today, Venus Williams rules the tennis court, including the courts at the Olympics; she's won more gold medals than any other female tennis player.
    Photo: Wikipedia
    Name Source: Baby Namer
  • Demetrius 4 of 10
    Demetrius
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Earth lover
    King of ancient Macedonia, Demetrius earned that title by saving the city, whose people later became key in managing the games at Olympia. And American Demetrius Andrade competed in the 2008 Olympics for boxing, giving this name even more Olympic appeal.
    Photo:Wikipedia
    Name Source: SheKnows Baby Names
  • Victor 5 of 10
    Victor
    Origin: Latin
    Meaning: Conqueror
    With a meaning like "conqueror," it's perhaps the strongest male name ever. And it's also what every athlete hopes to leave the Olympic games as: a victor.
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
    Name Source: NameBerry
  • Athena 6 of 10
    Athena
    Origin: Greek
    Meaning: Goddess of Wisdom and War
    Athena was such a strong goddess reigning from Mount Olympus that she got a city named after her: Athens, Greece. This name strikes a great balance between soft-sounding femininity and some hardcore strength.
    Photo: Wikipedia
    Name Source: BabyNames.com
  • Picabo 7 of 10
    Picabo
    Origin: Native American
    Meaning: Shining waters
    If you think Olympia is off-beat, Picabo is likely even harder to imagine as a name. But skiier Picabo Street has done this Native American moniker proud with her 1998 Winter Olympics gold medal win.
    Photo: Celebutopia
    Name Source: BabyNames.com
  • Diana (aka Artemis) 8 of 10
    Diana (aka Artemis)
    Origin: Italian, Greek
    Meaning: Huntress and virgin goddess of the moon
    Artemis, called Diana by the Romans, was one of the Goddesses who ruled from Mount Olympus. Known for her swiftness and beauty, Diana is an easily lovable name.
    Photo: Wikipedia
    Name Source: BabyZone
  • Florence 9 of 10
    Florence
    Origin: Latin
    Meaning: Flourishing, prosperous
    Florence Griffith-Joyner, or Flo-Jo, was a late-'80s U.S. Olympic track star. And since it means "prosperous," others with the name Florence are sure to go places.
    Photo: Wikipedia
    Name Source: NameBerry
  • Muhammad 10 of 10
    Muhammad
    Origin: Arabic
    Meaning: Praiseworthy
    I bet it'd be hard to find anyone in this country who hasn't heard of Muhammad Ali. This American icon won the gold medal in boxing during the 1960 Summer Olympics.
    Photo: Wikipedia
    Name Source: Behind the Name

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