16 Baby Boy Names Inspired By World Cup Players

Need some baby name inspiration? Look no further than the most popular sporting event on earth.

baby with soccer ball and Brazilian flag for the World Cup Tyler Olson/Shutterstock

It turns out that the most popular sporting event of the summer also features some pretty popular baby boy names. We compared the names of popular soccer players to the latest baby name data published by the Social Security Adminstration, and found that plenty of players have names that rose in popularity from 2012 to 2013.

Here, the athletic baby boy names that are scoring major goals with new parents.

  • Abel (jumped 13 spots) Abel Aguilar from Colombia
  • Blaise (jumped 10 spots) Blaise Matuidi from France
  • Cristiano (didn't rank in 2012; placed 947 out of 1,000 in 2013) Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal
  • Graham (jumped 12 spots) Graham Zusi from the United States
  • Hassan (jumped 35 spots) Hassan Yebda from Algeria
  • Jasper (jumped 16 spots) Jasper Cillessen from the Netherlands
  • Jefferson (jumped 8 spots) Jefferson de Oliveira Galví£o from Brazil
  • Jordy (didn't rank in 2012; placed 984 out of 1,000 in 2013) Jordy Clasie from the Netherlands
  • Lionel (jumped 74 spots) Lionel Messi from Argentina
  • Matthias (jumped 73 spots) Matthias Ginter from Germany
  • Neymar (jumped 57 spots) Neymar da Silva Santos from Brazil
  • Remy (jumped 141 spots) Remy Cabella from France
  • Roman (jumped 25 spots) Roman Burki from Switzerland
  • Thiago (jumped 374 spots) Thiago Silva from Brazil
  • Valentin (jumped 18 spots) Valentin Stocker from Switzerland
  • Waylon (jumped 33 spots) Waylon Francis from Costa Rica