Friday, November 16, 2007

Are you ready for some football?! Baby name-style!

Football season is in full swing. And while we're not exactly following all the games, we are always checking out the names that are making headlines. You never know where you'll find baby name inspiration. And with more and more searching for unique baby boy names, why not look to the roster of your favorite team?

While you can find out the standings of your favorite team, it takes a little more digging to find out how their quarterbacks match up against one another. So, we've done the work for you. No, we didn't compare passing yards and touchdowns. We compared their first names, of course!

So here it is, the top ten NFL teams' quarterbacks face off to see where their names rank. (Teams are listed in NFL rank.)

New England Patriots – Tom Brady
His team may be first, but his name isn't! Tom peaked in 1959 and currently is not ranked in the top 1000 baby names. (His full name is Thomas which comes in at #40)

Dallas Cowboys – Tony Romo
Tony peaked soon after in 1961 and is currently #320. (Although it's usually a nickname for Anthony, Tony's full name is Antonio which is ranked #92.)

Green Bay Packers – Brett Favre
Most popular in 1986, Brett is currently #242 and dropping at about a 25% rate.

Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning

Now at #138, Peyton is at its highest rank ever among boys’ names. (Maybe that's due in part to Manning's 10-year career – the name is still climbing at about a 60% rate!)

Pittsburgh Steelers – Ben Roethlisberger
It was at its peak in 1918, but today Ben comes in at #543 in the top 1000. (Although it's usually a nickname for Benjamin, this QB's full name is just Ben.)

Detroit Lions – Jon Kitna
Currently at #433, Jon hit its peak in 1964 and is declining at a 16% rate. (The more popular John is #18.)

Jacksonville Jaguars – David Garrard
Although it peaked in 1955, David is still ranked in the top 20 boys' names – it's #14.

New York Giants – Eli Manning

Ranked #152, Eli is in its peak and still on the rise. (Looks like the Manning parents had a knack for naming and raising QBs!)

Tennessee Titans – Vince Young
Most popular in 1962, Vince is no longer ranked in the top 1000 boys' names. (It's another nickname too! This QB's full name, Vincent, is #111 and on the rise.)

Buffalo Bills – J.P. (Jonathan Paul) Losman

The first in the bunch to stump Nymbler! J.P. isn't included in our database. (But Jonathan is! It's at #19.)

Did we miss your favorite team or player? Nymbler your top NFL name and let us know where it stands.


Anonymous said...

Actually Ben Roethlisberger's full name is in fact Benjamin. He is just known as Ben or "Big Ben". said...

Thanks for reading the blog and thanks for the comment! We found our info on the Steeler's web site. (
We're always happy to have the correct information though! Thanks again for catching our mistake!

Tirzah said...

My friend is letting her husband name the baby. Her daughter-to-be will be named "Brady" after Tom Brady!

Anonymous said...

My 2 year old is named Peyton, and we found out yesterday this one is a boy, too. Our top pick right now is Braylon (Braylon edwards, cleveland browns I think). My husband comes up with the names, but so far I have really liked them.

Aimee said...

We have an Emmitt (after Emmitt Smith on the Dallas Cowboys) and my other sons middle name is Dallas!