21 Rugged Names For Boys That Sporty Dads Will Love

It's football season again and that means that it's time to get on game faces and get that adrenaline pumping. For couples who are expecting to give birth around this season, it is only appropriate to at least consider an NFL name if they are having a boy. This way, they can plant the seed that he will one day grow up to be a professional athlete. No pressure or anything.

Dads are always thrilled when they find out that they are having a boy, especially if it is their first child. Any sports fan will show the ultimate testament of loyalty to their team by naming one of their sons after a player. If mom is pregnant during football season, the baby is going to be around all sorts of excitement. Mom might even feel a kick or two if her team scores a touchdown. That is their way of telling mom what they want their name to be once they are born.

Moms should consider themselves lucky if they are due right after the Superbowl has happened. It will be then that the destiny of the baby boy's name will be determined. Without further adieu, let the tailgating begin and check out these 21 baby boy names that sports fan dads will go gaga over.

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21 Brady

Named after: Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots.

Love them or hate them, the New England Patriots hold an undeniable record for winning Superbowls in the past decade. For the most part, they can thank their quarterback, Tom Brady for that one. This name is a total no-brainer for many East coast parents-to-be. The alternative to this would be to name your boy "Tom" but that one is too obvious and probably already overused, especially in the New England area.

As for the whole deflate gate thing...well, everyone is still just jealous that they won the Superbowl.

20 Peyton (or Payton)

Named after: Peyton Manning, former quarterback of the Denver Broncos and Walter Payton, former running back of the Chicago Bears

Peyton or Payton (either way you want to spell it) has been both the first and last name of some iconic NFL players. The origin of the name Payton derives from Scottish origin. According to SheKnows, people with this name tend to initiate events, to be leaders rather than followers, with powerful personalities. This seems fitting seeing as though Peyton Manning is a five-time NFL MVP which certainly spells out someone with powerful leadership qualities.

19 Brett

Named after: Brett Favre, former quarterback of the Green Bay Packers

There was a time in the '90s when Brett Favre was a dynasty and every Midwestern family wanted to name their firstborn son Brett. It was the all-American boy name if you lived in the state of Wisconsin. That was until Brett Favre kept getting traded around by the New York Jets.

For now, we should just remember the good old times when the Packers and the Cowboys had an ongoing rivalry throughout the '90s and our childhoods. The name "Brett" for any baby boy now will be a nod to nostalgia.

18 Aaron

Named after: Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers is indeed the MVP of the NFL and there is no better time to name your baby boy Aaron than now. The Hebrew the meaning of the name Aaron is: Lofty; exalted; high mountain, according to She Knows. That sounds about right considering the fact that Aaron Rodgers is the king of comebacks when the score is down. Aaron is the name that you give a boy when you have high expectations that he will make it far in life.

17 Russell

Named after: Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Wilson is currently the second highest rated NFL passer of all time behind Aaron Rodgers, so that would be a safe alternative for Seahawks fans. Russell is a name that sounds a bit more old school but definitely the name of a football player nonetheless. In the original Latin term, the name Russell meant red-haired which is a bit strange but we'll take it. Russell Wilson is a rising star in the NFL and shows no signs of stopping.

16 Emmitt

Named after: Emmitt Smith, former running back of the Dallas Cowboys.

Emmitt is one of those names you can spell in a variety of ways whether or not you want to omit the double "m" or double "t". During the '90s and early '00s, Emmitt Smith was a force to be reckoned with and helped lead the Cowboys to the Superbowl on multiple occasions. He played for thirteen seasons before being traded off to the Cardinals. Emmitt is also one of those adorable gender-neutral names that can be used for a baby girl as well.

15 Terrell


Named after: Terrell Owns, wide receiver of the Seattle Seahawks

Terrell sounds like the name of the guy who isn't necessarily the head of the pack, but plays an important role nonetheless. This is the definition of a wide-receiver. Though the name Terrell has been very Americanized, it is originally German. In German, the meaning of Terrell means "powerful" which is incredibly important if your future son is going to make it into the NFL. Terrell Owens is famous for his flamboyant touchdown celebrations, and so will your future baby boy at his little league games.

14 Cam

Named after: Cam Newton, quarterback of the Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton is an up and coming quarterback who is taking names in the NFL. This will be obvious that you are naming your baby boy after an NFL player if his full name is "Cam" and not short for "Cameran" or some other lofty name like that. In 2015, Cam Newton will be the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and rush for 10 in the same season. This is one of those football names where there is no deeper meaning because it stands on its own.

13 Adrian

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Named after: Adrian Peterson, the running back for the Washington Redskins

Adrian is a cool name because it is one of those gender-neutral names that will work for either a baby boy or a baby girl. However, if it is a baby girl, it might be better spell it as "Adrienne" or "Adrianne" just to make it look a bit more feminine.

Adrian is an alternative football name because it is not what you expect a typical sporty name to be necessarily. If you name your son Adrian, he may or may not be as inclined to go out for sports as some of the other boys with these names on the list.

12 Josh

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Named after: Josh Norman, cornerback of the Washington Redskins

Josh (which is typically short for Joshua) is a classic all-American boy name that is so easy to pronounce with just one syllable. The name comes from the Bible which seems appropriate because you always hear many NFL players thanking Jesus for their good fortune. The original meaning for Josh in Hebrew means the "savior, or deliverer".

If you name your boy Josh, you better believe that he will deliver winning passes and save his team for the win. At least wishful thinking would lead to you believe that.

11 Damon

Named after: Damon Harrison, nose tackle for the New York Giants.

Damon almost sounds like the derivative of "Damian" which is the demon child in Rosemary's Baby. This could have a double meaning as something dark and as it pertains to football. This is especially true if your baby is born around the Halloween season.

Damon is a cool guy name that sounds like it comes from the wrong side of the tracks, which adds a sense of rebelliousness to it. If you are a nose tackle, you have to have your defense game up and make some unexpected moves.

10 Clay

Named after: Clay Matthews, outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers

Clay Matthews is literally a real life Thor with his strong build and long, silky blond hair that Wisconsin girls go ga-ga over. Clay is possibly one of the most rugged names that you can name a baby boy.

The name "Clay" can either stand on its own or be short for "Clayton". Nicknamed the "Claymaker", Clay Matthews is known for making sudden moves on the defensive side to crush his opponent. This will be some big shoes to fill if you name your son Clay.

9 Tony

Named after: Tony Romo, former quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys (now a sports commentator)

Tony is that perfect rugged name that is Italian meets all-American. Tony is typically short for "Anthony" and many Tonys typically have some Italian background. Even if they don't, people will associate them with something that is super masculine.

According to She Knows, the name Tony is meant for a man who has a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community. They need to work with others in order to feel appreciated. If you want a family-oriented boy, look no further than this name.

8 Carson

Named after: Carson Palmer, former quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals

Carson is one of those names that can double for both a first and last name. The original name is Scandinavian and means the "Son of Carr", which isn't much of a thrill but at least it's a solid, modern name. Palmer was the Bengals’ No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2003 NFL draft and retired from the NFL after the 2017 season, according to cincyjungle.com.

Carson Palmer was not the type to give up easily. In fact, he nearly got benched during some of the most important times in his career. Carson is a tenacious name for a baby boy.

7 Matt

Named after: Matt Barkley, quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals

Matt Barkley is a free-agent who has played the position of the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and Cincinnati Bengals. If you are looking to raise a son who is not only rugged but has a free-spirited side to him, than look no further than Matt (typically short for Matthew).

Matthew is another typical, yet classic all-American boy name that many people choose, but it is always a safe bet. The original source for the name "Matthew" is Biblical.

6 Walter

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Named after: Walter Payton, former running back of the Chicago Bears

The late Walter Payton was a legend during his prime career throughout the '70s to early '90s and his nickname was "Sweetness". Most Midwestern football fans will know him as a legend in football history. He tragically died in 1999 at the age of 45 after several months of struggling with cholangiocarcinoma.

Walter is an old-school football name that is more common in past generations but would be nostalgic to make a comeback. The original meaning is German and means "powerful warrior".

5 Joe

Named after: Joe Montana, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers

Joe is a name is that is typically short for "Joseph" and is a simple and punctual one-syllable name that screams "football". When Joe Montana was at the height of his career in the '80s, he was nicknamed "Cool Joe" or "The Comeback Kid". He also made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 on his first year of eligibility.

According to She Knows, Joseph is a Hebrew and Biblical name that means "increase, addition". People with this name have a deep inner desire to inspire others in a higher cause, and to share their own strongly held views on spiritual matters.

4 Jay

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Named after: Jay Cutler, former quarterback of the Chicago Bears.

Jay is another simple, one-syllable name for a football player that is pretty straight and "to the point". Jay Cutler is now more so known as Mr. Kristin Cavallari more so than the NFL player that he has recently faded away from. In any case, he was still a reigning quarterback for the Chicago Bears for a good amount of time.

The original German meaning for the name "Jay" was "swift" which is a movement that is quick and necessary to get the ball on your side of the field.

3 Devin

Named after: Devin Hester, former wide receiver for the Chicago Bears

Devin is a name that stands out but it is still an all-American name in its own right. It's a strong, masculine name that will turn heads and get your future son noticed. Even though Devin Hester retired from the NFL last year, he finished his career with 14 punt returns for touchdowns -- also the best in NFL history -- and five TDs on kickoff returns, according to ESPN.

According to She Knows, the original Celtic meaning for the name Devin is poet.

2 Drew

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Named after: Drew Brees, the quarterback of the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees is one of those quarterbacks who has managed to span his career to an impressive longevity. At 39 years old, he is still playing for the New Orleans Saints. He is arguably one of the most accurate quarterbacks of all time. Not to mention he has set the single season record for completion percentage three different times

Yes, this another simply, one-syllable football name that is completely all-American, which is definitely a reoccurring trend on this list. According to She Knows, the original Anglo-Saxon meaning for the name Drew is wise.

1 Miles

Named after: Miles Austin, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles

Back when Miles Austin was playing alongside quarterback Tony Romo, they were a force to be reckoned with. Austin was drafted by the Cowboys in 2006, though he didn't start to make waves until the 2009 season, according to nbcdfw.com. Although he has been retired from the NFL, there is some buzz going around that he might fill the Cowboy's team's open wide receivers coaching slot.

According to She Knows, the original Greek meaning for the name Miles is Destroyer.

References: ESPN, She Knows, cincyjungle.com, ESPN

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