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Game On! 10 Athlete-Inspired Names for Your Furry Friends

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If you’re a sports fan, you want people to know. There’s nothing quite like watching athletes perform their very best and show the world what they’re made of! If you want to show your love of sports even with your pet’s name, here are ten great athlete-inspired monikers to help get your imagination running.


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People will argue about this until the end of time, but there’s a strong case to be made that Michael Jordan is the best basketball player to ever live. No matter what you feel in this argument, his name has come to be synonymous with excellence. This would be a perfect name for an athletic dog!


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David Beckham is kind of like the Michael Jordan of soccer: he’s got legions of fans, many people consider him the best to ever do it, and his name basically means “unrivaled”. If you’re more of a soccer fan, Beckham would be an excellent name for an active pet.



Do you have a sighthound who loves to run at full speed through the park? Then “Bolt” would make a great name for them! This one just sounds great for any speedy dog, but it doubles as a reference to the Fastest Man Alive, Usain Bolt.


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Tiger is a very cute name for an orange cat. And, if you’re a fan of professional golf, the name can be a reference to the legendary Tiger Woods. Golf is a game that rewards vigilance, patience, and serenity. That all perfectly fits a peaceful house cat!


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Muhammed Ali, one of the best boxers to ever live, earned a reputation as a fierce competitor with a unique outlook on life. If you’ve got a large dog with a bigger personality, “Ali” would make a wonderful name that speaks to both sports and philosophy.

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Tom Brady is well-known for his dynastic run on NFL championship rings with the New England Patriots. If you name your dog “Brady,” you can showcase your love of football while also watching another Brady deflate a ball—this time while playing fetch!


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Some people dispute professional wrestling’s place in the wide world of sports, but it takes an undeniable amount of athleticism to perform the way pro wrestlers do. If you want to show everyone your love for the over-the-top personalities of pro wrestling, the name “Hogan” will mark you as a certified Hulkamaniac.


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Legendary basketball player Kobe Bryant was beloved in his lifetime for his historic 20-year career with the LA Lakers. After his tragic passing, he’s come to be known retrospectively as one of the best players in the history of the sport. Naming your pet “Kobe” after him would be a touching tribute for any Lakers fan.

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Shaquille O’Neal seems to be everywhere—is there a brand he’s not the spokesperson for? But that’s alright, he’s a genuinely likable dude who’s now as well known for his endorsements as for his exemplary basketball career. The name “Shaq” would be perfect for a big, lovable dog.

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Mike Tyson has had his fair share of controversies, but he’s still a boxing legend who was once known as “Iron Mike” for a good reason. His accomplishments include becoming the youngest man to ever win a heavyweight title and holding an impressive 50 wins and 6 losses record in his professional career. “Tyson” would make for a great name for any large, athletic dog!

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