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Should You Name Your Baby After the Golden Girls of Gymnastics?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

England may have their Fab Four, but we have our Fab Five: those spunky, gold medal-winning gals from our U.S. Olympic gymnastics team. And my guess is not only will they inspire a gaggle of girls to take up gymnastics this fall, they’ll also inspire more than a few parents to name their kids after the Olympic champs. Which of these names do you think will reign supreme?

Jordyn Wieber was world champion going into the Olympics, but lost an all-around spot to two of her teammates. Still, her performance last night was nothing less than dazzling. Her name is a variant spelling of Jordan, a place name after the Middle Eastern country and river. This variant spelling is more popular for girls than the traditional spelling, and currently ranks in the top 125 baby names.

Aly Raisman snuck in ahead of Jordyn in the rankings, and she’ll be heading to the all-around later this week. Aly is short for Alexandra, a name which means “protector,” and has been in the top 100 baby names for the past two decades.

Gabrielle Douglas had a stellar performance both in the prelims and the team competition, and she’ll also be competing for the all-around. Her name is a feminization of the Biblical name Gabriel, and currently ranks in the top 100 baby names.

McKayla Maroney rocked the vaults at the Olympics. Her name is a variant spelling of Michaela, a Celtic name which means “who is like God.” McKayla ranked in the top 750 names for 2011, but the traditional spelling was in the top 500.

Kyla Ross is the youngest gymnast on the team, but she’s still helped contribute to the team’s gold medal finish. Her name is the feminine version of Kyle, a Scottish name that means a narrow strait. It’s a pretty popular one, currently ranking #285.

What do you think about these names for your baby? Do any of them seem like standout options for your baby girl?

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