20 football names for your baby

Football name

by Emily Gilbert |
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If you or your partner are football-mad, and love disappearing every Saturday to watch the match, then maybe a football name for your upcoming arrival will suit your family.

Perhaps having a football-inspired name will create destiny for your baby, and your little boy or girl will end up winning the World Cup for England in the future.

20 football names

Aaron (Lennon): This name has Hebrew origins and means "high mountain" or "exalted."

Alan (Shearer): Alan is of Celtic origin and means "handsome" or "harmony."

Alex (Scott): Alex is often a short form of Alexander or Alexandra. Alexander has Greek origins, meaning "defender of the people," while Alexandra means "protector of the people."

Ashley (Cole): Originally an English surname, Ashley means "ash tree clearing" or "meadow of ash trees."

Chloe (Kelly): Chloe is of Greek origin and means "blooming" or "green shoot." In Greek mythology, Chloe was a reference to the goddess of agriculture and fertility.

Daniel (Sturridge): Daniel has Hebrew origins and means "God is my judge."

Darren (Fletcher): Darren is of Irish origin and means "great" or "little great one."

David (Beckham): David is a Hebrew name meaning "beloved" or "friend." In the Bible, David was the second king of Israel and is known for his victory over Goliath.

Eniola (Aluko): Eniola is a Yoruba name of Nigerian origin. In Yoruba, "Eni" means "person" and "ola" means "wealth" or "riches." Therefore, Eniola can be interpreted as "person of wealth" or "rich person."

Frank (Lampard): Frank is of Germanic origin and means "free man" or "truthful."

Gareth (Bale): Gareth is a Welsh name and is often associated with the meaning "gentle" or "polite."

Gary (Lineker): Gary is an English name and is often considered a variation of the name Gareth. Therefore, it shares a similar meaning, which is "gentle" or "modest."

Jack (Grealish): Jack is of English origin and is often used as a diminutive form of John. John has Hebrew origins and means "God is gracious."

Joe (Cole): Joe is a shortened form of Joseph, which has Hebrew origins and means "God will add" or "God increases."

Jill (Scott): Jill is often considered a variant of the name Gillian, which is of Latin origin and means "youthful" or "downy."

Leah (Williamson): Leah is of Hebrew origin and means "weary" or "tired." It can also be interpreted as "wild cow" or "gazelle."

Rio (Ferdinand): Rio is of Spanish and Portuguese origin and means "river."

Scott (Parker): Scott is of Old English origin and means "from Scotland" or "wanderer."

Steven (Gerrard): Steven is of Greek origin and means "crown" or "garland."

Wayne (Rooney): Wayne is of Old English origin and means "wagon maker" or "wagon driver."

According to the Office of National Statistics report on the most popular names for 2021, Jack dropped out of the top 10 names for popular baby boys’ names for the first time since 1996; Daniel was 54th on the list, while David was 62nd. For the girls, Chloe was 52nd while no other names from our list made the top 100.

Don't fancy any of the names on our list? Check out our baby name generator.

Emily Gilbertis the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.

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