Celebrity Names Blog

March Madness: Vermont's McGlynn Is Not Just Another Number On The Court

A few months ago we wrote about Saint John's basketball player God's Gift Achiuwa and his unusual name. Now, with the NCAA tournament upon us, we've come to learn of a few more interesting names in this year's roster of players. Among them is Vermont guard Four McGlynn. 

After the name Seven made a splash last year with the birth of Harper Seven Beckham, and Cortney and Robert Novogratz, the stars of Bravo's 9 by Design, named their fifth child Five, Four doesn't seem too unusual. In fact, number names are gaining traction in more ways than one. Perhaps one of the most speculated baby names ever, Blue Ivy, reportedly got her middle name because of her mother's fondness for the number four (IV). 

However, McGlynn's birth name isn't actually Four -- at least not his first name. His parents named him Patrick McGlynn IV, but he was quickly dubbed "Four" by his uncle, in order to waylay any mixups, and he has stuck with the name ever since. 

A couple of years ago NameCandy put together a handy list of interesting number names. Junior and Deuce are common nicknames for boys named after dad. As for IIIs, there is Trip or Trey, and Vs have Quint, Quinto or Cinco, which is what Usher calls his son, Usher Raymond V. A nickname for IVs left us stumped, but McGlynn's uncle got straight to the point.

Luckily his name won't cause any confusion on the court. Four McGlynn's jersey number perfectly matches his name. How many athletes can say that?   

What do you think of using Four as a nickname for a fourth child? What other number names would you consider using? 

--A.F.

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March 20, 2012 11:35 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I know one boy who is a fourth whose nickname is Quatro...I think that works pretty well as a casual nickname.

March 21, 2012 10:28 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I grew up (in the 70s, 80s) knowing a boy named Four...because he was a IV.

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