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Will Baseball Giant Buster Posey Inspire Any Baby Busters?

Twenty-three-year-old Giants' catcher, Buster Posey, is all the rookie rage in San Francisco right now. At the end of May, during what had so far been an uninspiring season, Posey was finally brought up to bat. Fortunately for the team and fans alike, he didn't disappoint that day and by July, he had taken over as starting catcher. He is now considered the best Giants' rookie since Willie McCovey in 1959 and is a strong contender for this year's Rookie of the Year award.

Giants' fans can't get enough of him, and if the golden boy continues to wow on and off the field, we suspect there will soon be more than a few baby Busters in the Bay Area. So what's the story behind his name?

Born Gerald Dempsey Posey III in Leesburg, Georgia, Posey is the eldest of four children. He has two brothers, Jack and Jess, and one sister, Samantha. His father, Gerald Dempsey Posey Jr., has long gone by the nickname "Demp." But as a child, Demp was known as Buster. When his first son was born in 1987, Demp gave him not only his name but also his childhood nickname. Thus, from birth, Posey has been known as Buster.

Middle brother Jack is a pitcher at Florida State University. Meanwhile, the youngest in the family, sixteen-year-old Jess, plays for his high school team as both a pitcher and a shortstop. Rumor has it that neither Jack or Jess is short for anything and that on the boys' birth certificates their names appear as Jack and Jess, respectively. Assuming the rumors are true, it surprises us that Demp and his wife Traci went the nickname as full name route, since they certainly didn't do that with Buster or Samantha, who is a starting shortstop at Gulf Coast Community College.

There is some commonality among the Posey kids' names, however. Buster, Jack and Jess all reached their peak of popularity about 100 years ago. Buster peaked in the 1900s at #294. Jack peaked in the 1920s at #17, and Jess, as a boy's name, peaked in the 1880s at #119. As for Samantha, her name didn't peak until the 1990s at #4. However, the name Sam, which is what the sole Posey daughter prefers to be called, reached its peak as a boy's name in the 1880s at #34. Even Gerald, Buster's given name, peaked 80 years ago, reaching the height of its popular in the 1930s at #21.

What do you think of the names the Poseys chose for their talented kids? What was your nickname growing up? Would you ever consider giving your baby your childhood nickname?

--V.L.

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October 6, 2010 7:44 PM
By Jennie

Jonny Lee Miller has a son named Buster and it recalls Buster Keaton. With Jamie Oliver's new baby Buddy, I don't see why Buster wouldn't become fashionable.
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October 6, 2010 10:37 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I don't know... Buster is also used as a slang word for a loser guy.

October 7, 2010 9:18 AM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I can see Buster getting a bump, but taking off in a big way, probably not.

As for giving my kid my childhood nickname...well it was "Maymer." Think I'll pass lol...

October 8, 2010 11:34 AM
By Stephanie (not verified)

The only Buster I have ever known was my grandparents' dog. Makes it unusable once you know an animal with the name.

October 12, 2010 12:46 PM
By Anonymous (not verified)

I don't know about Buster, but we do use the nickname "Posy" for my youngest daughter (her name is Noa).

October 12, 2010 5:11 PM
By The Foxymoron (not verified)

I knew a baby Buster, who would now be about 14 years old. Parents were artists. I thought it was a strange name at first, but it has grown on me.

October 16, 2010 11:40 PM
By Essy (not verified)

Buster reminds me of the character on Arthur!

but really it beats Joba.

October 21, 2010 12:33 PM
By Jossie (not verified)

Already on it! We are from Fresno, home of the grizzlies. So we have been fans of this charming player and his catchy name for some time. In addition, my grandfather is a hall of fame catcher. So until we know either way, Buster Joseph for a boy and Posey Arden for a girl. I wish I could call our girl Buster Posey but the Busty nickname would not be fun to deal with.

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