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Super Bowl Name Showdown

We're all set with our party plans for the big game tonight, so let's get down to business.  Which team comes up the winner if Super Bowl XLV were a contest of names alone?

Packers Steelers
A. J. Hawk Aaron Smith
Aaron Rodgers Anthony Madison
Andrew Quarless Antonio Brown
Atari Bigby Antwaan Randle El
B. J. Raji Arnaz Battle
Brandon Jackson Ben Roethlisberger
Brandon Underwood Brett Keisel
Brett Goode Bryant McFadden
Brett Swain Byron Leftwich
Bryan Bulaga Casey Hampton
C. J. Wilson Charlie Batch
Chad Clifton Chris Hoke
Charles Woodson Chris Kemoeatu
Charlie Peprah Chris Scott
Clay Matthews III Crezdon Butler
Cullen Jenkins David Johnson
Daryn Colledge Dorian Brooks
Desmond Bishop Doug Legursky
Dimitri Nance Emmanuel Sanders
Diyral Briggs Flozell Adams
Donald Driver Greg Warren
Donald Lee Heath Miller
Erik Walden Hines Ward
Evan Dietrich-Smith Ike Taylor
Frank Zombo Isaac Redman
Graham Harrell James Farrior
Greg Jennings James Harrison
Howard Green Jason Worilds
James Jones Jeremy Kapinos
James Starks Jonathan Dwyer
Jarius Wynn Jonathan Scott
Jarrett Bush Keenan Lewis
Jason Spitz Keyaron Fox
John Kuhn LaMarr Woodley
Jordy Nelson Larry Foote
Josh Gordy Lawrence Timmons
Josh Sitton Matt Spaeth
Korey Hall Mewelde Moore
Mason Crosby Mike Wallace
Matt Flynn Nick Eason
Matt Wilhelm Ramon Foster
Nick Collins Rashard Mendenhall
Nick McDonald Ryan Clark
Pat Lee Ryan Mundy
Quinn Johnson Shaun Suisham
Robert Francois Steve McLendon
Ryan Pickett Stevenson Sylvester
Sam Shields Tony Hills
Scott Wells Trai Essex
T. J. Lang Troy Polamalu
Tim Masthay Will Allen
Tom Crabtree William Gay
Tramon Williams Ziggy Hood

 

And don't forget the team names themselves.  Packer and Steele both have traditions as first names here in the United States, though neither has ever broken the top-1000.  (Both names derive from relatively popular surnames). Taking a look at the entries in BabyNameWizard.com's Namipedia, we're guessing that Steele is in wider use today. It's got a certain panache for sure (think Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele), but we wouldn't be surprised to see Packer begin to rise as parents look for fresh alternatives to Tucker and Cooper and even Harper, as that name is starting to swing into the girls' column. 

What do you think? Do you have a favorite name from the team rosters? Which team has the better names overall? And which team's name has a better chance of breaking into wider use as a baby name?

--J.B. 

Comments

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February 6, 2011 5:14 PM
By Jennie

My favorite name is definitely Atari Bigby (Packers)

February 6, 2011 5:16 PM
By bajik (not verified)

"Packer" as a boy's first name does NOT pass the playground teasing test. At all.

February 6, 2011 5:48 PM
By Wandering Angela (not verified)

Wow, Atari Bigby wins for sure!

February 6, 2011 8:57 PM
By Kate (not verified)

Desmond Bishop is my favorite!

February 7, 2011 3:19 PM
By kc (not verified)

I notice a lot of 'initial' names on the Packers: AJ, BJ, CJ, & TJ. Interesting.

February 7, 2011 6:19 PM
By Genie Apple (not verified)

Although the Packers have their share of really good names:
Clay (love!)
Evan
Desmond
Dimitri
Jarius
The Steelers come in top for me, with the more gripping:
Antonio
Byron (didn't realise this name got a lot of use in the US)
Crezdon
Heath
Ramon
Ziggy Hood (!!)
Also, I prefer Steele to Packer as a name, though I can see both getting moderately good use in the future.

February 8, 2011 1:08 PM
By Kenton (not verified)

Ziggy Hood, hands down!

February 8, 2011 2:18 PM
By A British Laura (not verified)

I like a lot of the names on both rosters and couldn't pick between them. I think my top 3 on each are:

Packers:
Atari Bigby
Diyral Briggs
Tramon Williams

Steelers:
Crezdon Butler
Flozell Adams
Keyaron Fox

When my brother and I watched the Super Bowl the name Flozell Adams made us smile.

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