It’s time to kick some baby name goals. And just in time for the footy finals this weekend.

Whether you follow the AFL, prefer the NRL or simply tune out and perv on the players when either is on the tele, these footy-inspired names are definitely worth backing.

Short shorts. Tight shirts. Sweaty bodies running up and down the field. What’s not to love about Australian footy? And in addition to the massive amounts of man candy presented at every game, there is also an influx of unique names to ponder.

Because, if you happen to love baby names like I love baby names, then you can find baby name inspiration pretty much anywhere, even on the footy pitch.

Sure, plenty of footy stars have traditional names like Cooper, Lachlan, Justin, Jack, Tim, Nathan, Sam and Matthew. But plenty of footy parents opted to stay away from the popular names and go with something unique and memorable when naming their future stars.

If you are a fan of the out-there monikers, then these names will give you something to cheer about. While some of these players have hung up their footy boots, their unique monikers live on.

AFL-Inspired Baby Names (27 names)

The A-Team

  • Ayce (Cordy, ex-Western Bulldogs)
  • Arryn (Siposs, ex-St Kilda)
  • Alwyn (Davey, ex-Essendon)

The K factor

  • Kaiden (Brand, Hawthorne)
  • Kyal (Horsley, ex-Gold Coast)
  • Kamdyn (McIntosh, Richmond)
  • Keegan (Brooksby, Gold Coast)
  • Koby (Stevens, St Kilda)
  • Kade (Kolodjashnij, Gold Coast)
  • Kayle (Kirby, Collingwood)
  • Kepler (Bradley, ex-Fremantle)

The power horses

  • Maverick (Weller, St. Kilda)
  • Cruize (Garlett, ex-North Melbourne)
  • Easton (Wood, Western Bulldogs)
  • Steele (Sidebottom, Collingwood)
  • Tristan (Tweedie, Western Bulldogs)
  • Tayte (Pears, ex-Essendon)
  • Orazio (Fantasia, Essendon)

The overlooked letters

  • Quinton (Narkle, Geelong)
  • Wylie (Buzza, Geelong)
  • Zaine (Cordy, Western Bulldogs)
  • Zephaniah (Skinner, ex-Western Bulldogs)

Last names first

  • Varcoe (Travis, Collingwood)
  • Suban (Nick, Fremantle)

And, of course… the J’s

  • Jamaine (Jones, Geelong)
  • Jimmy (Bartel, ex-Geelong)
  • Jaeger (O’Meara, Hawthorn)
  • Jarrod (or ANY of the AFL inspired alternatives – Jared, Jarryd, Jarrad, Jarred)

Because, let’s face it,  if you’re going to name your baby Jarrod, you can pretty much guarantee he’s gonna play footy.

NRL Inspired names 

The vowel boys

  • Addin (Fonua-Blake, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
  • Agnatius (Paasi, Gold Coast Titans)
  • Esan (Marsters, West Tigers)
  • Iosia (Soliola, Canberra Raiders)

The B league

  • Bronx (Goodwin, ex-Canberra Raiders)
  • Bryson (Goodwin, South Sydney Rabbitohs)
  • Brodie (Croft, Melbourne Storm)

Keeping up with the K names

  • Korbin (Sims, Brisbane Broncos)
  • Kodi (Nikorima, Brisbane Broncos)
  • Kaysa (Pritchard, Parramatta Eels)

The new-age cool

  • Dallin (Watene-Zelezniak, Penrith Panthers )
  • Harlan (Alaalatoa, ex-Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
  • Malakai (Watene-Zelezniak, West Tigers)
  • Tariq (Sims, St. George Illawarra Dragons)
  • Semi (Radradra, Parramatta Eels)
  • Gideon (Gela-Mosby, North Queensland Cowboys)
  • Moses (Leota, Penrith Panthers)
  • Jamayne (Isaako, Brisbane Broncos)
  • Ryley (Jacks, Melbourne Storm)
  • Zeb (Taia, ex-Parramatta Eels)

The gender benders

  • Leeson (Ah Mau, St George Illawarra Dragons)
  • Leva (Li, Gold Coast Titans)
  • Sione (Folau, Parramatta Eels)
  • Valentine (Holmes, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)

So there you have it – a new found appreciation for footy. Have a look at our other baby name ideas articles including Game of Thrones inspired baby names and top baby names from around the world.

Top image via Megan Gale Instagram / Barry Hall Instagram/ Nadia Bartel Facebook

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe, including her son, daughter, cat, dog and partner. When she’s not writing, you can find her lounging by the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach or nagging her kids to put on their pants.

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