Fans name their children after sports greats.
BY MARK COOPER World Sports Writer
Sunday, October 07, 2012
10/07/12 at 7:37 AM
What’s in a name? Families pass sports fandom to their children in namesOriginal Print Headline: Name of the Game
What's in a name?
Some names are passed along through generations. Those names are ingrained in a tree, a lineage, and it becomes almost a requirement that the next generation holds the same name.
Others, though, are inspired by idols. Role models seen on television or in person can stick with someone so long that one day, his or her child will bear their idol's name.
Take Nick Lindquist. The former disc jockey's first son is named Garvey, after former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey. And it came about after a touching gesture by Garvey when Lindquist needed good news after a bad car accident.
More frequently, children's names take after the role models their parents looked up to. In many cases, those role models are athletes.
Kyle and Ashley Winton named their son, Griffin, after the former OU basketball player, Blake Griffin. For more on the Wintons and other families who passed their sports fandom to their children, see B8. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World
Amanda and Jordan Garner named their son Glavin after pitcher Tom Glavine. Daughter Anistyn (left) is named after actress Jennifer Aniston. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World