20 Powerhouse Girls' Names Inspired By the US Women's Soccer Team

Jess Richardson | Jul 10, 2019 Pregnancy
20 Powerhouse Girls' Names Inspired By the US Women's Soccer Team
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How completely amazing and cool are the women of the US women's soccer team? On Sunday, July 7th, they won the World Cup. They're amazing athletes, an incredible example of the power of teamwork, and are just generally great role models for our kids to look up to. Who better to name a baby after than one of these remarkable women, who embody grace under pressure and who are not only choosing to be known for their remarkable international athletic prowess, but who are also on the front lines of several important social issues. 

The team has been drawing attention lately for its push for gender equality in the workplace, after suing the US Soccer Federation for equal pay and to be treated equally to the men's national team. They're also a great example in the way they support their LGBTQ team members, with a lesbian coach, captain, and several lesbian teammates.

These women are not the only source of inspiration for great baby names! Consider other sports inspo, such as colleges and sports stadiums, which may appeal to those who love basketball, football, or their alma mater's teams. Modern parents on the cutting edge might want to think about names that are ahead of the trends, or names that are trending internationally but not in the US. For those who are into being cool above all else, take a look at hipster baby names to help figure out a name for the little one.

We think that naming a baby after any of these inspirational women on the USWNT would be a great way to honor the women who have made such an impressive name for themselves, and would also build in a great role model for a kid. These women are hard-working, goal-driven, supportive of each other, and bravely taking a stance on issues they believe in. We really can't think of any qualities we would want our kids to emulate more than these. 

  • JILL

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    Jill Ellis has been the head coach of the US women's soccer team since 2014, and on July 7, 2019, she led the US women's national soccer team to win its fourth World Cup -- and its second in a row. 

  • MEGAN

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    Megan Rapinoe is one of the co-captains of the US women's soccer team, and she's also just kind of an amazing personality and activist. We think naming a baby girl after her would be a great way to honor someone who's been outspoken and driven.

  • ALEX

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    Alexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco, known professionally as Alex Morgan, is one of the co-captains of the women's soccer team, and according to Time, she's the highest-paid among them due to all her endorsement deals. She's also the author of a book and the star of a film about a fictionalized version of herself -- we think naming a baby girl Alexandra in her honor would be super cool. 

  • CARLI

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    Carli Lloyd has won two gold medals and is another co-captain of the USWNT. She published a memoir entitled When Nobody Was Watching. She is a total inspiration and role model, and would be a great namesake. 

  • CRYSTAL

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    Crystal Alyssia Dunn is an amazing member of the women's soccer team. In 2015, she won both the Golden Boot award and the NWSL most valuable player, making  the youngest player in history to win both awards. She is also the recipient of the Hermann Trophy. And just to say, Alyssia is a  cool play on Alyssa, too, and would be a great first name!

  • JESSICA

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    Jessica Marie McDonald is a forward on the US women's soccer team, and she also plays for the North Carolina Courage. We love the name Jessica, which means "gift" or "God beholds," and we also love her middle name, Marie, which would be a beautiful first name. 

  • TIERNA

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    Tierna Davidson plays on the women's national team, and is also a defender on the Chicago Red Stars. She was the first person drafted by her team after playing only three years at Stanford, and is a total rising star. We love the name Tierna, which is a feminine version of the Irish name Tierney, meaning lord. 

  • MALLORY

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    Mallory Diane Pugh plays for the Washington Spirit and is a member of the National Women's Soccer League. She's been in two World Cup tournaments and was the youngest member in 2014, as well as being named US Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.

  • MORGAN

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    Morgan Brian is a midfielder for the USWNT, and also plays for the Chicago Red Stars. She was the youngest member of the team at the World Cup in 2015, and won the MAC Hermann Trophy two years running.

  • ASHLYNN

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    Ashlynn Harris is a goalkeeper for the women's national soccer team, and also plays for the Orlando Pride. She played soccer for the UNC Tar Heels, and has played all over -- including internationally. We love the name Ashlynn, an unusual variation on the name Ashley.

  • ADRIANNA

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    Adrianna Franch is a goalkeeper for the Portland Thorns FC and a member of the US women's national team, and was also a star basketball player -- a great namesake for anyone hoping for a multitalented baby!

  • KELLEY

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    Kelley Maureen O'Hara plays as a midfielder and wingback for the US women's national soccer team, and a forward and right defender for the Utah Royals FC. She won the Hermann Trophy when she was at Stanford, and is all-around pretty amazing. 

  • ROSE

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    Rose Lavelle is a midfielder for the USWNT and the Washington Spirit. She's a great role model for a girl, and she has also one of our favorite names of all time -- and we also love variations like Rosemund and Rosalie. 

  • ALI

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    Ali Krieger has represented the US is a member of the USWNT and currently plays for the Orlando Pride. She's also represented the US in three World Cup competitions. We love her full name, Alexandra, and we think she would be a fantastic namesake. 

  • CHRISTEN

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    Christen Press is a striker with the Utah Royals and is a member of the national women's team. She also holds the all-time scoring and assists records at Stanford University, so we'd say she's a pretty good namesake!

  • JULIE

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    Julie Ertz is a midfielder for the Chicago Red Stars and plays for the women's national team. In 2017, Ertz was awarded US Soccer Female Player of the Year. We love her name, Julie, a variation on Julia, which means youth. 

  • TOBIN

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    Tobin Heath is a player for Portland Thoms and the USWNT. She has earned the gold medal in two Olympics and won two World Cups. She has won more awards than we can count. She's a great namesake, and we love her unusual name. 

  • ABBY 

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    Abby Dahlkemper is a defender for the North Carolina Courage and plays for the US national team. She's a great role model, and we love her name, which is a Hebrew name that means "giver of joy."

  • LINDSEY

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    Lindsey Horan is a midfielder for the Portland Thorns and also plays on the USWNT. She has earned many honors, and is a great person for a kid to look up to. We love her first name, as well as her middle, Michelle, for a girls' name. 

  • ALLIE

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    Allie Long is a midfielder who plays for the Reign FC in Tacoma, Washington, and is also a member of the US women's national team. She has won too many awards to count, and is a great role model for a young girl -- plus, we love her name!

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