Cubs Win, Spark Baby Name Trends?

November 13, 2016 § 1 Comment


(c) 2016 Katie Stam/Pinterest (via Wrigley Oliver Irk, named in honour of the Chicago Cubs’ 2016 World Series win.

Baseball, considered by many America’s favourite game, has long inspired baby names. Loyalty for sports teams can run deep, with multiple generations of families finding common interest, bonded through cheering on their favourite team.

This year’s Cubs run, and subsequent victory, inspired plenty of new parents.

Seattle-based former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock welcomed her first child with husband Chris Siegfried on October 19, a son they¬†named Asher Wrigley, in honour of the Cubs’ well-known ivy-covered home diamond. For these two, the connection is extra personal, as Siegfried was drafted by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB draft, though he spent his career pitching in the minor leagues. Then, on October 31, when the Cubs were just days away from ending a 108-year-old title drought (the longest in US professional sports), Miss America 2009 Katie Stam welcomed a son with her husband Brian Irk. Months before she gave birth, she made a playful bet with her husband that if the Cubs won the World Series, she’d let him name the baby Wrigley Oliver, but if they lost, his name would be Oliver Wrigley. Oliver would honour her grandfather. Their son went unnamed for two days, until the Cubs Game 7¬†extra-inning win sealed the deal.

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