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Redskins Naming Rights

Before I get into any trouble, let me first note that my wife and I received a certain type of look whenever we told people we were thinking of naming our daughter "Ida." The sort of look you might get if you told people your favorite food was fried duck liver with apple-peppercorn demi-glace; people would nod and try to get enthusiastic, or at least try to feign politeness, but their eyes were screaming "why, good sir, why?"

So I immediately felt some kinship with Brandon Lloyd when I heard that in the offseason he had named his son Elvis. As far as I'm concerned, people who appreciate B. Lloyd's musical career will immediately love the name "Elvis," and people who are more concerned with B. Lloyd's reception statistics will have already navigated away from this page, so everyone that's left should be in agreement, yes? Ok then.

Lloyd, playing football. (Jonathan Newton - TWP)

After reaching as high as 312th on the Social Security Administration's list of popular baby names in the late '50s, Elvis has fallen back down into the pack. In 2006, it ranked 761st. (Ida, by way of comparison, was not in the top 1000.) I've been peppered with suggestions for how kids will one day make fun of Ida (think state names), so I asked Lloyd whether he had similar concerns.

"He won't be made fun of," Lloyd said confidently. "Why would they make fun of him? What's wrong with that name? There's nothing wrong with that name. I mean, even if they do compare him to Elvis Presley, he's one of the most talented artists ever to perform. The guy sang every genre of music. I mean, I like Elvis Presley."

I do, too, and I wish Elvis Lloyd all the best.

And speaking of baby names--a transition that will soon be in my application for a merit raise--it was quite a fertile offseason for the Redskins. We know of at least six new mini-Redskins who entered this world since the New Year, plus at least three more who are on the way. All have, of course, preemptively joined the season ticket waiting list. Few of the newcomers' names can match "Elvis;" London Fletcher's daughter is Paige, after his wife's maiden name (popularity: 76th); Rocky McIntosh welcomed Gavin (popularity: 38th), and Shawn Springs had Shawn II.

"But I call him Apocalypto," Springs told me, "because he looks like the little kids on 'Apocalypto'."

And speaking of Redskins children--see boss, I did it again!--there's this trend of Redskins players giving their kids the same initials. For example, Ade Jimoh has Jenessa, Jenae and Jeremiah.

"We started off with a J, so we just said 'Well, let's keep it going'," Ade's wife, Liz, told me.

"We're contemplating a fourth," Ade said. "It would probably be Joshua for a boy."

"It would probably be Joseph," Liz said. Controversy! I told Liz what her husband had said. "Oh, then it would be Joshua," she agreed. "Dad gets to pick the boys."

Daniels, playing football (Joe Giza - Reuters).

Phillip Daniels, of course, has Dakiya, Damara, Davaris and DaKendrick; "Da-something," he summarized. "We just decided to keep 'em all simple, stay with D, so it'll be easy when they come through school. They'll say, 'Oh man he's still here? It's easier to keep up with them."

Pierson Prioleau--whose brothers are Patrick and Peter--took it a step further, with matching middle initials: Pierson Jalen and Parker Jayden. ("Really," you're wondering, "you couldn't find anything football-related to write about?")

"It's coincidental; we found some good names," he told me. "I'm pretty sure if I have another kid my wife won't allow me to name him 'P again. I got two, but she won't let me do a 'P' again...., It's just something you try to give your kids so they can stick together, have something in common. That's all. It's part of being a family."

And in perhaps the most interesting naming news, Andre Carter's expected son is expected to be named Quincy D'Andre. That would make him Quincy Carter, who, if you recall, not only struggled with drug problems during his NFL career but, even worse, was a Cowboy. Mom and dad declined to address this other Quincy Carter--although I wasn't the first to ask--but they did say they hope their Quincy Carter doesn't play football.

"Maybe basketball or baseball, less contact, not so grueling on the body," Carter's wife said.

"My dad said the same thing," Andre Carter said. "It just happens. He said tennis, but that didn't work out."

Incidentally, Carter's 13-year-old daughter Aysha, prefers academic pursuits to athletics--"more of a brainiac," Carter said--and she proudly says she's never been to one of her father's games. She's planning to go to this year's Super Bowl, but she said she'd bring a pillow.

"I hate sports," she proudly announced at practice the other day, which is something I hope Ida Steinberg and Elvis Lloyd and Apocalypto Springs never say.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 2, 2007; 1:25 PM ET
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Posted by: Markus V. | August 2, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The baby name discussion is all too near to my heart. Were we having a boy, I'd name him Detxer after my favorite Redskin.

Posted by: SteveJeltzFan | August 2, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

strangely captivating. i kept scrolling, couldnt look away. job well...done?

Posted by: CreditZard | August 2, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Apocalypto? Great, now Shawn's going to start denying the holocaust.

Posted by: Unsilent Majority | August 2, 2007 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought Steinberg's baby had to be named the Checkbog.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 2, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Dan know that Ida won't fit ntil his child is 65 years old?

Posted by: NameDropper | August 2, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Dan know that Ida won't fit until his child is 65 years old?

Posted by: NameDropper | August 2, 2007 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Sadly enough, my cousin's name is also Elvis.

Elvis Cohen.

He's got to be the only jewish Elvis in the world

Posted by: tarheels28 | August 3, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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