*Update: Joe's cousin just welcomed a gorgeous little baby girl with an adorable MSU name: Breslyn. Go Green!*
I tried to write another article for Nameberry but they rejected it (*hangs head*). I wrote it because I got really excited about MSU-inspired names while we were at the (cough! cough!) ROSE BOWL, in ROW SEVENTEEN, watching one of the most exciting sporting events I've ever seen. In case you didn't hear, somehow we won. Must've been all the team spirit demonstrated by the fans, methinks.
|Amazing seats courtesy of Chuck and Kay; amazing weather courtesy of Pasadena.|
Anyway, here's the article.
Spartan Spirit! Notable
Michigan State University beat
Stanford in a 24-20 nail-biter at the 2014 Rose Bowl. In honor of this spectacular upset, here are
some wearable, MSU-inspired names for little Spartan fans.
(G. Malcolm Trout
): George Malcolm Trout
renowned dairy researcher, emulsion chemistry expert, and developer of the
process by which milk is homogenized. He
was a food science professor at Michigan State for half a century. Could his last name, Trout
, be worn on a boy, as could Bear
, or Wolf
Izzo (Tom Izzo):
basketball coach who has led the Spartans to six Final Four appearances and 16
consecutive runs in the NCAA Tournament.
Burress and Earvin
“Magic” Johnson are other high-achieving
Spartan men’s athletics names. Speaking
of sports leadership, on the heels of Finn
could be the last names of
venerated former athletic director and football coach Clarence Lester “Biggie” Munn
and Olympic sprinter Savatheda Fynes
(Willie Laurence Thrower
): The first
black quarterback to play in the Big Ten, Willie
was said to be capable of hurling the ball over a distance of 60
years. His skills were instrumental to
the 1952 national championship win for the Spartans. Although Connor
and Mark Dantonio
were the major names of the 100th
Bowl Game, maybe the nickname name Willie
will catch on in the U.S. as well as Freddie
have in the U.K.
, and Mason
are dorm-inspired names that enjoy a healthy popularity
outside of the MSU crowd. The enormous Brody
Neighborhood consists mostly of
freshman living quarters, but on the upside, it is close to the iconic Red Cedar River
, and River
would be much better names for contraband guinea pigs
smuggled into a Brody Complex room than for triplet boys, though.
: In the fight
song refrain “Spartan teams are bound to win/ we’re fighting with a VIM (Rah!
Rah! Rah!)”, there is a word of relatively recent (1843) origin. According to Mirriam-Webster online, vim is
“robust energy and enthusiasm”. These
days, it seems to have little usage outside of lyrics and poetry (as in Dr.
Seuss’ “vigor and vim” in Horton Hears a
), but vitality is an attribute that is hoped for by many parents. See also: Johnny Spirit
), legendary body paint enthusiast and die-hard MSU sports attendee who
has embodied superfandom since 1993; Eli
Broad, cum laude
billionaire, and arts philanthropist.
: A tree, a
famous East Lansing street near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Grand
River, and an excellent place to party.
If you adore your Aunt Linda
who went to Michigan State (I do!), consider naming your little girl Linden
and calling her Lindy
Yakeley, and Mary Anne
Mayo are three important women in early MSU history for
whom the West Circle residence halls are named.
may be a variant of Elidi
, which is thought to be related
to the Ilida
Valley in Greece.) Accomplished female graduates also include HGTV
and Food Network founder Susan
Packard (’79, ‘81), an advocate for women in business, and Julie
Aigner-Clark (‘88), 2009’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
(Lou Anna Simon
): This sweet double-barreled name consists of the
paired with the evergreen charmer
, and President Lou Anna Kimsey
Simon has been a boon to the university
with her aggressive support for research in the sciences. (Full disclosure: Dr. Simon is my distant
relative.) Names with a farm and country
feel, like Lilah Mae
and Lulah Mae,
are all the rage for baby
girls in mid-Michigan right now (at least among my large extended family and
that of my husband). Another name with
notable family ties is Clara Bell
Smith, late mother of NBA player
and former Michigan State All-American Steve Smith; the Student Athlete Support
Services center (Clara Bell
Center) was named in her honor. Perhaps Clara Bell
or Lou Anna
will inspire the names of the next generation of women in
the MSU family.
(John Alfred Hannah
): An administrator
and longest-serving president of the university, Hannah
is largely responsible for having brought MSU into the
research age. He also served as
president of the USAID and as an administrator of the UN World Food Council.
Agricultural College of the State of Michigan was founded in 1855 as the first
land grant university in the United States.
Owing to the school’s agricultural science roots, “Aggies” (farmers) was
its original nickname. This evolved to
“The Michigan Staters”, and ultimately, the Spartans, after the school transitioned
from Michigan Agricultural College (MAC
to the names of Michigan State College and Michigan State University, respectively. Texas A&M, Utah State, and New Mexico
State currently share the Aggies nickname.
is decidedly girly, but
the retro Mac
might make an adorable
unisex nickname for a baby born into a family with an affection for East
|Me, Joe, and James, at the alumni meet in 2004.|
|Zach, rooting for the home team in 2014.|