Premiership footballer names: James scores over Jack

Thinking of naming your son after your favourite footballer? Check out what are the most popular names and initials in the premiership. Children named after football stars is a trend that is on its way up.  We reveal the winning names and initials of the stars in Premiership football. There are some surprises in store…

Top of the Premiership Name Table

  • James is number one when it comes to Premiership player’s names, narrowly beating David, Michael and Mathew.
  • James is also the only name amongst the top ten most popular premiership names to also be in the top 10 names for boys in 2006.
  • The Initial ‘M’ is the most popular out of the top ten names, with three names (Michael, Matthew and Mark), ahead of ‘J’, which has two names (James and John).

The top names in 2006 compared with the most popular names in the Premiership

RankTop Boys Names in 2006Rank
*(share rank)
Top Premiership Footballer’s Names
1Jack 1James
2Thomas 2David
3Joshua 3Michael
4Oliver 4Matthew
5Harry 5Paul
6James 6*Chris
7William 6*John
8Samuel6*Lee
9Daniel 6*Mark
10Charlie 6*Stephen

Top of the Premiership Name ‘Initial’ table

If you dream of your son making it into Premiership football, giving him a name beginning with the letter ‘J’ can only improve his chances. It is the most popular first name, with 69 players sharing it and is followed by the initials ‘A’ and ‘M’.

Most popular first name initials among Premiership footballers

First name initialNumber of names with the initialRank
* (share rank)
Top Names
J691James
John
A642Andrew
Andy
Alan
Aaron
M583Michael
Mathew
S504Stephen
Steven
D455David
Danny
Darren
C366Chris
Craig
R317Ryan
Robert
T308*Tony
Tim
Tom
P308*Paul
Peter
L279Lee
Liam
Lloyd
Luke
G2510Gary
Gabriel

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