As a person whose name returns more than 365 million results on Google, it’s safe to say that I am not the only Johnnie Phillips you might run into in this lifetime.
I’ve always wanted a name that is impossible to forget; one that has some serious style to it.
Covering sports in Steele County, I’ve found myself a bit envious with number of unique names I’ve run across.
These names - selected by yours truly – are some of my favorites.
Leading off my list of personal favorites: Tate Hermes.
The first thing that stands out about this name is the surname, Hermes.
Hermes in ancient Greek mythology is known as the messenger of the gods.
Couple this with “Tate,” which in Norse means “cheerful,” and you have a name that roughly translates to the “cheerful messenger of the gods.”
A name like that carries some serious responsibility, which Medford’s Hermes is accustomed to as the Tigers’ middle linebacker and leading tackler on defense.
Up next on my list is a pair of teammates who share names that just roll right off the tongue.
I’m talking about Bo Budach and Porter Peterson.
The two, same-letter initials pack a one-two punch, much like Budach and Peterson do on the gridiron for the NRHEG Panthers football team.
A quarterback and wide receiver duo, the two have linked up for three passing touchdowns so far with one coming in each of the team’s first three games of the season.
Don’t think that I forgot about the girls too.
On the ladies’ side, possibly the best outside hitter name I’ve run across in volleyball in the Big Nine Conference is that of junior, Lauren Bangs.
The surname Bangs fits perfectly with role of the outside hitter, whose objective is to strike the ball with a loud “bang” of the hand, spiking it into the opposition’s side.
Bangs is no stranger to this aspect of the game, as she is one of Owatonna’s leading offensive players in kills.
Another notable mention on the awesome name list is Quinn VanMaldeghem, an eighth-grade runner for NRHEG cross-country who recently earned her first first-place finish of the season.
Next time you’re at a game make sure to listen to the announcer’s calls, as these big-time names all belong to big-time players.