Understatement of the year: Professional athletes are inspiring. They鈥檙e the best of the best, embodying strength, ambition, integrity and hustle 鈥 and who doesn鈥檛 hope to see those characteristics in their own children? Sure, you proably don鈥檛 want to project a future career onto your kid, but we don鈥檛 think there鈥檚 anything wrong with drawing inspiration from the pros when it comes to choosing a name. Prep for filling out your baby-naming bracket by scrolling through to our top-seeded picks.

Girl Baby Names Inspired by Athletes

Serena & Venus Williams Meet With Melbourne Renegades

1 + 2. Venus or Serena (Williams): Either of these names would be a grand slam for a little girl. (Photo via Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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3. Danica (Patrick): Fun fact! Danica is a Slavic word also meaning 鈥淰enus,鈥 so problem solved if you鈥檝e already named one girl Serena. (Photo via Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Texas Senior Circuit Long Course Meet

4. Dara (Torres): If you鈥檙e looking for a unisex name, Dara is a great option. It鈥檚 not only the name of one of our favorite Olympic swimmers, but it also can go by the Irish spelling 鈥淒arragh鈥 for a boy. (Photo via Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Furious 7" - Arrivals

5. Ronda (Rousey): Not too long ago, Ronda would鈥檝e sounded old-fashioned, but ever since this mixed martial artist started making headlines, we think this name totally kicks butt. (Photo via Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 - Norway vs United States - October 1, 2003

6. Mia (Hamm): One of the most popular US soccer stars also bears the sixth most popular girl鈥檚 name of 2014. If you want something less trendy, opt for Mia鈥檚 gorgeous given name, Mariel. (Photo via A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova

7. Maria (Sharapova): From Ave Maria to Maria Rainer to tennis champ Maria Sharapova, this classic name is never going out of style. (Photo via Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Today Show Gallery of Olympians

8. Lolo (Jones): Don鈥檛 worry if you鈥檙e not sure about actually putting Lolo on the birth certificate. It鈥檚 just a nickname for the track and field and bobsledding star, whose given name is Lori. (Photo via Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Sparks v Phoenix Mercury

9. Diana (Taurasi): We predict that this name is going to gain popularity again thanks to the royal baby, but it also belongs to one of the top 15 WNBA players of all time. Not too shabby. (Photo via Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Martina Navratilova

10. Martina (Navratilova): One of the greatest tennis players ever has a beautiful, feminine name, so we were surprised to learn that it means 鈥渨arlike.鈥 You鈥檒l want this name for a girl who鈥檚 gonna kick ass and take names. (Photo via Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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11. Steffi (Graf): The tennis legend鈥檚 full name, Stefanie, is the German variation of Stephanie. We love that this sweet nickname stuck. (Photo via Markus Hibbeler/Getty Images)

Nadia Comaneci

12. Nadia (Com膬neci): Meaning 鈥渉ope,鈥 Nadia is a name you probably know best thanks to this famous Romanian gymnast. It鈥檚 not hugely popular these days, so it鈥檚 a great blend of familiar and uncommon. We give it a perfect 10. (Photo via Tony Duffy/Allsport)

Olympics Day 11 - Beach Volleyball

13. Misty (May-Treanor): Three Olympic gold medals and 112 individual championships went to this beach volleyball superstar. We think the future will hold plenty of other treasures for your little Misty. (Photo via Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

2004 McDonald's LPGA Championship - Third  Round

14. Annika (S枚renstam): Are you considering naming her Anna, but worried it鈥檚 just too common? Try the Swedish diminutive instead, made famous by the world鈥檚 best female golfer. (Photo via A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Olympics Day 11 - Gymnastics - Artistic

15. Gabrielle (Douglas): Who didn鈥檛 fall in love with gymnast Gabby during the 2012 Olympics? Fall in love with the name all over again, because it also happens to be tr猫s fran莽ais. (Photo via Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Boy Baby Names Inspired by Athletes

AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Denver Broncos

1. Peyton (Manning): The elder Manning quarterback has the more modern name, which has been popular for both boys and girls over the last decade. (Photo via Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

2. Kobe (Bryant): It turns out that Kobe鈥檚 parents named him after the Japanese steak of the same name when they saw it on a menu. At least your kid can say he was named after a five-time NBA champion and all-star instead. (Photo via Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Portugal v Ghana: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

3. Cristiano (Ronaldo): Real Madrid鈥檚 captain has two names worth swiping for your young footy fan. (Photo via Warren Little/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi

4. Lionel (Messi): Ever Ronaldo鈥檚 rival, Messi鈥檚 first name is also a strong contender in the baby naming game. It means 鈥測oung lion,鈥 which would make it a good complement if you already have a Leo somewhere in the family. (Photo via Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship - Final Round

5. Rory (McIlroy): If you鈥檇 like a traditional Irish name that鈥檚 less common than Liam, but easier to pronounce than, say, Fiachra, we suggest borrowing from this celebrated golfer. (Photo via David Cannon/Getty Images)

New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

6. Hank (Aaron): This man is legen 鈥 wait for it 鈥 dary, and your son will be too when he bears this name. To make it modern, don鈥檛 make Hank a nickname for Henry. (Photo via Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mickey Mantle

7. Mickey (Mantle): Okay, this one is going to be a tough sell if all you think of is the House of Mouse. But your kid will be in excellent company, including this Hall of Famer, Mickey Rourke and Mickey Rooney. (Photo via the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

Clash In Cotai II - Manny Pacquiao v Chris Algieri

8. Manny (Pacquiao): His match against Mayweather was billed as the Fight of the Century, but we鈥檙e much more interested in stealing his name, Emmanuel. (Photo via Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

ATP Rio Open 2014 - Finals

9. Rafael (Nadal): This Spanish tennis pro unsurprisingly spells this classic Hebrew name the Spanish way, which we think gives it cool, European flair. (Photo via Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Heritage Classic

10. Wayne (Gretzky): The hockey legend is known as 鈥淭he Great One,鈥 which pretty much sums up what we think of this less common name. (Photo via Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 - Day Eight

11. Usain (Bolt): It鈥檚 gonna be hard to beat such a spot-on name (he IS the fastest man in the world, after all), but we think Usain is an excellent name to borrow, especially since it means 鈥渂eautiful.鈥 (Photo via Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

12. LeBron (James): If anyone ever accuses you of stealing this name from King James, you can just turn around and tell them that it鈥檚 actually French for 鈥渢he brunette.鈥 So there! (Photo via Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Brooklyn Nets v Los Angeles Clippers

13. Blake (Griffin): Obviously we love the name Blake for girls, but we also think it鈥檚 an underused name for boys. Not for nothing, his last name is pretty awesome too. (Photo via Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Atlanta Falcons v San Francisco 49ers

14. Jerry (Rice): This name has declined in popularity over the years, but we think it鈥檚 time to bring it back. After all, it鈥檚 shared by one of the best football players of all time. (Photo via Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan

15. Michael (Jordan): For when your kid wants to be like Mike and you want to keep it traditional, go with the first name. For a stronger hat tip to the NBA鈥檚 best, go for Jordan. (Photo via John Gichigi/Getty Images)

Have you or would you name your child after an athlete? Tell us your favorite pro names in the comments!