It’s not uncommon for people to name their children after their favorite sports figure. There are babies across South Florida named Danny, but not many named Marino. In New York City during the 1960’s, there were a large number of kids named Mickey, but hardly any named Mantle.
In Alabama, fans of the Crimson Tide seem to be bucking that trend and naming their newborns after the head coach who has brought them three national titles in the last six seasons:
Nick Saban became Alabama’s football coach on a blessed day in 2007, and that same year there were two Alabamans born with the first name Saban, according to the Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Two years later, when Saban won his first title with the Crimson Tide, there were four Sabans born. Every year since then has seen more baby Sabans—until 2015.
Apperently, fans of the Tide can be very picky about who they name their kids after … you don’t win a title, you don’t get naming rights:
The year started with Alabama losing in the College Football Playoff semifinal and ended with Alabama winning in the same round to advance to Monday’s national championship. In between, though, no one named Saban was born into Alabama fandom. Even the name Nicholas became less popular.
In Tuscaloosa County (home of the school), just one child has been named Saban since he took over … and that child’s middle name was Bryant, after legendary Alabama head coach “Bear” Bryant.