Top 15 Sports Names That Are Always Misspelled

Let’s face it, spelling is hard, even for us adults sometimes. And over the years, many sports fans have had to learn that spelling is also a part of the process of becoming a true and educated sports fan. The wide world of sports is chalked absolutely full of names that are impossibly difficult to spell, even for the most bright and educated of individuals. No matter what league you follow, what languages you speak or your heritage, you won’t have to look too far to find player names that are incredibly hard to spell or are simply spelled in a weird way compared to how people with similar names are spelled.

Also, with the influx of international players in almost all of the major sports that we watch, the names are getting more unorthodox or difficult to spell. The purpose of this list is to look at the most misspelled names in sports. Using Factiva, a database that aggregates information from tens of thousands of sources, we were able to see which athlete names are most commonly misspelled based on both print and online articles. Not only did the data show the amount of misspellings, it also showed us what the most common misspelling of their names were. The misspellings occurred almost equally between an athlete's first name or last name being that one that is commonly misspelled.

The following 15 athletes are the athletes that appear to have the highest percentages of misspellings in print and online articles according to Factiva. So read on and see how many of these names you could spell on the first try. You may be shocked at how easy some of these are to spell for you, but the data doesn't lie. Check it out.

15 Torii Hunter

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14 Brett Favre

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13 Mark Teixeira

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

12 Alex Rodriguez

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

11 Monta Ellis

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

10 Jhonny Peralta

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

9 Cal Ripken

Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

8 Antawn Jamison

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

7 Manny Pacquiao

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6 J.J. Redick

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5 Agnieszka Radwanska

Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

4 Skylar Diggins

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3 Mark Buehrle

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

2 Miikka Kiprusoff

1 Dwyane Wade

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Coming in as the unquestioned, most misspelled name in sports is the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade. Wade is a former NBA champion and Finals MVP, and he is also among the most popular players in the NBA. According to Factiva, a whopping 4.3% of articles that feature Wade have his name spelled wrong, which is over a full percentage higher than the player in second place. The mishaps in the spelling of his name without a doubt come from the fact that he is the only person we have ever seen that has the “y” before the “a” in Dwayne.

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Top 15 Sports Names That Are Always Misspelled