I’m officially designating the buzzword of August to be track, why? Well, A-Level results were released yesterday and UCAS Track is how one finds out if their University of choice will accept them. Earlier on this month,  we had something called the Olympics happening, which displayed to the world some fabulous track events.

It seems now is as good a time as ever to discuss the name Track, a name famously used by Sarah Palin for her eldest son. Although, it’s an unusual one to talk about since it is borderline rare in usage, so there’s no popularity data to talk about. That, and, as a word name, we can’t spend half the post speculating about it’s meaning and origins.

However, what we can do is delve a little deeper into discovering what makes it such a nom du jour for August 2012.

For many living on this fair isle if you want to go to University, you need to apply through an online form at Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

After submitting your application you get access to their Track service. Track is an online system that allows you to follow the progress of your application. You can see what’s happening with your application, like whether you’ve received any offers and the replies you’ve made.

Why Track is so important is because on results day, you log in and in theory something like this should be waiting for you on the home page if you’re successful:

Congratulations! Your place at The University of Reading (R12) to study Chemistry (F100) has been confirmed

That means it’s either your friend or your enemy.

Aside from this, the name Track also has many sporting connections, which means he’s a great pick if you’re still on a high from the Olympics and for whatever reason want to use a name as a nod to sport.

For example, track and field. The Olympics are considered one of the most prestigous competitions, followed by the IAFF World Championships, which are due to come to the Olympic Stadium in London in 2017 and unlike many types of sports, track and field events tend to be more individual sports.

Another ‘track’ sport  is track cycling, which we in Britain seem to be awfully good at, what with our so-called ‘magic wheels’ an’ all. Track cycling usually occurs on a banked track known as a velodrome.

At the end of the day, Track has been used as a name and plenty of sound-similar names are in use and the first one that comes to mind for me Mack, which ranks at #1303 in England&Wales for 2011 and was given to 19 boys.

What do you think readers? Have I officially taken leave of my senses, or do you think there is more potential for the name?

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3 thoughts on “Track

  1. Emily

    Track has potential, but I think many people would avoid it because of the Sarah Palin association.


  2. Awkward Turtle

    Maybe as a nickname for… something. I prefer Tripp.


  3. TR names for boys such as Travis, Trent, Troy, Tristan etc are well liked, so I don’t see why Track couldn’t work. Has the same kind of feel as Dash or Dare for me.


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