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If you aren’t a fan of the English Premier League, you may not know that Hotspur is the nickname of the EPL football (soccer) team from Tottenham. The team website can be found on, possibly because they didn’t have the foresight to register (or perhaps they didn’t want it – who knows).

I was a bit surprised to see up for auction on NameJet this week. The auction currently sits at $460 with 68 bidders, and it ends on Monday. Based on a Whois search I did, it appears that is a true drop rather than a private auction. has a creation date of March 1998.

Although Hotspur is the nickname of the EPL football club, there are several other clubs and companies using the Hotspur name (see the Wikipedia page for a few). The term is defined as “an impetuous or reckless person; a hothead,” and its origin is the nickname of Sir Henry Percy in the 1400s. I would imagine there are plenty of ways to use the name without running afoul of trademark laws.

All that said, I am wondering what you think the closing price will be. The person who is closest to the final price will get $100 from me via Paypal (doesn’t matter whether they are above or below the final amount). Contest closes on Sunday at 11pm eastern time. One guess per person or you’re disqualified. If there’s a tie, the prize will be split amongst the winners.

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Comments (43)


    Had no idea you’re into soccer, Elliot! I’m a fan of the Spurs since before you were born (literally!). 😀

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    Fun contest Elliot!

    April 22nd, 2012 at 11:40 am



    go Liverpool

    April 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Theo

    I played for many years, although I only casually watch soccer. My brother’s an Arsenal fan, so if I had to choose a team it would be Arsenal.

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    Thanks $4800

    April 22nd, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Lester G.

    Guess $7,550

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    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Michael Carter


    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:26 pm


    I can assure you nobody ever refers to them as Hotspur, Hotspur is part of their name like United,City,athletic, their nickname is Spurs and they are always referred to as that, i wouldn’t pay $500 for the name, in a purely football respect it is worthless imo

    April 22nd, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Elliot Silver

    @ Bob

    You’re right about what people call the team, but I would imagine Tottenham would prefer to own the shorter vs.

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    $950 USD

    April 22nd, 2012 at 2:34 pm


    I know noting about soccer or the name


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    April 22nd, 2012 at 2:51 pm


    I agree the football team are most commonly known as spurs and not hotspur so doubt they will care about owning it but I guess there is a chance.

    My guess on the bidding based on other potential uses for the domain ( as an example) and the amount of bidders is going to be $9850

    April 22nd, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    Couldn’t resist not weighing in


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    April 22nd, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    ron s

    $874 USD

    April 22nd, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Ms Domainer




    April 22nd, 2012 at 4:07 pm


    As mentioned already, no-one ever calls them ‘hotspurs’ – in 40 years I’ve never once heard it. The club wouldn’t want the name for that reason IMO.

    April 22nd, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Bob Thompson


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    April 22nd, 2012 at 6:35 pm



    Hotspur would make more sense relating to Spurs if it had an S on the end, even though their site doesnt, trust me.

    As someone mentioned above the more common term for the club is Spurs.

    Another common name for the fans is the Yid army, this was first used in a derogatory way towards their fans before it was embraced by them and you will now hear loud shouts of YID ARMY by their fans.

    £18,500 is my prediction.

    Your brother has class, UP THE ARSENAL!

    April 22nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm



    Your brother has excellent taste in supporting Arsenal! And you clearly have great taste, too, if you follow them as well! I think you ought to purchase as an investment and allow your brilliant brother to create it as an Arsenal website. A site that screams:

    We love you Arsenal, we do!
    We love you Arsenal, we do!
    We love you Arsenal, we do!
    Oh Arsenal we love you!

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    April 22nd, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Elliot Silver

    Auction currently sits at $480.

    April 22nd, 2012 at 10:38 pm