How Did the San Diego Chargers Get Their Name and What Does Carte Blanche Have To Do With It?

The naming of the San Diego football team had nothing to do with a military or an electrical charge.

The team was named by the original owner, Barron Hilton, who called them the Chargers after a credit card.

Hilton also owned the Carte Blanche credit card.

Although to us carte blanche might be “white card,” to the French it means “blank sheet,” to be used like a blank cheque, preferably to include a ticket to watch the San Diego Chargers.

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1 thought on “How Did the San Diego Chargers Get Their Name and What Does Carte Blanche Have To Do With It?”

  1. I think the charge card theory is just urban legend. They were named the Chargers because the Dodgers and USC were playing a bugle and the fans were yelling “charge”.

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