Thanks for the support for my campaign and yes davidB I think Ice Hockey is a cool game(not just literally).
Anyway there was a rumour once that is named after the French rev. figure Jean-Paul Marat but he himself debunked it.
Heres the chat transcript:
Interview With Marat Safin by Atptennis.com (http://www.safinator.com/july02.html
Q. I read somewhere that your parents named you after the French revolution figure Jean-Paul Marat?
MARAT SAFIN: No, it's just a Muslim name. I think you know that I'm Muslim, you know, this religion. Yeah, that's why they call me because is Muslim name.
Q. Does the name mean something in Muslim?
MARAT SAFIN: Somebody told me, but I forget. I don't know. I don't know. Freedom. I don't know, something good for sure (laughter). Not French revolutionary. But I hope also because of him. Maybe because of him also. Maybe something it's a royalty (laughter).
Go to this link for more on him, his ethnicity and his religion, actually this is another forum(not as good ours though)http://www.persianfootball.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-2179.html