10 Baby Names Inspired by Academics

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Often, parents have many dreams for their kids, even before they're born. We want our children to be able to lead healthy lives, to find love and happiness, and to, hopefully, leave a positive mark on the world.

There is a lot we can do to help shape the lives of our little ones so that they have those dreams, and some people, myself included, think their name can help set them up. I love when names come from things that inspire us, and if you look into the world of academia, there are a lot of amazing names to spark the quest for the name.

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If you're looking for smart inspiration for your soon-to-be-born child, check out these 10 perfectly adorable names inspired by some of academia's brightest minds.

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Berkeley

Inspired by the famous school, this name also sounds super smart and works perfectly as a unisex name.

 

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Alma

Alma mater refers to the school that you attended, but Alma is also an adorable girls' name that means “soul.”

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Rosalind

Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and an x-ray crystallographer who made major contributions to science. She's a rock star scientist who can inspire your girl to make giant waves in the world, too.

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Ada

Math is one of the key parts of academics, and without Ada Lovelace, a British mathematician, we might not have computers today!

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Mae

A sweet name that's inspired by the very impressive Mae Jemison, the 59-year-old NASA astronaut and the first African-American woman to travel into space.

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Albert

It should come at no surprise from which person is the leading inspiration for this mega academic name. Yes, Albert is one of those old-school names that sound adorable for boys today, but having Einstein as your namesake is pretty cool, too.

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Isaac

Sir Isaac Newton is still widely recognized as one of the most influential scientists, and schools today still learn about his contributions to physics and math.

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Sigmund

Sigmund isn't a name that you'll find on any recent baby 100 top names list, but it has two great things going for it: it's unique, and the inspiration behind it, Sigmund Freud, is still famous 77 years after his death.

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Oxford

Oxford the dictionary, Oxford the comma, or Oxford the university — it's entrenched in academia, and it's a super astute name for a boy.

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Stanford

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This name is linked to the prestigious Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and it's also one of those names that sound like a CEO of a company. Two big checkmarks for a boy's name in my books.

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What is your favorite school-inspired name for a baby? Share in the comments!

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10 Baby Names Inspired by Academics

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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