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Baby names inspired by science

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Nerdy is the new awesome with these fantastic baby names inspired by science. Because science!

Baby boy names inspired by science


Some of the most fantastic names in science are listed below, and we don't mean for their contributions to the fields of chemistry, physics and astronomy. Listen for the refined sounds that command respect and attention. Choosing a baby name from science shouldn't stop with the first names. In fact, a surname shows an even greater love for the field. Your Thomas could be named for anyone, but calling him Edison lets your love of science shine through. Does your favorite scientist have a great baby name?

  • Albert Einstein: theoretical physics
  • Aldo Leopold: ecology and environmental ethics
  • Arthur Eddington: astronomy, mathematics and physics
  • Benjamin Franklin: electrical sciences
  • Blaise Pascal: mathematics and sciences
  • Charles Babbage: mathematics and mechanical engineering
  • Dmitri Medeleev: chemistry and physics
  • Edmund Halley: astronomy
  • Enrico Fermi: theoretical and experimental physics
  • Francis Crick: molecular biology, physics and neurosciences
  • Gregor Mendel: genetics
  • Henry Cavendish: chemistry and theoretical physics
  • Humphry Davy: chemistry
  • Isaac Newton: physics and mathematics
  • Ivan Petrovich Pavlov: physiology and psychology
  • James Prescott Joule: physics
  • Jonas Salk: medical research and virology
  • Justus von Liebig: agricultural chemistry
  • Konrad Lorenz: zoology and ornithology
  • Leland Clark: biochemistry and physiology
  • Louis Pasteur: chemistry and biology
  • Max Planck: physics and quantum theory
  • Murray Gell-Mann: physics
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: astrophysics
  • Nikola Tesla: electrical engineering and invention
  • Percy Lavon Julian: chemistry
  • Sigmund Freud: physiology and psychology
  • Stephen Hawking: theoretical physics and cosmology
  • Theodor Schwann: physiology and histology
  • Tycho Brahe: astronomy

Baby girl names inspired by science


Get your baby girl interested in science from day one. Girls historically do not receive the inspiration to compete in scientific fields, beginning in grade school. Help yours off to a good start by naming her after a female scientific pioneer. Fictional female scientists often receive dowdy names, but real life paints a different picture. These baby names are gorgeous, feminine, and scientific. Take that, stereotypes!

  • Ada Lovelace: metaphysics and mathematics
  • Adriana Ocampo Uria: planetary sciences
  • Agnes Robertson Arber: plant anatomy
  • Barbara McClintock: cytogenetics
  • Beatrice Hahn: microbiology
  • Christiane Nusslein-Volhard: biology
  • Dian Fossey: zoology
  • Dorothy Hodgkin: biochemistry
  • Elizabeth Blackwell: medical sciences
  • Gertrude B. Elion: pharmacology and biochemistry
  • Grace Murray Hopper: computer sciences
  • Heidi Hammel: astronomy
  • Henrietta Swan Leavitt: astronomy
  • Irène Joliot-Curie: physics
  • Jane Goodall: primatology and ethology
  • Jocelyn Bell Burnell: astrophysics
  • Katherine Burr Blodgett: industrial chemistry
  • Lise Meitner: physics
  • Lynn Margulis: biology
  • Marie Curie: chemistry and physics
  • Mary Anning: paleontology
  • Mercedes Pascual: ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Pearl Kendrick: bacteriology
  • Polly Matzinger: immunology
  • Rachel Carson: marine biology
  • Rita Levi-Montalcini: neurophysics
  • Rosalind Franklin: biophysics and crystallography
  • Sally Ride: physics and aeronautics
  • Shannon Lucid: biochemistry and aeronautics
  • Virginia Apgar: obstetrics and anesthesiology

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