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Do you have big dreams for your baby girl?  Will she be an astronaut?  A physician? An inventor?  Plant the seeds of your daughter's brilliant future with one of these baby names inspired by female geniuses.

12 Brilliant women to inspire you

There are smart women from all walks of life. We've rounded up some of our favorites:

Ada:  Ada Lovelace, born Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was an English mathematician and is recognized as the world's first computer programmer.

Amelia:  Amelia Earhart was not only the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, she was also a faculty member of the Purdue University aviation department and an early supporter of equal rights for women.

Diana:  Lady Diana Spencer became a princess when she married Prince Charles of Great Britain, and she remained a lady of the people long after they divorced. Her humanitarian efforts and love for children in need were an inspiration to all.

Elizabeth:  Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to graduate from medical school in the U.S. and a pioneer in promoting the education of women in the field.

Helen:  Imagine overcoming the isolation of being deaf and blind to be the first such person to earn a college degree. Helen Keller became an inspired author and campaigned for women's suffrage and labor rights.

Lise:  What did Lise Meitner do after escaping Nazi Germany? She earned a Ph.D. in physics and helped discover the power of nuclear energy, of course.

Malala:  When a 16-year-old girl risks everything for her education, who knew she'd take a bullet to the head? Brave Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot by the Taliban simply for attending school. Now she serves as an education activist and an incredible role model for girls around the world.

Margaret:  One of the most powerful political figures of her time, Margaret "The Iron Lady" Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister.

Marie:  Marie Curie was an important figure in physics and math. The brilliant Nobel Prize winner is credited for her discoveries of radium and polonium.

Marilyn:  From 1986 to 1989, the Guinness Book of World Records lists magazine columnist and playwright Marilyn vos Savant as the woman with the highest IQ ever recorded (190).

Teresa:  Mother Teresa, beatified as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, founded the Missionaries of Charity, which serves "the poorest of the poor."  This selfless woman was brilliant and determined and earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Virginia:  Her given name is Adeline, but this influential British author was best known as Virginia Woolf.

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