With school back in full swing, we find ourselves pondering the genius of our wee ones. What if they’d been named one of these highly inspiring, extremely intellectual names?
Naming your baby genius after a Nobel Prize winner, famous author or renowned thinker will not guarantee their place amongst these brainiacs, but is worthy of consideration. At the least, it will give them the opportunity to learn about some of the geniuses that came before them and give them a super smart role model.
Minerva: The Roman goddess of wisdom, arts, crafts, and of war.
Athena: The Greek Goddess of wisdom.
Calliope: Means “beautiful voice”; she was a Greek mythological muse for epic poetry.
Finn: Finn Mac Cumhail was a legendary Irish 3rd century hero similar to the English Robin Hood.
Albert or Albertine: Practical applications of Albert Einstein’s theories include the development of the television, remote control devices, automatic door openers, lasers, and DVD-players.
Curie: Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes.
Fleming: Sir Alexander Fleming was a Scottish biologist and botanist whose best-known discovery was the substance benzylpenicillin in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain.
Axel or Hugo: Axel Hugo Theodor Theorell dedicated his entire career to enzyme research and received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1955 for discovering the oxidation enzyme and its effects. While we don’t know exactly what that means, we love the name Axel.
Poe: Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement.
Austen: Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.
Atwood: Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award several times, winning twice.
Bronte: Emily Brontë was an English novelist and poet who is best known for her only novel, Wuthering Heights, now considered a classic of English literature. Emily was the third eldest of the four surviving Brontë siblings, between the youngest Anne and her brother Branwell (a name we’re also fond of).
Cato: Marcus Porcius (both great names in themselves) Cato Uticencis was a 2nd-century BC politician and philosopher who opposed Julius Caesar.
Kelvin: As a title it was borne by the Irish-Scottish physicist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), who acquired his title from the river. Lord Kelvin did much to unify the emerging discipline of physics in its modern form.
Leonardo: Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is also known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the ‘Mona Lisa’.
Franklin: Benjamin Franklin was an American statesman, inventor, scientist and philosopher. Also American president Franklin D. Roosevelt was a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and war.
Tesla: Nicola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical and mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.