20 Brilliant Baby Girl Names Inspired by Geniuses! What's Your Favorite?
by Michele Zipp
There are some names that are just synonymous with brilliance. And we all want our babies to be their own version of a shining star. We can find inspiration for baby names everywhere, but if you want a name that conjures thoughts of brains and beauty, look no further than this list.
If you look at the names of all the lady geniuses who ever lived, you will find a stunning collection of names for your baby girl. Here are some of the best baby name ideas inspired by geniuses.
- Marie, as in Marie Curie. Two-time Nobel prize winner. One of the world's most famous scientists -- scholar in physics and math -- Curie also discovered two elements, polonium and radium. Marie. A beautiful and smart name.
- Virginia, as in Virginia Woolf. Born Adeline Virginia Woolf, this brilliant writer gives us two names to consider.
- Margaret, as in Margaret Thatcher. With the nickname The Iron Lady, Thatcher was a force in politics, fixing the economy (no small feat!) and serving as the first female Prime Minister in Britain. We could use another Margaret, that's for sure.
- Emily, as in Emily Dickinson. Her poems are incredibly creative -- Dickinson had a way with words. She was a deep thinker and an influential person in literature.
- Frida, as in Frida Kahlo. Her paintings are gorgeous, as was she. What a beautiful name that isn't heard as much as it should be.
- Germaine, as in Germaine de Stael. The late 1700s in Paris wouldn't be what they were without Germaine, an intellectual, writer, and Romanticist.
- Cleo, as in Cleopatra. Of course, you can be bold and go with the whole name.
- Lise, as in Lise Meitner. After escaping from Nazi Germany, Lise Meitner received her PhD in physics and was part of a team that discovered the power of nuclear energy.
- Ada, as in Ada Lovelace. She was the daughter of Lord Byron who called her his Princess of Parallelograms. She wrote the first computer program back in 1834.
- Ayn, as in Ayn Rand. Not everyone loves her books, but it's a perfect name for those who do LOVE them. This philosopher and writer was born Alisa -- Alisa and Ayn, both great names.
- Maria, as in Maria Montessori. She founded a new way of teaching -- a groundbreaking education model for all children -- what an accomplishment.
- Toni, as in Toni Morrison. She's won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes for her literature. Morrison is one of my personal favorites with a beautiful name.
- Jane, as in Jane Goodall. Known for her incredible work with primates, Jane Goodall is an explorer determined to make the world a better place.
- Florence, as in Florence Nightingale. She was a social reformer and pioneering nurse. Florence Nightingale even has a pretty last name that certainly could be a first for those more daring.
- Gloria, as in Gloria Steinem. Author. Activist. Women's lib icon. Gloria = incredible name for a girl.
- Joan, as in Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc was a heroine and saint, a real-life superhero.
- Sylvia, as in Sylvia Plath. The acclaimed poet and author Sylvia Plath may have had a difficult personal life, but her accomplishments cannot be forgotten.
- Rosalyn, as in Rosalyn Sussman Yalow. Rosalyn was awarded a Nobel Prize in medicine and is seen as an inspiration to working mothers.
- Judit, as in Judit Polgar. Judit beat Bobby Fischer. She's a chess prodigy who -- as they say -- beat men at their own game.
- Marilyn, as in Marilyn vos Savant. Marilyn, who writes for Parade, has the highest IQ as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Great name. Great brain.
Which smart name is your favorite?