12 Baby Names Inspired By Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists And Activists

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Some people say that having kids is a noble pursuit. Generally, those people are parents who are totally into having kids. If you do believe you’re doing something important by making a baby, you can make your feelings known (without sounding like such a jerk) by naming your kid after one of these super smart people. That way, having a kid is literally a Nobel pursuit.

Names For Boys
These guys rocked some serious science, peace and literature accomplishments. They had dope names, too.

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Werner
For: Werner Heisenberg
Why: Totally discovered the underlying principles of quantum mechanics and, if you’re feeling lowbrow (or talking to Bryan Cranston), you can claim a roundabout reference to Breaking Bad.

Kofi
For: Kofi Annan
Why: Dude shared his peace prize with the entire United Nations, of which he was the Secretary General at the time. Great name if you want to mess with your kid and tell him you named him after a secretary.

Desmond
For: Desmond TuTu
Why: Archbishop TuTu was awarded his prize for his incredibly brave stand against South African apartheid. Also, great lesson for your kid that it’s legit for guys to love TuTus.

flickr / University of the Fraser Valley

flickr / University of the Fraser Valley

Woodrow
For: Woodrow Wilson
Why: Woodrow Wilson scored his prize for establishing the League Of Nations, which is not as cool as the League Of Justice, but still pretty super, man.

Linus
For: Linus Pauling
Why: The guy has 2 Nobel prizes: one for peace, because he actively campaigned against nuclear proliferation, and one in chemistry, because he discovered some amazing stuff that will drive your kid crazy when he gets into chemistry.

Ernest
For: Ernest Hemingway
Why: The importance of being Ernest was the fact that he was a tremendous, bang up, Nobel-prize winning writer. It could get confusing if you both start going by Poppa, though.

flickr / James Willcox

flickr / James Willcox

Names For Girls
You might think the only go-to here is naming your kid Madame or Curie. But there have been a slew of amazing Nobel women. Their names deserve a legacy.

Gerty
For: Gerty Cori
Why: A badass scientist who fought to be admitted to medical school long before it was common for women, and discovered how carbohydrates are broken down, leading to advances in diabetes research. Also, it’s a good name considering the main ingredient in girls is apparently sugar?

Christiane
For: Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard
Why: Deep research with fruit flies earned Christiane a shared Nobel prize in medicine. Her discoveries helped unlock information about evolution, i.e. the process that ensures your daughter will be way smarter than you.

Ada
For: Ada Yonath
Why: The first Israeli woman to win a Nobel prize, she also broke a 45 year drought of women receiving a Nobel in chemistry when she took the honor in 2009. You’ve had droughts of no chemistry with women too. But that’s hardly remarkable.

flickr / Rachel Wilder

flickr / Rachel Wilder

Teresa
For: Mother Teresa
Why: Because she’s freakin’ Mother Teresa.

Toni
For: Toni Morrison
Why: For some of the most stunning and difficult writing about the experience of African American women to ever be put down on paper. But beware, it could inspire your daughter to put you in The Book of Mean People if you get too tough with discipline.

Malala
For: Malala Yousafzai
Why: Because Malala is by far one of the bravest and most inspiring young women in the modern age. However, a problem does arise however when your little girl wants to make a doc: He Named Me Malala is already taken.

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