Baby Naming Inspiration from Famous Scientists

Baby Naming Inspiration from Famous Scientists

Names inspired by science

Science is a fantastic industry to be inspired by. Just this week, Astronomers have captured the first image of a black hole, heralding a revolution in our understanding of the universe’s most enigmatic objects.  So, if you’re looking for a baby name for your newborn, or even if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy, a great place to start your search is by looking to the Scientists that have made a real difference…


Baby Girls’ Names Inspired by Famous Scientists



Marie – Born in 1867, Marie Curie was a Polish physicist and chemist. She discovered radiation and helped apply it in the field of X-ray. She also won the Nobel Prize in Physics and Chemistry.

Marie is a French name meaning ‘bitter’.



Tiera – Tiera Guinn Fletcher is a 22-year-old African American engineer, who graduated from MIT in 2017 and works for Boeing. She is one of the designers and structural analysts building the Space Launch System for NASA, which is set to send people to Mars. On November 8, 2018, Fletcher won the Most Promising Engineer – Industry Award at the 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Awards.

Tiera is a Latin name and means ‘earth’.



Sara – By the time it became more acceptable for women to work in science, much of the solar system had already been discovered, or so we thought. Sara Seager mapped out 715 planets during her time working with the Kepler Space Telescope, which provided an impressive contribution to our understanding of space.

Sara is a Hebrew and Arabic name meaning ‘princess’.


Chien – Born in 1912, Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American experimental physicist. During her career she made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics.

Chien is a Chinese name and means ‘origin and popularity’.


Rosalind – Rosalind Franklin was born in 1920, and was a British biophysicist. She is well known for her revolutionary work discovering DNA, as well as understanding X-rays and molecular structure.

Rosalind is a Latin name and means ‘pretty rose’.



Baby Boys’ Names Inspired by Famous Scientists


Isaac – Isaac Newton is well known for laying the foundations for classical mechanics, by explaining the law of gravity and the laws of motion. Born in 1642, Newton is one of the most renowned scientists to have ever lived.

Issac is a Hebrew and Arabic name and means ‘popularity’.




Albert – Albert Einstein is well known for revolutionising modern physics with his theory of relativity. In 1921 he won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his discover of the Photoelectric effect, which later formed the basis of Quantum Theory.

Albert is an English name meaning ‘Noble and bright’.



Alexander – The Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin. As a result, he shared a Nobel Prize in 1945 with Howard Florey and Ernst Boris Chain, who helped him develop penicillin on a large scale.

Alexander is a Greek name meaning ‘defender of man’.



Galileo – Galileo Galilei is known for challenging our understanding of the world, by proving that the earth revolves around the sun, rather than the other way around as it was understood. Born in 1564, Galileo laid the groundwork for the science of Kinetics and strength of materials.

Galileo is an Italian name meaning ‘from Galilee’.



Otto – Otto Hahn discovered nuclear fission in 1939. He was a pioneering scientist in the field of radio chemistry, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1944.

Otto is a German name and translates to mean ‘wealthy’.



Start to curate your list of names inspired by science today by downloading the Namey app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store today. You can discover thousands of names and their meaning, search and input your criteria, and create shortlists to share with your loved ones.


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