Baby Naming Inspiration from Nobel Prize Winners
To start the New Year, where better to start your baby naming search than finding inspiration from Nobel Prize Winners. Known for their exemplary contributions to our planet and society, discover 10 baby names inspired by remarkable people…
Baby Girls’ Names Inspired by Nobel Prize Winners
Alice – Canadian born Alice Munro was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2013 for Literature. She is also a three-time winner of the Governor General’s Award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in Canada. Munro is known for her short stories that explore the undercurrents of human relationships.
Alice is an English and German baby name meaning ‘Nobility and truthful’
Rita – Italian neuroembryologist Rita Levi-Montalicini is known for her co-discovery in 1954 of nerve growth factor, the protein that stimulates the growth of nerve cells and plays a role in degenerative diseases. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1986.
Rita is a Spanish name meaning ‘pearl’.
Christiane – Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard is well regarded in medicine, and was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1995. She won her Nobel Prize after she used fruit flies to help explain birth defects in humans.
Christiane is a French name and means ‘follower of Christ’.
Alva – Sociologist and politician Alva Myrdal is known for campaigning in Sweden on behalf of the working classes, and to fight for women’s rights. Later she become a government minister. She received a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 80.
Alva is a Hebrew name and means ‘brightness and excitement’.
Malala – Malala Yousafzai is the most recent female Nobel Peace Prize winner, and at 17 when given the award, she is the youngest ever recipient. She made headlines after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education. She then went on to give an UN address for her 16th birthday.
Malala is an Arabic name meaning ‘grief stricken’.
Baby Boys’ Names Inspired by Nobel Prize Winners
Hermann – Hermann Muller was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1946, for discovering that radiation could cause mutations.
Hermann is a German name and means ‘warrior’.
Martin – At the time, Martin Luther King was the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize at 35. This was awarded due to his work to end racial discrimination in the US.
Martin is a Latin name and translates to mean ‘of Mars’.
Werner – Werner Heisenberg received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1932, for discovering the underlying principles of quantum mechanics, which completely changed our understanding of reality.
Werner is a German name and means ‘defending warrior’.
Kazuo – Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. Born in Japan, Kazuo now lives in Britain is a novelist and screenwriter.
Kazuo is a Japanese name and means ‘first son’.
Kip – America theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Kip Stephen Thorne is known for his contribution in gravitational physicals and astrophysics.
Kip is an English name and means ‘pointed hill’.
If you’re looking for further baby naming inspiration, download 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.
Also, we’re excited to tell you about our exciting new feature which we’re calling the ‘Design Studio’ – this allows you to create personalised canvases with beautiful backdrops, translate your name into other languages and save the design for your social media profile (or have it printed and shipped as a personalised gift).
The feature is currently available in Beta for Premium iOS users and we’re looking to collate user feedback to improve the feature and roll out to other versions.
The celebrate the launch the Premium version of the app is available at a discounted price until 14th Jan 2019. Download today and share your designs with your friends and family!