Nameberry’s first e-book is your secret source for wonderful unusual names – thousands of choices never in the US Top 1000 but perfect for your contemporary baby. Download your copy now.
Create your family tree for your baby or with your child and give the gift of name history. Buy now in our store.
Review and change the name ratings you've made throughout the site
Create a private list of your favorite names or share it with the Nameberry community to flex your naming muscles
Manage all the name subscription emails you've set up
Change your email address and your password
Posted March 28th, 2011
11 Responses to “Nameberry Picks: 20 Best Philosophical Baby Names”
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
March 29th, 2011 at 4:15 am
The professor of my required university philosophy class introduced me to the thoughts of Alvin Plantinga, his favourite contemporary analytic philosopher.
Hannah Arendt has been described many as a philosopher, although she herself disliked the term and preferred to be known as a political theorist.
Hildegard of Bingen (philosopher, Christian mystic, and Benedictine Abbess) might not have the most wearable name, but she is also known by the more user-friendly Sybil of the Rhine.
Ayn Rand is possibly 20th century’s most famous female philosopher.
Incidentally, I know a female Seneca — I’m not sure that her parents were familiar with the historical figure.
March 29th, 2011 at 6:24 am
I love Ludwig (when pronounced the German way). Zeno is also cool, and Noam.
March 29th, 2011 at 9:05 am
Anselm’s a huge favorite (and is the family patron saint) as is Philo & Blaise.
Niccolo intrigues me, as does the entire Machiavelli family. What an interesting lot they were.
Simple Lucius seems a bit more wearable than Lucretius too. Might just be me, though. And Sibyl thrills me from the few girls.
Lovely set of names today!
March 29th, 2011 at 10:11 am
Some more suggestions:
William James (maybe it won’t be an obvious tribute, but both first and last names are eminently usable)
Henry David Thoreau
John Dewey (Dewey is pretty cute)
A second vote for Hannah Ardent (despite her protestations) and another suggestions on the women’s side, Simone de Beauvoir (LOVE her first name).
And one might check out the character name list for the TV show Lost — packed with brilliant name references to philosophers. Desmond David Hume, anyone?
March 29th, 2011 at 10:12 am
Just saw that you already got Simone de Bouvoir. Including all her names meant that I didn’t recognize it when scanning down the list.
March 29th, 2011 at 10:33 am
I love the name Soren . . . and the tie to Kierkegaard just adds to an already great name.
March 29th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
Simone is our 8 month old’s MN, partly for de Beauvoir. Soren was high on our boy list for her, and Blaise was an early contender for both our older son and 2nd baby. For us at least, many of these names are highly usable and have great historical reference without sounding elitest.
March 29th, 2011 at 1:25 pm
I like Emerson, as in Ralph Waldo Emerson.
March 29th, 2011 at 4:10 pm
I quite like Blaise, Augustine, Simone, Philo, and Zeno. Also, I think that in the same vein as Philo, Hypatia could be included.
May 21st, 2011 at 8:21 pm
No René Descartes?
September 25th, 2011 at 7:48 pm
A few weeks ago, I met a guy named Aristotle. How awesome is that?
You must be logged in to post a comment.
All posts from the Nameberry blogs sorted by date
All posts from the Nameberry blogs sorted by category
One fine body…