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When you're on the prowl for the perfect name, anything can be an inspiration. Colleges around the country provide an endless possibilities for noteworthy baby names. Check out this list of baby names, each derived from the name of a college or university:
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  • Carleton

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    An upscale name almost to the point of caricature, though Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk lent it some muscle.  Read More 

  • Clara

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    Long relegated to an Olde World backwater, the European-flavored Clara has been speeding up the charts on sleeker sister Claire's coattails for the past few decades. Now, many would say the vintag... Read More 

  • Clare

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    This is the original, more prosaic spelling, but the airier Claire now dominates.  Read More 

  • Clark

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    Clark seemed to have been "Gone with the Wind," but parents looking for a short, strong boy's name are now beginning to appreciate its cool combination of Gable charm with Superman power. Clark, ... Read More 

  • Colby

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    Hot Colby on Survivor made this a cool name.  Read More 

  • Cooper

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    The genial yet upscale and preppy Cooper was one of the first occupational last names to catch on -- and Cooper remains a pleasing option. Cooper began his rapid climb in 1982 and has been in the ... Read More 

  • Drew

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    Drew is an elegant formerly male-only alternative to Andy that joined the stylishly upscale Paige-Brooke-Blair sorority, thanks largely to Drew Barrymore. Barrymore comes by her first name legitim... Read More 

  • Duke

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    While John Wayne and Duke Ellington are worthy role models, this name sounds like a too-flimsy diminutive. Only someone like Diane Keaton could get away with using it for her son.  Read More 

  • Emerson

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    Emerson is a dignified, somewhat serious name associated with transcendental thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson. Much more popular now for girls since Desperate Housewife Teri Hatcher used it for her daug... Read More 

  • Emmanual

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