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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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  • Mercer

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    Mercer is an attractive possibility which is an occupational name that doesn't sound like one. Mercer and its cool, sophisticated short form Merce project a super creative image via their artistic ... Read More 

  • Olaf

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    Olaf, though sainted and regal in Norway, is slightly oafish here. It is one of those ethnic names that has become completely familiar in the U.S. without ever becomng assimilated. Olaf's solid Sc... Read More 

  • Princeton

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    Transfer to Yale.  Read More 

  • Reed

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    A slim, elegant, silvery surname, Reed could be a banker or a sculptor, and therein lies the appeal of this simple yet distinctive name. The versatile Reed can be seen as a grass-like nature name... Read More 

  • Sarah

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    Sarah is an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac -- that is a timeless classic, as perpetually stylish as it is traditional. Sarah is still very widely used, but wi... Read More 

  • Simon

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    Simon is pure and simple (not in the nursery rhyme sense), and an appealingly genuine Old and New Testament name that's not overused -- making Simon a stylish choice. In the Bible, Simon was the s... Read More 

  • Thomas

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    Thomas has been one of the most commonly used classic baby names in both England and the U.S., and is still given to almost seven thousand American boys each year. From the original apostle and sev... Read More 

  • Truman

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    Truman, an upstanding presidential name that radiates an aura of integrity and moral truth, values any parent would want for her child, seems definitely headed for a revival. Also associated with... Read More 

  • Wesley

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    Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback, now in the Top 160--though not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as hi... Read More 

  • Whitman

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    Whitman, a namesake surname for poet Walt, would be much more suited to a boy, probably because of that "man" part. It might be preferable to revive the retired Whitney. Read More 

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