College Baby Names

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:
  • Mercer

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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. Now that he's a... Read More 

  • Princeton

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    This uppity name has climbed more than 500 spots in the past five years, hitting Number 431 in 2015 -- but we still think it's a bit much. Even abroad, where the connection to the prestigious... Read More 

  • Reed

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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 widely used, but with such a... Read More 

  • Simon

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    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,... 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. over time, and is still given to more than 7,000 American boys each year. From the original apostle... Read More 

  • Truman

    Gender: M LoveDislike

    Truman is an upstanding presidential name that radiates an aura of integrity and moral truth, values any parent would want for a child. It seems definitely headed for a revival.

    Also... 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 130 -- though not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as... 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. Whit or Witt makes an uplifting short form which can be used on its own.Read More 

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