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Baby Names Headed for Harvard

Some baby names sound so intelligent, so serious, so destined for success that we can just see them on the Harvard acceptance letter. Here, examples of conservative cool baby names.
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  • Eleanor

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    Eleanor, a stately name that has been in and out of fashion since Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine brought it from France to England in the twelfth century, is hot again. Eleanor's straightforward femini... Read More 

  • Emerson

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    The combination of Emily and Emma's popularity -- and the fact that Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher's daughter is named Emerson -- have put this formerly strictly male name, embodying the gr... Read More 

  • Esther

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    One of the major female figures in the Old Testament, quiet, studious Esther was in the Top 50 a hundred years ago, and stayed in the Top 100 until 1935. It is now on the ascent again, appealing t... Read More 

  • Frances

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    Frances, a soft and gentle classic, last popular a hundred years ago, seems to be on the cusp of a possible revival, along with other such neglected quiet and serious names. It's been chosen in re... Read More 

  • Francis

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    Now that this is the name that has been chosen by the current Roman Catholic pope, Francis has come into the spotlight. In fact, this name, which was in the Top 10 at the turn of the last century,... Read More 

  • Grace

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    Grace is now just outside the Top 20, but who would have thought such a simple and pure virtue name as Grace, which originally referred to divine grace, could ever become trendy? Because that's wha... Read More 

  • Graydon

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    Waspy, but preferable to Nanny Diaries satiric name Grayer. Grayton Greydon, Greyton.  Read More 

  • Helen

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    Helen is a name that has connoted beauty since ancient times (the mythological "face that launched a thousand ships," over whom the ten-year Trojan War was fought). The name Helen has moved in a... Read More 

  • Honor

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    Honor is a somewhat more pressured virtue name than Hope or Grace, placing a high standard on any girl carrying it, but it's a goal worth setting. By choosing Honor for her daughter, Jessica Alba b... Read More 

  • Hugh

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    Patrician to the core, Hugh was firmly in the Top 100 until 1903, but now is used very quietly, though still hanging in on the Top 1000. Hugh has always been particularly prevalent among the Iris... Read More 

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