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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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  • Portia

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    Portia is a perfect role-model name, relating to Shakespeare's brilliant and spirited lawyer in The Merchant of Venice , and is now also a Hunger Games name . Another Shakespearean Portia was the... Read More 

  • Rachel

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    Delicacy, softness, and Old Testament importance made Rachel a top biblical choice from the seventies on. At a much earlier time Rachel was considered characteristically Jewish--it wasn't used as ... 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 

  • Ruth

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    Ruth, with its air of calm and compassion, was the third most popular name in the 1890's, then gradually faded away, though it's still in use today as some parents tiring of Rachel and Rebecca are ... Read More 

  • Schuyler

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    Schuyler, the original Dutch spelling, has been obscured by such phonetic upstarts as Skylar and (for boys) Skyler. We've even seen Skyla. While we can understand how the Schuyler version might c... Read More 

  • Walker

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    Walker is both a Waspy surname name--as in the W in George W. Bush-- but it also has a gentle ambling quality and a creative connection to such greats as writer Walker Percy and photographer Walker... Read More 

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